I tried to take a ‘scientific’ (or maybe ‘mindful’?) approach to hunger in my first few weeks on Huel, trying to analyse how I was feeling, whether it was actually ‘belly deep hunger’ or cravings. I found it really interesting as I began to realise that previously I wasn’t really ever properly hungry, just craving food and/or tired and cramming food in just because! I’ve also found that whereas before I would still have a full belly at bedtime, now I’m often on the empty side. Before I would have been almost fearful of being hungry and would have had a late night snack to avoid going to bed hungry, now I just try to drink a glass of water, or a piece of fruit and a glass of water and go to bed (earlier if possible!). My body has been thanking me for removing it’s previous nighttime workload I think. I do sometimes wake up ravenous, but that’s when the pre-made Huel sat in the fridge helps! Other times I’ve woken up surprisingly not hungry as if my body’s gone, ‘ah ok, no late night snack? Fine I’ll just munch on a piece of thigh fat tonight!’
I’ve got a Huel bar and a half in my cupboard because I got a couple of free ones with orders when they first came out. I think they may end up staying there as I found them pretty meh. They are not enough calories for a meal, so for me I can’t use one to replace a Huel (even one of my usual 2 scoop Huels), but then their calories are pretty high for a ‘snack’ and quite frankly I’d choose a whole host of healthy snack option for less calories before I’d struggle through a Huel bar - they are very dry and powdery
Have you tried a hot drink to stave off hunger? My absolute favourite is Nettle Tea (I drink Clipper nettle tea, but there are several brands). I find a nettle tea after my Huel really helps my hunger satisfaction level, as does eating a small snack followed by a nettle tea. It’s as if the warmth and volume of the nettle tea tricks my body into thinking it’s had a bigger meal than it has!
I’ve not tried baking with Huel because it’s not what Huel is about for me, I like it simple and easy. If I had time to bake I think I’d prefer to bake something I really like and then eat a small portion within my calorie allowance, rather than bake something I know won’t be as good with Huel (I really love baking…). For me Huel is kind of about not eating or thinking about eating, if that makes sense. I feel hungry, I drink my Huel, I don’t feel hungry, but it’s not really an ‘eating’ experience. It’s almost like a mental break from eating and thinking about food for me and I’ve found that quite freeing.
How’s everything going?