Friday, June 26, 2015

Soylent Friday: Day 3

Wow, the last three days have been crazy. Here are my live-blogs from Day 1 and Day 2. Follow the Day 3 story below:

5:40 PM Fri.: Going to see a movie tonight! I will probably get something like pizza or a hotdog, but I usually get both. I am pretty hungry, but I'm "saving" calories for dinner by holding out for a while. This will likely be my last update today, but check back tomorrow to see how weekend days go!

3:15 PM Fri.: Hmmmmm, I have a little bit of a headache and I'm not sure why. Friday afternoons are always hard for me because I really appreciate my weekends. I'm going to hold out on eating more until I get home, and I might not eat great tonight as I'm going to see Inside Out tonight, but I'm interested to see how the weekend on Soylent goes. I will probably keep up the 50% of calories idea, and I'll definitely have a batch ready to go for +Future Chat at 12:30 on Sunday.

2:00 PM Fri.: 
Becca: I wonder if this would be a more nutritious and cost effective option? Im also wondering about fibre and roughage? The same issue arises when people juice everything.... Aren't you missing out on the fibre?? 
My answer: That's a great question Becca, I'll give you the same link I gave yesterday... https://faq.soylent.com/.../sections/200307055-About-Soylent 
In particular, to answer the fibre question, yes...there is plenty of fibre. I can confirm this is not an issue. See this link: https://faq.soylent.com/hc/en-us/articles/200789985-Do-you-poop-on-Soylent-Yes
12:30 PM Fri.: Doing just fine, getting ready to have the usual 1.5 scoops for lunch. Here's another question:
Brian: Are there any cost savings if one switches over from regular groceries/produce to Soylent? 
My answer: It really depends what you buy. If you go all out, it's about $2-$2.50 a meal for Soylent. It would definitely be cheaper for me, but I know people who (allegedly) spend almost nothing on food... 
Brian also asked some great questions I answered in the comments below this post.
10:45 AM Fri.: Some really great questions and discussion already on Facebook!

Lisa: Food and cooking is a part of our culture, I don't think I could get on board with giving that up but I am curious to know why you are doing this! Just for weight loss or like a get-healthy-and-all-the-nutrients-your-body-needs blitz? I can see how it would be really good for people hiking and camping and going on long expeditions where they might not have access to fresh food.
My answer: I'm trying it for a week because I've been so curious since it first came out. I don't know that I could replace everything ever, but it's been a really eye-opening experience really knowing exactly how much I'm eating in a day, how many calories I need to feel full. I'm also not replacing EVERYTHING, just about half the calories.
It's not weight loss specifically, but I could certainly lose a little weight with this in combination with being more active. I generally eat WAY too many calories in a day because I just bored-eat, whereas if I know I'm only getting calories from this, I know how much I'm supposed to have for a given time, and I can KNOW objectively that I don't need more. It also helps to not bring any food to work, so to not eat only this I'd have to cave and find a restaurant, and it hasn't come close to that.

I love food, but I think this would be OK sometimes.

Anna: It can be the cure for world hunger! But also, I think some more third party info would be interesting to read. I don't want all my questions about Soylent being answered by Soylent. I'm curious to see whether humans can actually get all of their nutrition from Soylent as it is!
My answer: I think there's less third-party stuff simply because it's so new. They're working with a lot of data from historical nutrition research, it's not like they're guessing and hoping. I agree it'll take a while until it pans out, and I really don't like the taste of sucralose, so that's kind of annoying. But overall, there are a lot of people who can really benefit from something like this! I'm also very curious about all of this stuff! 

9:38 AM Friday: It's the start of Day 3 on Soylent as a partial food replacement. We learned a lot yesterday, and that tradition continues today. I just finished preparing my first 1.5 scoops for the day, and I've made it to the 2nd pouch. This morning, I tried the preparation method I discussed yesterday, mixing a little hot water with the powder before mixing fully and topping up with cold water. It worked PERFECTLY and now it's not chunky at all. AWESOME!

I feel good this morning, I think I had a more average breakfast this morning, so I wasn't hungry until about 9:30 AM. I really notice that even after only 2 days, my appetite is changing. It's interesting being aware of your nutrition down to the minute level, I'm a lot more aware now, and I find I eat less when I know I don't have food I like to look forward to. Not that this is bad tasting, but it's not a "treat" in the traditional sense like a burger would be.

I decided that today I'm going to take some questions, so if you have anything you're wondering about Soylent, let me know! I'll be taking questions all day, and I might even make a video about my experiences this weekend! That will depend on your questions.