Hi everyone. I already have celiac disease and after the past year of complete hell with onset gut dysbiosis, aches and pains, brain fog, fatigue, etc., I suspect I have more autoimmune issues. I’m getting checked out and requested to see a rheumatologist. In the meantime I’m looking to manage my symptoms. Lately it’s been fatigue and aches and pain coupled with diarrhea. I know nothing about Huel. Is it good for autoimmune issues? I’m think of trying an AIP diet as well. The doctors are no help so far and I don’t know where else to go. Thanks in advance for any insight.
Hey @Movngmtns - welcome to the US Huel forum, but sorry to hear about what you’ve been going through over the last year.
If it’s alright, I just wanted to ask - have you kept a food journal before to document what you eat/drink and symptoms to see if you can pinpoint further what you’re not tolerating? Feel free to drop me a private message, if you prefer, as well.
Happy to help provide some insight into Huel! Huel is nutritionally complete food. This means it contains protein, fats, carbs (including fiber), and the 27 essential vitamins and minerals to meet general recommendations for essential nutrients per 2000 calorie intake.
With that being said, this doesn’t mean we want you to consume only Huel at that 2000 calories. It’s more to provide you with insights into the great nutrient quality of Huel in that if you did consume only Huel at that amount, you’d tick all the boxes for the essentials based on the general recommendations. Many tend to have Huel as one or two servings per day in addition to other foods, but it’s entirely up to you depending on what works best in your specific lifestyle and intake.
Huel wasn’t formulated specifically for autoimmune diseases and when it comes to this, it really depends on the individual, the disease, and what you do/do not tolerate. Huel wouldn’t be suitable during the Autoimmune Protocol diet elimination phase, and it would depend on how you tolerate it once you start to reintroduce foods!
I’d suggest seeing if you can meet with a Registered Dietitian who specializes in the gastrointestinal tract (GI) and GI disease to see if they can help too!
We do have options which are gluten-free, as well. Take a look here: Find your perfect Huel | Complete Nutrition | Huel
Hi Charlotte and thank you! I have kept a food journal in the past but I eventually stopped. It was driving me more crazy and stressing me out more than helping. I still don’t have a definitive diagnosis on my issue being auto-immune related, just suspicions based on the symptoms. This is all so new. In April of last year I started to have weird symptoms and they progressively got worse and new ones sprung up. That’s usually a sign of autoimmune issues considering the random symptoms coupled with clear blood tests. I’ve had numerous endoscopies and biopsies all of which have been clear. As a matter of fact the GI I had said the epithelial lining of my small bowel is healing which shows the gluten free diet is helping; however, I’m still getting sick and symptomatic. I can’t pinpoint what’s causing the flareups but I suspect it’s inflammatory foods I’m still eating - eggs, bacon, sugar, some dairy, coffee, etc. I don’t drink alcohol, I don’t smoke. I eat relatively healthy. In other words, I try and cook whole organic and eat out less. I exercise at CrossFit 3-5 days a week. I will decide what to do and the best course of action after I see a rheumatologist. I don’t want to make any drastic changes until I have a definitive diagnosis. Thanks for all your help and your answers!
Hi. That sounds a lot like what my cousin had to go thru. Nasty symptoms, numerous tests and medical exams, and they still weren’t sure what was wrong, until he (he is a nurse) made the correct diagnosis himself. It turns out he has a serious case of celiac. I recommended the gluten-free Huel to him, but I am not sure if he followed up and tried it. Good luck!