What I really like about Subnautica is that it offers me different gameplay options to "finetune" my enjoyment. Of course I started out with the stock game settings but hunting for food and keeping stock of water soon became annoying as hell so I m going with the game version that takes both these factors off my to-worry list and I cant really say that I miss it. It has given me more freedom and time, reduces pressure and enables me to enjoy the game more. I dont think I will activate food+water again.
I'm the opposite, as I really love the survival aspect to the game. Needing to eat and drink gives me reasons to build bases and outfit them, because I need farms and ways to create water.
I'm glad they provided options though for players to choose how they want to play. They made so many great design decisions with Subnautica, it really is a master class example of excellent game design.