I’ve mentioned some of this in another post, but it was worth repeating here for an overall view I think.
Firstly, a little about me - Hi! I’m Matt, a 45 year old, 6’3” 16 and a bit stone ex soldier, lawyer, investor. A few years back I had the crappest accident ever (drunk, on six months garden leave waiting to start a new job, I fell off a bench outside a bar in Essex and managed to give myself brain damage. Yay).
Anyway, as a result of a whole plethora of mental health issues which have arisen from that genius little episode I am now retired and moved to Cornwall. Unfit to work, like ever again, due to psychosis so I spend much of my time bumming around, seeing mates, fishing, yada yada.
A couple of months ago I noticed I was having to go to the final notch on my belt and when I took the time to actually check myself out in the mirror, realised that whoa. I’m like… fat. New one on me tbh, but just no denying it.
A friend recommended huel on another forum. I tried it once and was unimpressed. She gave me some advice on flavours, temperature and blending, and yeah, so that got me hooked and started.
I think I can sum up my initial reactions (first couple of weeks) with one word:
Energy. Lots of it. At this stage I’m not weighing or measuring, it’s too soon for that. Right now I’ve swapped out my lunches (usually a sandwich, a bag or two of crisps, a choc bar or two and an apple) for a 2-scoop huel. I’m drinking this at 12 and then reminding myself at 7:30pm that I really do need to eat again even if it doesn’t feel like it. Huel is managing to sate my appetite extremely well.
The plan is that I’m going to continue with this system for another week, then I’m going to start moving a few days per week to having 2 shakes, replacing my dinner. Nothing, not even the almighty himself is going to stop me having my steak and baked potato every Saturday mind you, so even if every other meal becomes Huel, that one shall not!
Energy. Seriously though, this actually happened today. I was sat down on the sofa, I’d done my exercise, tidied the flat, written more shopping list, sent a couple of emails, played on the Xbox and I was still brim full of energy when five melodious beeps came from my dishwasher.
It takes a special kind of deranged mind to stand up excitedly and think “excellent! I can go put a full dishwasher worth of stuff away into the cupboards, that’ll give me something to do!”
Sadly, that deranged mind was mine. I may need to increase my workouts or something because whatever nutrients were missing from my food previously are definitely being fulfilled via Huel - I’ve not had this much excess energy in decades.
I’ll gradually update this over time I think, I’ve got a lot of weight to lose to hit the midpoint of a healthy weight for my age and height so it’s going to be a steady and gentle process. Hope you enjoyed my essay!