So it’s almost here. The end of our first full month with Soylent. Hard to believe frankly, as Soylent became such an instant, easy part of our lives that it’s like we’ve had it forever. I plan to do a more in-depth video when the 1-month mark officially arrives in a few more days, but until then I though I’d share a few observations here in advance.
One thing that has been very noticeable because we have not gone 100% Soylent, is the difference in how my body reacts to conventional food. Actually I should rephrase that. It’s not that my body reacts in any way differently than it ever did. The difference is that I now have an alternative point of view to compare against. When I eat conventional food (especially going out to eat, but even if I eat a large portion at home), I can feel my body working on it. Most of us are probably familiar with this… it’s the “post lunch nap” feeling. You feel tired, lethargic, sleepy, maybe a little bloated, and sometimes like there’s a lump of something heavy sitting in your stomach. It’s not painful or anything, it’s just… there. I’ve always accepted this as just a normal “fact of life”, but I now know better.
When I have a “Soylent meal”, my body just continues to fire on all cylinders. There is absolutely no sensation of “working” on anything. My energy stays consistent, my head clear, my mood positive. I get no urge to take a nap, no brain-fog to interfere with my decision making or problem solving abilities. The difference is so stark that now I can’t imagine ever not having known of it. But of course how could I have known there was anything else, after a lifetime of eating conventionally?
Soylent has removed a great number of decisions from our lives. We haven’t done a real full-blown grocery run in a month already. In fact just last night we went to a grocery store so that a visiting friend could pick up a few things. Shannon walked around somewhat marveling at all the stuff on the shelves, and commented “I haven’t been in a grocery store in so long…” The place seemed almost alien somehow.
We no longer have to risk going to the store when we’re overly hungry, and buying everything that looks good. We don’t have to contend with lines or crowds, don’t have to concern ourselves with coupons or price comparisons. We don’t have to settle for an alternative brand of something if our preferred is out of stock, and don’t have to spend hours driving around from store to store in order to get all the things we need.
Soylent is proving to be just about all we need in a single convenient, quick, affordable, and tasty package. It’s better for us than anything we could buy in any store, creates less stress on our bodies to extract the nutrition they need, and satisfies far more quickly than conventional food ever could. I don’t know that we would ever go 100% Soylent, mainly because the novelty of occasionally eating out is quite fun. But there is absolutely no question whatsoever that doing 80% to 90% Soylent is a breeze, and we look forward to a long lifetime of better health, better moods, and a better life through Soylent.
What a time to be a human!