The soylent experiment was never about the soylent

Trees about to go through their annual reset.

Trees about to go through their annual reset.

Last week, I went on a liquid diet of DIY soylent. Soylent intrigued me since I first heard about it sometime last year. I had wanted to try it for a long time and after I started to pack on some unsightly pounds, I figured now was as good a time as any. However, my body experiment was never really about soylent. I’ll get to that in a moment, but first I’ll tell you what happened on the liquid diet:

  • My weight dropped like a rock. I dropped from 168.2 down to 165.2 in 5 days. After going back on solid food, my weight creeped up by about a pound. Success!
  • Mentally I felt no different, but I didn’t crash in the afternoons. After I eat a heavy lunch, I’m ready for a nap. I felt great in the afternoons on the soylent.
  • Physically, I felt a lot better. I had more energy. Going to the 2nd floor of my home, I always skip every other stair. On Thursday I caught myself skipping 2 stairs at a time. It surprised me. I also noticed that I had a lot of pep during my workouts. On Thursday, I did almost 300 push-ups.
  • Sleep was horrible. I could not get to sleep. Despite going to bed around 10pm, I would still be tossing and turning 2 hours later. I think that this is either from having an empty stomach or maybe one of the ingredients had caffeine.
The Earth's daily reset

The Earth’s daily reset

While disgusting, I’m going to continue on with the DIY soylent. I’ll mix it with normal meals on a semi-regular basis. I’ll make a 1 day batch and consume it over the course of 2 days.

While the liquid died intrigued me, the experiment was never really about the soylent. It was about resetting my relationship with food. Prior to the 5 days on soylent, I had been eating a lot of junk. Way too many cookies, way too much pizza and not enough vegetables. After a week on the liquid diet, my willpower to eat the right thing is a lot stronger.

Resets are a necessary and powerful part of life

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Ask the Readers: What is your best fitness or healthy eating tip?

Hi there, Mrs. 1500 back from a leisurely blog-vacation, while Mr. 1500 regaled you with stories of his DIY soylent experiment last week. He wraps that up tomorrow, while I take time today to recap the answers from two weeks ago’s question, Do you have a sibling schism?

Mr. 1500 has two sisters, both of whom are younger. Neither of them are good with money. I have a sister and a brother. My sister told me just last week that she was at the mall and left without buying anything, because of the good influence I am on her. I cannot believe she even listens to me spout off about money! (Sometimes I feel like I sound like a broken record…)

My brother, sadly, is a completely different case. He likes to think he’s frugal, because he pays little to nothing for things by buying them at thrift stores, garage sales, and getting them from listings on the FREE section of Craigslist. But he is a “collector.” Or more accurately, a Junior Hoarder. (A brief conference with Mr. 1500 removed the Junior. “They aren’t as bad as the people on TV, but those are the worst of the worst. They are definitely full-on hoarders!”) If he didn’t spend that little bit on this and that, which adds up quickly, by the way, he would have more money and less stuff. Sigh.

Since this was basically a yes or no question, answers generally fell into two camps. Michelle from Making Sense of Cents says that both of her siblings are good with money. Mrs. Frugalwoods also has frugal siblings, who all married similarly frugal spouses. Excellent point! (And a post for another day about marrying your financial soul mate…) Continue reading

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10 Questions and a Pizza Place with Kapitalust

Today is the 44th edition of our periodic guest post series called 10 Questions and a Pizza Place. (The 1500′s are pizza fanatics.) We have a list of 17 questions we pose to fellow financial bloggers, and they are free to pick and choose 10 or answer all 17. Let us know if you would like to be featured in a future edition of 10 Questions.

Some bloggers provide good information and others are entertaining. The best are good at teaching you something while not putting you to sleep. Steve from Kapitalust does just that. He wrote a fun post on efficient market hypothesis recently (has anyone ever used “fun” and “efficient market hypothesis” in the same sentence?). I also greatly enjoyed the one he posted this week about the recent market gyrations. If that doesn’t have you on the hook, check out some of his photography.

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What is the worst financial mistake you made?
Inflating my lifestyle in college with student loan money when I had no business living that kind of lifestyle. Learned the hard way, racked up student loans, and then spent 2 gruelling years paying it all off.

What would you do if you inherited $1,000,000 (after taxes) today?
Invest all of it into dividend producing stocks and then take the excess dividends that are left over after expenses and place that excess in fixed income investments like CDs. Continue reading

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Soylent Update #4: Bacon to the rescue? (and Mrs. 1500 tries it!)

This picture has absolutely nothing to do with this post.

This picture has absolutely nothing to do with this post.

This week, the blog takes a slight diversion while I experiment with soylent, a liquid food substitute. At the end of each day, I’ll write a brief post telling you how it went. Below is my update for Thursday. The Thursday Rant returns next week.

I won’t be be providing an update tomorrow (Friday). Instead, I’ll be posting 10 Questions early from one of my favorite new bloggers. However, I have a lot more to say about this soylent experiment. Tune in Tuesday for a wrap up.

Before we get to today’s update, here are my stats:

Weight

  • Sunday night: 168.2
  • Monday night: 168.0
  • Tuesday night: 166.6
  • Wednesday night: 166.0
  • Thursday night: 165.8

Toilet time

  • #1: Yep, still crazy neon yellow.
  • #2: First thing in the morning and then another afternoon movement; just like clockwork.

Other important information

  • Hungry?: Yes*.
  • Lust after real food?: Yes, read on.
  • Convinced Mrs. 1500 to try it?: Yes. Read on…

Bacon to the rescue?

Bacon has the ability to make almost anything taste better. I put bacon on my bacon. I shouldn’t have been surprised when Mrs. Frugalwoods suggested I add it to the soylent. I think that this is a worthy experiment and one that I’ll try at a later date.

Now, I turn the post over to Mrs. 1500 who miraculously tried soylent today.

Mrs. 1500 takes the plunge

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Soylent Update #3: Hot sauce is not the answer

Hot sauce in the soylent was a horrible idea.

Hot sauce in the soylent was a horrible idea.

This week, the blog takes a slight diversion while I experiment with soylent, a liquid food substitute. At the end of each day, I’ll write a brief post telling you how it went. Below is my update for Wednesday. The Thursday Rant returns next week.

Before we get to today’s update, here are my stats:

Weight

  • Sunday night: 168.2
  • Monday night: 168.0
  • Tuesday night: 166.6
  • Wednesday night: 166.0

Toilet time

  • #1: Still crazy neon yellow.
  • #2: First thing in the morning and then another afternoon movement.

Other important information

  • Hungry?: No
  • Lust after real food?: No. I made Mrs. 1500 put all the delicious food out of sight.
  • Does it still taste disgusting?: Yes, but getting better.
  • Convinced Mrs. 1500 to try it?: Nope.

Hot sauce is not the answer

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Soylent Update #2: The Mrs. Strikes Back

Screen Shot 2014-10-14 at 8.32.32 PMThis week, the blog takes a slight diversion while I experiment with soylent, a liquid food substitute. At the end of each day, I’ll write a brief post telling you how it went. Here is my update for Tuesday.

Before we get to the tale of Mrs. 1500’s evil deeds, here are my stats:

Weight

  • Sunday before bed: 168.2
  • Monday morning: 166.8
  • Monday before bed: 168.0
  • Tuesday morning: 165.8
  • Tuesday before bed: 166.6

Toilet time

  • #1: My pee is still the crazy neon yellow color.
  • #2: No longer silent! This morning, things returned to normal. Then, things were normal again this afternoon. All that fiber made for very quick operations. My reading time suffered.

Other important information

  • Hungry?: No
  • Lust after real food?: See below.
  • Does it still taste disgusting?: Absolutely*.
  • Convinced Mrs. 1500 to try it?: Still HELL no. And she is now torturing me. Read on.

Mrs. 1500 Strikes Back

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Soylent: Update 1: The Silence of the Bowels

This week, the blog takes a slight diversion while I experiment with soylent, a food substitute. At the end of each day, I’ll write a brief post telling you how it went. Here is my update for Monday.

Before we get into the non-meat of the post, here are my stats:

Weight

  • Sunday before bed: 168.2
  • Monday morning: 166.8
  • Monday before bed: 168.0

Toilet time

  • #1: My pee is now this amazing, neon yellow color. I’ve been drinking plenty of water, so it must be something in the ingredients.
  • #2: Radio silence. It hasn’t happened since I started earlier today (Monday). Tomorrow should be a different story.

Other important information

  • Hungry?: No
  • Lust after real food?: Kind of. See below.
  • Convinced Mrs. 1500 to try it?: HELL no. (Mrs. 1500 note: Mr. 1500 gave me the option of either changing the brakes on the car by myself, or trying this. I said “no thanks” to both options. Just because he is crazy enough to do this, doesn’t mean he can convince ME to drink the kool-aid. Or Soylent.)

Taste

Truth.

Truth.

I am not a foodie of any sort. I’m fine with simple food and not picky. I’ve even been known to dine at the Mexican (sorry to offend you Mexico) fast food establishment that rhymes with “hell.”

With that said, I was surprised by just how bad this stuff tastes. There are no words to describe it. I think wallpaper paste with broken glass would be an improvement. When I had my first gulp, I had to fight to keep it from making an immediate reappearance. Each time I ate some, I had to hold it in my mouth for a couple seconds before I worked up the resolve to swallow it.

My initial batch was room temperature. Once it cooled off in the refrigerator, it was slightly better. Very slightly. Like .0003% better. (Mrs. 1500 note: I was not the least bit tempted to try this before he took his first drink, and the look on his face when it hit his tongue did not sway me. I could almost read his mind: I have made a huge mistake…)

How did I feel?

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Hacking my body with a foul liquid diet

The blog will take a slight diversion for the next 5 days while I hack my body. While the underlying theme of this blog is financial independence, good health goes hand in hand with retirement. What fun is life if you don’t have your health?

Ask the Readers and the Thursday Rant will return next week.

Can all of this stuff combine to make something appetizing?

Will all of this stuff combine to make something appetizing or will it be foul…

A long time ago, I asked you all if you’d be willing to try the food substitute, Soylent. The answer was a resounding “no.” Some of you even thought I was a bit crazy. No matter; it’s probably true.

When I asked the question about a year ago, I also placed an order for a one week supply of Soylent. Then I waited. And waited. And waited. The Soylent never showed up. The product is back ordered for an unknown length of time. Frustrated with the wait and the company’s very poor customer service (very little communication; not at all transparent), I cancelled my order a couple weeks ago. Continue reading

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10 Questions and a Pizza Place with Bid Ask Dividends

Today is the 43rd edition of our periodic guest post series called 10 Questions and a Pizza Place. (The 1500′s are pizza fanatics.) We have a list of 17 questions we pose to fellow financial bloggers, and they are free to pick and choose 10 or answer all 17. Let us know if you would like to be featured in a future edition of 10 Questions.

Rob of BidAskDividends submitted his 10 Questions to me over a year ago. I wanted him to get maximum exposure, so I waited a year for my traffic to build up so he could get maximum exposure. That or I completely lost track of his email. Ummmm, no further comment.

Rob seeks to generate enough income from dividends to cover his expenses and then some. How cool is that?

His answer to the “worst financial mistake” is pretty good too. Tough lesson, but much better to do when you’re in your 20s than in your 50s as I’ve seen firsthand.

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I am a big proponent of personal finance and investing as a way to achieve financial freedom, but not necessarily being the wealthiest man in the graveyard. I started BidAskDividends as a way to keep myself honest with my investments, as well as discuss/rant along the way. I am new to blogging, and there are some growing pains involved but so far I am enjoying sharing my strategies and thoughts, always looking for input. Continue reading

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Thursday Rant: How I almost got arrested for being a Frugal Weirdo

In Monday’s post’s comments, some readers used the term “frugal weirdo.” This term makes me happy and sad, all at the same time. It makes me sad because we frugal people are so few and far between, we are outcasts. On the other hand, Frugal Weirdo is a badge of honor. I’d rather be a wealthy weirdo than a broke, normal guy any day of the week.

FRGL4VRUnless you live on the moon, you know that marijuana is legal in Colorado. This has created quite a bit of consternation among the surrounding states. Kansas went so far as to put up fake drug checkpoint signs to scare people. Rumor has it that police in Cheyenne watch for cars with Colorado plates. I experienced this phenomenon last week when I was pulled over in Iowa. Here is how it went down.

Officer, I’m just frugal, really

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Whatever.

Last week, I mentioned that I drove to Chicago on my recent work trip to save money. It was a lot cheaper to drive than to fly and rent a car. Besides, I don’t mind driving and it gave me a good excuse to listen to the “Game of Thrones” audio books. The trouble started on my return trip in western Iowa.

I don’t speed much any more. It’s been at least a decade since my last speeding ticket. It just isn’t worth the fines. Besides, I’m a lot calmer now, so I just take my time. So I wasn’t at all worried when I passed a speed trap in western Iowa. I was in the right lane, while others were flying past me in the left. However, 5 minutes later, I found myself getting pulled over. The officer came up to the window and the conversation went like this: Continue reading

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