I’ve been on Soylent 1.0 since the end of June. By week two and through week six I was 100% on 1.0. I had always had some stomach problems, along with chronic pain and fatigue that I thought was just part of being human. But after the initial few weeks of acclimating to the high fiber, I started feeling the weight of those symptoms slowly lift. I can only describe it as feeling “younger” (and I’m only 31).
After six weeks I started eating out about once or twice a week, and sometimes noticed really bad indigestion and diarrhea that same night. Once after eating two slices of pizza, I had a terrible night and continued to feel sick and weak for a couple days. I began to think I had developed a dairy intolerance, so I tried avoiding cheesey food when I’d go out, but was still occasionally having bad reactions to the food I was eating. I just kinda stopped eating food and went back to 100% Soylent.
Flash forward to last Wednesday the 17th. My company was having an off site party, and while I managed to dodge most of the finger foods that were available, I did end up having two and a half pints of Stone IPA. I love beer, but didn’t realize at the time that I hadn’t had any since starting Soylent (just wine and an occasional mixed drink with clear liquor). I started having a feeling of indigestion fairly quickly, and by the time I was half way through the third pint I was feeling quite ill like I had food poisoning. I spent the whole night going back and forth from bed to toilet in a wretched state until I was completely empty, wishing that I’d just been able to throw it all up from the start. The next day I continued to feel acutely sick, even feeling like vomiting at the smell of food, but no one else at the office was even marginally ill (yes, I went in to the office, because reasons). All week I continued to feel like I had been poisoned, only just starting to feel human over the last couple of days.
As I looked it up, and later talked it out with my doctor before looking it up some more, it seems pretty clear that this is celiac. Apparently even a few weeks without exposure to gluten can cause the chronic symptoms to recede, and become incredibly acute upon renewed exposure. This is one of the main methods of diagnosis, I just didn’t realize that’s what I was doing. I have yet to follow up with a blood test or an endoscopy (I’m really, truly lazy about doctor stuff), but my doctor and I are fairly confident in the diagnosis.
I do have a question for anyone with celiac who may have tried Soylent 1.0. I know that it’s at just 20ppm, but for the past few weeks now I’ve been finding more and more that I get indigestion about 30 minutes after drinking it and lasting for an hour or two. Originally, I actually found it to be settling to my stomach but no more. Is this consistent with what others may have experienced? Even for those with celiac who’ve not tried 1.0, is this a common reaction to relatively minor gluten exposure?