Soylent meal replacement

After finding myself trying to change my dietary patterns but availability, memory, and work location, have kept me at bay for the last 3-5 years.  Over the last year or two, I’ve found my balance of time for eating versus time for work have made it impossible to drive to a location that has decent food and then pay extraordinarily high prices on top of it for something “healthy”.  Yes, I can bring it from home but that’d require more time stolen from the remaining 3-4 hours of being at home to do something other than not relax.  I’ve found myself going to Carl’s Jr (Hardee’s on the east coast of the USA), Wendy’s, Jack In The Box, & other places of the same style.  Not good, even though it’s available.  I decided enough is enough, I can’t afford it much less let my body take it.

I’ve followed an experiment called euphemistically “Soylent” since it first was being used in 2013.  At first it wasn’t what I wanted to dive into since I’d have to put too much time and experimentation into making things tolerable for my body.  Since then, it’s been taken seriously many and LOTS of changes have been made.  Different ingredients tested, and more refined processes created to make the ingredients.

Since things have come to the point of a stable drink, I decided to try it out.  I first tried the Soylent 2.0 bottled version, which is it’s own version.  It’s more expensive than the powdered version for obvious reasons, and for me the taste consistency wasn’t to my liking.  It was okay, but it just didn’t have that satisfaction.  Which is fine, I tried it.  I still have them around and I have one drink a day sometimes.

After trying the bottled version, I tried a week of the powdered version.  It comes with a free pitcher & stainless steel measuring cup for the first time purchase, as well.  The measuring cup is specific for the serving of soylent powder to use.  For 500 kcal that would be 4 scoop water, 2 scoop powder.  I’ve found it easier to go the pitcher method to make an entire days worth, but the mindset needs to be different then.  The same amount of water to powder doesn’t work I’ve found, so what I’ve done is put 2 or so inches of water in the pitcher, 1/4 bag of powder into the pitcher, close and shake vigorously for 15-30 seconds, open, repeat.  OR use a blender, which is just easier but using the pitcher means less to wash/clean and it gives you a reason to exercise.  After all the powder is in, fill the pitcher with water and shake to get it all mixed.  Yeah, I know it sounds like lots of shaking but it doesn’t seem like it when it’s done.  I have 4 18 oz glass bottles that I fill equally once the bottle is chilled in the fridge.  I purchased the bottles from Amazon:

So far I’ve been starting a week of only Soylent 1.5 (powdered version) since yesterday, and this is my second day.  It’s surprisingly been nutritious, and hasn’t left me feeling starved or even hungry.  I drink 4 bottles a day (usually every 3 or so hours) slowly, since it is food and not a beverage.

This is the start, and I plan on trying this for a month or two and see how things go.  I think I chose a good time too, as version 1.6 just came out and will be at my doorstep in a day or so.  They changed rice protein to soy protein, and a couple of other changes that change the fat profile to be better.  I’ll post more in a week or so.

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