Yeah! Soylent is finally here… a way to wordy report.
My friend went across the border Friday to pick it up. After signing for the box another canadian there for mail noticed it was Soylent and knew what that was. Asked if she intended to use it or wanted to sell. We both had a laugh at that. She declared at the border, but they just waved her through no duty.
So Friday night, I filled the pitcher 1/3 full of hot tap water. Then added the powder from one bag and filled the pitcher to 7/8 full with more hot water and shook vigorously for 20 seconds. Then placed in fridge. I used hot water to help dissolve powder (my theory anyway).
Saturday noon. Saw a lot of settling in pitcher, top 1/3 of liquid much lighter than bottom 2/3. Added 1/4 tsp of salt and one bottle of the oil. Shook vigorously for 30 seconds, replaced in fridge. Went to park for short run/walk.
At 2:00 had first food or drink of the day. Drank one glass of the Soylent, roughly 1/4 of the pitcher. My impressions were:
- Wow, this is sweeter than I thought it would be. Really sweeter than I want. Agree that it was kind of like cake batter.
- Hey, the texture is very good. Maybe a little chalky/grit, but nothing to really bother me. Certainly no problem drinking it. (see DIY note below). No more settling noticeable.
Then drank one glass of water just to get some extra water and to rinse the glass. The Soylent had left a film or residue on the sides of the glass, but no extra sediment at the bottom. I drank the Soylent fairly quickly, 5 minutes or less.
I did feel a very slight headache a little later, but no more than I’ve seen with my DIY recipes before. Also no caffeine yet today.
By 4:30 I was feeling quite hungry and had a foot long subway with chips and a coke. I was not planning to go 100% right away to let my body ease into it.
Compared to my DIY recipe. crude food 1.0
The Soylent was sweeter than my mix if I don’t add the fruit. Did not taste as good as my mix with the fruit added. Texture and grittiness were both better than my DIY without the fruit. Everyone who has tried the people chow versions know what I’m talking about and if you will force yourself to go for a while on the older 2.3 version of people chow then you will love the texture of Soylent. Note: my ‘crude food’ is formulated to have some frozen bananas and berries blended into it to get to the total carbs desired. Once you do this the drink is like a frozen smoothy so you don’t notice the texture of the corn mesa or other ingredients. The taste is also better, but of course you have the step of blending in fruit which would probably help the Soylent as well.
Early on with the DIY I noticed headaches as well for a while. Official Soylent was no worse and maybe better.
I have had no problems with gas or bloating or toxic farts, so far so good on this front. Hope it keeps up.
My DIY version seemed to keep me full longer, one glass would hold me for 5 or 6 hours, even after workouts. I often went with only 2 glasses a day or only 1000 - 1200 cal of my version without feelings of hunger. I am suspecting that Soylent has a much higher GI, but lets not jump to conclusions to quickly. I’ll wait until I’m doing 100% days.
Had my second glass of Soylent late that evening. Nothing new to report.
Friend took a sip, decided it needed fruit or something blended in, but didn’t have time to mess with it then. Said she will try it later in the week sometime.
Sunday: Out most of day eating muggle food. Like chips, candy, coke, cheeseburgers, etc… Got home late at night and had glass of Soylent number 3. Drank in about 3 minutes. About 1/4 of pitcher left. Also drank a glass of water after. After a couple of hours I am reporting:
- Taste didn’t seem as sweet as before: Is this because it is now 2 days old? because I ate lots of junk food today? I’m getting use to it? Has anyone else had this experience.
- Still got a slight headache after a while. Nothing that requires meds, but noticable.
- Still no gas or bloating problems. Obviously I haven’t drank very much compared to everything else I ate, but at least no horrible problems like some reported.
- Positive that this was the healthiest thing I ate today.
Will continue to ramp up consumption and if problems stay this light hope to be at 100% by Thursday.
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