Thursday, June 25, 2015

Day 2 Of My Soylent Adventure

For some context, yesterday was the first day I tried the futuristic food product called Soylent. It is a food product, not a supplement, so you can survive off this stuff. You can check out my experiences on Day 1 right here, and below, you'll find my thoughts and feelings, and calorie math about Day 2.

9:30 PM Thurs.: I probably ate a little more today than I would have, but I have also been really active this week. I definitely feel like Soylent has helped my appetite quite a bit, but we'll see what tomorrow brings. In 2 days, I got a little under half my calories from Soylent, and I have used a little under 1 pouch.

See you tomorrow!

2:45 PM Thurs.: Getting a little bit hungry again. I might be done for the day with Soylent, I'll probably have some solid food when I get home. Nothing against the liquid diet in particular, but it is going to take some getting used to. We also have groceries at home that need eating, so I have to consider that.

1:15 PM Thurs.: Lunch was good, although I think I need more water again. I'm definitely not hungry despite the relatively small calorie intake. One issue that seems to keep coming up in these 1.5 scoop batches is that I end up not being able to mix the powder in completely. I'm going to try to address this by mixing a little bit of hot water with the powder first, hopefully dissolving more before topping the mixture up with cold water, which they recommend to improve the taste. I haven't had any of this stuff at home yet, but I think a blender would make this whole process a lot easier.

Anyhow, now that I'm done with lunch I probably won't be eating again for a while. I'll leave you with some Soylent-related reading to do if you have any weird questions or concerns about the nutritional value. I'm not saying take their word for it, I'm just saying they've looked into many things and work with nutritional experts to formulate this food. Check it all out here:

12:15 PM Thurs.: I'm going to be having another ~1.5 scoops, bringing me to ~750 calories plus cereal for the day so far. It's noon and I've had very little food today but I feel fine (other than being a little hungry). I would attribute this more to being very aware of what I'm eating and that I'm not eating very often than to Soylent in particular, but it's still interesting. When you know "exactly" how many calories you're ingesting, it's a lot easier to look at food and think "that's way too much".

11:15 AM Thurs.: Doing fine, I'm sure I can make it to lunch today. I decided I should answer of the questions everybody asks, "What is Soylent?". I'm surprised you haven't all already heard of it, but to answer the question, I'm just going to tell you what's IN Soylent...this is from their website, and it tells you what you'll get in every serving (2 scoops) of Soylent. Basically, it's everything your body needs to sustain itself. See for yourself below, or on their website!
Click to enlarge. Complete nutrition facts available here.
10:00 AM Thurs.: About to go into a meeting, headache has subsided, so I guess the calories have helped :) . Goooooooo Soylent!

9:00 AM Thurs.: Downed an ice cold 1.5 scoops of delicious Soylent this morning. I think adding just a little more water will help me mix things up a little better, but I have also taken to just swishing some water around at the end of the "meal" to clean the bottle and get any bits that might be stuck to the bottom of the bottle.

I'm a little concerned about hunger today because I still have a bit of a headache, and I don't have any food with me. But I'm going to do my best to keep hydrated, we'll see if I can last another 3 hours until lunch on only about 500 calories, but it will be tough.

7:46 AM Thursday: It's a lovely morning. I had some more cereal (another smaller portion today). I brought another pouch with me on the bike again, although I might not get to it because I still have quite a bit of pouch #1 from yesterday. I'm feeling pretty hungry already, but I think I'll get to preparing my first portion around 8:30 again. This time, I'm going to put extra effort into getting it mixed up really well. I'm going to try to give you guys some interesting facts about Soylent throughout the day, so stay tuned for that!