Having looked at the calendar, I have finished week 3 of soylent meals. I’ve found during this time that the mind controls quite a bit of your desires, whether you need something or not. During this 3 weeks, I was not hungry very often, and when I was it nighttime before bed. Drink water and it goes away. In spite of this, my mind created ever growing desires to eat food. I’ve never felt that feeling before, but it’s a lot like when you quit smoking. I fell to the desire and went to eat sushi twice along with a quesadilla at lunch one day. I’ll say this, it felt like a pleasure-response training when I did because there was a physical feeling of euphoria that’s only caused by mind-induced hormonal changes. With that thought…
I’m hitting week 4 of soylent meal replacement, and everything has been going well. I actually have more energy since including this as my meal. One change did occur since I started, and that is the soylent version changing from 1.5 to 1.6. This change was a big change actually, since the main protein was from rice in 1.5, while 1.6 replaced it with a soy protein. The fats are from algal oils (dehydrated with maltodextrin) now instead of other powder forms. This part might be too much information for some just a warning:
With 1.5, the rice protein during digestion created a gas that was quite… unpleasant. It really was like you walked into a sewer. With 1.6, that has changed almost completely. I’m not sure if it was the soy protein change, or a subtle variation of other changes. It’s a lot more smooth, and reminds me a lot of the 2.0 version with a subtle savoriness to make it last in your stomach. (2.0 is 400 kcal, 1.6 servings are 500 kcal)
Since I’m near 1 month of Soylent usage, I’ve decided to widen my research a bit and try other brands that are out. One company that competes with Soylent is named Joylent and based in the Netherlands. I geeked out while researching, and created a spreadsheet comparing nutritional data:
I decided I’d try the vegan version (I’m lactose intolerant), and that has the following nutritional data (same price):
It has more protein and more carbohydrates, but less sugar. I should receive it in 2-3 weeks so we’ll see how it stacks up. I have 3 more weeks of Soylent 1.6 in stock here, so I’ll post again in another week or two if any difference occur. Otherwise, once Joylent gets here I’ll post more.