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Soylent: Day 2

[This post is part of a series on my month-long experiment with Soylent. See the original post for an introduction.]

In my previous post, I mentioned that I had found drinking Soylent to be unpleasant, and that it gave me a queasy feeling in my stomach. I now think that that had mostly to do with the large quantity of candy I had eaten just beforehand because, when I had my first Soylent today (even without the strawberries that I blended in yesterday to make it palatable), I didn’t find it nearly as unpleasant. Since I was more hungry, the sweetness was more enjoyable.

Besides the sweetness, I had made another mistake. I found a post online by a guy discussing the flatulence issue. He said that he hadn’t had it so bad, but his wife had. He figured out that it was because she was drinking it quickly like she might a normal beverage, and they found that when she stopped drinking so quickly, and instead sipped it slowly like one might eat a normal meal, the issue subsided. I haven’t yet had any issues with gas, but his point about drinking quickly was nonetheless relevant: I had drunk my Soylent quickly, and that probably contributed to my feeling queasy - it was like eating a big hamburger in under a minute. Today, I tried more slowly, and found that it helped.

Also, I should note one thing that I forgot to mention in the original post: I’m going to set a rule for myself that I can eat less than a day’s serving of Soylent if I want to (though not by supplementing it with other food), but I won’t ever eat more than a day’s serving. If I end up getting really hungry this way, I may stop after a week or so, but I want to try it for at least some amount of time to see how it feels.


Today is the first day I’m taking any vitals. I probably should have started yesterday - oh well. I don’t have much equipment, so for the time being I’m just going to take my weight, and also record some subjective stuff like how healthy I feel (not mood, but physical health).

Also, I should note that weight fluctuates a lot day-to-day based on things like how late you ate the night before and how early you weigh yourself and so on. For that reason, I’d advise you not to read too much into the minor fluctuations, but pay attention rather to the overall trends. I’ll try to write about these trends in any multi-day summaries that I write.

Objective Vitals

  • Weight: 166 lbs

Subjective Vitals

  • Physical health: Decent. I’ve got a bit of a headache, but I didn’t sleep a full night, so that’s probably why.

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