Such that I have anything novel to report and the discussion doesn’t become toxic, I’ll follow the lead of others and keep all updates within a single thread.
My wife and I have finished our first week of Soylent 1.0, which arrived last Tuesday. I will say we are mostly happy and cautiously hopeful we can resolve any issues. I will try to be as clinical as possible for some of the more… taboo, topics. Before anyone asks, we are adding the salt, and we are drinking plenty of water.
On the first day, we had regular meals for breakfast and dinner, only replacing lunch with 500cal of Soylent. Within an hour of finishing, I got a tremendous headache that lasted another 2 hours. I’ve had sinus headaches, hunger headaches, the occasional migraine. This was something entirely different. Resonating, light headed, distracting and disorienting. I wasn’t sure if I was dying or gaining super powers. My wife got no such headache.
On the second day, we cautiously followed the same plan of only replacing lunch. This time I had no headache, but still got some resonating light headedness. By day three, no light headedness either. A positive sign! However, both my wife and I were beset upon by gas and a drop in the consistency of our bowel movements.
Through to day 6 we began replacing breakfast and dinner with Soylent until we were both at 100%. I noticed that with each additional meal we replaced, I would get a return of the lightheadedness which would go away as we settled into the next day. The digestive troubles came and went and came back. I also noticed some brief cramping on either side of my upper abdomen that would come and go. At this point it seems to have gone.
Day 7 and now day 8 have been a bit troubling digestively. My gas has lightened up faster than hers, but we have both continued to experience soft, burning/acidic stool. Following some advice we’ve seen elsewhere on the forums, we’ll be adding a small portion of psyllium husk to our soylent and taking one of the better clinically tested probiotics.
I have personally noticed my dandruff and some recurring pimples around my nose have cleared up, though my wife is noticing the opposite for herself. It may be too early to tell if this is related to the Soylent, or to natural cycles of breakout and healing.
I’m feeling a strange combination of spry and fatigued. The fatigue I can tell comes from calorie restriction, it’s familiar as I’ve dieted before. But unlike other dieting attempts, I don’t feel HANGRY. I feel content, my stomach feels full. And I feel strangely light. I don’t have terribly much endurance at this point, but I do feel like I have a bit more spring. It’s hard to describe any differently than that.
My wife (5 foot, thin frame, 35) has settled at 1100 cal, while I (6 foot 1, broad frame, 31) have settled at 1500. I tried 1250, and that lead to a pretty bad Monday. The goal is to each lose a portion of weight and ease into 1250 cal and 2000 cal respectively (she hasn’t as far to go as I). After perhaps a month, we’ll begin incorporating one or two date night dinners each week. We are also supplementing lutein and lycopene into our breakfasts, I’m also looking at creatine and nootropics as well. We don’t want to get too carried away with additional supplements, as we’d like to ensure we keep cost savings as a check mark in the benefits column.
Day 16 Update:
We’ve been adding acacia fiber, 1tbs per pouch, since day 9. We’ve also been taking store brand align each night, and emptying one capsule of lutein and lycopene into each batch.
First up, just by adapting my eating patterns I’m having a much more consistent energy curve throughout the day. The bug remaining problem is bursts of more intense activity. Walking a mile on flat terrain, not a problem. Walking up a steep SF hill 3 block to my car, sprinting a block to catch the bus, big problem. If it’s been more than an hour since eating, I don’t feel like I have any reserve and I just shut down for a couple minutes. My wife has not noticed this “empty batteries” issue as much in her experience.
Our BMs have also been more consistent, more solid and less painful/acidic. Our gas is less putrid and less uncontrollable, however the frequency has not been reduced to normal levels and we’re both still getting upper abdominal cramping/pain from it. Gas X mitigates but does not fully control the frequency.
When I say less putrid, I mean to say that I’m no longer burning my own nose hairs off. They typically smell more like a normal release, but slightly stale. I made the mistake of letting myself get comfortable at my desk and stopped taking fart walks, and before I knew it there was a wall of warding to enter my cubicle. People would drop in to talk, step in, and immediately take a large step back without saying anything. It’s funny for now, but it also really needs to stop.
Day 24 Update:
Is it really day 24?
Bowel movements are much improved, downright normal, for both of us. The frequency of our gas remains problematic, but in general the smell has reduced to a sweetly stale stink. It can still build after while. I’ve also noticed that the off brand Align we’ve been taking causes the smell of our gas to become MUCH worse about an hour after we take it, for about two hours.
Starting today we’ve stopped adding the acacia fiber. My hope is that it has served it’s purpose in easing the ‘detox’, but that perhaps all that extra fiber is still contributing to the volume of the gas. Fingers crossed this will bring things back to a normal level.
My energy level is overall pretty good, very even through the day. I’m still on a moderate calorie restriction with the exception of days where I know I’m going to be highly active. I still feel I have to carefully manage my intake and plan ahead if I’m going to do anything really strenuous.
I’m not completely free of acne and dandruff, however it is clearly lessened. Before Soylent 1.0 I would typically get at least one cyst-like pimple every couple of days, sometimes in clusters. I’ve had just two since the start of the second week on Soylent. Similar story with dandruff, I’ve only had one flake out, whereas typically that was a twice weekly occurrence.
We are also starting to incorporate date night dinners back into our mix. So far we’ve done sushi one night and curry another. These are places we’ve frequented before, great places. But my god, the flavor. The sushi in particular, with all the delicate flavors and textures. Absence really does make the heart grow fonder.