Using Huel in an elimination diet, to treat inflammation of the gut?

Hi, I’m thinking of switching to a 100% Huel diet for a few weeks to see if it can help me with my health problems.
I’ve had what the doctors call chronic gastritis for almost 2 years. Although I’m not sure it really is gastritis because its not really my stomach that feels sore, its my intestines, specifically the small intestine. I haven’t been able to drink alcohol or caffeine for 2 years now because both cause significant pain. As long as I stick to bland diet I’m mostly ok, but I’m by no means happy.
Someone suggested that 2 years is a very long time to still have inflammation of the gut, especially since I’ve removed the likely irritants (alcohol, caffeine, NSAIDs etc). So, perhaps there is another irritant, perhaps I’m allergic or intolerant to something else in my diet which I’m not currently aware of.
This is where I think Huel might fit in, the ingredients seem pretty non offensive and safe. It will provide me with a easy and safe way to restrict my diet to the bare essentials while avoiding many potential allergens (and other things people are know to be intolerant of).
I’ve ordered a sample packet and if I have no problems I will order a weeks supply and go from there. I expect that I will still sometimes want to eat regular food, but for the first 2 weeks at least I’m going to go 100% Huel and report back here.
Any thoughts? Is Huel really suitable for this purpose? Will I be deeply unhappy not eating pizza?

Hi there,

Firstly welcome to the Huel forum! I’m sure plenty of great people will have a lot to add to what I will say and together we can help you out.

Sorry to hear of your condition, it sounds like an unbelievably difficult condition to manage and I can appreciate your curiosity in wanting to try out different solutions.

With chronic problems like this we, as a company, are always cautious to offer advice and would recommend you to consult your doctor before attempting something like this. We recommend that when you start your Huel diet, you first try replacing 1 meal with Huel, and then after a while (approx. 5-7 days) you could progress to replacing 2 of your daily meals (and then 3, 4, etc. if you want to go 100% Huel). This will allow your body to slowly adjust to Huel.

It is possible that when you start Huel for the first time that you will experience flatulence and irregular bowel movements, tiredness and/or cravings, depending on how healthy your diet was before. However, this settles down in healthy individuals as the body adjusts. There is no saying your gut will be the same.

I have a friend with a gut problem and he has been trying a number of solutions, one was a low carbohydrate diet. For him it didn’t work, but at least now he knows and can try something else. This is my point, using Huel could be the answer you need and if it isn’t then at least you will know.

Hopefully someone on the forum will have some experience here and can assist further.

Thanks for the reply, I’ll take your advice and start replacing 1 meal at a time.

I’ll report back here how I get on.

How’s it going?