For my New Year’s resolution, I decided to give up food for a month (which turned into two months). Not just food of a particular type (e.g. snack food) but the entire category of food itself. But since I planned to continue living, I did have to find a way to ingest nourishment of some kind. The way I found to do it? Soylent. It’s is a tongue-and-cheek reference to the 1973 dystopian film about an over-populated world where the only way to feed everyone was to recycle human beings as a food called “Soylent Green.” What I didn’t realize until about the end of the first month of consuming Soylent was that
it was in fact made of people. I had become an accidental vegan.
The Soylent I consumed is a reductionist’s approach to nutrition: distill all of the necessary vitamins, minerals, carbs, fats, and protein you need for a perfectly balanced diet into a bland-tasting powder. Mix one pouch with water and you have a shake with an entire day’s nutrition. There is much more to my experience consuming purely Soylent for nutrition for two months, but I’ll save that for another post.