I am creating this post as I believe that keeping track of my Huel journey may be a good way to hold myself accountable, and I would love the opportunity to share my journey with such a welcoming community.
I am a 19-year-old girl, with a sedentary lifestyle in the south of France. I am English, but in January I moved to France with my family for a gap year before I start university. I currently just spend time with my family but am moving to attend university in January.
After researching Huel for a week, I just ordered the starter pack.
I struggle a lot with emotional eating, I fluctuate between eating a diet with lots of vegetables and fruit, and a diet bingeing on chocolate, cookies and white bread. Moreover, I find that I am always, always tired. Working out brings me to the point of fainting and I cannot keep going. I have had numerous blood tests and my iron levels are sufficient enough to not need medication. I have come to the conclusion I am not eating the correct food in order to have energy. An unhealthy relationship with food often leads with me feeling depressed, eating unhealthy food as a coping mechanism, and then feeling even worse afterward. I want to break this cycle, and while I know my well-being cannot be solved solely on my diet, I want to do all I can.
I do not necessarily want to lose a lot of weight because I am not categorically overweight, however, I am not happy with my body at all.
I have struggled for years about my nutrition and exercise. If I am upset or stressed, I turn to junk food. There will often be times where the only highlight of my day will be going out and buying junk food, eating it, and feeling terrible about it afterward. I have skipped meals and tried many fad diets, that never gave me any long-term, sustainable results. As a result of this, I find myself with a low muscle mass and slowly gaining a lot of fat around my stomach, hips, and thighs.
I currently weigh 55.7kg, and I am 163cm tall.
I am hoping that Huel will give me the nutrition and energy I require to increase my quality of life, increase my energy levels and be able to start working out without feeling defeated and worn down. ( I currently cannot complete one round of BBG without fainting, so I generally walk for exercise.) I do not have access to a gym where I live, unfortunately. I also hope that consuming Huel will help change my attitude towards food, and can help me stop my bingeing cycles. I also want to lose some of my body fat and slim, or tone, down in general. My goal is to reach 52kg by 31st December. This goal weight is appropriate for my height and I checked with my doctor before deciding on it.
I don’t believe that I can jump straight into a 100% Huel diet. I want to initially start with replacing breakfast and lunch with Huel, and have a meal at dinner-time, which is usually healthy.
I have just ordered 1 Vanilla Huel, 1 Coffee Huel (I have heard mixed reviews about this flavor, but I am excited to try) and the flavor sample pack. From my research, It looks like the best thing to do is blend the Huel with cold water (maybe a few ice cubes?).
If anyone has any tips, experiences or advice on Huel, wellbeing and food / relationships with food please let me know, it would be appreciated. i am excited to start my Huel journey