Man Stops Eating Food: Could You Do It Too?

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green drinkUgh, food. Do you ever just get sick of eating? Having to cook or buy food, chew and swallow it, and then clean up afterward? (No? Me neither. But humor me here.) A man named Rob Rhinehart wanted to get rid of the tedious task of eating food. So he created his own "Soylent," a nutrient drink that gives his body everything it needs. He wrote about the experiment in a post called, "How I Stopped Eating Food: Mostly."

People, he freakin' loves the stuff. "I haven't eaten a bite in 30 days, and it's changed my life," he writes. And he means that in a good way. Would YOU ever want to try this out?

So aside from olive oil and table salt, Rob doesn't keep any food in his home. Just his Soylent mix: "I researched every substance the body needs to survive, plus a few extras shown to be beneficial, and purchased all of them in nearly raw chemical form from a variety of sources." Mmm, raw chemicals, my favorite.

Rob claims his chemical smoothie is delicious. I'm beginning to suspect he never liked food to begin with. But let's get into how AWESOME this stuff made him feel. It took about a week of tinkering to get the ingredients and proportions right. He kept track of his vitals and did blood tests to make sure he was really healthy.

  • He feels full.
  • He feels energized.
  • His skin looks clearer and smoother.
  • Advertisements for fast food look repulsive.
  • He feels like "the six million dollar man."
  • His hair seems thicker .
  • His teeth look whiter.
  • His dandruff went away.
  • He can run father.
  • He can think faster.

Okay, well, that's pretty compelling. But he hasn't told us about his poo or his sex life. What about that, huh?

So I can see how some parents might love this -- it would save us so much time if only we could get the kids to slurp down Soylent shakes instead of real food. But something tells me most kids would outright reject the stuff.

I'm not convinced. Life for me is about so much more than efficiency and white teeth. I love eating -- and cooking -- to ever give them up. Giving up food would be like giving up all the magic and poetry in life. I would never want to do this, no matter how six-million-dollar it makes me feel, physically.

Would you ever try living on Soylent? How long do you think you would you last?


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insei... inseineangel

I probably would last as long as it takes to say the word "Soylent".

I have a long, loving relationship with food and cooking, and we're quite happy together. I'm not ready or willing to divorce it just yet.

tuffy... tuffymama

That really defies nature, doesn't it? Oh, people. I bet he will feel like you know what in a few months. Cleansing diets always feel awesome for a while after the initial detox. Then you get weary.

Bloom... Bloomie79

Agreed tuffymama, a good cleanse is one thing but changing your whole diet to a drink forever... no thanks

GoDod... GoDodgers

Nope. I like to chew. :)

summe... summerblythe

My moms boss beat cancer without any radiation or chemotherapy by just juicing.

the4m... the4mutts

Ive heard that too much soy is worse for you than fast food in moderation. Idk if it's true or not, but I have heard through the grapevine of people with no soy allergy or intolerance, to switch to soy milk, and end up sick as hell in just a couple months. Hope this man knows what he's doing.

insei... inseineangel

@the4mutts: I actually went on Wiki (which led me to scouring different sources on across this wide, wide web) and was reading up on soy/soybeans, and there's a lot of debate on the benefits vs. possible risks from some of the chemical make up, not to mention 90% of the soy crop in the US being GM. It's a pretty interesting read.

(If you read it, don't link over to 'Monsanto', I swear I was on here for an hour and a half reading all that, lol.)

Mary Ciulla

The word Soylent would turn me off, considering the repugnant movie "Soylent Green." Then there is the word "chemical". A sarcastic doctor, who lacked prudence, once suggested that I stop eating food. I, happily, no longer go to him.

Brett Turley

He didn't include soy or even specifically address soy vs whey protein. The soylent name was just a reference to it's sci-fi namesake, nothing more. He basically made vitamin-fortified meal replacement drinks with more comprehensive vitamins and trace elements.

He is extremely clear about this being an experiment, and is loathe to hand out a recipe. Yes, this could hurt someone with specific dietary needs, like diabetics. He obviously gets blood work done frequently to check his health and progress, as well as recording subjective data about his experience.

The idea here is that this experiment, and others like it, may hint at missing knowledge about the human body, its needs, and the effects of modern diet on all of us. It could also be useful knowledge should it be applied to emergency food aid, treating starvation, and treating or identifying disease that has not been linked to dietary issues. I applaud his curious mind, and willingness to subject himself to his own hypotheses.

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