Howdy Hueligans. I hope someone has some words of wisdom. I bought the Huel for weight loss. From the beginning, I found the taste and texture very satisfying. It has a clean, healthy, natural flavor to me. I feel full, and I feel good afterward. I sleep better. I don’t feel drowsy at 3 pm. So here’s the deal: I keep finding something else for meals. I ate a bowl of cereal for lunch. I like cereal, but I know full well it’s more calories and less nutrition. Why?? I keep doing this. I’m smart but I keep making poor choices, even when they are simple. But why???
Hey Audra! Thanks so much for sharing your story here. I wanted to first say that changing habits/lifestyle is not easy or linear (i.e you may have to adjust along the way) and you are doing amazing!
How often are you consuming Huel and how quickly did you make this change? How often would you like to have Huel? I also want to confirm - are you saying that you are choosing other foods when you would like to consume Huel instead or that you are still hungry after having Huel?
Let me know!
I love that you are asking an introspection and psychology question. I don’t know the answers, but I like to figure things out…
Do you have additional flavors of huel? If you look to the cereal for “something different” then try to rotate through flavors more frequently so you aren’t bored. Skinny syrups, pb2, chai tea/matcha powder, etc … so many flavors to try on a basic/simple U/U base.
If you still want the crunch of cereal, eat it as a snack… but decide how many calories you want for lunch, then use a portion for cereal and eat the huel first… so if 400 cal, do 1.5 scoop huel for 300 cal… then have 100 cal of crunchy fun snack. Best of both, and the variety. My cruchy chew lately has been a fuji apple - i have no idea how many calories in an apple because I’m sure it’s better than anything else I could eat after 400 cal of Huel.
I love these replies. They make sense, but my situation does not. I will have the Huel bag in hand, and still eat some junk instead. I feel full eating Huel, and satisfied. I like the taste and texture. I can’t figure out why I sabotage myself. My plan was to have black coffee for breakfast (not a change), 2 scoops Huel for lunch, my 3 daily Bud Lites after work, and my mini wheats with almond milk for supper. I have many Huel flavors and love them all. I have had my supplies for 10 weeks. I have successfully completed 0 days as planned. Zilch. Nada. Nary a one. I mess up somewhere. Why isn’t this as easy as I think it should be? Why don’t I follow my own directions??
I always mix my Huel the night before and refrigerate overnight. Then in the morning I grab my breakfast and lunch drinks on my way out the door. This works for me to save time in the morning and mentally steers me away from getting anything else for my meals because my drinks are on hand and ready to consume without any other work. As for mixing up the flavors of the drinks I like to blend in some different fruits to experiment with different flavors. My favorite so far is simply mixing a banana in with Huel banana 3.0, tastes just like banana pudding.
This is a great question! Unfortunately, changing any habits we’ve created can be challenging and are not always as simple as just choosing something else. We can all be a bit hard on ourselves in these moments, but first and foremost know that even thinking about making any change and then reaching out is incredible!
Maybe you’re looking for something with a different texture or flavor. I would try to zoom in on what you’re feeling during those moments a bit more and what your preferences are!
I would also suggest making some smaller goals. Break it up into some manageable pieces. What I mean by this is say maybe instead of every day you will do x, start with one day. Make one small change, whether that’s even something as simple as the suggestion from @rreichertnhs to make your Huel ahead of time. Even if you don’t necessarily consume all of it, find yourself wanting something else, or maybe you consume it and then maybe you eat something else too - starting to change the habit (no matter how small) is a great first step.
This is a great suggestion! Having it made for you can make it a bit easier as you don’t have to go through the process of preparing it. It’s as simple as grab and go!
That’s some good advice. I really appreciate it! I have a little journal, and I’m going to start writing a note each meal. I’ll include what choices I made and how I felt about it. I’ll definitely try making my shakes at night also. I do tend to overthink issues, and I also shoot for the moon. Thanks again for helping me consider my actions and make better choices!
Let me know how it goes
It sounds like you have a compulsion to eat at least some junk food. Rest assured that you are not alone! Many people struggle with this. You need to keep trying and don’t give up just because you slip up once or twice. There is support out there, e.g. organizations like Weight Watchers, websites, therapists, books … there is a lot of support for you if you look for it.
I also make spontaneous bad choices. I have even eaten food I know will make me feel bad, instead of the healthy food I have available!! Here’s somethings that are helping me:
Don’t have it around. If it’s a food you shouldn’t eat, don’t have it in your house, even in small quantities.
Only eat when eating. I don’t allow myself to snack while watching T.V. or while working or anything. If I’m going to eat, I stop everything and eat.
Write it all down. I saw someone make that suggestion earlier, and I want to whole hardheartedly second it.
Make healthy easier than unhealthy. So a lot of unhealthy foods are processed and require no real cooking making them easy to grab first. I put all my Huel stuff right out on the counter. I pre-make shakes and throw them in the fridge. I set out whatever bar I’m going to have as a snack. I also have my hot and savory, the cups I use to make it and a full kettle of water just sitting there on the counter. It’s the first thing I see when I enter the kitchen which helps it be my first choice to eat.