Here’s my story:
Being the son of legal Mexican immigrants who migrated in the late 1970’s…
Okay, maybe that is going too far back. But my food issues go all the way back to being a child. Having a loving, but smothering, Mexican mother has caused me to be big all of my life as she fed me to satiation and beyond. As an adult, it has developed into serious food issues including anorexia and hardcore binging.
For the last few years, it has gotten worse as I have attended college at night and worked in the day. It seems Soylent’s target market, at least for now, seems characterized as being a little more white collar so I probably don’t have to tell you that college is no walk in the park. My daily schedule has been something like this: wake up at 4:00am, no breakfast, work until 2:30pm, grab no less than six Mcdoubles from McDonalds for lunch and dinner, then go to class or study from 4:00pm until 10:00pm or until sleep; repeat. You read that right. I have lived off of six double cheeseburgers from McDonalds for almost six years. They’re cheap and filling.
When I heard about Soylent on The Colbert Report, I saw it as a stay from what is surely a death sentence for me. Now a month from graduation (summer school [bachelor’s degree]), I have obtained a long-hour exempt managerial position and my schedule is not relinquishing anytime soon. I can sympathize with every single reason why Rob Rhinehart has created Soylent. I have no time, no money, and no energy to eat better. I’m currently 6’5”, 395 lbs., unwilling to cook, and also incapable of portion control.
No doubt as a result of my big frame, I have developed serious health issues including labor breathing as well as back and knee problems. I have found comfort in God and while the Bible says that thanks should be given for things that come from him (implying meat), through my own weakness, that type of food is killing me. I pray for this company and its customers who find themselves imprisoned by food.
Anyway, enough doom and gloom; I ordered about two weeks ago and I am super excited. I hope to be a Soylent, and American, success story and look forward to seeing other stories from the community. God bless.
I am planning to post my progress in this thread.