My Soylent Story

I first heard about Soylent in February of 2013.

It’s “essentially a potion that contains all nutritive essentials”, my friend said, emailing me a link to How I Stopped Eating Food, the blog post that started it all.

A complete, all-in-one meal drink? I thought it was a cool idea. I’ve always been a fan of Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma is an amazing book), eating a mostly Paleo diet, buying organic and local when possible, and skeptical of reductionist approaches to nutrition. But I thought it sounded like a fun thing to try – “like the equivalent of polyphasic sleep, but less painful”, I told my friend.

So when the Soylent funding campaign came online in May of 2013, I didn’t hesitate to drop a few hundred dollars to support the cause and pre-order a month’s supply of the nutritionally complete powdered drink mix.

By the time 2014 came around, I was eager to put Soylent to the test. Would I have more time to pursue my hobbies and side projects if I didn’t have to cook or wash dishes? How much money could I really save in grocery bills? But numerous manufacturing delays meant that it would be months before anyone got their hands on the stuff.

Ax Chow ingredients

Time to DIY…

Finally in March of 2014 I got tired of waiting for my Soylent to arrive and started experimenting with my own homemade soylent on the DIY Soylent website. I found myself with a lot more free time, though of course I spent it all thinking about and mixing up new variations on my soylent recipes. :p

In May of 2014, one year after I became a backer of the official Soylent funding campaign, I decided to help out @marion, another Soylent backer on the forum, by designing a custom blend for her (Marion Chow!) and shipping her two weeks’ worth. Soon I was flooded with requests by other backers eager to buy my homemade soylent.

So here I am! :) No longer just “homemade soylent” – now I’m making Custom Body Fuel to help fuel some bodies and free some lives. Including my own.

I made this website so you can easily order my most popular recipes, request a custom blend, or get answers to your questions! And if you want to talk more, please feel free to contact me.

Looking forward to making a difference. ;)