Well, I got my Soylent yesterday (woo!), and figured I should share some of my experience with it as well, in order to more inform those that want info from actual users. Following other trends, I’ll just update this post rather than getting lost in the comments.
5/20 - First impression of Soylent is that it’s hard to describe the flavor. It reminded me some of my DIY I did a year ago, yet more… bland? Not in any way unpleasant, just very neutral in flavor. As my starter kit still hasn’t arrived I’ve been mixing it in my 40oz thermos, which attempting to mix it in estimated parts yesterday ended up with my solution being too watery, which was a little less pleasant. Oh well, you live and learn.
After consuming primarily Soylent yesterday, I woke up in the middle of the night with hunger pang. That was odd, and I didn’t have my Soylent handy, so I just drank some water and went back to sleep. Today I mixed the whole bag in my thermos, which took more shaking, but worked out decently well. I don’t mind the thickness of the texture, I just drink more water separately. I have noticed that Soylent likes to leave a coating on my teeth and tongue (whether the mixture is thick or thin), and I feel the need to brush, floss, and pick at my teeth every time I have a drink of it. I’ve had a bit of a headache today, but that is likely due to the lack of caffeine in my system currently. I think that I feel more emotionally balanced than usual, which is nice. I think my body is getting used to being on this again (I was on a DIY for just over a month).
5/21 - I’m unusually tired today, and I haven’t come up with the cause yet. Maybe it’s just my body adjusting to the Soylent, and trying to detox itself or something. Got my starter kit, and it’s a breeze to mix soylent in the jug provided. I’m so glad to have that now. The gas that has come is a bit frustrating. Apparently the best way to fight against it is to sip on Soylent slowly, but chugging it 3 times a day would fit my lifestyle easier. Here’s hoping a formula update will fix that, or that my body will adjust and I can then handle larger meals less frequently.
5/31 - TL;DR: Energy meh, creatine helps, flavor pretty good.
(I know, I know, it’s been a while since I’ve been on here, life keeps you busy sometimes). Now I am at roughly 2 weeks on Soylent, and my body is slowly adapting. The horrible putrid gas has gone, although I still get plenty of gas, it now seems to be nearly odorless. I have found that my energy seems to be in general fairly low, which is unfortunate. I’m hoping that as I get in better shape that changes, but we shall see. I started adding a bit of creatine into my Soylent, and that seemed to help. What is nice though is that I no longer have awful energy crashes after a meal (even a muggle food meal), so my energy is quite consistent in spite of it not being as high as I would like. The flavor and enjoyability of Soylent steadily gets better over time, I thoroughly enjoy sipping on a glass a few times a day. It is quite pleasant. I have been selling weeks off to friends to get them hooked on it so they would go ahead and order some, and so I re-ordered today, I’ll be curious to see how soon it gets here. The subscription isn’t ideal, but hopefully Rob will get some kind of 3 month bulk re-order thing going soon.
Overall though, I feel really good. I’ve mostly pointed out negative things, but that’s simply to bring attention to minor details that might be overlooked otherwise. The biggest issue I have is energy (which again, is consistent, but lower than I prefer), but I supplement with caffeine to help that. Aside from that I feel fantastic, and I love Soylent. I don’t plan on going back to primarily muggle food for at least a long time, if ever.
6/4 - Over 2 weeks on soylent. Here is what I’ve noticed now. My dandruff has decreased significantly (almost gone), so that’s cool. My acne has seemed to have gotten worse though, so that sucks. My energy is still low, low, low. It is consistent, I don’t have the crashes that make one want to pass out in the middle of the day, but it is indeed too low to function normally all the time. The best thing I can do for my energy is to eat a traditional dinner, which costs money I don’t want to be spending, so that stinks. I feel fairly healthy overall, and with enough caffeine I can still go to the gym and work out without much trouble. I’m hoping that my body is just detoxing and recovering from 23 years of eating not so well, but we shall continue to see as I move forward.
6/6 - So as the day went on after my last update, I got more and more irritable and tired. I had noticed a very strong craving for beef, but wondered what would happen if I didn’t give in this time (by the way, I’ve been craving meat most days since I’ve started). So it got to be around 11 and I was pissed off at the world. I knew it was irrational anger, but I couldn’t stop it. So finally I went and drove around and found a taco truck and loaded my body up with some delicious carne asada street tacos. Within the next 20-30 minutes, I was completely calm, and more energized than I had been previously. So here’s what I figure is going on. It’s believed (at least by some) that different body types have slightly different needs, and I suspect that there is something in red meat that my body needs that Soylent doesn’t have enough of. The trick is to figure out what. There are a few options that I can think of: Iron, which I doubt, because they have a high amount already and I had far less in my DIY with no issues. B vitamins (often linked to energy/mood). A particular amino acid that wasn’t considered ‘essential,’ and overall protein amount. Can anyone else thing of something that might be missing?
7/9 - So, basically what I’ve come to realize is that I can’t handle Soylent 1.0 exclusively. This is incredibly disappointing because my DIY was amazing to live on exclusively. Basically, even adding salt and creatine in, I can handle at most 2 meals worth of Soylent and have 1 meal of muggle food. Otherwise I get crazy fatigued/tired and lose all motivation to do anything. My body hasn’t adjusted, I just can’t take it, for whatever reason. I also got sick last week and stopped consuming Soylent for a couple of days and only ate chicken noodle soup and other sick food (and had whiskey toddys). I have to say, I feel like my brain functioned more clearly when off the Soylent and sick, than while on. This is really disappointing. I hope that updates to the product line come quickly, but in the meantime, if I don’t notice marked improvement within the next couple weeks I’m cancelling my subscription and waiting it out until there are some reasonable changes made.
This being said, I don’t think this is the end of Soylent for me, I just feel like there are improvements to be made. It’s a shame I wasn’t selected for @rob’s testing group, as I think they might have found a fundamental issue that is noticeable in me. If I had money/the means to do so, I would certainly have myself tested. Oh well.
7/22 - I think this is the point that I give up. I just drained an entire pitcher into the sink that I couldn’t make myself drink. A whole day’s worth wasted. Bah. I feel as dead while on Soylent as I do when I barely eat anything for days at a time. So this is likely the end of me even prepping a day at a time for a while. Maybe I can manage to make myself a meal at a time and have one every now and then, IDK. I’ll likely be trying to figure out which DIY seller is the closest to my own formula and buy from them. I’m also rather disillusioned by RL’s lack of communication, but that is a rant for another thread that I care not to even bother with at this point.
I did get some sucralose and vanillin to test my sensitivity from Axcho, so I will likely update with that, but beyond that, I think I’m done updating for a while.