I’ve been following the discourse board since its inception, but have been creeping around the edges the whole time. I placed a relatively large initial order so I have been lucky enough to have received mine. It seems like the vast majority of people are still waiting on their orders, so I thought I’d take a que from @vanclute and start documenting my experiences thus far. I figure it’d be good to have as many different experiences up here so that any future soylenters have lots of first hand anecdotes to sift through.
To begin with, I’ve been on the regular blend of Soylent since the evening of May 9th. I guess I’ll just give you a day by day summary for how things have been going thus far:
I’ll be editing this first post with every entry to it keeps it all together instead of lost int he thread below.
I mixed up the first back around 5pm. In the past my protein shakes have always been more palatable if I used a blender to mix them rather than just mixing with a spoon, so I figured this would hold true with Soylent as well. I blended up the first pack and decided to let it sit in the fridge for about an hour before trying it out. It seems like everyone who has tried it so far has seemed to like it from the get go, with their taste for it increasing over time as well. This was not the case for me. The first sip was bad. Not like spoiled milk bad, but more like my gag reflex kicked in if I held it in my mouth any longer than a few seconds. I decided to borrow a shotglass and just take shots of soylent for the rest of the evening.
I decided to try Soylent as the first meal of the day. Oddly enough, (or as expected based on other users experiences I guess) it wasn’t nearly as bad as the night before. It still didn’t taste all that great, but I no longer needed to consume it in shots and feel like an alcoholic. I kept up a steady stream of Soylent throughout the day, and found out that I was actually able to stay up and productive 2 hours past when I usually start getting groggy. Got to finish an entire paper instead of just most of one! Note: I used soylent for every meal except for dinner.
I went to bed around 3am but was awake by 7:30am and feeling pretty good. I was craving some chewing so I decided to forego Soylent for breakfast and opted for a bowl of cereal. It was the BEST bowl of cheerios I have ever had. I don’t know if this was because Soylent was comparatively bland or because having a healthier diet makes things taste better, but I like it. I had some Soylent for lunch, and decided to blend in some strawberries to mix it up a bit. This didn’t go well. Soylent seems to fight flavoring and I got a weird mixture of vanilla/strawberry/pistachio. It sounds appealing but its not. When I mixed up my next bag I opted to do without the blender and shake it up by hand. This actually worked WAY better than the blender for some reason, and resulted in a better mouth feel and less frothyness than the blender version.
Woke up extra early for a final exam. I was running late so I literally only had time for about 2 swallows of Soylent before I left the house. Those 2 swallow seemed to tide me over for the entire 3 hour exam, with not feelings of hunger or stomach grumblings. I usually have a class at the same time during the semester (9am) and am typically falling asleep in it. During the exam I felt pretty awake, no grogginess at all, and this after about 3 hours of sleep. (Note: I don’t advocate using soylent in an effort to sleep less. Unless you are also going through finals week, then screw sleep, you have an entire semester’s worth of reading to do in one night!) After the exam I figure I’d have to come home and take a nap, and indeed on the walk home I was starting to get a bit sleepy. As soon as I got in, I decided to have a glass of Soylent before taking a nap. I got in to bed trying to fall asleep and found that I was wide awake again after that glass so I just got back up and went to study for the next day’s exam. I was able to concentrate until about midnight when I started getting pretty groggy. While laying down, I started experiencing heartburn like pains and had to sit up for a bit to make them subside. Every time I lay back down, the pain would come back until I finally decided to sleep in my reading chair.
May 13th: After the pain from the night before, I was a bit hesitant to continue the Soylent. I woke up and still had similar pain, albeit not as intense. I decided to go back to a normal diet to see if it was the Soylent or the lack of sleep that was giving me digestive issues.
May 14th: I had no trouble sleeping last night, though I did wake up feeling less than refreshed. On the first couple of morning I woke up after having had Soylent the day before, I was able to wake up and get out of bed within five mins. Today it took me a full 30 mins (though this is still better than my usual, which is embarrassing so I won’t post it here). Since I have purchased quite a bit, and since soylent is my best shot at maintaining a healthy diet whilst I try to get into shape, I have decided to jump back on the horse and see if the digestive issues were just something my body needed to go through while adjusting to the new diet. I had a bowl of cereal for breakfast, but have been on Soylent the rest of the day, and so far no issues. I had my last exam today and was clear headed the entire way through. I didn’t have too study time for this one, but I still found myself remembering a lot of info from very early in the semester that I never had time to review. Once I got home, I started and finished my last paper (abt 16 pgs) and after staring at a computer screen for almost ten hours am actually not that tired.
Final thoughts for the first few days:
The biggest surprise for me has been the effect that Soylent has had on the amount of sleep I’ve needed to function. I’ve enjoyed the added energy, which as translated into more motivation to get work done. My biggest concern is the digestive issues I experience. To say it was unpleasant would be an understatement. Hopefully it just stemmed from a crappy sleeping schedule, but we’ll see how the next week progresses. If anyone has any thought or insights to offer on that front, I’d be much obliged. Also, @vanclute had mentioned that he noticed he ate smaller portions when he had solid foods and I figured that might be due in part to moving from a solid food diet to a liquid one, but it seems like I haven’t experienced anything of that sort. At least not yet.
May 15th: Woke up feeling great, if not a bit hungry. I can’t stress how vastly better/efficient my sleep has been. Based on other anecdotal evidence I did expect it, but not to this degree, and certainly not this quickly. I’m noticing that my “peak periods” of energy are lasting a bit longer, and I’m not as physically exhausted at the end of the day. I’ve been better at remembering to drink additional water aside from Soylent, so the headaches have subsided quite a bit, I guess that’s just a habit I will need to form. Aside from that, everything seems pretty normal. I’m still sticking with one solid meal a day because I’m still getting hit with an overwhelming urge to chew something every so often and to be quite honest, gum wasn’t cutting it.
May 17th: I’m really amazed at how accustomed by body has become to telling me when I need to get another glass of Soylent. I get the slightest of headaches and literally a sip or two later its gone. Went to the gym today for the first time in weeks to see if the diet change would impact my workout in any way. I didn’t notice a change in strength exercises, but I did with cardio. On both the elliptical and the treadmill I was able to run noticabely longer before I felt in any way winded. I bought the Ceretropic brand Noopept sublingual solution to see if I fared any better with it and Soylent. I had taken the the powdered form before but as many have noted, it ruins the taste of anything you put it in. The solution does taste leaps and bounds better than the powdered form, but I personally still don’t like it all that much. It was a bit weird holding a liquid under my tongue waiting for it to be absorbed, I had to keep fighting the instinct to swallow because it just felt like my mouth had too much saliva. In terms of effects, it kicked in a lot faster than the powder, but it wasn’t as intense. I didn’t feel like I was any more clear headed or that I could remember anything better than I was on just the Soylent. Maybe there is some sort of “loading phase” where it takes a few days to feel significant differences. I’ll keep using it for the next week to see if there is any improvement. That’s it for now!
May 20th: In terms of how I feel, nothing has changed all that much from my previous posts. The main difference is that what like amazing changes before just seem like my new “normal” state. I’ve kept up the exercising but, besides the extra burst of longevity I had on my initial workout, I haven’t noticed any changes. I don’t think Soylent will help me get into shape any faster, but it definitely makes my workouts feel more productive and efficient. I feel like I’m getting more out of each trip to the gym than I did on my old diet. I decided to use Soylent as a post workout drink as well, and I noticed that my recovery times were a lot lower than before. It would usually take me the entire walk home (abt 10 mins) and a shower before I felt I could get back to work, but now, by the time I get home, I’m ready to get back to work. Also, flatulence has been mentioned in other threads as well, and I’d concur with others that it subsides after 7-10 days or so. I’m rounding on two weeks and I’m proud to say that it is no longer an issue . As far as the noopept solution goes, I kept it up for a few days, but with each dose I felt diminishing effects so I’ve just cut it out altogether. It seems like it had a stronger effect on my when I had a crappy diet VS my new mostly Soylent diet. That’s it for today.
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May 22nd (Morning): Wanted to give a quick morning update. This is the first morning I’ve woken up feeling pretty crappy since starting Soylent. I felt very sluggish when I woke up, and it took some time for the morning grogginess (which I haven’t had any of for over a week) to dissipate. Its of note that I didn’t have as much Soylent as I normally do yesterday., but I didn’t experience any “hunger headaches” either. I’m wondering if Soylent has any adverse effects on the body’s ability to “make do” with what it has. Is it possible that once your body becomes attuned to being given the nutrients it needs that it essentially protests when it feels its been shortchanged? I am neither a nutritionist nor well versed in the subject, so that line of questioning may be hokum, but I welcome any thoughts on the matter. Anyone else experienced anything like this? I’ll post another update later on this evening to see if anything has changed