So I like a lot of people learned about Soylent when the creator was a guest on Colbert (I guess I’m part of the Colbert bump). Though I think there was a point in January 2014 where I read an article about the product and all the DIYers and I thought, “Why the hell would they name it that?”
My initial thoughts were I was curious, I looked at the info and some of the anecdotes and found that mostly people were feeling good while their diet consisted of mostly Soylent. I’ll admit that when it came to food I’ve also had the notion of trying to optimize my diet with “hell, just throw everything you need into a blender and be done with it”. The fact that we both have had these ideas might be because I have a computer engineering degree just like Rob, of course he’s the one to actually do something about it. There was a point where I had read “Our target demographic are 29 year old males with an engineering degree” and I thought “well, fuck” (I am a 29 year old male with an engineering degree).
I feel like in general the “food industry” has only been focusing on “how do we make the most profit?” for too long. I only have to point at the McDonalds cheeseburger, the Lays potato chip, and every single soda as examples of answering the question with “well if we just throw in more salt and more high fructose corn syrup, we get more money”. I’m not going to make the claim that Rob and Rosa Labs are altruistic saints, I’m sure there totally is a profit motive going on. But I like the fact that there seems to be an effort to maximize health in the equations too.
A few years ago I had decided to adjust my diet with a simple “cut out the crap” mindset. Instead of a hamburger for lunch I would opt for a turkey sandwich, and I made a point of cutting out soda entirely. I tried to drink coffee or tea or juices (though I’m sure with all the sugar in them the juices were only a sliver better that soda). I want to try Soylent because I want to carry this idea further and I hope in general it’s just better for me. I realize that to get the 100% complete optimal nutritional health that bestows godlike superpowers probably requires a complete knowledge of one’s own body all the way down to the cellular level and some ability to predict the future, making this of course impossible. I’m sure the best nutritionist/dietitian with a PHD in human physiology spending most of their time meal planning every day could get 90-95% there. My hope is the “dump it all in a blender” method can get maybe 80-85% there with minimal effort.
I’ve been going to the gym and weightlifting an average of 3 times a week for almost 4 years now. My goals at the gym are simply to be able to do more. I’m not totally concerned with maximizing muscle size but I hope that in general I will look better. I will say that since weight is such a bad metric my real goal with switching to Soylent is simply to lose some adipose tissue. I’m about 5’6” and weigh around 170-175 pounds, so whether the weight turns into muscle or air doesn’t really matter as much to me.
Since this is a preamble to my shipment arriving I suppose I’ll give a pre-baseline statement that I feel mostly fine. I try to get my 7.5-8 hours of sleep in, though I’m sure it ends up being less than that. My general energy levels seem ok but not outstanding. My work consists of sitting at a computer and at home I’m also usually sitting. Occasionally I feel just tired but not usually. I guess the only things I have to complain about are a tendency for my sinuses to get clogged and maybe a need to urinate a bit more frequently than I would prefer.
Finally as far as questions/requests for feedback, I would ask what do people do for the additional fluids they need? I probably intend on getting the additional sodium needed through bouillon cubes/chicken broth, but I’ve been used to having everything I drink contain some amount of sugar in it. What would people suggest for 0/low calorie water flavorings?