Some things that have improved the quality of my life (Including HUEL)

Hi everyone,

I’d just like to thank the HUEL team for creating such a wonderful product. I know it’s a first world problem, but just not having to spend time choosing what I’m going to eat is fantastic!

Some things my fellow ‘HUElers’ may want to try:

1. The Wim Hof method
I do this upon waking & then I jump under a cold shower for 5 minutes (It gets easier, I promise!). You get a rush of endorphins and I find it to be a great way to start the day.

Here is a beginners guided breathing tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LU6Oi80n5J4
Wim Hof app: https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/wim-hof-method/id890471578
CST - Cold Shower Therapy https://apps.apple.com/us/app/cst-cold-shower-therapy/id693240707

2. Daily exercise.
As someone who deals with anxiety & depression, I find that daily bouts of exercise can get me out of a rut. I run, bike, swim and I adore/hate the ergo! haha
If you want to get started with calisthenics (Bodyweight training) I’d suggest you look at the ‘recommended routine’ on reddit. - r/bodyweightfitness
I do yoga occasionally (Check out ‘Yoga with Adrienne’)

3. Meditation
I’m still a relative novice when it comes to this introspective practice. I have maintained a 20min a day sit for a few weeks now with the help of Sam Harris’, ‘Waking Up’ app.
You don’t need an app, but If you struggle with motivating yourself these apps can give you a gentle push to get it done.

4. Intermittent Fasting
I’m a greedy gannet and I’m capable of devouring the entire contents of my fridge before bed. To keep my calories in check I follow a 18/6 fasting protocol. Which translates to consuming no calories for 18 hours and consuming my calories in the 6 hour eating window.
I generally have two meals a day. One HUEL shake at 3:30pm (With ample amounts of Ice!) & a regular meal at around 9pm.
I thought fasting was a fad, but I feel like I have more focus and I get a lift in mood.

Anyway, I thought I’d ramble on because I’ve got some time to kill.

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I do love a cold shower…

I have long been intrigued by IF, however a while ago came across this article https://www.marksdailyapple.com/women-and-intermittent-fasting/ which put me off, as a woman of child bearing age. I haven’t done any more research into the topic since so if anyone has any opinions on the article and studied citied I would love to hear.

Thanks for sharing, glad we could help!

I agree with some of what the author is saying but not with other bits. If you want to try IF I don’t think it is a problem for you unless become pregnant. I agree that more research needs to be conducted but he did leave out some more positive studies on IF in women which makes it seem like a bit of scare mongering and over-exaggeration - such as: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4960941/ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20921964 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23591120/ and https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4992682/

We have a new article on more general information on intermittent fasting you can read here: https://uk.huel.com/pages/intermittent-fasting-and-huel

Deleting all social media apps helped me. I’m struggling to leave Strava though, but I justify that by telling myself it’s a training tool :slight_smile:

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