I’m completely awful at eating actual meals (wonderful combination of laziness, depression, anxiety etc) and when I do it’s usually random crap. I mostly work back shifts so I end up sleeping most of the day and getting home late with no inclination to eat anything. I got a slow cooker a few months back and have used it three times (and one of thsoe times was to make mulled wine…) so I started looking for something that would be even less effort.
My overall aim is to lose weight and generally get a bit more into shape. And not be so tired all the time. I tend to go horse riding once a week and I’m on my feet all the time at work. If I can find the motivation I’ll start going back to the gym, but baby steps. I don’t think I’ll ever go 100% Huel, but if I could get up to maybe 2 meals a day then ‘normal’ food that’d be good.
My first order came yesterday and I almost put myself off entirely by making it WAY too strong for the first time. Not sure why I thought diving straight into three scoops would be a good idea even with berries blended in I couldn’t actually drink it. And almost lost what I did manage to get down.
So today I cut it waaaay down to 3/4 scoop shaken with soya milk and coffee and it’s actually delcious - mostly because I can barely taste it. I got the Vanilla and BLECH it is not a nice taste! I think I’ll be using soya milk more than water, even without the coffee that ought to taste a bit better right? And I could really do with drinking more milk.
I’ll keep going with 3/4 cup for now and slowly increase. Combined with my actually eating lunch (Itsu instant noodles - don’t judge!) I feel pretty good and ready for whatever work will bring.
So yeah, figured I should be at least a little accountable.
Great to hear from you and thanks for choosing Huel. It will definitely be able to help you eat a more balanced diet, lose some weight if you wish and many people report greater energy levels. So it’s all winning for you!
I’m sure plenty of people will be able to help you with your problems, but here is my 10p worth:
Losing weight with Huel
Some notes on weight loss I made from a previous post. There is no specific amount of Huel that will work for everyone. We are all different but a good and safe way to lose weight is to cut your calorie intake by 500 kcal below what you need to maintain your weight. We have a really useful guide written by James (Huel co-founder and Registered Nutritionist) about weight loss - https://huel.com/pages/guide-to-fat-loss17
If you can’t have you Huel then you aren’t going to get any benefit! So this is an important one. Firstly, watch this video we made, it’s only a few minutes and it should give you loads of great tricks and tips - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKpUCiDgpL4&t=2s
Taste is very subjective, but as you can imagine we’ve consumed a lot of Huel and this is Julian’s favourite way and it tastes really good:
400ml cold water
3 scoops of Huel
three ice cubes (optional)
a teaspoon of coffee granules (optional)
blend or use a shaker
top up via the spout with another 100ml of water and re-shake
If you leave in the fridge over night it’s even better.
I have adopted Julian’s coffee idea, and it is really good. I have today and yesterday also used matcha tea…not one of your flavour sachets but the real stuff, and I wasn’t expecting it to be as good as it was. It really is lovely…so when I run out of it (which may be a while as I don’t have flavours every day, and also have various other things), I will prob get some from Huel.
For one meal tomorrow I have made up Huel with matcha, but also with maca…just to see…will report back.
All with 50/50 U/U and vanilla and 50/50 water/almond milk 100g with 500ml.
Don’t worry, I will be increasing from 3/4 scoop! I managed to drink a scoop mixed in with tea and that was alright. The taste was more noticeable than with coffee, but still drinkable. So far I’ve just been having it instead of grazing on whatever is in the cupboard. Coffee so far is winning the flavour contest.
Think I’ll try it with coconut milk and some berries tomorrow for breakfast.
If you can, try blending it and leaving it in the fridge “overnight” (whatever that is for you on shift work). I found using the blender seems to knock back the chalkyness of it, as did using cold filtered water. I live in a hard water area, which was doubling the issue.
Much nicer now. I have the chocolate flavour to give me an alternative, but I really like making it with a couple of scoops of a good instant coffee, I use Nascafe Azera Espresso powder and my morning “coffee” kicks like a mule and really gets me going