I tend to write a lot so I’ll break it down into parts…
Background: I’m an American expat living in Asia, so I ended up here. Local food is good, but I tend to eat western food a lot. Can’t make myself commit to eating rice all the time, and local restaurant food is often too oily for me, and it upsets my stomach. The western food tends to be both expensive and unhealthy. I don’t have a kitchen. I teach at an after school English training center, so I eat and sleep at odd times. When I work until past eight, my food options are limited to burgers and fries (aka chips).
After reading about Huel online, I decided to try it out. I was hoping it could do the following for me:
- More energy during the day
- Cheaper than what I can get here
- Help manage GERD or whatever I have
- Make my trips to the restroom more… healthy
- Slim down a bit
So here are my experiences based on the above:
This was a huge one. My busiest day of the week is Thursday where I teach for basically 5 hours straight with my craziest and most difficult classes. I realized a while ago that I wasn’t eating enough for lunch, and the reason I was so tired and pissy with kids was because I was crashing. Today has come and gone and I still felt fine. Feeling better during work, I’m convinced, will make my work life much more tolerable.
Living outside of the UK, I have to pay shipping and import tax. After doing some math, I found that 560 calories of Huel after shipping and taxes is still cheaper than my cheapest option: a subway 6 inch sandwich with a drink. Get more calories out of Huel too, but the energy I get from Huel is more complete/healthy.
I don’t know if I have GERD. The local docs never said what it is. They probably don’t know since they never did any tests. They just gave me PPI medicine and said hopefully it’ll sort itself out. After changing my diet a lot, and avoiding foods that upset my stomach it has settled down a lot, but still flares up from time to time. So far, Huel has not caused me any trouble. No heartburn and my stomach feels calm.
Better Bathroom Trips
So far Huel hasn’t upset my stomach at all. Been careful to drink water. Have had mostly Huel but had some other solid food here and there because I want to (and my local gf doesn’t approve of me only consuming one thing all the time). Trips to the bathroom have been better, but still feel like it’s not all going through… smoothly. A doctor suggested that my problem is that my digestive system is pushing stuff up, not down, and that this can cause problems on the toilet. TBH I’m not sure if that’s even a thing or if it’s just traditional Chinese doctor stuff. Either way, hopefully after more time this’ll improve.
Lose a bit of weight
Too early to tell. This isn’t something I care too much about, and I don’t expect results after just a week. Been doing some exercises, and I guess it’ll sort itself out since I am keeping calories low, and have a way of avoiding junk food.
A good first week. No discomfort, more energy, healthier, better for the environment, easier to clean up, and cheaper. Like the taste, and I’d imagine that if I get bored I can always mix things up by adding stuff to the shake and get different flavors. Only negative experiences are that there was a problem with shipping and felt lightheaded the first day (needed caffeine so I added instant coffee to the shake, problem solved).
Thanks to the Huel team for an awesome product!