You may have heard that recently, I began an experiment with soylent. So I wanted to come back and update on how it it went (a few people have been asking, and I’ve been hesitant about how much to “share” in this post).
On the second day, I decided to switch the oil I was using in the mixture to coconut oil, rather than macadamia. I wondered if it might improve the flavour a little. I had been concerned that because coconut oil is solid when bought, that it would solidify in the fridge overnight. It was easy enough to turn into a liquid by sitting it in hot water (coconut oil’s melting point is 24 °C / 76 °F), but interestingly it didn’t re-solidify in the fridge after being blended with the soylent mixture.
Quite a number of people asked me during the experiment, something to the effect of “are you hungry yet?”. I was actually surprised that I found I wasn’t hungry enough! I only got through about 3/4 of the daily amount most days. I actually felt full most of the time, until suddenly I didn’t, and then I’d get my next serving. I did feel a bit like I was just drinking the stuff all the time though.
On day three, I actually woke up feeling really light-headed and nauseated, and I figured it must be because I’d skipped the last 1/4 and actually gone to bed feeling a tiny bit hungry. But after having a few mouthfuls of soylent, I was fine again.
I tried using warm water when mixing up the batch for day three, to try and help reduce the grittiness, and it seemed to work. Still a little gritty, but definitely better.
At this point, I started to feel like soylent isn’t actually that much simpler than food. I felt like I was thinking about it too much. Almost constantly. I’m basically “eating” all day. I also wish it was a little sweeter…
Day four was pretty uneventful, but I did work out that there didn’t seem to be much difference between sipping soylent for hours, or just chugging it fairly quickly. So that helped reduce the focus on it during the day.
After consuming nothing but soylent and water for four whole days, I was thoroughly bored of it. It’s definitely worth mentioning that I chose a challenging variation of soylent. The creator of this particular recipe says this:
Schmoylent Plain is my unsweetened gluten-free take on the official Soylent 1.0 formula, without the pandering to taste and texture. No stevia and no xanthan gum.
They also have a vanilla, chocolate, and cinnamon flavoured version, which are probably better. The official stuff is also probably better (from reports I’ve heard, it definitely is).
Day five, my wife was making scrambled eggs for breakfast and having a coffee… I decided I learned enough from my experiment, and so that’s where it ended. We ended up adding some amazing wood smoked bacon to the mix too.
Now it’s been about four days since returning to normal food, and I’ve already noticed how soylent actually is a lot more convenient for work day breakfasts and lunches generally (I even miss it a bit).
I definitely plan to get more, and continue to use it as my breakfast and lunch on work days. I don’t think it’s a viable replacement for 100% of your food. Food is good, and fun, and the only reason I went 100% soylent for the experiment was to have a clearer experience of it before integrating it into a more sensible regime that includes normal food too.
I’d definitely recommend it as a replacement for meals that you often find yourself skipping, or eating junk for. Also for people who have specific dietary requirements, there are some great recipes already to address most needs.