Hi All, I wonder if anyone could help or maybe give some advice for me to look into.
first off, the reaction I am having is not new. It is most certainly linked to diet but after years of trying to identify the cause(s), I am still none the wiser. Last year I had my full bloods done and a food intolerance test carried out. I’ll post the intolerance results below.
I have recently delved into the world of Huel. This is my first time trying it and the product, so far, has been great. I have purchased 3 bags of Black edition powder (salted caramel, Banana, Vanilla). The service and delivery were great. it tastes fantastic and it’s super easy to prepare and drink.
Although I started on New Year’s Day, this wasn’t a New Year’s resolution. My diet has always been pretty poor. I’m not too fond of veggies and I am very much a beige eater. The majority of the time I either grab a sausage and bacon sandwich from a burger van for breakfast or skip it as a meal entirely and more often than not, if I stop for a lunch break, it will be a McDonalds or something similar.
Now I’m in my thirties, these bad habits have started to catch up with me, I’ve been putting on weight steadily, I’m out of breath doing things that shouldn’t make you out of breath, and generally just feel very URGH. One thing I have noticed considerably over the last year is how I have a big energy crash around 1 or 2 pm that I really struggle to come back from and often need an hour’s nap.
Since having a shake of Huel in the mornings for breakfast and committing to drinking more water throughout the day as opposed to 4 or 5 cups of tea, I have genuinely noticed myself feeling much more energetic throughout the day. I haven’t been having the regular midday energy crashes and my focus and ability to work longer has been much better. Instead of getting home and slumping down onto the sofa I have found myself helping out more around the house and having more energy to play with the kids!
Now here comes the problem. I’m six days in and I can feel my skin beginning to react. As I mentioned above this is not new. I have always had bad face and head skin reactions when I have been using whey protein powders back when I used to exercise. My food intolerance test shows that I am intolerant to cow’s milk so I assumed that the reaction was due to using milk in the shake and the whey protein being extracted from some sort of cow’s milk or similar.
My intolerance test also shows that I have an intolerance to chickpeas, I have looked through the Huel black edition ingredients, and the protein they use is pea protein extracted from yellow split peas, which, to my knowledge, is an entirely different protein from chickpeas.
I’m going to persevere and continue drinking my shake in the mornings for now, but if my face does break out in a rash, I’ll be super disappointed not only because of the three bags of powder that would go to waste but mostly due to the health benefits that I’ll be missing out on.
I was even contemplating the option of having both a Huel BE shake for breakfast and the Huel Instant meals for lunch but if my body is going to react poorly then again I’ll
be disappointed and will feel like I’m missing out on some genuinely daily life improvements.
I’ll attach my food intolerance test and a pic or two of my skin reactions. The reaction pics are after the rash had started to heal, before this it tends to be open and extremely sore and itchy. I welcome your thoughts and any ideas on what to do next to try to get to the bottom of this!
**Edit - Unfortunately I could only attach one photo to the post! **
Thanks for your time!