Newish to Huel (about 3 weeks in of 2 Huel meals a day). I haven’t experienced most of the side effects mentioned - my gastrointestinal system seems to be pretty resilient, perhaps because I had a pretty fibre and veg heavy vegetarian diet to begin with?
Anyway, I’ve been loving it BUT I exercise lots. I’m a cyclist and now training for a triathlon so running much more. I have noticed that I have been getting really awful side stitches every time I run since starting Huel, and that hasn’t been a problem in the past.
I have tried running “fasted” (before a huel-y breakfast) but still had the same issue. Has anyone else experienced this??
I wondered if it was an electrolyte thing so might try chucking some salt into the breakfast Huel (yum…). If you guys have any advice to save me from public triathlon shame from under-training I would hugely appreciate it!
Thanks for the quick response @JamesCollier. It definitely started at the same time as beginning Huel, and wasn’t happening previously during runs. I’ve been doing some reading about stitches and there are loads of different theories (all a little flawed/incomplete https://runnersconnect.net/side-stitches-abdominal-pain-causes-and-treatments/ ) but one that feels true is the idea that running causes an irritation of the abdominal ligaments, and that happens more quickly if there’s of food or liquid in the system. I might be timing my Huel wrong, and not giving it quite enough time before running because it doesn’t feel as heavy as a regular 500 cal meal would, but maybe my abdominal ligaments aren’t making the same distinction? Not sure - but i’m going to try a few more fasted runs, and then a couple days off to see if I can figure it out. I’ll report back if I manage to fix it!