Have been trying Tim's mush approach for four fill days now, today being my 5th. Excellent early results. Previously had been doing 500 - 600 cals of flavorless calories before (SW, ELOO, or Protein drink, drinken so as to be flavorless), followed by upwards of 1,300 - 1,500 regular calories. Since I consume all my flavorless calories as the first calories of my day, the 500 to 600 (sometimes 700) would be required to get me to dinner time. (This includes an afternoon 4 mile run, by the way.) This week, I've been doing about 200 calories (mistake in my earlier post that said 300) per day of the "mush" followed by 100 to 200 calories of the SW or ELOO. First observation is that with the very nutritional mush, eaten so as to be completely flavorless, I'm needing fewer calories (200 to 300 fewer) to get me through to dinner time. Second observation is that I'm filling up much more quickly at dinner, and overall consuming at least 300 to 500 fewer overall calories per day without feeling any less satisfied. Third observation is that before this week, I had been essentially plateaued for a couple of months (although would have been fine had the needle never moved again since I'm pretty close to the bottom of where I'm going to be). This week I'm down 1 - 1.5 lbs since Sunday. That's a very encouraging result.
From an implementation standpoint, I started the week bringing a little container of mush (200 cals worth) to work with me and would dip a little mush out with a spoon and then, with my fingers, form into small mush balls that I could drop into the back of my mouth, swallowing and chasing with water. This was very messy and time consuming and was taking too long to do. So, last night, I pre-made the balls all at once (with greased fingers), rolled them in powdered milk to keep them from sticking together and separated the layers in the container with waxpaper. This morning I was able to open the container and pop down 10 in about one minute -- no mess and no time at all. Almost as quick as the ELOO or SW (not counting the production time). I think next week I will make the entire week's batch 'o balls all at once -- much more efficient that way.