I want to keep the discussion of anxiety and depression going. I’m 33 years old and have been dealing with mild to moderate depression for about a decade now, and have dealt with it in a number of ways - in no particular order: pills, therapy, gluten free diet, exercise and alcohol.
I have tested positive for celiac disease twice in the last six months, so removing gluten is a necessity and I’m now convinced that the improvement in mood I felt when trying a gluten free diet prior to the diagnosis was real and not imagined or placebo related. It’s also likely that my depression is a consequence of the food absorption problems caused by celiac disease (it damages the lining of the intestine - less food is absorbed).
If a gluten free diet alleviated some of my depression, Soylent has improved it dramatically. Previously my diet was quite healthy. I ate a ton of roughage in the form of fresh greens and vegetables, lots of eggs and fresh meat. However, I have always been a rather low-energy, not terribly social person. I worked out and socialized, but it required a lot of effort. I suspect I just wasn’t turning most of that food into energy. I believe the easily digestible carbohydrate (about 50/50 maltodextrin and oat powder) in Soylent is the main factor in my current, unprecedentedly high mood and energy levels. At work, I am finding I need to leave my desk to go chat with people. This is very uncharacteristic for me. Before Soylent I’d been working up to swimming a mile (36 laps). Shortly after I started Soylent I found myself unsatisfied if I swam less than 40 or more. I am biking as well. Previously I was happy with fairly flat route, but now I seek hills.
The discipline I had as a teenager to practice tedious scale and chord patterns on guitar has returned. I’m a considerably better player than I was 3 weeks ago, due to the fact that this is fun again and I’ve got a ton of spare time to play.
I’ve been doing this for about a month, not quite exclusively, but often I go all day on only Soylent. I’m using a DIY Soylent recipe I found here: http://discourse.soylent.me/t/a-beginner-s-diy-recipe/2468/4. My macros are about 40% carb, 25% protein, 35% fat. I eat about 2800 calories a day for a 5’10", 165 pound frame. I’m going to continue this test for a while longer, then switch to a diet with more easily digestible carbs to see how my mood is impacted. Obviously I’m suspicious of a placebo effect, as my depression has abated and returned several times, but I’m very optimistic that I’m onto something good here.
Since my depression is likely diet related, I may not be the best comparison for you. But I will say that you’ve got time to go to the gym everyday if you have a thermos of Soylent in your bag.
So how’s it going @adam_king_xv?