I started official Soylent this past Saturday. Almost immediately started getting headaches. Water, Excedrin, caffeinated soda, and food snacks all helped a lot, but not completely. About the time the headaches subsided to a manageable level, a light-headedness and fatigued sensation took over.
Meanwhile, no matter how much Soylent I drank, my stomach never indicated that I was full or even close to full (bloated on occasion, but even then I was hungry as hell). But most of the time if I ate just a small snack all of a sudden I was overly full.
Then I started reading about the LOW SODIUM in Soylent (i.e. Soylent does NOT, repeat does NOT have 100% sodium) and that some people were having to add salt to their mix. The two foods that had triggered “full” sensations (turkey jurkey and Triscuits) are both high in sodium, but the low sodium salad didn’t trigger a “full” sensation - interesting.
So last night I added a teaspoon of sea salt (it’s what I had; I don’t recommend it, use table salt if you have it) to my mix. This morning I woke up with a killer headache. I stumbled to the kitchen, added the oil to my Soylent, poured some over ice and before I finished the glass the headache started to recede! When I finished my two glasses of salted Soylent - without any additional snack food - I actually started to feel full. Twenty minutes later, I definitely felt full. It’s now two hours later and I still feel satiated.
At no point this week did I explicitly crave salty things (when I do, it’s typically french fries), I only craved things that have typically “filled me up” in the past.
I have to admit, I trusted the Soylent crew too much. When they said 100% nutrition I expected 100% nutrition (silly me). In fact, Soylent only contains 45% of the daily allotment of sodium and that appears to be a recipe for disaster!
I can’t help but wonder what the unnoticeable effects are of the other shortages: saturated fat, cholesterol, and total carbs? They all have a bad health rap, as does sodium, yet there’s a reason they have an RDA!
Now I feel like Nancy Crater after she’s feed (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Man_Trap).