So I am receiving my Soylent shipment today. I am pretty excited and have fairly high hopes for the good it will do to my body. I had a hysterectomy about a month ago, due to Essure (it’s a very bad birth control) which really pounded my body in every way possible. I had horrible abdominal pain that made me stop driving last Christmas, full body hives (with no rhyme or reason as I have no allergies and never had hives in my life), weakened teeth (some are cracked), brain fog, and general fatigue that made it hard just to get through the day. I am only 24, and was mostly healthy before I had the Essure done in 2012. The problems did not start occurring until after I started going to a chiropractor last May. From my own logical opinion, I believe that the chiropractor straightened out my nervous system that is connected to my reproductive system (L5, L4) and because it could act normally again, it went haywire over the Essure, knowing that it should not have been in my body. Needless to say, here I am, post hysterectomy, and still dealing with hives (although not anywhere near as bad as prior to surgery) and my digestive system is not back to normal after all the antibiotics that was pumped into me. Fatigue is really a problem now, although that is normal and part of the healing process.
But I used to do Crossfit, bike 20 miles a day, and live in a very rural area. Now I struggle to lift 40 lbs; like all my muscle is gone. Weight loss since 2012 has been nearly impossible. I used to be 150 lbs at 5’ 7" but ballooned up to 200 lbs without any diet and exercise change within 4 months after getting Essure. I was able to get down to 180 lbs without any fluctuation over the past 4 years. After surgery however, I dropped 10 lbs overnight (literally), and desire to lose more from here on. This weekend was my first time on a bike in a long time, and so far, the best exercise that I can do without drowning in fatigue is walking.
So there’s the backstory; pretty much 6 straight months of misery. I no longer feel like me anymore, and I want to clear my body of all these toxins on top of getting myself back on my feet. My diet fluctuated from Paleo prior to surgery to snacky foods post surgery since my husband cannot cook and I couldn’t eat much anyways. I plan to do 2 Soylent meals with vegetables/fruits. I plan on consuming about 12-1400 calories a day (I was consuming 1600 while crossfitting, and cannot physically get back on that yet). I used to drink a lot of whey protein (and still do for a meal replacement), so liquid food doesn’t scare me in the least. It’s mind over matter. I still plan on taking all my supplements while on Soylent (fish oil, glucosamine, etc), so nothing will be missed in theory. As for the hives, I hope that they lessen as time goes on, as I connect them to the PET fibers that were on Essure. PET has been known to cause autoimmune issues, and there’s a chance some of the PET is still in my body to which I hope to “flush” out. I usually drink about 3/4-1 gallon of water a day (I have a 32 oz steel bottle that I can’t live without).
So for anyone who has gone through any kind of surgery, did getting into Soylent post surgery help you? How did you get back on your feet post surgery? For anyone with “unexplained” hives, did Soylent help? Any advice for a complete Soylent noob like myself?