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.
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
I’ve been thinking about resets a lot lately. They are healthy and we can find them in all parts of life. It just isn’t natural for any kind of system to maintain a consistent trajectory forever.
Last week, we experienced a slight stock market correction. The markets tumbled a bit and a lot of people freaked out. However, this is nothing but a little stock market reset. Some day, we’ll have a bigger one and it’s best to accept it for the reset that it is.
We need resets from our jobs in the form of vacation time. We take a week or two off and do something else with our time. We don’t have enough of it here in the States, but that is a post for another day.
Sometimes we decide that we need to change jobs completely. We find a new job or maybe even find a new career. A big life reset.
Those of us who are unlucky marry an incompatible person. That reset is called a divorce and can also reset the bank account. Ouch.
Resets are not always fun, but are healthy and natural. They are simply a course correction. When we come back from vacation or move to another state, we do so in the hope of changing our lives for the better. Same idea with my liquid diet. Forcing myself out of my comfort zone will improve my diet. Perhaps someday I’ll have to reset my diet again and I’ll choose a different experiment that time.
The biggest reset of all
The underlying theme of this blog is early retirement. One day in the future, I’ll reset my life when I stop working at my conventional job. That will be a good reset.
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