Many of the articles I write are about increasing productivity. With the amount or work startup founders are responsible for, saving time wherever we can is essential. So, when looking at my time I noticed that one of the biggest allocations went to food. Going to the grocery store, preparing my food and finally eating it.
When I moved to San Francisco, I heard about all the buzz around Soylent. The company to date has received a total of $24.5 million in funding with previous investors in the Company's seed funding including Andreessen Horowitz, Lerer Ventures and Alexis Ohanian, a co-founder of Reddit.
To experience this for myself, I decided to do a month experiment with Soylent's 1.4. Here are the pros and cons that I found in using the product:
1. You'll save so much time
The greatest difference in using Soylent had nothing to do with health. Its largest effect was how much time it gave me to do everything else. I saved tons of time prepping meals, and figuring out what to eat. Soylent is super easy to pack with you and takes less than a couple of minutes to make.
It makes sense why the product is so popular among young professionals in San Francisco. Everything is so focused on work, it is a perfect fit for a busy lifestyle.
2. You'll feel better
My typical diet before Soylent was a loose paleo diet with the occasional beer (I'm still and entrepreneur). One of the changes I noticed with Soylent is that I felt full longer and I also felt more energized. An initial worry that I had is that by adding the extra carbs into my diet from Soylent, I would gain unwanted weight. During the entire month, I didn't gain weight and actually ate healthier.
When you stop thinking about food, your body surprisingly adapts to just eating the same thing over and over again. I experienced less cravings, but I did eat out with friends every once in a while during the experiment. I don't believe Soylent is meant to be a replacement of all meals, but instead take the place of the meals we make ourselves.
1. You can't drink it by itself
In my opinion, Soylent not mixed with anything tastes like pancake batter. It is not something that I believe most people can consume day in and day out. Online, there is a forum where people can go and list ways to customize the product. Personally, I found that adding two tablespoons of peanut butter and a handful of berries goes a long way. It gives it a little flavor, and makes it much more manageable to have everyday.
2. It's hard to make the shift over in the beginning
In the first two weeks of using Soylent, I had cravings. I also found myself making excuses to cheat and grab pizza. Thinking that I wasn't experiencing life because I was eating the same thing everyday popped into my head.
In retrospect, most of us eat the same thing everyday we just don't think about it. We are creatures of habit, and most of us do not have time to cook a new meal everyday of our lives. So while the first two weeks take some adjusting, once you get used to it you'll notice it just becoming part of your natural routine.
Overall, I am happy with the results of using the product and will definitely be a future customer. Being an entrepreneur, we're always looking to cut time wasters. Soylent has proven to be an exceptional product to help us in that process.