I know that there have been many topics about the oil in Soylent, and I’ve read carefully but I haven’t seen answers that pertain to my problem, and I’m hoping that people can help me.
I do know the oil is necessary, and that it’s healthier to add the oil and drink less Soylent than it is to have a pitcher a day without oil.
I have a few concerns though. First I should explain my situation. I’m vegetarian (so fish oil = no bueno) and prior to getting my Soylent I was on a 1200 calories a day diet (although I often had trouble reaching that many calories because I was full on much less).
My husband ordered for both of us and got the fish oil. For the first day I though, I’ll just have a non-vegetarian day and consume it the way it’s supposed to be consumed. That didn’t turn out too well. First, the consistency was much too oily and made me gag. Then I felt constant oil in my mouth and a strong oily taste all day and was nauseated all day. And finally, despite getting about 1500 calories, much more than I usually do, I was constantly hungry.
After I finished my first pitcher, I had Soylent without the oil. I still consumed only 2/3 or a pitcher a day, but wasn’t nearly as hungry anymore, now that the oil wasn’t there. The first night I also kept having nightmares about my teeth being pulled out or falling which I think is related to the constant feeling of oil in my mouth.
So, Soylent works well for me without the oil. But that’s not healthy. On the other hand, I think my problems when using the oil might be caused by it being fish-based oil, and therefore not vegetarian. Since I’m not vegan I could add egg yolks, but I’m not sure how healthy that would be. I started looking for vegetarian healthy oil options and found flaxseed oil as a suggestion. What do you guys think? I wanted to take it as a supplement but didn’t find any vegetarian option (they were all in gelatin caps). I guess I could buy them and consume it without eating the gelatin, but that kind of defeats the point of boycotting meat if you still buy it and then throw it away. The same amount of animals died and now it’s just wasted.
The oil can be reused because my husband vegetarian, so I’m fine with not consuming more of it, and I’ll make sure to order without it in the future. But I want to know what mixes and amounts people have been using to replace the fish oil. I’ve seen in some threads that the fish oil isn’t actually essential, which is good. But I don’t want to buy a big bottle of flaxseed (or other) oil only to find out it was actually a pretty bad substitute. So what do other vegetarians (or vegans) do? I would like to know.
I would also like to know if anyone has any idea why consuming more calories is making me hungrier. I’m way less hungry without the oil, but still hungrier than before Soylent, and consuming more calories (to make up for the lack of oil, I’ve been having salad with oil in their dressing, so I’m still over 1200 calories a day. I’m fine with up to 1500, I can exercise more, but I would like to be able to have just Soylent, as otherwise I’m spending just as much time cooking as I used to, just making smaller quantities at a time).
Thanks for your help, everyone. And if anyone who uses a different oil can tell me if it cuts down on the greasiness of the mix and makes it easier to drink without feeling sick, that would be great. I don’t really want to invest in a big bottle of oil only to find I can’t even drink the thing.
I’ve been having less issues than my husband, mind you. He told himself he would have only Soylent for a whole week. However he’s found that he hates Soylent. His solution was not to eat for over 30 hours, until he was hungry enough that he needed to have something, even if it was Soylent. Even then, he has very small amounts at a time. In the past three days for instance, he’s had between 2/3 and 3/4 of a pitcher. His calorie intake used to be between 3000 and 4000 so that’s a huge difference and I’m pretty worried. I’ve spend hours researching how to flavour it for him, which makes me spend much more time in the kitchen than I did before Soylent (which is kind of annoying). I made smoothies, I added chocolate syrup, I keep going out shopping for more things to flavour it… he hates everything we’ve tried so far.
I wonder if it’s psychosomatic. Without the oil, Soylent actually tastes pretty great to me. I don’t understand why he would dislike it so much. He says he can’t stop thinking about greasy fast food. He hasn’t had fast food in at least months, maybe a year or more, and had no problem with that. I think his body is reacting to the fact is having so little food and giving him cravings, but I wish he had cravings for healthier stuff. As it is, he’ll probably just barge in fast food someday when he could have been fine with Soylent had he consumed more of it.
I guess that came out as more of a rant than I intended. I hope you can help me with my oil issue. As for my husband, he’s already seeing a doctor and he’s not stubborn enough to actually let himself starve to death so it will resolve itself, but my guess is that he’s not going to continue Soylent.