I’m on day 11 of Official Soylent, and most of that time has been spent with significant gas and unpleasant bowel movements. I /think/ I’ve gotten it under control, but its an experiment in the making.
That being said, this post is mostly to see if I can find other people experiencing similar symptoms as myself, and see if I can confirm a common thread.
- Frequent and foul gas. Does not seem to simply “go away”
- Let’s just say… the bathroom experience is significantly less solid than I’d prefer
- Significant levels of hunger (didn’t start until nearly half a week in)
- Diminished mental performance/lightheadedness
Things that seem to help:
The couscous in particular has made an enormous impact, proportional to the amount I eat. I had a medium sized plate of couscous and salad mix, and my gas went down to very little. Bathroom was more fun (and less frequent). Hunger issues nearly dropped off, so I had barely any the next day.
The day after I had only a little couscous (about half the amount from the night before), my previously stated symptoms came back, but not as bad as before couscous.
Based on my cravings (rice and couscous) and results (slowed bowel movements), I’m thinking what helped was the addition of soluble fiber. According to wikipedia "Soluble fibres tend to slow the movement of food through the system."
My theory is that the Soylent was moving too quickly through my digestive tract, and wasn’t probably absorbing the nutrients. The lack of absorption prevent my body from gaining the full benefit of Soylent, resulting in a hunger for more food. The lack of nutrients prevented my mind from working at 100%. Not precisely certain of the gas, but I think my poop could have been described as “fast moving” in the past.
I’m going to be adding psyllium husk powder in controlled amounts to my Soylent, to test my theory and hopefully set a standard for improving the experience of others with chronic problems with Soylent.