I won’t deny you’ve got yourself a bit of a job there, but it can certainly be done. First job is to print out a copy/copies of the nutritional breakdown - you’ll need one with you every time you see a healthcare professional. I’ve yet to meet one who has heard of Huel! Be prepared for the “it’s just a fad food” reaction from them. The only medical professional I’ve seen to take Huel seriously was an HIV-specialist dietitian who went to this site to read the information online, all the while muttering “bet they haven’t thought about… bloody hell, they have…” over and over. (You are doing this in conjunction with your medical people, aren’t you?)
My type 2 diabetes is a present from early anti-HIV drugs - it doesn’t always react the same as T2D got by other means, so my experience isn’t typical. In the early days I contained my diabetes by sticking to wholefoods (I’m lucky in that I like stuff like brown rice) and gliclazide. I have a few more problems with control now, and for the past year have been 100% Huel, except for snacks. I have mobility problems caused by neuropathy (the same damn drugs!), so I account for my more sedentary lifestyle with a lower than average calorie intake.
Don’t rely on the scoop as a measure: use it as a tool to get the powder into a bowl on the kitchen scales! Use a blender to start with rather than trying to shake it - my first attempts at doing it by hand were pretty disgusting as I couldn’t get a smooth liquid. In fact I’ve stayed with the blender and can now go from start to ready to drink in the space of a TV ad break. I find that Huel needs some added flavouring - watching the carb content, I use either 100mg frozen fruit or 200ml fruit juice in making it up. Recently I’ve discovered that Alpro do a vanilla soymilk drink that makes for an even more filling Huel with a pretty low carb footprint. Some coffee drinkers use instant coffee in the mix, but I’m the one person in the UK, it seems, who can’t bear coffee.
My non-Huel food intake is either a sandwich from the local shop on days when I can get there, and they have one made with very stern brown bread, or else an unspecified amount of bombay mix (lower in carbs and higher in protein than your average snack). I don’t drink tea or coffee, so I keep the recyclers going with empty cans of zero sugar soft drinks, and having the beginnings of cirrhosis (I didn’t expect to need my liver this long, so as the Thin White Duke sang, it was “drink, drink, drink, raise your glasses high”) I don’t drink. If alcohol is a problem, don’t stop without seeing your doctor: sudden cessation can cause immediate call-an-ambulance problems.
Most people seem to find that starting at one Huel meal a day, then adding in another after a week or ten days (and so on as appropriate) works better than jumping in with both feet. There can be a somewhat gaseous response, and you might find yourself in the toilet a bit more often at first. But that’ll change as your body gets used to your new diet.
You’ve done the difficult bit: making the decision to take action. Now it’s the boring bit: doing it Keep us up to date with how it’s all going, and remember that the only stupid questions are the ones you didn’t ask.
Pob lwc! x