I got my shipment of 1.4 two weeks ago. As advised, I’ve been easing into it - 1 meal / day for a few days, then 2 meals, and last weekend I tried going all-in for three days (Fri, Sat & Sun). One meal occasionally seemed insufficient - if I had it for dinner, I’d get really hungry right before bed. Going 100% on Fri seemed okay, but Sat and Sun felt like a slowly-progressing brain rot.
Saturday I felt high all day. Like I’d had 2-3 weed cookies for breakfast. I couldn’t focus, or think deeply about anything for more than 30sec or so. My mood crashed over the course of the afternoon, leaving me feeling absolutely awful.
Sunday I could hardly move. I was exhausted, depressed, and couldn’t think at all. I managed to get a sandwich for dinner, and immediately felt way better.
Fri, Sat and Sun I could not get to sleep. I felt super tired, but even taking melatonin sleep just would not come.
I know I’m sensitive to blood sugar, and kind of dependent on high-carb foods. I’m not hypoglycemic or diabetic, but when my blood sugar gets on the low end of normal my mood and cognition nosedive. If I fast for a day, I get similar symptoms (depression, mental dullness, irritability, difficulty moving and basic life functioning). I was hoping Soylent would work out okay since it still has some carbs - I’d maintain a reasonable blood sugar level without spikes and sudden drops. But that’s not how it worked out.
My experience in the past with low-carb and low-calorie diets is that these symptoms do not go away. I don’t adjust, even after months, I just get used to feeling horrible all the time. The minute I go back to a high-carb diet I feel awesome and I can function again.
I was really hoping Soylent would let me have quick and easy meals that don’t require a lot of cooking and cleaning, and provide better nutrition than dining out or something. I was kinda hoping I’d lose weight with it (I’m 240lbs / 5’5"). But right now that seems impossible - I can’t work with these symptoms, and I have no idea how long it would take to “adjust,” or even if that would happen at all.