As a child, I thought that time spent eating was wasted. I wasn’t really very keen on eating or on food at all, and my palate was very particular – I would go through phases of only eating lemon curd sandwiches or coarse duck pâté on toast. So why sit and fail to eat food and wait at the table when I could be playing or reading or drying the chemicals for my own fireworks in the microwave?
Now I’m a parent I’m all for family meals – the chance to spend time with our children and feed them nourishing foods. Sometimes I feel that I can put love into the art of cooking, and that the time spent preparing food is used wisely. Sometimes. But every now and then a part of me remembers the vivid image of food as tiny tablets presented in Daleks Invasion Earth, and longs for the simplicity of nutritious pellets to be ingested with minimal fuss.
Now, after my waist has swollen by 5.5 inches in 28 months, I’m keen to get away the pressure of having to think about what to eat, what to cook, and how much time to set aside to do it. I want to eat Soylent. I’ve been buffeted along my way by ideas of eating high-glycemic foods after a workout, fasting some of the time, changing the size and frequency of my meals and I’ve had enough of floating aimlessly on the winds of dietary fashion. I’m going to drink smoothies.
To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art – François de La Rochefoucauld. To eat on the shoulders of giants while cutting and pasting recipes is time-saving.
This is the first recipe I’m going to try every day. Starting (as all good diets do) tomorrow.
- 250g Whey Protein
- 113g Scottish oats
- 24g Psyllium Husk Powder
- 1.34g choline bitartrate
- 10.7g Potassium Gluconate
- 3.5g Table Salt
- 1 Multi vitamin
- 1 Calcium, D3, K1 capsule
- 36g rapeseed oil
- 1 tablet Lactaid
I’d like to say that I’ve done a bunch of research and found the ideal mix of chemicals and nutrients for my body type, but in reality I just looked up “high protein” and “tasty” on the DIY Soylent web page and came up with Liquid Cake v1.3. And then I jiggled with it a bit. Bulk Powders delivered my order sharpish – I just need to go and get some scales so that I can measure 1.34g of Choline accurately. If you click on that last link, you get a fiver off.