Going 70-100% with borderline hypothyroidism and CVS


#1

Hey everyone!

I started using huel a few years ago to help alleviate days with severe ‘cyclic vomiting syndrome’ (CVS).

Essentialy I was throwing up after every meal/drink. I cut out every single posible thing the doctor could think of to the point I couldn’t eat anything anyone else made as there was always something that was gluten, or not low fod map ot whatever trend the doctor had picked up on.

I was already vegetarian before CVS struck and then I lost all interest in food and I stoped going anywhere I was expected to eat in public because geting sick was embarasing but having people question why I wasn’t eating was worse.

They wanted to give me anti-depressents and hypnotherapy which I declined and thought I would try to find something else to help first.

I kept needing IVs of nutrients because I wasn’t absorbing much and had to stop working because I was constantly drained, tierd and hungry all the time.

It also had a serious effect on my weight I would bounce around up and down over 10kg (22 pounds) every couple of months.

I used huel to try to give myself much needed nutrients having 50 g at a time as my stomach would eject anything heavier. Huel really helped the CVS but I did occasionaly throw it back up too.

Currently the CVS is better, I am also borderline hypothyroid (under active) but my blood tests seemed to be getting better when I was using huel more frequently.

I want to try and keep on top of my weight, I somehow put on about 10 kg between March to July then lost 8.2 kg since August through no changes in my life style at all but I am accounting this to the CVS and under active thyroid.

This past week I have been at 40-60% huel and I am now going to try to go 70-80% huel most days and 100% some of the time starting tomorrow. I am thinking 5 days 70/80% 2 days 100%.

In all the time I have used huel I haven’t noticed any side effects but that could be due to the other medical problems I had going on at the time.

This last week I have been crazy hyperactive (think tigger from winny the pooh -I was litteraly jumping around singing “The wonderfull thing about Tiggers” song) of an evening since uping my huel intake so I am interested to see long term how huel will affect my energy levels.

I am still having a bit of trouble geting energized in the morning but its not as bad as it was.

I also found that when my friend made me food I couldn’t eat half the portion size he gave me since upping the huel intake.

In case anyone is also underactive thyroid or is just interested in general I have listed the three main blood tests they do and my worst/best/current results.

I am getting another blood test in 2 months so I am interested in seeing if this change in my diet makes a difference.

TSH normal range 0.27-4.2 mU/L
T4 normal range 12-22
T3 Normal range 4-6

TSH worst 26.41
TSH best 4.92
Oct 2018 10.5

T4 worst 7.6
T4 best 12.7
Oct 2018 12.3

T3 2017 4.7

I will keep this updated to keep track of what happens, both energy levels, thyrpid leves and weight.

I am currently at 67 kg and am aiming to get down to 60 kg.

I have worked out all of my calories and as there as so few foods I can actually eat I thing I will be able to stick to it wothout getting to tempted.

Hope you are all going well on your huel journey!


#2

Hey there, how are you getting along?

Great to have you on the Huel team, it sounds like this a really difficult condition to manage. It sounds like the general goal here to just consume the right about of nutrients to improve your blood markers?

Keep us posted, thanks for taking the time to tell as about you :blush:


#3

Hi @TimOfficialHuel thanks for droping by.
My choice of Huel is for nutrition, in the weeks before increasing my Huel intake I was throwing up after every meal/ drink of water no mater what it was.
I wouldnt usualy throw up the whole meal just a large portion of it.
But at its worst I managed to throw up a whole can of tomato soup back into the tin it came out of, filling it back to the top.

However in these last 9 days I increased my Huel intake to the point where I have only been having approximately 200/400 calories of non Huel meals.

I have only been sick twice in the last 5 days both times after having a meal at my friends house, once was with a pasta dish and the other with toas and a black coffee.

With CVS I used to find I would be quite tierd after eating and my hunger would be all over the place. It was especially hard when you eat then it all projectiles back out leaving you more hungry (but less inclined to eat) than when you started!

I have now managed to get my food intake to more routine times and am going to try making shakes of more than 200 calories at a time next week as I intend to go 100% Huel once I eat he left over salad and dont know how I will be able to drink 7 200 calorie meals in a day.
I am concerned about it being to heavy a meal and it making me sick but I will have to adjust as I go along.

I have also found that the mind fog that I usualy experience in the mornings (that could be because of the borderline thyroid issue) is much better.
The only day it was bad was in the morning when my last meal was dinner at and not Huel. I will be keeping that in mind in the future.

I have managed to maintain my weight of 67 kg on changing up my diet this past week.

My goal for this week is to:
Eating between 10 am - 7 pm
Go 100% Huel once the perishable salad is gone.
Reduce my calorie intake to start making progress to my current goal weight of 60 kg.

Hope you are all well!


#4

Had a reasonably huel filled week with some healthy foods too. Now that my energy levels have evened out I am going to focus on getting to my (current) goal weight of 60 kg.

Inconsistent Hueling 6th of August starting weight 74.9 kg.
(A reduction of 7.9 kg before staring consistent Hueling)

Consistent Hueling 27th of January starting weight 67 kg

Current weight 66.1 kg
(Overall reduction of 8.8 kg)

I’m not going to up my exercise too much just yet at it aggravates the CVS, but hope to in the near future.


#5

Week 3

Current weight: 64.9 kg
Reduction since last week: 1.2 kg
Overall reduction: 10 kg!

This week I had mostly Huel most days, I atempted one meal mid week with famil which made me feel ill and made me feel realy ill.
I realy prefer the sustained feeling I get with Huel.

I am very surprised with the 1.2 kg weight reduction I found this morning as I was out last night for a colleagues 70 th birthday where I had dinner, desert and drinks last night :partying_face:.

I am teally happy with my increased Huel intake, all of my stmptoms are much calmer and I can actualy enjoy having a meal socially without the CVS interfering too much.
I find I feel fuller on smaller amounts of food when I do eat which probably contributes to the reduced symptoms of CVS.

I am looking forward to my next blood test for the thyroid levels as I don’t feel any of the symptoms of it.

Hope you are all enjoying your Huel journeys.