My 1 week review (part 1) is here for anyone interested. My next update will be around July.
A) The Experience:
Okay, I’m one month in and really enjoy 1.4. I don’t flavor it at all and don’t really think about the taste or texture. I’ve found that 3 hours of refrigeration is optimal; anything less and I somewhat struggle to get it down. I’ve recently gotten my own pitcher, one that significantly reduces cleanup time and the need for excessive shaking. I prepare Soylent on a schedule where when I wake up in the morning, I have just enough for a filling breakfast. I was tired of waking up and having to wait several hours for my first meal.
B) The Effects:
I’m very impressed. I’ve managed to get through a respectable amount of books in the last month and haven’t felt drained at any point throughout the day, at work or elsewhere. I’ve been using the caffeine + L-theanine pills as a cognitive boost. I have had a day or two where I was unable to use Soylent and found that without it the effects of the pills were more than halved. They seem to amplify each other. Recovering from a workout is also very rapid and soreness has reduced three fold at least. I have far better stamina when I do my cardio and tend to now drag my Malamutes behind me, poor pups. My mood is consistent and I have an increased awareness of my energy levels, focus and habits of mind.
C) The Plan:
The only problem so far has been running out before receiving my next shipment! In order to avoid future mishaps, I’ll be adding 7 more bags to my current 28 bag subscription. I haven’t decided how exactly I’ll allocate the additional calories, but I would guess half will be “emergency” Soylent and the other half will cover the extra days of the month that the full 28 bag subscription won’t cover.
Not much to report. No complaints that I can’t handle personally. As I said, I don’t modify Soylent in any way and aside from my C+LT pills I don’t use drugs. I occasionally snack, but this is more due to my 28 bag to 30/31 day per month problem rather than Soylent not providing a good enough product. The thing I want to end with is this:
Food is evil. It paradoxically consumes us. Our productivity and sense of security are too often compromised by thoughts of our next meal - what will it be? Will I enjoy it? How much will there be? How should I prepare for it? These are questions that no 21st century human ought be bothered with. In my next edit (4 months in), I suspect I will be able to report that I don’t think about food, ever. That is my goal and it is easily attainable by upping my subscription. Until then, Soylent on folks!