Spirit Magazine - September 2013 - (Page 20)
From the Editor
This month we offer you cookies, in the form of a
sweet package of stories starting on page 56. Also
this month, coincidentally, a meal replacement
product called Soylent goes on the market.
Soylent is the invention of Rob Rhinehart, a
24-year-old electrical engineer who grew tired
of eating junk food but didn’t want to cook. He
mixed a batch of calcium carbonate, magnesium
gluconate, protein isolates, maltodextrin … yeah,
I don’t have that stuff in my refrigerator either.
Anyway, he came up with a drink that he lived
off of exclusively for 30 days; he says it made him
the healthiest he’s ever been. (He geekily chose
the name Soylent from the book that inspired
the sci-fi film Soylent Green.) As of this writing
Soylent has $1 million in preorders, according to
the website TechCrunch.
But let’s get back to cookies. The staff covered
the gamut, from history (the Civil War helped
create the modern American cookie!) to booze
(cookie pairings!), all while celebrating the cookie’s simple beauty as the ideal treat.
We Americans have grown kind of weird about
treats. Either we shy from the calories or we eat fat
and sugar for every meal. Neither way is healthiest,
according to the latest science. In fact, an occasional treat can actually be good for controlling
our weight. The secret is eating sensibly the rest
of the time.
There’s an old saying that goes, “Eat to live;
don’t live to eat.” That’s why the idea behind
Soylent is kind of cool: It’s about eating to live.
Nutritionists will tell you it’s best to cook real
food, and Soylent hasn’t been tested on many people yet. But it’s the philosophy of it that interests
me. Feed the body what it needs, then have a treat.
Even Rob Rhinehart, Mr. Soylent himself, says
he likes to go out to a restaurant now and then.
Good for him.
My own mother would have agreed. “It’s called
dessert because you have to deserve it,” she would
tell us kids. “So eat your vegetables first.”
Then have a cookie.
Even a healthy
diet has room
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Spirit Magazine - September 2013
Gary's Greeting en Español
Star of the Month
From the Editor
Eat Drink Sleep
"Are You Famous Amos?"
Products and Services
Rapid Rewards Partners
The "If" List
Spirit Magazine - September 2013