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Soylent (day 2)

Today's my third day of trying out Soylent (just downed some breakfast - so this post is about days 1 and 2, and the product itself).

After TWO YEARS, I finally got my shipment of Soylent, of which I was an original backer. My 1-Week supply cost $65 (although now that it's on the market, it's $85 a week, with a deal for monthly subscriptions).

The nutrition it packs is AWESOME, but it's got A LOT of carbs, and 2000 calories!!!! But it offers 100% RDA of every nutrient people need to live well, doesn't taste awful, and lasts in the fridge for a couple days (so I can split those calories, and have actually TWO weeks of the stuff). I would sign up for a subscription if it didn't cost half a month's pay (for me).

I'm really liking the energy I've got with this Soylent. I had so much energy yesterday! I had half the pitcher leftover from Sunday (when I started - Soylent for breakfast, lunch, snack, and then ate a regular food dinner), so I had a tall glass for breakfast, one for lunch, and one for dinner - straight-up replaced all my meals without hunger pangs. My exercise routine kicked my ass as usual, but I didn't nap afterwards! I couldn't! I was restless. I got A LOT of cleaning done (were it not so cold yesterday, I would have gone for a walk too). I'm hoping for the same kind of energy today - I made a pitcher late last night, so I wouldn't have to pour my breakfast over ice today.

I'm really surprised at how full it leaves me. I mean, I don't feel stuffed, but I feel satiated. I do miss food sometimes, so last night, as a snack, I had some radishes and popcorn. But honestly, I wasn't actually hungry for it. I was just bored. The one downside of this Soylent thing is how boring it is.

(Edit: The other downside is it makes your poots smell really bad, but the gassiness is just your guts getting used to a new diet. And it gives me kinda bad breath, though I haven't confirmed that my breath smells with anyone else, but I notice it).

As for the taste; yes, it does taste like cake batter, and also has that grainy taste to it, too. But that graininess is not overpowering. I also get a good mini-workout every single time I drink the stuff, because I have to shake the pitcher (it's sealed) before pouring, because of separation. I have to shake it for a full 30 seconds before I feel like it's mixed enough. My very first glass was over ice, and I tried to make it last (I thought I had to). That was almost as big a mistake as eating gluten-free bread. The bottom of the glass collected sediment, but I was able to see that before I made the mistake of drinking it. I let a little of the ice melt, and gave it a good mix before quickly downing the rest.

Soylent's not meant to replace food forever, but I guess it could. It definitely gives you a deeper appreciatioin for real food though.

Aaaand Soylent Green was not people in the book. In fact, it was a vegan substance. 7 billion people on the planet, no real food, global warming, food riots, welfare state, birth control, physical defects... It's like Harry Harrison predicted the future.


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Sep. 23rd, 2014 04:00 pm (UTC)
I heard about this way back when they were starting on Kickstarter! Glad to see they are going through with production. It sounds like it could be a really good diet aid.
Sep. 23rd, 2014 07:25 pm (UTC)
I'm hoping to see some diet-y improvement in my two weeks :) I'm also using this as a kind of detox, after which I'll be really cracking down on eating clean!
Sep. 23rd, 2014 04:06 pm (UTC)
I ordered some of this back in June and I'm still waiting for my shipment. I'm really excited to try it and I appreciate your review. I am always low on energy so I'm hoping to get as much energy as you're getting!
Sep. 23rd, 2014 07:27 pm (UTC)
I hope you don't wait as long as I did!! Two years was ridiculous, and they kept putting out updates that said the delivery date was pushed back, but will be out soon - promise after promise. I was about ready to tell them to just give back my money, but then I got a shipping notice in my email. It was finally delivered within a few weeks, and I'm glad I didn't cancel.
Sep. 23rd, 2014 04:14 pm (UTC)
Soylent? Ohoh ... not sure I would buy that ... because of the Soylent Green thing ... haha ... I think it's a bit of an unfortunate name!
Sep. 23rd, 2014 07:28 pm (UTC)
It's named after the substance in the novel, which is actually vegan ;)
Sep. 23rd, 2014 08:17 pm (UTC)
I've never heard of the product but I hope it gives you the results you want! I recently started having a bag of black tea every morning and have felt such changes. It's amazing what little things can do!
Sep. 23rd, 2014 11:10 pm (UTC)
I'm one of those unfortunate few who are not affected by caffeine (except that it makes me need to pee more frequently). I WISH it could offer me a pick-me-up, but alas, it does not (and coffee puts me to sleep sometimes). So strange. GREEN tea seems to give me a good energy boost once in a while, but I tend to avoid it until I'm ill (so I don't get used to the healing affects, and so it actually does some good when I'm sick).
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