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Soylent Review: Week 1

It’s been a full week of Soylent replacing two meals a day, and I’m still alive and feeling pretty good.

But let’s rewind a little…

According to their website,

Soylent™ is a pioneer in food technology, producing convenient, complete foods designed to provide maximum nutrition with minimal effort.

I’d wanted to try Soylent for a while, but put it off because I didn’t think I could make it work while still cooking for 3 other people, and it seemed like an expensive  investment when I’d still be buying groceries. Also, I kind of love food…like I really enjoy cooking for others, trying new things, and the time spent while sharing meals. 

On the other hand, I love experimenting with things, especially ones that are health related. Plus, I don’t *always* love cooking. Sometimes I want to work right up to our regular dinner time, and I haven’t start cooking. Breakfast and lunch are also less exciting for me, sometimes I’d rather not stop what I’m doing to eat lunch. Another benefit I considered from drinking Soylent is that the nutrition is already figured out. I figured 5 servings=2000 calories, so I could easily cut that back to what I need and not worry about getting enough protein or vitamins, etc. Last major awesome point…it’s plant based. Soylent is 100% vegan!

How I’m Using It

Originally, I was going to go 100% Soylent for a month, but according to their Nutrient Profile Calculator, I’d be drinking more grams of fat than I need. According to their Nutrient Profile Calculator, I only need about 1186 calories and 40 g of fat. That means I need 3 servings (400 cals each) to meet my calorie goal, but 3 servings would be 60g of fat. I decided to cut it back to 2 servings of Soylent with 1 meal. 

Soylent Nutrient Calculator
Soylent Nutrient Calculator

 

Day -4: Ordering my Soylent

I ordered my Soylent directly from their website on a Friday evening.  I used a promo code to get 50% off my first order of 2.0 (the bottled drink). You can use this referral link here: http://soy.lt/r/Q58Ei51bl9 (no benefit to me…just 50% off for you).

Along with my 2.0 subscription, I also ordered the powder with 10% off plus your first order comes with a free pitcher and scoop.

I also have a case of Cacao coming my way via Amazon with 20% off your first subscribe and save order.

Day 0: Shipment Arrived

My order shipped Monday and was delivered Tuesday. I would’ve started Tuesday afternoon, but it wasn’t delivered until 4pm, so official start day is Wednesday.

Day 1: Well…

I made the first pitcher of the powder the night before so it could chill in the fridge. Then I read it needed to be consumed within 48 hours, so I planned to drink the pitcher for breakfast and lunch on Wednesday and Thursday, sharing some with my husband.

Straight up, it wasn’t exactly my favorite. It has an aftertaste that isn’t fantastic. I did fill me up and I wasn’t hungry after drinking it, but that could be because of the taste.

Day 2: Better

 I still had half a pitcher in the fridge so I decided to use it as a smoothie base. I blended the already mixed Soylent with some frozen strawberries and it was a million times better. 

Day 3: Trying the 2.0

The Soylent drink tastes like the leftover milk from a bowl of cereal. Generally, that wouldn’t be my cup of tea, but I really love the taste of this. 

Days 4-7

So far, I’ve had 2 servings a day + 1 meal. I’ve never felt hungry, which was my main fear. Even if it was all in my head I was worried I’d think I was hungry. I’ve actually felt really good. Not hungry or tired. I haven’t noticed any difference at all really.

Drink vs Powder

The drink is more convenient with no mixing , there are 6g less sugar than the powder, and it tastes better.  The downside is that it is more expensive. The cost of a serving of the powder is about $1.54, where the drink is $2.69. I like the drink better, but when the powder is mixed with fruit it tastes fine.

Health

Around day 4 I was down a pound since starting Soylent. I think it was just a coincidence because I’m back to where I started now. 

I’ve only been drinking 800 calories of Soylent, but I’m positive I’ve been eating more than 400 calories in my one meal. I can see how this could be helpful for someone trying to get more calories in their diet.

In January I had my blood work done and I plan on having it done again in July. I realize this is not a scientific method, but at by July 2/3rds of my meals will have been from Soylent for 2 months. I’m curious to see if anything significant stands out.

I always planned on drinking Soylent for a month, but at this point I plan to continue drinking it for the foreseeable  future.

Would you be open to trying Soylent? 

 

Review: Petit Vour October 2015

Petit Vour OctPetit Vour is the first subscription box that really lured me in. It’s a vegan beauty box, and I like that it’s only $15 a month. This is the third box I’ve gotten and I’ve been pretty happy with it so far. Petit Vour OctThe art work is super cute. I have the card from August on my desk, and I think I’m going to frame it.

This month has a face cleanser, eye oil, sleep oil, and nail polish.

Petit Vour Oct

Ursa Major Face Wash

I haven’t used the face wash yet. Actually, the last two boxes also came with face wash, and I’m still working on them. I have a face wash I normally use that’s for our hard water, so these are kind of accumulating.

Petit Vour Oct

Petit Vour Oct

Hana Organics Eye Oil

The eye oil smells nice and isn’t heavy. I’ve been using it once a day for the past few days.

Petit Vour Oct

Essence of Vali

This sleep oil has essential oils of lavender, marjoram, cedarwood and ylang/ylang. It smells great and I’ve been putting it on my pillow the past two nights. I really like it and I wish they would’ve included a bigger sample.

Petit Vour Oct

Habit Nail Polish

I didn’t think I was going to like the nail polish shade, Disco, but it turned out great. I has great coverage and dries super quick. I don’t know about the myrrh actually having any benefits since I put my go-to base coat (Zoya) down like it said to. I really really like how the polish went on, and I didn’t use a top coat or any fast drying oil and it hasn’t chipped yet. I think this would be my new favorite nail polish brand if it wasn’t $18…yes $18 a bottle.
Petit Vour Oct
Value of the box

I’ve been happy with the value of Petit Vour boxes. My biggest fear with subscription boxes is wasting money on things you don’t like or that don’t work for you. I’m especially cautious with beauty boxes because coconut oil makes me break out and it seems like coconut oil is in every beauty product. So far, I’ve been able use everything. Petit Vour has mostly high end products, which is nice because you can try out a premium product for cheap, but at the same time, if you like it, you’re hooked on a pricey product.

Petit Vour Oct

Petit Vour Oct

Petit Vour Oct Petit Vour Oct

Raw Review – Raw Rev Glo Bars

Raw Rev Glo Bars I recently got a sample of Raw Rev’s Glo Bars and I’m pretty much drooling just thinking about them. I have always liked other Raw Revolution bars, and these have a bit more protein. These come in 3 flavors:

  • Mixed Nuts, Caramel & Sea Salt
  • Creamy Peanut Butter & Sea Salt
  • Peanut Butter, Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt

Raw Rev Glo Bars

Things I love about them:

  • They taste really, really, good.
  • Most of the ingredients are organic and raw.
  • There aren’t crazy ingredients. The ones with chocolate chips in them do have sugar, but it’s a pretty small amount.
Raw Rev Glo Bars
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  • The overall nutrition is great. For such a natural bar, they pack between 10-15 grams of protein, and only 2-5 grams of sugar.
  • They are decent size bars. They are either 180 or 190 calories each, but they are a normal size. (As opposed to other mini 100 calorie bars that are the size of my thumb.)
  • The chocolate chunks are tiny (and the sugar is low). I don’t care for bars with huge chocolate chunks because it tastes more like a candy bar and is usually not very healthy

Raw Rev Glo Bars
Cons:

  • They taste like a candy bar without all the sugar and weird stuff. Why is this a con? Because I went through a box of 12 in a little over week. (I did share a few with my husband though!)
  • My favorite is the Mixed Nuts, Caramel & Sea Salt bar (it is SO good), but it has the least amount of protein, 10 grams, and the highest amount of sugar at 5 grams.
  • They are a little bit oily, so they’re not ideal to leave in the car as an emergency snack if you’re out running errands all day.
Raw Rev Glo Bars
My favorite

Generally, I keep a handful of these kinds of bars in my car or bag in case I’m out all day and need a quick pick me up. I’m definitely adding these into my rotation of bars. You can find these on Amazon, but you can get 20% off your order from http://shop.rawrev.com/ using code “contact”.

If you try these or other Raw Rev bars, let mo know what you think!