December 19, 2014

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First, a summary of how day 1 ended which I think is important. I split a bottle of champagne and 2 double IPAs with my friends. Not a lot of alcohol for me being a big guy but mid-way through that 2nd 6oz serving of beer, I felt very drunk. I thought that not eating solid foods would affect my tolerance but not this much. Instead of my normal lay-down time of midnight and reading until 1AM, I ended up passing out (in my bed) at 10:15PM and sleeping all night. 

I still don’t feel hungry which is great and was my biggest concern with starting this whole thing.

I woke up at 8 and made today’s Soylent and turned on the espresso machine then I had 2 pints of water, a double shot of espresso and at 11AM, I had my first pint of Soylent. It’s 1:30 and I just had my 2nd pint of Soylent with another water. I feel great today, not hungry or lethargic or tired.

Had another ‘meal’ at 5 and another now at 7:45. I’ll have another in 2 hours and I’m currently drinking some 24 year cask scotch from Auchroisk and I’m not feeling the light headedness that I had yesterday. So day 2 has mostly been a success. 

Might report more tomorrow but unlikely. The transition to this has been way easier than my monthly Juice fast. 

December 18, 2014

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via The Bold Italic:

For 24 Hours in San Francisco, 17 students from The Academy of Art University’s PH 462: Editorial Photography captured moments in SF to create a story spanning an entire day. Each student was assigned a four-hour period with the task of capturing the city at its best during those hours. The result is a 24-hour collection of enticing moments seen through the eyes of a group of eclectic photographers. From freshly baked donuts after a night out at 4 a.m. to the city falling into its slumber at midnight, these images will take you through a typical San Francisco day.

Really beautiful photos. Every one was unique. I miss that city.

December 18, 2014

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I’ve had 1/10th of a day’s worth of Soylent. It’s 11AM and I feel full. 

Soylent 1.2 Arrival

I don’t have a grand plan for cataloging my Soylent saga for the next 28 days but I’ll write some notes here for my own reference. Maybe it turns into a daily blog post but I highly doubt it. Also, nerds over on Facebook keep linking to my posts about the stuff for some reason. Blog readers here know I do a yearly cleanse so it’s not a big deal that I’m doing this. It also comes at a good time because December is a slow time for me and I can take up weird activities like this one.

I started last night by emptying a 2,000 calorie bag + oil of Soylent into a half-full pitcher they included in my first package. I used Spring water that comes in a jug and mixed up the concoction by shaking the container vigorously. Then, I used my hand blender to fully stir everything up and reduce pockets of powder that might have formed. As instructed, I used room temp water and stored the jug in the fridge for 3 hours (overnight in my case).

This morning, things were normal for me. Two full glasses of the same water, a double shot of espresso and then I poured 1/10th of a jug of Soylent into a glass at 10:30AM and drank it. Five minutes later, I felt a little bloated and dare I say, “gassy” but full with maybe a minor knot in my intestines that isn’t normally there. 

I’m not doing this for weight loss but I thought I’d post it here in case my weight does change over the next 28 days. I weigh 295 and my BMI is 38% (based on my scale which I know is not an accurate read). 

I just had my 2nd serving around 1PM and now just over 45% of the container is empty. I feel good, no pains like I did this morning and I’m not hungry either. I still feel full. 

At 5PM and 7PM I had a serving and I have one more ready for a 10PM serving. Overall, I felt full all day with zero cravings for real food. Supposedly, there’s gas and stomach issues for the first 2-3 days but I feel fine. I even am drinking alcohol and don’t feel buzzed as I would with a normal empty stomach (which was a big concern). 

Day 1 = Success!

Soylent 1.2 Arrival

December 16, 2014

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There will be a lot to learn in this one. Once a year, I do a 2-4 week juice fast w/o alcohol and instead of shocking the system so much, I decided to just switch over to something like this full-time. After 2 weeks, I’ll have to decide if i want to order another month of it. I also want to add in multivitamin and protein supplements along with my green-superfood powder so we’ll see how I do with just 1 week of Soylent before I start adding in extra stuff. Shipping delays for current Soylent customers is 2 weeks so I hope that’s the case when I go to order and there’s not another 6 month delay like before.

Looking forward to this.

Soylent - 28 Day Supply

 

Soylent - 28 Day Supply

 

Soylent - 28 Day Supply

December 15, 2014

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Once every 1-2 months, we get together and do a sandwich competition. I’ve been perfecting my base recipe and building on it. I won the contest for the first time on Saturday and I took photos of the build as it went along. Again, using my old camera until the in-warranty repair is done so the photos aren’t as crisp as usual.

Sandwich Making contest w/ Friends

Sandwich Making contest w/ Friends

Sandwich Making contest w/ Friends

Sandwich Making contest w/ Friends

Sandwich Making contest w/ Friends

Sandwich Making contest w/ Friends

Delicious sandwich!!!

Update: I ended up writing down the steps for a friend on Flickr. Figured they’re worth sharing below:

Italian Baguette (french might work, high moisture bread ideally)
Spread onto bread:
-Crushed Garlich
-Purred Basil
-French Dijon (fresher the better)
-Oil (extra virgin olive)
-Aged Balsamic
-Pepper
-Sea Salt
-4-cheese mexican shredded cheese

Assemble Meat: try to fold meat so it layers high in the sky
-Polish Ham (base layer)
- Sweet Cappicola
- Hot Peppered Salame
- Black Forest Ham
- Black Pastrami
-Extra Dry, smoked American cheddar cheese (from Northcountry smokehouse in Vermont)
-Smoked Swiss from the same place

In the oven @ 450F, lay out half a pound of bacon on aluminum foil and cover with brown sugar, cook for 20 minutes so not quite crispy but very close

Assemble bacon onto meat on a parchment paper

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Put Meat & bread separately in the oven @ 400 for 10 minutes. Remove bread first on it starts feeling firm then meat shortly after

Carefully (requires 3 people) migrate meat over to the bread. Note, the longer the meat stays on the bread, the more of the juice will make the bread soggy. 

Top the meat & bread combo with whatever you want. I used:
-Baby Spinach
-Hot pepper relish
-Sriracha sauce
-Sautéed Onions
-Avocado mashed 
-Mayo
-other stuff..can’t remember what

Add some fresh pepper and fully assemble.

Then I wrapped the entire thing in sticky plastic wrap very tightly for 10 minutes so everything could meld together and it made the sandwich easy to cut into pieces.

Truthfully, you’re looking at like a $50 sandwich here if you’re buying everything fresh but it was delicious!!