The thread Another Official Soylent Experience segued into a topic I spend some thoughts on as well and which i like to share. Im looking forward to yours.
[FYI: I am a dutch, enthusiastic DIY-soylenteer for about a year now. About half of my nutrition I get out of soylent. Other meals are all enjoyable, social and healthy
My DIY-recipe: http://diy.soylent.me/recipes/hoyers-taste.]
The debate, from what I understand, is if the additional nutrition required can be gained from just having more soylent, or is the nutrition ratio in soylent not suitable for certain types of activity? I would assume the later. One may want to have a chug of honey or some other type of high carb food just before a sprint, or something like that. We should treat soylent for what it is - basic, hassle free, healthy nutrition for a normal routine lifestyle. If one works out in the morning, or exercises in the evening - you can imagine that biasing the amount of soylent consumed around your activities would make sense.
After my following experience I started to think about this topic:
I work in the theatre field in the Netherlands. Not as an actor, but, to keep it short, as a supportive trooper. Now and then I have to ‘perform’ as a moderator in a live-interview / Q&A / debate after the show. In this circumstances you want to be sharp. Its not only about asking questions. Also about the questions that delve deeper, about making use of what has been said, and to be able to throw in a lighthearted joke now and then. In this circumstance you really wish you have a lot of, as the French say: esprit (spiritedness/chirpiness).
One time I tried such on soylent and it didn’t went very well. Partly due to an incidental lack of good preparation on my side, but mainly because I just couldn’t grab any focus during the talk. I blamed it on the nutrition I had had; my energy levels were too low for this. But I also had a strong impression it was to blame to the fact that my mind never had a good rest a few hours earlier, around dinner time.
Line of thinking: If you drink soylent, you just are good to go. So you go. But sometimes, when you want to be able to ‘peak’ later, you have to cool your jets some hours before. A regular dinner can be a perfect catalyst for ‘calming’ the nerve system.
In the same fashion I don’t think soylent would be suitable food for actors before rehearsals or performing on stage. Because then they need to be able to spend lots of energy.
My hypothesis: it is easier to build up a big pool of ready-to-spend energy with traditional food, then with soylent. Not only the food/nutrition that sets the metabolic system to work, but also the nerve system is playing a part here.
Soylent is, I think, much better for truck-drivers, writers, coders and whatever white-collar-workers - like myself on an average day. And, off course, soylent is bound to become the #1-food for buddhistic monks.
All above is anecdotal.