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First liquid lunch

I’m quite non-committal.  My shipment of a 1 week supply of Soylent arrived today after countless months of waiting.  Luckily, I’ve read a bit about it prior to chugging my first glass.  I ordered the pitcher and followed the instructions preparing the first bag.  I used a warm jug of Poland Spring water and shook for several minutes each.  But it still went down like cold wet sand.

My plan is to replace my lunch for a month with the goop.  I’m hoping that after 24 hours in the fridge, the texture will subside.  Every second meal from the pitcher, I’ll make a new bag, storing a glass in the fridge for the next day.

My motives are quite simple: I’m lazy and my nutritional intake suffers.

The texture from a fresh made pitcher is annoying enough to subvert my best intentions, so I may be trying some of the suggestions on increasing the palatability like adding banana.  Using a blender every three days is easier then daily, but we’ll see.

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