I’m all out of the Madras stuff - I forgot to keep count, but for some reason in my head I thought it had 17 meals per bag, but it is only 7. It felt like more than 7. But I loved that, and it was easy to skip the usual McDonald’s pound saver combo on the way home at night, as I actually was so keen to get home and get more of that Madras stuff! However, I noticed, the spice definitely reacts with me. That’s possibly also an issue I’ve had in my former normal diet as I tended to favour high spice Indian curries etc. Still got the vanilla powder, and though it’s different to the RTD, I’m used to the little powder clusters now and used to drinking it slightly cold or more closer to room temperature.
Initially first thing in the morning it was a bit hard to stomach / due to how thick it is. However, I noticed, the flexibility makes up for this. I simply took it with me, got up, got ready, went into the office etc, and once settled around 9.30-10 the hunger feeling came back, so I drank the remaining stuff slowly across the morning. I think this actually suits me as someone who was decent at making myself have breakfast, but not always enjoying it. Now I have a steady little flow of energy and those at-desk cravings / hunger taken care of. Very happy about that. One of my issues was anxiety / eating. Well now, I can have this at hand wherever, get difficult things like meetings out of the way but then have nutrition straight after.
I think for my next order I’m going to go for two Huel 3.1 powder bags: cinnamon swirl and coffee. I like how cheap this is and how flexible it is. At some stage, I might try the Black Edition, but for now I’ll at least try the flavours of the powder I’m interested in. Once I’m confident in what I want I’ll setup the recurring order.
I want to continue the Hot & Savoury as well for variety / a little more feeling like I am eating something physical - yet not compromising with my former options which were either high salt / sugar tins or sachet based savoury lunch meals. At least these have the blend of nutrients, regardless of flavour, right? I think I’ll go for the Mac and Cheese, then the Cajun Pasta with this. And switch between them, again for variety. With lunch, as I said, it was (now costlier and less likely to be on offer) sachets - tasty, but high in salt and not sustainable or filling as such either, or the likes of noodles which aren’t very nutritious or filling and usually also high in salt. They also left me feeling hungry again before dinner time / end of the work day. So I’m very happy with the H&S and how easy it is to prepare without the compromise in being good health wise. I’m hoping these other flavours will be as tasty as the Madras was.
This is looking like it’ll come to £90 next time. If I’m to keep that up monthly, it will be costly. I need to justify it. This week’s grocery shop was much simpler - four dinner items / veg side. Some of which I can maybe stretch into two days.
I have noticed that my digestion in general has been better. Not that I was diagnosed with anything (though often given tablets like omeprazole etc). It was a bit of a chicken and egg phenomena with me, where the issue is: is it my anxiety making my stomach / digestion rough, or vice versa? Well with this, I’m going about my day confident I have enough energy in the morning and from lunch til dinner time. Not worried about whether I’ll be able to stomach those meals, or worrying about things like buying it in, or best before dates as such… the practicality is as much if not more than promised in the marketing.
Something I noticed last week was come 5pm, previously I was pretty hungry and hangry most days. A little tense / not a nice person to be around some days… Until I got home and cooked, and ate and then some time for it all to settle. It wasn’t great. But with this last two weeks, I notice that I’m still energetic and, whilst having a healthy appetite / hunger, I feel less in a rush, less irate and just about ready for dinner. Thankfully too, dinner has been going down a bit better.
I think that my irregular eating before, high focus on spicy meals and missing the odd day due to forgetting to buy something in, or missing an ingredient, or best before dates passing… I was definitely failing myself and letting myself miss out on some kind of nutrient or category of nutrient. Maybe even just plain not enough energy, yet working all day etc. If anything, the easiness and consistency of having Huel twice a day has given me a solid foundation that before wasn’t there.
One word of warning though, I noticed that with this being a very healthy, low sugar sort of diet, it’s easy for me to forget to have something sugary. Yesterday I felt pretty tired / rundown after dinner. Until I drank a sugary drink, but then I felt totally fine. For me, slowly cutting down on this until I adapt will be key. Something anyone reading this in the future should think about.
Overall, I am so happy with how my first order has went and I think I’ll definitely keep it going. I can’t imagine the long term benefits of the nutrition. I feel like it’s now easy to do a good job of making sure I’m eating enough and the right kind of things. If you people want to keep hearing my experience I’ll keep posting, or maybe just start a new thread down the line about specific products or experiences - whichever fits the forum best.
Thanks everyone for their replies as well! Great community here, love to see it