Six months ago why browsing Reddit I came across a thread asking if an adult can survive on a diet of exclusively human breast milk - and while they can’t (there’s aren’t enough calories in breast milk for an adult) somebody did mention a product called Soylent. Soylent is a powered food that you mix with water, it has all the vitamins, amino acids and nutrients that the average adult needs to thrive. After reading about the product for a few months on reddit.com/r/soylent I decided to finally purchase some online and give it a shot. Soylent promises to give me everything my body needs while providing me more time to spend working on the things I love.
Starting today I will begin a week on a diet of nothing but Soylent and water. A single ‘meal’ of Soylent is 500ml, which I don’t think will be enough to make me feel full but I’ll see how I go. My primary concern is that with only 3g of fibre per serving, Soylent won’t have enough fibre for my particular dietary needs. If I find this to be an issue (constipation) I’ll add some psyllium husk to my meals which should fix things up.
As Soylent is a fairly new product there is no way to measure the long term health effects of a diet high in this type of food, meaning that the community currently using Soylent are essentially beta testers. I should also note that just because somebody can live on Soylent exclusively, it certainly doesn’t mean they should. Eating regular food has many benefits that Soylent doesn’t provide such as sharing a meal with friends. This is a project that I’m undertaking purely out of interest and is not something I plan on maintaining long term. I will do my best to update this blog every day with my progress.
If anybody is interested in trying Soylent for themselves it is available for purchase through their website directly at www.soylent.com
I’d like to say a big THANK YOU to each and every one of you for the support you’ve shown me over the last few years with my photography and adventures abroad. I started using Instagram almost three years ago while on a road trip down in the South Island - I never thought that sharing my iphone photos of the adventure would turn into this journey that has given me so many opportunities and introduced me to such an incredible community of people. You guys are awesome!
On a slightly unrelated note, I have a bunch of exciting trips planned for the coming months which should make for some great photos; I’m looking forward to sharing those with you ✌ The best is yet to come //
Soylent tastes like liquid oats. Not necessarily in a bad way but it’s not mouth wateringly tasty either, it’s definitely a unique flavour, so I hope I can put up with it for an entire week. The first day of my Soylent-only diet wasn’t as uncomfortable as I had imagined. I wouldn’t say it completely fills me up but it doesn’t leave me feeling overly hungry either and it certainly gives me a lot of extra time. Physically I feel completely normal - I spent three hours today lifting heavy bags of soil preparing my glasshouse for summer vegetables and I didn’t feel tired or lacking in energy at any point. It will be interesting to see how this all changes in the next few days..