Could You Give Up Solid Food?

There's a lot to be said for the joy of food. From the smell of freshly baked bread, the slightly salty taste of butter, the crisp crack of roasted chicken skin, the sizzle of bacon frying in a pan, the chemical transformation of batter into pancakes and of course, the eating. Food brings so much joy into our lives, and surely, your tastebuds will be going into overdrive at the thought of the above. Food has become a wondrous thing - who could ever think of the thought of giving it up? Food is amazing and we all could go on and on about the wonders of food.

Giving it up? Intriguing. A startling proposition, but something worth thinking about nonetheless. Our hectic lives focus on speed and productivity - so should we not expect that from our meals? Of course, we can get food, fast - but it's not the same is it? Fast food lacks actual nutrition, and while it might be satisfying, it is somewhat hollow in nature. It's real, but it has no benefit for our body other than an extremely short-term high (a moment on the lips, but a life time on the hips). Could there be a way to eat good food, fast? Could we rethink the way we eat? Do we need to do so? All valid questions.

Giving up solid food has benefits and drawbacks. Mainly, the sensation of solid food will struggle to be matched by anything. The sensation of actual food - the smell, the taste, the feel and the texture - they all exist for a reason, and that is to make sure we eat to ensure we stay alive. This can't be found outside of solid food. However, solid food - and good solid food - takes time to produce. You need to cut, fry, sizzle, and sear to ensure the food is prepared. For some, that rips time away from hectic schedules. Food is all in - or all out. You're either searing and chopping in the kitchen or ordering another takeaway.

Of course, giving up solid food means drinking through a straw. It doesn't mean blending a roast dinner and feeding it to yourself; it means choosing food options that can be quickly prepared into a drink. Juicing is how this is done, and you may have heard of juice diets or juice day, where people replace solids with fruit and veggie cocktails for health reasons. Some juices are incredibly satisfying; others are downright awful. This is perhaps the best way to consume food without the time spent in the kitchen, it's also incredibly healthy. A base juice revolves around green vegetables (kale or spinach) and nullifying the bad tastes of these veggies with sweets - apples, oranges, mint and bitters like lemon and lime (sometimes even a kick of spice). These can be made, stored and swallowed quickly.

Giving up solids? It’s possible - especially with a number of open-source food/drink products like Huel and Soylent that fulfill more dietary needs than fruit and veg. You might not want to do it for life though!

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