Soylent is the best kind of con food.
Firstly, some background. For the particular convention I staffed, our working requirements were 20 hours over the duration (I hit just over 40, counting a day and a half of setup prior to day 1). We’re provided with fairly nice food, but between shift scheduling, elevator crowding, and actually attending panels, it can be tough to actually get to it regularly. On day 1, I was busy until around 5pm, so I just drank Soylent from my thermos – over the rest of the con, I probably fluctuated between 50-80% Soylent daily.
Before this weekend, I was a little less than blown away by the “effects” of Soylent. Not in a bad way, mind you – simply that in the months I’ve used it, I’ve just felt… normal. And that’s good, it replaced a good deal of my food without any noticeable change, which seems like a pretty good outcome for a replacement.
During this weekend, I felt the least tired I ever have over a convention, even considering that this is the first year we’ve done 4 days, and the first year I’ve worked both setup and teardown. No hunger headaches, little to no sluggishness, I felt stable and subtly energized the whole way through. I can’t with 100% certainty attribute this to Soylent – I did eat other food, and there are way too many variables for a conclusive statement – but I’m sure it was at the very least, a factor. The best way I can describe it is that every time I reached for energy to keep moving through con, it was there and ready.
Anyone else have similar experiences on multi-day events (or questions about mine)? I haven’t been online much lately, but I’ll still keep an eye on my threads