1. What made you decide to try Soylent?
One, since I was a child, I loved the idea of a pill or something like tasty wheat from the Matrix that could just provide all of my dietary needs. I’ve always been repulsed by the idea that I or anyone should have to dedicate so much time, money and energy supporting their own existence. I’ve always wanted to live in a Star Trek future where food is as easy as a telling the replicator what to make, or easier, and where food and good health is a right, and not something people have to fight for or struggle for in any way for. It’s just a given, like air or water. You need it. End of story. There’s nothing that should impede that process. It should be a completely convenient and accessible thing, and it’s not. Soylent fits kind of perfectly into this ideological dream of mine about how I wish society could be, and it makes me feel like I can live a little bit of that dream in my lifetime.
Two, I’m autistic. I can’t eat gluten and I have huge issues surrounding food. Just about everything about the process of obtaining and preparing food takes me an extra long time and can be a recipe for a meltdown for me. When I get sucked into my interests, which is all of the time, food is inconvenient, and I often turn to not eating at all or unhealthy/expensive options. So, soylent makes living with autism easier. It makes my life easier.
Three, I just hate cooking and I hate grocery shopping. I find everything to do with the whole making/buying/eating food process to be a huge chore. None of this is to say that I don’t love eating traditional food. I do. Just, when you have to dedicate so much into it, it’s not an enjoyable process.
2. Why did you choose Soylent over alternative types of meal supplements?
I didn’t really consider other options. I haven’t found anything that really compares to Soylent or knocks it out of the water. I also trust Rob Rhinehart a lot to know what he’s doing and he actually seems to care about his customers. I would probably still support Soylent even if something else came along because Rob seems ideologically and logically similar to myself and supporting and finding people like that means a lot to me.
3. Have you gone longer than a week eating just Soylent? (if you meant to, but ate food accidentally, I still count this and would like to know!)
Not quite. I eat some normal food in the evenings.
5. What, if any, health changes have you noticed because of Soylent? (e.g., do you feel more alert, has your weight changed, etc.)
My IBS-C is relieved. Instead of having a bowel movement once a week, I go once daily in the moring. My stool is abnormally stinky. My acid reflux isn’t as bad. I feel metally out of it. I notice I don’t seem to be thinking as well, like in the last week, I’ve nearly gotten into a number of accidents while driving, and this almost never happens. I’m a little nauseaus from time to time. A lot of this could be part of the transition period (two weeks on mostly soylent), could be from lack of sleep, etc. We’ll see.
6. Do you tell your friends, families, or coworkers about Soylent?
I tell my friends. They seem mostly interested in trying it for themselves. At the very least, they find the idea interesting, but not for them.
7. Do you feel socially isolated when you eat Soylent for meals?
No, because I have no social group from which to feel isolated from. No one that I know would judge me, and I still allow myself normal food and going out.
8. Including this one, what online Soylent communities do you visit?
10. Do you feel like you have power to direct or influence the product’s development?
Yes, there’s a great community here, and I feel that Rob and the company really care about consumer health and opinions.
11. Do you pay attention to the specific nutrient changes in formula for new versions?
Not really, since Soylent 1.4 is my first time on Soylent.
12. Rob Rhinehart says he believes the future will have Soylent coming out of the tap. Do you believe this? Do you have any vision for how Soylent could be used in a larger context?
Yes, I believe that, but in a more general sense. I’m not sure if Soylent will specifically be on tap, but I do believe that, in the future, healthy food will be completely accessible and free to everyone. I would love to see everyone having access to Soylent or something like it.