Jamie's stressful job and busy home life made it difficult to eat healthily. Until he discovered Huel
Even before Covid hit, James’s job made it hard to find a work-life balance. “I work with patients in a busy hospital department and it’s always unpredictable,” he says. “I can do a 12-hour shift, go home for a couple of hours and then get a call to come back in because we’re short-staffed. Finding time to eat – let alone eat healthily – is always so tough.”
Huel has been his go-to meal for six years, after he saw an equally stressed-out colleague drinking the original powder on an especially busy night shift. “I love data so I was really interested by the idea of a 400 calorie meal, with all the right nutrients,” he says. “I don’t count calories, but I do care about keeping fit, and that’s always a huge challenge with my work. So I started having it as my lunch and then my evening meal when I was on shift. It was so convenient and it helped keep me energised no matter what happened at work. I even have enough in the tank now to get to the gym afterwards.”
No mean feat, considering that home life is just as frantic. “We’ve got four kids and it’s really important that I make as much time for them as I can,” James says. “Now I have salted caramel v3.0 for breakfast, because it’s so quick and easy. It means I can eat properly and still find the time to get them ready for school.
“For lunch, Hot & Savoury has been an incredible discovery. It’s delicious, but especially in the colder months, when a shift is stressful, I really look forward to eating something really warm and satisfying. It’s a saviour. Before, I’d go find something unhealthy as a treat, but Hot & Savoury makes even the toughest shifts feel a bit easier. All my weekday lunches now are Hot & Savoury. And I know that I can spoil myself a bit with my evening meal when I finally get home because I’ve kept on top of my calories all day.”
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