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:
- Sunday night: 168.2
- Monday night: 168.0
- Tuesday night: 166.6
- Wednesday night: 166.0
- Thursday night: 165.8
- #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
Hi there, Mrs. 1500 with my take on this stuff. First off, let’s talk about the taste. That is really all anyone cares about, isn’t it? It really doesn’t taste good. That said, it really doesn’t taste all that bad, either. Of course, Mr. 1500 had mixed in a good sized scoop of cinnamon – my favorite thing. And some chocolate protein powder, in an effort to minimize yuckness.
So the taste isn’t all that bad. Kind of bland, with a chalk-y finish. Mr. 1500 described it to me as uncooked. That is perfect. It tastes uncooked, like cornbread batter, but without the delicious corn taste. It is the texture that really gets you. It is gritty, like sand, but large-grain sand or, well cornbread batter.
My first thought was yuck, but my second thought was “I could live off this if I had to, I just don’t have to.” I wasn’t the one who decided to do this, and I certainly won’t be joining Mr. 1500 on the rest of his journey.
Way too many Americans don’t have enough good food to eat. They subsist on peanut butter, beans and rice, or just go without. This could change things up, if people were willing. Nutritionally complete. But they have a long way to go to making it something anyone would want to eat.
Would the real weight-loss catalyst please stand up?
Mr. 1500 has this amazing ability to lose weight. His metabolism is great for him, and terrible for his wife, who is a champion weight-gainer. I swear I could just look at a picture of a cupcake and gain 5 pounds.
So I question his weight loss. He isn’t consuming anything else, except for Diet Mt. Dew and lots of water.* I think he could accomplish the exact same weight loss through eating a mostly vegetable diet. We are going to try that next week.** I have a great taco meat recipe that is totally vegetables, thanks to Mrs. PoP. I have zucchini coming out of my eyeballs thanks to Angi, so I will be turning that into veggie fajitas. A friend posted this link for an Indian Samosa casserole recipe from Vegetarian Times that looks wonderful.
I’ll be loading up on the vegetables for snacks. Sugar snap peas, carrots, cucumbers, cauliflower and broccoli. Lots of beans and rice for side dishes.
I would love for you to share your favorite veggie meals. Bonus points if my kids will eat it too. They only eat the taco meat because they don’t know it has no meat in it.
*Here is where Mr. 1500 is supposed to tattle on himself***, how he didn’t quite finish all his soylent yesterday, and how he ate a bowl of cereal for breakfast this morning and had leftover orange chicken for lunch. But I am writing this post, so I will tell on him.
**No way am I sharing my actual weight with you. I have a lot of muscle, which weighs more than fat, so on paper my weight looks worse than it actually it. But it is still far too heavy for my short stature.
***Mr. 1500 Update
Yep, I fell off the wagon. I woke up starving and the soylent did nothing for me. I had a bowl of Cheerios and then a small amount of leftover orange chicken. To balance the calories out, I drank less soylent later in the day.
The real food set me straight. I didn’t struggle at all the rest of the day. I have more to say on this, but I’ll save it for my wrap up on Tuesday.
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