I've ordered some Huel to see how I react to it. I have been a member on Muscletalk for the best part of 10 years and have huge respect for James, and that is actually the reason I took the plunge and decided to order.
I have a complex history with food and digestion but the basics are this. I have followed bodybuilding style diets for 10 years and always trained hard alongside. 3 years ago while prepping for a local competition I was derailed 2 weeks out from competing. I needed surgery and was out of action. The antibiotics they gave me damaged my digestive system and it hasn't been the same since. I have tried everything I can think to resolve the problems, and I am much better as a result, but no where near where I was. I had to have a second surgery which also resulted in problems, but this time I was diagnosed with epilepsy (I had a seizure the day after the operation). I received a 1 year ban, medication for life (lamotrigene) and I also lost my job. Woohoo!
As a result I have changed my priorities. I no longer want to pursue bodybuilding or strength sports. I just want to feel good again and my appetite and digestion are not great and very inconsistent which I feel is the foundation to achieving my goal. My primary goal is to get healthy. I am hopeful that huel can help me, although I know it's not necessarily directed towards people in my situation and not a 'fix'. I hope it allows me to consume the level of nutrition I need and begin the healing process.
I intend to keep this post updated with how I am finding the product and my experiences. I am unsure how best to implement Huel and would welcome advice. I do not wish to remove all solid foods. 1-2 meals per day with huel making up the remaining calorie requirement was my plan but I am open to suggestions.
I'm 200lbs, 14% body fat, 28 years old. I resistance train 2x and swim 1-2x per week currently which is the minimum I need to do to maintain some of my former physique without killing myself. (my body and mind both need a break and to get healthy again). I currently consume 2-2.5kcal depending on appetite and how my digestive system is behaving.
Sorry for the long post but I felt it necessary to paint a picture.