I’ve had diabetes for at least ten years (I think I went symptomatic in 2004) and discovered Huel last year. (It occurs to me that my anniversary is coming up…) My weight is fine, but when I became ill with Fanconi’s syndrome I lost my joy in food, either eating or cooking, which still hasn’t returned. My GP had me on Ensure (up to eight per day), which, of course is 25% sugar, and resulted in my highest ever blood glucose reading of 29. The struggle to achieve any sort of acceptable diet ended with Huel: after the first couple of weeks I went as near 100% as dammit.
I got a bit cocky with BG control and had a few too many “one bar of chocolate won’t make a difference” moments resulting in my BG going out of control for a while, but with careful monitoring and sticking to Huel with Bombay mix or nuts as snacks, I went from an Hba1c of 96 to 56 in a few months, which even got the grudging respect of Nurse Diabetes (aka Nurse Ratched).
To make for a bit of variety, I use either 200ml or so fruit juice or 100g fruit, fresh or frozen, as flavouring with the water, bearing in mind that I’m adding about 10g sugar to my meal. My disability means that I have a pretty sedentary lifestyle, so I generally just have two meals a day of 125g Huel.
I have a standing order for my Huel, getting 8 bags at a time to get the maximum discount, and I have to admit that when I put in a supermarket order every few weeks I actually struggle to make the price up to the £40 minimum - Huel is saving me money, as well as helping me control my diabetes
Last hospital visit I saw the dietitian and she had a look at this site while I was there. Reading through the ingredients list she was muttering “bet they don’t have… bloody hell, they do!” over and over. She ended up agreeing with me that the NHS would be better off serving Huel instead of Ensure.
I’m betting that you’re going to end up as happy with Huel as I am.