May 15, 2015 Update
I started on August 30th 2014 with version 1.0. I was at 327 lbs, diabetic type II, AIC 10.1, BP 170/110, Triglycerides 353, my blood sugar was swinging between 200 and 600. I was on Levemir inject able insulin 120units a day and averaging 30-50units a day of Humalog inject able insulin. I have been on insulin for 5 years. And believe it of not I was eating chicken, salads, vegetables, fruits and meat in copious amounts while watching my carbs.
I felt that a strict regimen of something was needed. I had tried Weight Watchers and NutruSystems (twice). They help but not enough.
When a read about the Soylent crowd sourced startup I joined in July of 2013. My first week appeared as Soylent 1.0 in August 2014. My official start date was 8-30-14 with a bag a day. I have tracked each day for carbs, calories, blood sugars and weight.
I have used all types of shake style flavorings and syrups for my Soylent drinks with few fails. My absolutely hands down favorite is Walden Farms Carmel Syrup, zero calories and zero carbs. The best price I have found is from Vitacost.com which has it occasionally on sale for $3.22 with free shipping over $49. I also use a beverage thickener to make it more shake like. The best price I found so far is $3.40 8oz can (20 days) from blowoutmedical.com. In the beginning I also mixed fruits like berries or bananas into the Soylent mix, but to cut calories I stopped adding fruit. Since the original Soylent was low in sodium I started using V8 vegetable juice, alternating Soylent and V8 every 2 hours 9-9. I would use I bag of Soylent and 3 cans of V8 each day. I eventually cut back on the Soylent to reduce caloric intake and didn’t use the oil additive. Now with version 1.4 I have cut back to just under a half a bag a day and 4 cans of V8. And since the beginning, this has been extent of my meals. I now average 1,100 calories a day as I am still trying to lose weight to reach my goal of a BMI of 24.9.
My food cravings are no different now than they were before Soylent. I have in the past and always will miss eating food, even when I was eating food. I drink lots of tea (no cream), black coffee and sugar free drink mix (like Crystal Light). If I miss a “meal” there are no hunger pains since at worst case I will go 4 hours without a meal, even so I wish Soylent came in a take-a-way can like Slim-Fast for those occasions.
As of today I weight 219lbs. I am completely off of both insulin’s. My morning blood sugars average 90, with a daily average of 120 from August 2014 till now.
My A1C is an awesome 5.3 (normal is <7) and my triglycerides are now 130 (normal is <150). My BP average is 123/73 (normal is 12/80).
I am absolutely sold on Soylent.
Soylent is FOR people.
Grampa Dick (65)