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[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B000MGSIWE” locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51je5laPIdL._SL160_.jpg” width=”128″]Day 7: Today I consumed nothing but Soylent. The consistency is still a tad on the thick side, so I have been working on blending the oat bran into a fine powder before adding other ingredients, and have increased the water amount. This has helped immensely.
I have been relishing my large increase in energy, however, my work has me mostly inside sitting through the duration of the day. All this morning I was getting particularly squirmy, so I thought I would do a little experiment and go for a run.
This is where another piece of the puzzle comes into play, and hopefully one that will help some of you who are reading this. I have had a rather nasty case of helicobacter pylori since I was a child (though it was sadly misdiagnosed several times up until last year), so hard exercise – particularly running – has always been an extremely painful activity. However, with my new-found Soylent buzz, I decided to take a break from work and take a stab at running to the store.
As I jogged along, expected things, like burning leg muscles and shortness of breath were present (as they are in anyone who hasn’t run in a long time), but the usual cramps that pop up in my ribs/stomach never came. I was able to make it a mile fairly fluidly, which for me, is pretty unheard of. I also expected to be drained by the time I got back home, but on the contrary, I still had lots of energy that lasted until my next glass of Soylent.
I think I will go for another run tomorrow and see how I fare pushing further.
[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B008IYCTSG” locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31CXetQ56RL._SL160_.jpg” width=”153″]Day 8: This morning, I had just polished off a glass of delicious yellow fake food (I am really taking a liking to the taste now), and was about to take my nootropics, when I paused. Along with Soylent, I had started on a nootropic I had never taken before – Noopept – and I realized that it very well may be changing my actual experience. For the next few days, I want to take Soylent by itself to see if the results are still the same.
I went for a run again – I made it just past a mile, but had to stop as I was starting to get lightheaded. This worried me, so I went back home and triple checked my ingredients to see if I had missed anything. I have all of my containers lined up in a row, and when I use each one, I scoot it forward on the counter when I am finished using it, then back with the next batch. This keeps all of my nutrients in a straight line, so if I forget one, it will be obvious. Upon returning home, nothing was out of place. However, as I stood there scratching my head next to the sink, it dawned on me. Water.
Since I started drinking Soylent, I had felt so good that I had completely neglected to drink water beyond what my batches contained, which equated to about 4-5 cups a day. I gave myself a good scolding, then retrieved my favorite water bottle from the cupboard and made it my best friend.
Day 10: Things have been good – I have enjoyed solely Soylent for the past three days, and it has been going well – despite my ridiculous error with lack of water consumption, which I have now fixed. I haven’t felt much a difference without nootropics. My emotions are still balanced, and I feel my cognition is pretty sharp, though I have noticed that my writing and calculations (I practice algebra as hobby) are a bit slower. Even so, I feel calm, clear and happy.
[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B0013OUNRM” locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41gHoDnMOiL._SL160_.jpg” width=”160″]I have also wanted to try an experiment, and yesterday morning I cut down my fat and carbohydrate content in my Soylent batches by 25%. Fat was a no brainer – if you have excess, cut a little intake down and burn what you have. Carbs, of course, are transformed into energy, but since every fad diet on the planet seems to encourage carb cutting, I thought I would see if, on a balanced diet, they really mattered. As it turns out, yes, they really do.
The first glass of my fat/carb reduced Soylent was much thinner tasting, and a little less sweet, which I liked. However, within a few hours of drinking it it, I found myself quickly running out of energy. I drank another glass, got a boost, but after another few hours, I was back to zero again. That night I measured my carbs back in, and felt fine until I went to bed.
[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B0019LV3JQ” locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/313gpP29CYL._SL160_.jpg” width=”135″]Today, I was back to normal. I haven’t taken a run in a few days since I’ve been so swamped with work, so I decided to try it again. I ran two miles, and found the physical strain I felt was no different than that of light hiking, so it was completely manageable. I still have my fat cut down 25%, so I will be interested what that does for weight loss, if anything. With my little bacteria friend h.pylori, losing fat is exceedingly difficult, but I feel with a balanced body, maybe it will help. I also purchased some mastic gum today, as I heard that it works wonders on killing off the bacteria. My fingers are crossed.
Day 13: It’s been a busy week, but things have been great. I have had steady energy and moods, and exercise still isn’t as painful as it once was. The mastic gum seems to be working – the usual discomfort in my intestines has eased up a noticeable degree, though again, I cannot tell how much is placebo. I haven’t been able to run as much, but I am doing something to break a sweat everyday.
[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B002DYIZEO” locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41%2BrxN-yarL._SL160_.jpg” width=”92″]I am leaving NYC in a few days to attend GF 2045 – I am going to have to eat real food for my trip, but I am really looking forward to this. I love the experience of food, and I love that I have total control over it. Yesterday, I ‘cheated’ and I had a slice of pizza – it was sensational, and took me a long time to eat. I am extremely optimistic about the future of nutrient consumption, for me, and for other people. I sincerely think that inventions like Soylent could be used for so many positive changes. The results are infectious – like a meme. I really hope that this one goes viral.
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