So this has been a bit of life altering experience for me for the last few weeks. As a background, I am 47 year old male with type 2 Diabetes on medication for the last 15 years and a vegetarian. Suffer from the occasional bouts of IBS. My job requires substantial travel - both domestic and international. So all the good work I do with my diet, goes for a toss when I travel, jet lagged and you get some of the most unhealthy options in the name of vegetarian food. My A1C levels have been a clear indicator of my travel related stress and has never been showing a high level of control.
My colleague mentioned Huel a few weeks ago and i just tried a sample - i immediately fell in love with the concept and taste. As I did my research about the product, it occurred to me that this could be my solution when I travel - just carry the powder and the shaker and you are good to go! with that in mind I started my Huel journey and I am right now on my 5th bag. The great news is - My sugar levels are under amazing control - random readings never over 140. I have had 3 domestic trips in which I was able to stay with my 2 out of 3 meals as Huel.
I have replaced 2 of my 3 major meals with Huel - breakfast and lunch and my dinner is “regular” food. I can easily see my weight steadily but very slowly move towards the right direction and small but perceptible difference in my waist line. I still have the occasional bouts of IBS - but I do have my own theory on it - the one thing I notice is - after a few days on Huel, all the other tastes are so amplified and almost hits you. Salt / Sugar / Spice - everything gets amplified a lot. I think it is my 3rd “regular” meal that is becoming the culprit in triggering the occasional IBS episode.
I enjoy the vanilla / sweetened version and contrary to most posts, I enjoy it with more water and the mildly gritty texture is actually something I like - so no blender for me
Also, I chug it in a matter of couple of minutes - which would be highly unhealthy with regular food, but I am glad the low glycemic index of the Huel ingredients has not caused a spike on my sugar levels.
Since my regular diet is spicy, i thought the unflavored version would be an ideal base for trying various spice mixes - and boy did I try to make it work. My final conclusion on this topic is - there is something fundamentally wrong about a cold / lukewarm concoction with spices in it - it just does not work. I am powering through my 2nd bag of unflavoured version with vanilla syrup and I am just going to stay with the flavored sweetened version.
Adding some cinnamon to it improves the flavor but i am just a fan of the basic sweet version…
I am due for my A1C levels to be checked and I am hoping that it validates my day to day experience - will update once i have the numbers.
I fundamentally like the almost 2 dollar a meal / complete meal replacement / no waste / responsibly sourced bit and hope that this becomes a much greater phenomenon !