I used to Huel last year - did it for quite some time as a lunch thing, then slowly drifted back into bad habits…
About 2 weeks ago I got diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, and my blood sugar was up around 19 first thing in the morning before eating. I got told to loose a lot of weight and change my diet. As I quite like living - I’ve worked hard to plan a way forward.
I started by cutting out sugars and carbs for a few days, also taking Metformin to help bridge my insulin resistance, then last Saturday I broke the Huel out of the cupboard, and this is my 7th day on pretty much 98% Huel and my blood sugar is down to 5.6 in the mornings.
I make my huel with 400ml water to 100gms huel, some days I add 50gms of Skyr (honey or strawberry so far) which adds about 35 calories. I have 3 shakes a day - one on the way to work, one at lunchtime and one on the way home from work, I have one “snack” of Itsu Seaweed Thins - which is 24 calories for a whole pack during the day, and one in the evening watching telly, and something like an apple or a pear in the evening too - just to have the feeling of eating something. (last night it was two raw carrots) as that feeling of chewing something is too good.
I lost about 5-6Lbs in the first week after diagnosis, and another 2Lbs this week on huel, at the same time I started walking about 30 mins a day at lunchtime. I thought I would lose more weight this week considering I’m probably only taking in 1400 or so calories - but I think my body is adjusting to the new regime, and I have high hopes.
I’m considering treating myself to a “healthy” shish kebab tonight to mark the end of the first week, and then doing it all again next week…
Good experiments this week have included:
Mixing in 50gms of skyr gives the creamy taste of using almond milk or similar for much less calories and much much cheaper (Asda 2 x 450gm pots of Skyr for £2)
Last night I made todays batch using water brewed with Pukka Chai teabag (800ml water to one bag and left for an hour) and it’s crazy good - probably the best Huel combination of many many I have tried - the cardamom in the chai really comes through with a spicy finish.
I am hoping to have enough will power to keep going like this, as it’s so much easier to keep track of intake, and carbs etc when you do it this way - but I love food, I love the act of eating, the smells, the tastes - so I think having a “naughty” Friday night once a week, ordering a lamb or chicken shish on a bed of salad with no pitta, should be ok.
I’ll let you know how it goes…