A few years ago I tweeted, "I wish there was such a thing as human kibble."
My friend Martin responded with a link to Soylent which was a liquid version of just that. An instant nutritious meal via powder mix. At that time, it was still in development. Now since launching in early 2014, it's been so popular - there's a waitlist.
My colleague brought in a sample for me to try today because her man is obsessed with it, living the busy film production life. Exciting! A sneak peek into the future when we're living in space! And if it works out, I'll save at least 5 hours a week preparing meals!
I'll admit the first few sips were somewhat pleasant. Tasted like a protein bar mixed with oatmeal and pancake batter.
Half a cup in, my mood shifted. It became utterly bland; every sip felt like it could trigger a vomit spree. I missed chewing. I missed feeling texture on my tongue. I realized eating actual food gives me joy (association with good memories?), makes me feel human and healthier (whether it is or not). I also instinctively picture where food comes from when I eat it. In this case, I saw a dirty powder factory and felt ill. The serving was left unfinished. My colleague even force-fed me a french fry because I looked internally wounded and unsatisfied.
It's been 3 hours since the half cup and I'm not hungry so maybe the formula does its job... or I've permanently lost my appetite.
I'll end with a short reminder from my mom: "What you eat become what! Be healthy." So while we have access to nutritious food, I will be spending my time cooking and pleasing my senses.