I’m an early backer of Soylent, and a week ago decided to get started with DIY soylent while I wait for the official release.
I started with People Chow 3.0.1, and found that after drinking it for lunch and breakfast, I had a noticeable energy slump and lightheaded feeling in the afternoon that lasted for a few hours. It felt like a sugar crash, which I’m particularly susceptible to if I eat a significant amount of carbs.
Partly in response to this fact of my metabolism, I’ve been on a Paleo-ish, Slow-Carb-ish diet for the past couple years, which has been great and keeps my energy levels consistent with no afternoon dip or crash or slump after lunch. The only problem is that it takes a fair amount of time and effort to prepare meals, so I like the potential convenience of soylent.
The next day I tried a modified recipe with reduced carbs and increased fat and protein (closer to the ratios of my usual Paleo-ish diet) which I have been calling Ax Chow. The energy dip is not as debilitating but it’s still there. So now I’m trying to figure out what I can do about it.
The main culprits I suspect are the masa harina (the main source of carbs) which I’ve reduced from 345g to 220g per day, and the artificial sweetener in the GNC Mega Men Sport and the chocolate-flavored whey protein isolate I accidentally bought at first. I’ve since gotten an unflavored whey protein isolate and have been using 75% unflavored and 25% flavored (artificially sweetened with stevia) whey protein isolate, but it hasn’t made much of a difference with my energy levels.
As far as mitigating the problem, I already add cinnamon to the mix, but I do drink the shake all in one sitting, rather than spreading it out over several hours. This feels natural to me, but I wonder if anyone else has found that it’s better to drink their soylent gradually over a longer period of time?
I don’t experience this same issue with baked soylent cookies, perhaps because of smaller portions, added oats (fiber), or lack of sweetness (the artificial sweetener doesn’t seem to survive the oven).
I don’t experience an energy dip after breakfast, maybe because I’ve been having a few forkfuls of sauerkraut (fiber) along with my soylent in the morning.
This points to some obvious things to try:
- drink soylent over a period of hours rather than minutes
- eat sauerkraut with lunchtime soylent
- replace some masa harina with oat flour
- cut out sweetened whey protein isolate entirely (though GNC is still flavored)
I’ll report back on my findings, but it would help to know if anyone else has already been through similar problems and similar experiments. Any thoughts?