I just started with Soylent on Saturday morning (2 days ago). Now it’s Monday and I’m giving up on it (well, for now, I bought 6 weeks worth so I’m pretty sure I’ll try again when I feel up to it). I’ll try to explain my experience.
The positives are that it tastes good, I don’t feel hungry after consuming it, and that it’s nutritious.
I don’t really mind the texture. It’s what I would imagine the texture of drinking quicksand would be…I can imagine that some people might hate it, but I don’t. I do have to drink a good amount of water to get all of the grit out of my throat/esophagus when I’m done, but whatever.
I don’t own a blender. Soylent is something of a pain without a blender. Sure, real food is more work, but it takes quite a bit of effort to get all of the clumps out without a blender. Real food is also more enjoyable for me, so it’s a tradeoff.
Now the real negatives. I’ve felt super-drained of energy since I started on Saturday morning. I feel like I’ve been in a fog since Saturday morning…it’s seemed to let up to some degree, but not completely, a couple times maybe immediately during and after drinking Soylent, for a little longer the two times I ate some regular food, and in the evenings (which has only been two evenings). Now, there’s confounding factors: I may be a little sick (though maybe the Soylent had something to do with that?), and the Internet was out over the weekend, so I was pretty bored/unhappy.
But it’s not just that. I’ve gotten panic attacks multiple times over the past few days, which are something I sometimes deal with, but it is only rarely I can’t get them under control pretty quickly. I almost had to pull over driving to work this morning because I was freaking out for seemingly no reason (and driving to work is normally a very relaxing experience for me, believe it or not).
I’ve also had a headache since starting Soylent Saturday morning. I made sure to add a little extra salt and drink plenty of water like the forums said, so maybe it’s the potassium thing? But I wouldn’t have imagined it would be a consistent headache for almost three days straight, no let-up. It makes it hard to find motivation when I’m already feeling tired, anyways.
I’m wondering if my normal diet might possibly be better than Soylent. This definitely wasn’t the case a year ago when I purchased it, but things can change in a year. I normally take a multivitamin daily (which, looking at it, doesn’t contain much potassium, so maybe that’s the headache cause), for breakfast have a good amount of egg whites (around 5-6 eggs worth most days, maybe more once in a while) and a big bowl of “musli” (my dad mixes it up for me and him - it’s just uncooked oats, raisins, seeds, some sweetened granola, and stuff like that mixed together) which I have with milk. And then I drink a glass of juice on the side with that. Lunch is often a bare-bones microwave bean burrito with a granola bar, a cup of applesauce, and a bottle of milk. Dinner varies more, from another bean, cheese, lettuce, tomato burrito from some fast food-ish place, to something my dad cooks like pasta with sauce and cheese. Usually I have some sort of vegetable with dinner. On some days if my family’s eating meat (I’m a vegetarian) dinner might be the smallest meal of the day for me.
I’m usually very energetic, especially when I first wake up after a 9-hour night of sleep, which I had last night, so I was especially concerned when I was still tired after waking up this morning (though not any more hungry than usual).
By the way, I normally do push-ups about every other day. Skipping today because I just feel tired.
Three more things I forgot to mention - my stomach’s been just a little bit queasy today. Only a little bit, very on and off, but the feeling reminds me of the time I got food poisoning pretty recently (from some tofu I should have known was bad), and it’s not a pleasant reminder. Also, with Soylent, I can’t really easily tell if I’m full or not. I kind of drink until it feels right, but I’m not just sure like with eating normal food. Finally, gas - less with Soylent than with all of the beans I normally eat, but the Soylent gas smells marginally worse (though I don’t really care).
So, with all of that being said, I’m taking a break from Soylent. If and when I try it again, I’ll do it when I know I’m not sick, so I’ll know that it’s the Soylent doing it, if it is. I rarely ever get sick. That food poisoning I mentioned (from the tofu) was maybe the worst in the past year!
If anyone has any suggestions on how to improve my Soylent experience, please let me know!