Thought I might add my experiences to the databanks here.
Background: 34, Programmer, Male. Married, four children. I’ve always struggled with my weight, and am at the top end of how much I have ever weighed. My goals with Soylent are to try to break unhealthy food habits, eliminate unnecessary junk meals, and maybe get healthier in the process. To that end, I am trying to go with only Soylent for at least a few weeks, tracking my blood pressure and weight along the way.
I made a pitcherful in the blend-tec the night before and this is a day I have to go to into the office. As it was the last day of school, we took the kids out to breakfast, and I patted myself on the back for ignoring the temptation of donuts and kolaches!
Back at the house, I was ready to pack my lunch for the day. I was confused a bit about serving size - how much did I need to drink now and how much did I need to bring with me? I ended up pouring out about 8oz into a travel cup for breakfast and another 12oz into an additional thermos and drove off. I would have liked to have brought more, but I couldn’t find a sealable container that could keep it cold to take with me.
I sipped breakfast on the way to work. In the morning I felt very energized - even without coffee, and I’ve got a 2 cup a day habit. It was surprising how energetic I felt, almost to the point where I felt I needed to go outside to the lobby and run a lap, which was very unusual.
Around about noon the gas came. I was forewarned and forearmed by those who came before me, and I had managed to sip instead of slug down my Soylent in the morning, so that was easier on me than it had reportedly been for some, but it was definitely present. I slowly sipped my lunch ration between 1:30 and 2:30.
By 5:00 I was ravenous! Throughout most of the day I could have ignored almost any snack you put in front of me, but by this point I was ready to eat a truckload of tacos. I don’t think I had packed enough Soylent with me to get me through my workday. I was also starting to feel tired and sluggish.
I got home by 6:30 and pounded down the remainder of Soylent. Needless to say, this was a mistake. The gas pains and cramping hit very hard last night, though I once again didn’t feel too hungry. Energy level was a bit lower than usual at night, and I got tired and sleepy earlier than was typical.
I woke up this morning feeling like I could eat a whole pizza. I know some of you haven’t had food cravings on Soylent, but so far the siren song of real food is a palpable thing for me. I poured 16oz and am sipping on that now for breakfast – slowly. At least I am working from home today so the logistics of taking it to go won’t be a factor. I will have to figure it out, though, as I’m going on a road trip this weekend starting tonight!
Weight: 1.8-3lb down from yesterday, depending upon which weight I take from the scale. Likely water weight, as other Soylent folks have mentioned in their own experiences, but I’ll take it.
Still some crampy feelings this morning. My guts are not used to this at all. I normally take omeprazole 20mg for heartburn, and I’m wondering if that plays into it or if it’s not necessary any more.
Evening 2 Update 6/6
Acting on some of the advice I am getting today from you kind folks in this thread, I’ll try using the pitcher directly instead of the blender and add more water. Hopefully these adjustments will make things easier.
I had a pretty productive morning; it was nice to just sit & sip my way through lunch instead of having to worry about where it was going to come from. I had a little bit of coffee concentrate (1oz or so) with 1tsp of half & half with my breakfast. I may be easing off my caffeine but I’m not going cold turkey. I felt good, and have had good energy for most of the day. No real food cravings today, so far. Accompanying this has been around 32oz of water so far today, I try to chug a glass of water with each Soylent “meal”.
Around 3pm things began to take a turn. I’ve been sipping Soylent slowly instead of chugging today, and started to feel very crampy. It’s not the flatulence this time, but straight up liquid #2’s, accompanied by facial flushing and some lightheadedness. I’ve mixed a small amount of salt (one-two shakes of the shaker) with this afternoon’s meal to try to compensate for any lacking electrolytes. I’m bearing with it for now, hoping it will pass, but it’s definitely not something I want to deal with every day, even For Science.