So, I just ordered my first batch of Huel.
My story is below. I am seeking any advice, warnings, words of encouragement or wisdom from those who have been doing the Huel thing for longer then me (so longer then 0 days, haha) especially if you have a history of being overweight and having a cadre of terrible habits, but all advice is welcome.
I am 33, 5’7 and just got weighed for the first time in a looong time and was horrified to see I am at 330 lbs (I had figured it would be about 300. It is crazy to be in a place where I gained 30 lbs and barely noticed). I’ve been told I “wear it well” and appear in better shape then that, but 330 is a hell of a number - It’s an all time high for sure. I am only getting deeper into my 30s and I obviously need to make some changes.
I live in wonderful but expensive NYC and work an office job at a small non profit. I LOVE it, but it means:
- A somewhat sedentary lifestyle is hard to avoid. My biggest workout is usually running up and down those subway stairs.
- I don’t have a car (means grocery shopping is a pain)
- My salary is rather low (goes with the NP territory I guess)
That means I can’t afford any of the $80+/month gyms near my office
and I live in a neighborhood that is kind of a food desert.
I also am an artist and have a side gigs DJing and doing live art at parties. I’ve been drinking and smoking my way through my twenties and early thirties which doesn’t help at all. I recently quit smoking cigs (WOO!) and have been reducing my alcohol intake for the last year.
I’ve always been on the bootylicious side, and weighed 250+ lbs even when I walked dogs for a living and biked everywhere, but at least then I felt pretty fit and healthy even if I was still on the larger side. Once I started at the office job it’s been a steady climb.
I have been stuck in a cycle of trying to make healthy dietary changes, failing, and then feeling terrible about failing and behaving in a self destructive way over and over again.
Generally my reason for failing is that healthy changes are usually labor intensive - cooking, grocery shopping, meal planning etc - I have just failed over and over again at making those habits stick.
I don’t have the energy to make the changes that would help me have more energy.
So Huel seems like it could be a game changer, because it seemingly takes about the same amount of effort as ordering take out to prepare, and is certainly cheaper.
If I can replace most weekday take-out lunches with Huel then I CAN afford that nice gym next to my office. I will save about $10 a meal. That is a HUGE motivator for me.
Plus, I have been wanting to move in a more vegan direction for a while.
The things I can see being obstacles are overcoming cravings for other food (salty, cheesy, crunchy etc)
I am also a little worried about acid reflux/gastro distress.
I am trying to avoid overwhelming myself by adding too many new habits at once and focusing on just building this one first (replace one meal) and then later adding more (calorie counting etc)
I know I am not the first one to go down this road. I just want to avoid rookie mistakes and giving up too easily…
So any advice would be welcome! I am thinking I will start with replacing one meal a day with Huel and seeing how that goes. If you’d recommend something else, I am all ears!
Thanks for reading! Looking forward to being a part of this community.
Sidenote: Anyone else grow up in California remember Huell Howser’s California Gold? I can’t read the word Huel and not think of him! A true west coast legend.