Long time Huel user checking in, or so it feels. Last September I started with Huel as an interesting experiment. Since then overall I’d say I’ve been 80% Huel.
Without too much padding in this post, I do have one single issue with Huel. I’ll drink my Huel shakes for around two weeks (3 x 4 scoops a day) with a small amount of flavour powder in each. This is all well and good until after around one week, after which I realise I’ve only been having one small movement a day (nice and solid, slick, quick movement).
At this point, after a week or so, my stomach will start gradually hurting more and more until I’ll get a sudden sharp “I need to go” pain in my stomach. At this point I head to the cubicle and begin what I’ve come to know as “the huel battle”. I’ll sit in agony for around 10 minutes knowing there’s two weeks of Huel about to come out. What follows, after around 20 minutes of squeezing, manoeuvring and squatting, is a thick ‘paste’ like stool which can flow out for around 20 seconds at a time. Its color isn’t alarming at all, but the texture is definitely odd to say the least. After these blow outs I am good for another two weeks, until the next.
Things I’ve looked at so far are:
- Chocolate flavour system, which I suspected. Stopped using it, no relief.
- Dairy milk, I suspected this could be causing it. Stopped using it for a month, no change.
- Water consumption, I drink around half a gallon of water per day. I’ve tried more or less with no noticeable change.
Does anyone have suggestions? I’m absolutely baffled. I’m typing this as I sit awaiting the next flow to begin. Hopefully someone can shed light
Edit: I’m wondering if this could be an effect of me making Huel super thick? I like my Huel to be like an American thick shake as I adore milkshakes, perhaps it’s too thick and is causing issues in my gut? For three scoops I’ve been using 400ml of water. For four scoops, around 500ml.