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mk  ·  2411 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Soylent: What Happened When I Stopped Eating For 2 Weeks

Maybe, but I'd be happy to knock out several meals a week. I love to sit down to dinner with family and friends every couple of days or so, but to me, the rest of my meals are pretty much just fueling up.

humanodon  ·  2411 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I certainly think that if the formula went through rounds of testing and was developed to the point where it could be tailored to individual nutrition, that it could certainly be used to excellent effect in a variety of scenarios.

That of course, requires moderation. Perhaps it's part of our animal nature or because we are ensconced in a commercial and economic culture that promotes consumption, but moderation is something that fewer and fewer cultures are well-known for.

I think that this product has the potential to be a good fit to help with the issue of childhood malnutrition, which is often found in impoverished or underprivileged communities. If it could be tweaked to provide the necessary nutrients for healthy human growth, then it would be fantastic to see this be a part of breakfast and lunch programs in schools.

That said, given the facts listed about the way that the product is being developed, I certainly have my doubts that it will be executed as well as it could be, or used in a way that could resolve some serious issues our societies have faced in the past and are still dealing with.

Thinking of the most evil option first leaves me space for optimism :)

Hubskinator  ·  2398 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I took it in much the same way. More a nutritional supplement than a complete food replacement, at least for me. I could see myself still eating once or twice a day just cause I view food and cooking as more of a hobby than anything.

thenewgreen  ·  2411 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I have been juicing of late. It makes me feel great, it takes the place of a meal, and it's fun. Let me know if you're interested in any recipes.

humanodon  ·  2411 days ago  ·  link  ·  

When I lived in my last place, my neighbor began making his own juices and got really into it. He was also working on a Ph. D in homeopathic medicine though. Online. He used to make this concoction of:

Young celery

Red grapes, with seeds

Some lemon juice

And some secret ingredients.

Anyway, he swore it was good for cleansing the kidneys and several times, after heavy drinking, he had me try it. I don't know how true it is, but it did seem to help me get rid of a lot of stuff and generally, the next piss after that was pretty clear. The juice he made usually tasted a bit "earthy" (read: gross).

thenewgreen  ·  2408 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I love juicing and I tend to crave it. My favorite:

Kale, romain lettuce, a whole lemon, two apples, ginger, celery, a beet and a handful of grapes.

Nectar of the gods.

mk  ·  2411 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I have juice breakfasts on the weekends, carrots and different fruit. It's good, but lots of sugar in juice. I don't think you could swap juice for Soylent.

thenewgreen  ·  2408 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Yeah, it's certainly not a replacement for "food," but it can take the place of a couple of meals a week, which can save you time and in the case of most modern diets, likely be far better for you.