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And we forgot the taste of bread.... [Jul. 24th, 2015|11:34 am]
As some of you know, last fall Ferrett and I did an experiment wherein we ate Soylent--and only Soylent--for a week. The first few days were hell, but by the end of it I kind of wanted to go on just eating Soylent. So we started a subscription by which a month's worth of the stuff would be sent to us every four weeks.
This was one of those experiments in which we mostly learned how much we suck. Because of course for the couple weeks we had to wait for the Soylent to arrive, we went back to eating real food. So when it came we were no longer inured, and our taste buds screamed, "What the hell are you doing?!!"
We have only succeeded in soylent-only days a couple times, none of them consecutively.

Our next thought was, well we will eat soylent for breakfast and lunch, and regular food for dinner. Which might have worked if we didn't fall upon dinner like ravening wolves who hadn't eaten all day. And if in the midst of all this we were actually going to the grocery store and shopping.

Instead, we would get to 6pm, both be famished, and order something out. On some days, we might have the insight to have ground turkey in the house and make turkey burgers. But mostly it was last-minute audibles involving the collection of takeaway menus in one of the junk drawers.

A week ago I stopped at the grocery store for milk and peanut butter, and standing in the produce aisle I had something of a panic attack: I honestly couldn't think of things to do with the abundance of food before me. Couldn't think of recipes, couldn't look at a vegetable and get inspired to put something together. Dismayed, I fled to the fluorescent comfort of the dairy section, picked up the two things I'd come for, and checked out. But the experience left me unsettled. I've always been kind of a jazz cook: show me ingredients and I come up with possibilities. Where had that gone?

Wednesday afternoon--woodworking Wednesdays for Ferrett and our friend Eric--I was driving home from a client meeting and wondering where we'd get dinner. And a wave of disgusted nausea rolled over me. I texted Ferrett to tell him that I could not look another takeout dinner in the face. I was heartily, completely, sick of it. So I was going to the grocery store, and making white chicken chili for dinner. I knew that wasn't one of his favorites, but it was something for which I knew all the ingredients and could shop efficiently.

Or so I thought. I got about 3/4 of the way through cooking and realized the four ingredients I'd missed. Slightly daunted, but unwilling to change plans, I hopped in the car and ran back to the grocery store. Erin came over for dinner and she and I finished up the chili together.

Ferrett didn't like it. I don't think Eric cared that much for it. Then again, they got the pepperless, low spice version, because Ferrett can't stand peppers and Eric has no tolerance for any kind of heat. There's was more of a chicken soup than an actual chili. Erin and I, on the other hand, loved ours, and she took home over half of the leftovers.

I'm not quite sure how to go forward. We still have four cases of soylent, and I know for a fact that the week we actually did eat it I felt healthier. But I also know that we've made at least three commitments to soylent-only days and have broken every one. I'm bad at straddling these two worlds, and not sure how to proceed. I've got no wise words or insights on which to end this, just a shrug and a promise to follow up as things progress.

[User Picture]From: ba1126
2015-07-24 03:48 pm (UTC)
I know what soylent was in the movie. However,I'm presuming that you are referring to something made from soy? Is this for weight loss or for health reasons?

Do you like salads? Especially in hot weather I like to chop up romaine and add drained black beans, drained kernel corn and strips of red pepper. Add the salad dressing of your choice. Yummy, cool and filling! You can toss in chicken chunks,too,if you like.
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[User Picture]From: cinema_babe
2015-07-24 04:12 pm (UTC)
Maybe a day isn't long enough. Maybe 1 Soylent week a month or 2 Soylent weekends would enough time to get the benefits but also leave ample opportunity to cook and engage with regular food.
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[User Picture]From: the_siobhan
2015-07-24 06:44 pm (UTC)
Dealing with meals pretty much sends me into a tailspin already. I've been considering Soylent as an alternative to the day to day grind of figuring out ways to feed myself. (Does it really have to be every day? Who came up with this system?)

I take it from your description it doesn't taste very good.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2015-07-24 09:16 pm (UTC)
Actually I like it. But it's hard to live without any chewing.
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[User Picture]From: jeffpalmatier
2015-07-24 09:34 pm (UTC)
I read a theory that our bodies naturally crave different foods and get sick of having the same old thing as a way of making sure we get a reasonably balanced diet.
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[User Picture]From: cynic51
2015-07-24 11:58 pm (UTC)
>>I'm bad at straddling these two worlds, and not sure how to proceed.
Plan your meals, soylent or otherwise, for the week at a time. Should cover it.
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[User Picture]From: tigerlily_blue
2015-07-25 02:24 pm (UTC)
Agree. Meal planning a week at a time is the only thing that saves my house from a steady diet of "crap, no food! Time to get take-out"!

I'm like you - I like to create meals from whatever is on hand. And I find my stress level increases significantly if I am not cooking - even ia simple meal that takes 20 minutes to toss together is relaxing. Not having what I need on hand to do that is the stressful part.
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From: anonymousalex
2015-07-25 02:00 pm (UTC)
I'm tempted to come down on the side of "real" food, on the grounds that it's one of life's pleasures, not just a way to keep body and soul together. But I recognize that may be a rationalization.

As a general matter, I do try to differentiate between times I'm eating for pleasure versus eating for fuel (and to keep the latter extra-healthy to make up for the former), so I suppose going to soylent is just a slightly more unusual example of that.

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[User Picture]From: jojomojo
2015-07-25 06:24 pm (UTC)
Cooking is way too much of a pleasure activity for me to even consider the Soylent thing. I admire you guys for trying it, though!
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[User Picture]From: jume
2015-07-25 11:28 pm (UTC)
The way I use 100% food (a spinoff of soylent by another company) is to drink it for lunch most days during the work week (we have wednesdays catered and I like to go out with my coworkers on fridays), and that's worked really well for me.

I haven't quite extended that to drinking soylent for dinner on the nights when I don't have it for lunch, or drinking it during the weekends regularly :}
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[User Picture]From: kagomeshuko
2015-07-28 06:49 am (UTC)
I love cooking and I'd be more experimental with things if my body weren't so odd with being allergic to seafood and a cellulose intolerance, so no seafood and no vegetables (unless it's pureed, so tomato sauce/V8 stuff is good) or sometimes small cooked carrots. Also, an extremely picky sister and just so much stuff to get done in my house which have to be DIY since I don't have the money to pay for things to get done.
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[User Picture]From: kagomeshuko
2015-07-28 06:51 am (UTC)
That being said, I have some recipes that I really do like though. One of my recent favorites is Apricot-Honey Glazed Pork Chops.

My sister and I want to come up with some things that she'll eat. I eat beef, but she doesn't, so things like some type of Chili so we can make Frito Pie and we make spaghetti with stuff that isn't beef in the sauce.

Desert that is fun is Crazy Cake.

Been too long since I've even had time to play experiment with cooking, though.
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