Chris here, started this week with Huel so still in my first days.
Not the most healthy guy, convenience and lazy-foods before else.
Like many people, I’ve been thinking of changing/improving my health multiple times.
NOW ! It is time to DO IT !!
My goals are to quit smoking, less drinking and improve my diet.
In a short time from now, I want to start cycling again aswell, so extra motivation.
Even though I want to quit smoking, as it is not the only (drastic) change, I will smoke
less first and do it all step by step. Even though I intended so, I basically quit already and
don’t drink during weekdays anymore either. On top of all this ‘rushing into it’, my diet is
almost completely Huel Powder now already (3 x 4,5 scp spread through the day).
So far, I actually don’t feel any side effects (even despite the rushing) other than being a
littly gassy and thus having to be careful around my colleagues.
First 2 days, I experienced a reflux more often and slightly more intense than I already did
in my former diet. I found that for me, this is solved by drinking my coffee not as strong as
I’ve always done (so normal coffee now). Aside from that, drinking a beer close before or
after my Huel meals doesn’t do well for the same reason.
Even though my first week hasn’t completed yet, the plus sides are :
Almost no cravings (which was a 24/8 presence, no typo);
Not feeling tired through the day (I sleep less but rest a lot better now);
More energetic yet a less ‘chaotic’ mind (likely due to better rest and well balanced diet).
By now, I think I’ll keep going as it hasn’t really been a problem to me at all thus far. Right
the only Huel I have is the powder, but for my next order I will also include the Huel Bars to
change the few ‘snack moments’ aswell and see how it goes.
Any thoughts, advice or idea’s (either Huel or general health related) are rather welcome.
This is my cough short cough story to kick off with, sorry for taking your time.
Thanks for reading and any response.
I’m 178cm and 68kg and can’t stand still for a moment at work, so I easily burn the roughly 2.000 kcal I get from Huel.
On top of that, I wouldn’t mind gaining a bit of weight aswell, as I intend to start cycling again sooner than later.
So, I guess I’m going to place a next order sooner than expected.
First meal, dinner on Tuesday (the day my first order arrived) and last in the
first bag was breakfast on Saturday. Basically, I get 3,5 to 4 days on a bag.
This would confirm the consumption of 2.000kcal a day (7.000 / bag).
Guess I did well so far, now let’s keep it up.
Oh, by the way, I also bought myself a 1,5L blender today. Might make things easier and tastier to keep going in the right direction.
Breakfast for me is 4,5scp (~1L shake/blended) and not feeling hungry untill around 12,
but by then I’m still not really hungry so 2 slices of bread suffice.
Before Huel, I ate half a bread everyday (breakfast and 3 breaks at work), so it really helps
filling me up. On top of that, a lot less if not no cravings at all anymore.
Whereas I could be eating small snacks day in, day out before.
That actually made people around me wonder how I could still not gain any weight, despite
not having health issues (in)directly related to my former diet.
Biggest thing for me was, and still kinda is, the gassiness that comes from a drastic change of diet.
Unashamed of working on my diet (and overall health) I explain why I am gassy, but some still
look funny at me because of it. So if that happens I just laugh it off saying I switched from
beer farts to a healthy air situation.
Change of diet
Little over a week in and it’s going great.
171g Huel with 950ml water, for breakfast, dinner and another shake through the evening.
Started off with breakfast and dinner and after a few days the evening aswell. After a week
I already felt a lot better (probably because of the nutritional profile) and sleep a lot better.
My gassy problem is almost entirely gone now aswell, which is (socially) a great thing.
This week, I ordered a 1L shaker and some FlavDrops from MyProtein. Now I have this shaker,
I’m also going to replace my lunch at work with a 1L shake starting tomorrow.
This means I’m up to 2754 kcal a day (4 shakes) on Huel alone. Now I’ll see what happens,
wether I maintain or even gain weight because of it. If it is the first, it is good (the latter be better).
If I can keep it up with 3 meals and a shake through the evening and my body doesn’t start hating
me for it after all, that would mean I’m going 100% starting tomorrow.
As mentioned, I also intended to drink less alcohol. So far, great succes, all I can say. To be more
specific, I from 2,5 to 3 crates a week down to maybe half a crate of beer in a week. This is actually
not even trying to drink less, though I intended to drink max. 2 beer on sunday-thursday evening and
max. 5 beers on friday and saturday evenings. This happened pretty easily for two reasons :
Drinking a 1L shake over the evening, leaving no room/time for beer.
Works great and my mood greatly benefits from this (aswell as from the nutritional difference in my diet).
Another target was to smoke less cigarettes and eventually stop smoking at all. It might prove difficult to
stop in time, because of the habit and it is a way to pass time (yea, stupid, I know). Positive side, I greatly
reduced the amount of cigarettes I smoke in a week. Basically, I smoke when I sit with friends and/or am
having a beer. Easy to say, I smoke maybe a 3rd of what I did up to a week ago. So I’m not there yet,
but certainly is a great difference.