So, I’ve been lurking around the forum for a while now and learning a lot about official Soylent and all the DIY versions. I ordered official Soylent in May, but I wanted to start sooner so I made my own DIY and started it on Monday…the same day I started round two of the Insanity Workout. I jumped right in at 100% soylent and I’ve had a lot of the same experiences as a lot of the other people here.
I do have the mustard gas. It’s really bad. I woke up the second night and I thought my apartment was on fire…it was just me. The trade of is that I’m regular. I’ve never been regular in my life, so this is a new experience for me. I’m going to the bathroom twice daily now - once in the morning and once at night. I like it. Though I haven’t tried official Soylent, I keep reading here that it’s pretty gritty/chalky. Mine was kind of gritty the first day, but I found that by mixing in a bit more water after I pour it into my glass (as well as soaking the night before and not adding oil until the day of) it takes the grittiness factor way down.
The biggest difference that I’ve seen is that, unlike many people here, I feel much more energetic and focused…I’ve not gotten the lethargic, cloudy-head feeling. At first I thought it was a placebo effect, but I’m on day 4 and the feeling has continued. I don’t seem to need as much sleep, I can focus on a task for much longer without needing a break, etc. I’m starting to think that maybe I was missing something important in my old diet (which consisted mainly of Chinese takeout, haha).
I was nervous about doing Insanity on this without easing into it, but I was starting round two, so I knew what to expect. I am taking far fewer breaks during the workout, I’m working out harder and losing weight a lot faster. I will mention that I feel more tired at the end of each workout, but my recovery time is much shorter as well. For instance, today after I finished working out, I felt bonked, but within 8 - 10 minutes I felt like I could do another workout. I will do an update here in a week or so with an update on how the workouts are going on DIY soylent, but so far so good. I would say that if you are doing an intense workout regimen you can take soylent, you just have to be careful to drink it before the workout to make sure that you have some energy to work with or very quickly after the workout (which is what I do) to replenish.
I’d love to hear from other people doing Insanity or P90X and how they have incorporated soylent (official or DIY) into your regimen.