So my current list of ailments are:
Lack of energy
Signs of vitamin deficiency (dry skin, rashes, weak nails and hair)
Pesky hormonal chin acne
Also being 20lb over my ideal weight
I’m not expecting Huel to resolve all of the above I just thought it would be useful to list them so I can do a comparison in 30 days. I realise Huel is just food but what I like about it is that it’s very transparent re: calories and ingredients. It’s easy for slaves to food like me to ensure that we get what we need and no extras. For the next 30 days, for a bit of variation, I will be including a small measure of a low FODMAP fruit or vegetable along with my Huel meals.
Breakfast: 3 scoops of Berry Huel
Lunch: 3 scoops scoops of Berry Huel
Dinner: 3 scoops of Berry Huel + 1 cup of blueberries
In addition I’ve used 250ml of unsweetened almond milk with my two coffee servings of the day.
I am currently on the Berry flavoured Huel and I’m nearly finished with it after a month of sometimes having it for breakfast and lunch, I must say I am really looking forwards to moving back to the Vanilla and Chocolate versions. It’s not particularly palatable alone. I find when I am using Huel for all three meals that my thirst seems to increase. Does anyone else notice this?
One of my biggest hurdles is in the evening when my children go to bed. For some reason I have a strong urge to binge on junk food. I think in part it’s due to wanting a quick sugary fix to boost my energy although logically speaking I know its counterproductive. Having a three scoop measure of Huel mixed up to be quite thick (with a small addition of blueberries) seemed to help with that. As someone who is partial to binge eating it does feel quite alien sitting with the feelings that I usually squash with food (predominantly boredom, stress and exhaustion). Also noting the activities I usually associate with a cheeky snack, like watching TV or rewarding myself for making it through the day (woohoo go me now let’s eat everything!).
I like how Huel reinforces the notion that you should eat for hunger and not for recreational purposes, it’s tasty but not THAT tasty. I recently found out that those of us who suffer with intolerances tend to crave the foods that make us sick. I believe this is due to the body releasing endorphins to counteract the stress it is under whilst being subjected to foods it can’t handle (?) This is interesting because I am obsessed with cheese, bread, pastries and sweet stuff. It is a bit of a human design flaw if you ask me. God damnit I am fantasizing about cheese now.
I have had a bit of a headache today but I shall put that down to the slow and dreaded detox of refined sugar, to be fair I did eat an entire packet of Oreos last night as a ceremonial fare well to my bad habits starting today which was both ridiculous and hypocritical after making sure my children eat healthily. I think often we parents fail to practice what we teach! Self care is HARD when you only have one hour a day to yourself before you pass out.
Anyway, I made it passed day 1. Hurrah!