As a mother of 3 children currently on maternity leave with number 3 and still nursing her, I have fallen into some bad eating habits, basically relying on carbs to get me through sleep deprivation and 'rewarding' myself with treats after a hard day (every day!) Over 3 children (over 10 years) I've basically put on 1 stone per child :\
In February I decided to do something about it. I was 13 stone, 82.7kg with an initial aim of 11 stone, to get me back into my BMI healthy range. I'm quite muscular, after a youth of dancing, so I've always tended towards the top end of my BMI healthy range.
I swapped my usual breakfast of nutella on multigrain toast for 2 poached eggs on multigrain toast. I tried to eat healthier lunches and dinners, I tried to cut down on portions, and I seriously reduced my sugar, going from about 200grams of Cadburys a day or more to a few squares of Green & Blacks dark chocolate after each meal. I began taking a walk, carrying my baby, for 30-60 mins per day. I measured myself as another way of checking progress.
By March I had lost 7cm from legs,tum & bum areas, 4cm from my waist, but my weight had gone up to 13 stone 1.4. I tried not to be disheartened, thinking I'd probably gained a lot of muscle with my walking, much of which was cross country.
By April I was 12 stone 12, and my measuring tape was lost to one of my children
From April to now my weight plateaued, no matter what I seemed to do and then I basically just gave up, thinking what's the point being this good when I was just hovering just below or just above 13 stone no matter what.
Last week I weighed in at 13 stone 4, a new high or a new low depending on how you look at it...
So late one night I saw an advert for Huel and on a whim bought it. I went to bed feeling very positive. My hope being it will fill me up and stop me craving crap because all my nutritional/protein needs are met.
After ordering it, I tried to reduce my eating and sugar intake in preparation. The Huel arrived yesterday. I cracked it open and made a small portion to try. I don't mind the oaty taste, but the sweetener, oh yuck!! I should have thought this through! I hate sweeteners like aspartame, I can always taste them. So I'm sending back the unopened pack and I've ordered some unflavoured Huel, arriving tomorrow. In the meantime, not to be deterred I started Huel for breakfast and lunch today.
Weigh in this morning I was 13 stone 2 (I only weigh first thing, naked and after my morning ablutions! ), so a bit down on the 13 stone 4 high point...
I decided to add 2 big tea spoons of raw cacao in with 3 scoops of Huel and 500ml of water, plus a bunch of ice cubes and shake the hell out of it. The result is not as bad as plain vanilla. The strong and unsweet taste of the cacao seems to cover the awful sweetener taste somewhat.
I didn't get enough sleep last night. This is not uncommon. Middle child woke me at 5.20am after I went to bed at midnight. So I generally feel a bit headachy on these days, therefore I can't say if the mild headache os Huel related of just sleep deprivation related!
I made up a 3 scooper for breakfast, with 500ml water, 2 heaped teaspoons of raw cocao & some ice. Drank 2/3rds of it and put it back in the fridge.
Soon after I drank a mug of nettle tea, which is usual (I don't drink coffee). After the hot tea I felt full.
I ate about 4 fresh cherries a little after that, but only for the taste, I didn't feel hungry.
About 11am I finished the rest of the breakfast Huel.
By 12.30pm, my usual lunch time, I was feeling hungry, so I made a new batch of Huel, as above, and drank 2/3rds of it.
Each time I drink it I feel a bit odd in my tummy, hard to describe, quite 'weighty', but I'm assuming that's my gut getting used to it!
I had another cup of Nettle tea after. It definitely helps me feel full and the hotness helps with feeling satisfied.
Starting to feel hungry about 3pm, so I finished the last 1/3rd of the lunchtime Huel and had another cup of nettle tea and about 5 cherries.
Starting to feel peckish now and planning dinner, which is a 5pm family affair - thinking of trying vegan chilli tonight, let's hope the kids eat it After dinner, once the kids are al in bed (about 8 - 8.30pm) I usually have (when I'm being good!) a nettle tea and about 20 grams of Green & Blacks dark chocolate. (If I'm not feeling good, I make chocolate brownies and eat them warm, so yeh, wonder why i'm fat... )
Overall I've been pretty pleased with my hunger levels, though this may have been helped by my efforts in the days before in cutting back snacks. I like the fact I don't have to think about what to eat, or spend lots of time making it. Also, not thinking about food at all and not having to make a decision I think helps avoid bad choices, because there's only one choice and it's instantly there! I'm really not a fan of the sweetener taste though - looking forward to receiving the unsweetened Huel tomorrow!
A small note on wind... I have read on the forum some people get nasty wind with Huel. This was a concern, since I've had IBS since my teen years (much better controlled these days since my diet is a heap better than when I was a teen!) but some foods can give me terrible wind (poor hubbie!) However, other than a few Huel tasting burps soon after eating (and that's probably because I've been chugging the stuff due to the taste not being the best ) I've not found any windy problems - let's see how it goes tonight after my first 2 Huel meal day!
I'll do an update tomorrow on progress on the scales and how it's going...