Eating Red Snapper.
Despite working on a foodie site YAMU, if I could find a way to eat less I would. Eating for pleasure is one thing, but eating cause you have to can be a chore. Hence it’s interesting to see that Rob Rhinehart has gone over a month without eating what we’d call food. He drinks a chemical shake he calls soylent. And apparently he’s in good health and poops like once a week. Check out his blog. It’s hilarious, and very insightful too.
Here are some money quotes:
I feel full after drinking a single glass of Soylent and while the smell of Mexican food from the street used to drive me crazy, now I am unaffected. It’s like finding a new partner you really care about. When all your needs are met, you don’t have a desire to stray.
I used to spend about 2 hours per day on food… Now I spend about 5 minutes in the evening preparing for the next day, and every meal takes a few seconds.
I think it would be nice to have a default, healthy no hassle meal. Similar to drinking water most of the time, but wine or beer when you’re socializing. If you saved money on food at home you would have the freedom to go out more often.
And this stuff from his interview with VICE:
Eating to me is a leisure activity, like going to the movies, but I don’t want to go to the movies three times a day.
People may giggle when I say I poop a lot less, but this would be a huge deal in the developing world, where inadequate sanitation is a prevalent source of disease.
Right now I only eat one or two conventional meals a week, but if I had any money or a girlfriend I would probably eat out more often. I’m quite happy with my bachelor chow. I don’t miss the rotary telephone and I don’t miss food.
Honestly, food is going to change dramatically in the next 20-50 years. Our descendants will look back on much of what we do as being as absurd. Eating the way we do it now may well become a leisure activity while we can get the nutrition we need to not die in other ways. Perhaps not this, but what Rhinehart describes here are soylent allows him to calibrate what he needs very precisely, controlling his blood sugar and even weight.
It’s not an end to food, but an end to the tyranny of food would be good.