Workshop promotes healthy eating

This week we hosted a special workshop for service users living with Hepatitis C, looking at healthy eating.

Everyone’s health can benefit from a balanced diet but, for people living with Hepatitis C, eating healthily can help to minimise the damage caused by the condition.

If left untreated, Hepatitis C leads to inflammation and damage to the liver, reducing its ability to carry out essential functions like removing harmful substances from the blood.

A healthy diet makes it easier for the liver to process foods and our workshop took service users through some of the steps they can take to eat more healthily.  This included ways to increase the amount of fruit and vegetables people are eating, while cutting out foods that are high in fat, processed or fried, which the liver has to work harder to process.

The workshop also looked at budgeting for food, which had been highlighted as an important issue among service users. Many of our service users are on low incomes and find it difficult to make healthy choices at the supermarket, where unhealthy options are usually more heavily promoted. Simple steps like planning meals ahead, sticking to a shopping list and avoiding impulse buys can help people stick to a tighter budget while also reducing the amount of food that is wasted.

Alongside workshops like this, we also have a range of groups and one-to-one support that can help people to make positive changes in their life and health. If you would like to find out more about these services, visit our Health & Fitness support topic here.