Monday, June 29, 2015

Reflections On Soylent So Far

I'm going to keep this fairly short, but after 5 days having Soylent for at least one meal, here are my thoughts:
  • I don't like the taste of sucralose, and it is the main taste of the current formulation. If there was a non-sweetenered version, I would find that much tastier. I would also love to chew gum these days if it wasn't sweetened with terrible sucralose, aspartame or acesulfame potassium. The artificial sweetener just kills it for me.
  • I need a better way to mix it completely without resorting to a blender. At the moment, I end up with an imperfect mix (gets stuck to the sides and bottom of the container) just by shaking it up.
  • Food when you're out or with people is a social thing. You can't just have Soylent when you're out with friends having a meal, or at a party. That is definitely a limiting factor for me.
Soylent is not actually this social a drink.
If I wanted to just replace all my meals with this (non-sweetened), I think I could do it, if I lived in a bubble. But there are so many circumstances where either I want to eat something, or I'm going somewhere that it's expected I consume food, that incorporating Soylent into my diet 100% would be really difficult.

Soylent works best when you're hungry, have it on you, and you're going to eat alone. I haven't tried prepping it in advance to just drink when I get hungry, but I'll have to try that at some point. I still have almost 60% of the powder left, I think it will last me another week or two. The sucralose taste I think it's what's putting me off, because it doesn't taste bad at all to me, so I think if I could try it without sucralose I could see myself doing it long-term much more easily.