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Insight 9: The importance of healthy living through my hepatitis C treatment

(Treatment week 7 of 12)

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Making lifestyle changes can reduce symptoms of side effects. These changes may include reducing alcohol consumption, eating a healthy diet, drinking plenty of water, exercising, managing stress and getting enough rest.

 

It’s worth talking to your doctor and other people involved in your care to get advice about the things that can help you stay as healthy as possible and cope with achieving your treatment goal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alcohol

Stopping drinking for my three month therapy is helping me to achieve better treatment outcomes, although this isn’t easy for everyone. If you have difficulty cutting down how much you drink, there are a variety of organisations that can help your doctor for support.

 

Stress and exercise

Techniques to reduce stress include could include having a bath, massage, yoga or meditating. Taking up new interests or challenges, exercise and meeting with friends outside your house can also help to become less isolated.

 

Running

I have found running and being active has improved my overall health and has both physical and mental benefits. There are many ways to increase activity. Your choice will depend on what you enjoy, how fit you are and how your body reacts to exercise.

 

Yoga

As well as helping you feel better, being active can keep your weight in check and help with other hepatitis C side effects through treatment, including sleep problems, joint pain and fatigue. The liver plays a key role in digestion and overall health. Stimulate this vital organ with yoga poses like Big Toe Pose, Standing Forward Bend, and Standing Split.

Poses for Your Liver

 

Diet

Eating a wide variety of food and having a balanced diet can help keep your liver healthy. I personally struggle with eating eat fatty foods. It can also help to cut down on sugar, salt, fried and processed foods.

 

My liver friendly recipes

For people with impaired liver function, proper nutrition takes on increasing importance. My eating liver friendly recipes not only could help protect and support your liver, but also helps your liver function better and regenerate new, healthy liver cells.

 

Banana, Berry, Yogurt Smoothie

 

Ingredients

1 banana, cut into chunks, several strawberries, halved, 1/4 cup blueberries, 1 container Greek yogurt (approximately 5 ounces) 1 cup ice (additional if needed) 1 cup unsweetened apple juice (or juice of your choice)1 cup of ice (additional if needed) 1 cup unsweetened apple juice (or juice of your choice)

Directions

Add all ingredients to blender and combine until smooth and simply enjoy

 

Red Pepper and Pear Soup

 

Ingredients

2 Tablespoons of butter, 2 teaspoons olive oil, 3 large red bell peppers, sliced, 2 carrots, sliced, 2 shallots, sliced, 2 Anjou pears, peeled and sliced, 1 (32-oz.) container fat-free chicken broth, 1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper1/2, teaspoon ground black pepper, 1/4 teaspoon salt, dash of ground red pepper, garnishes: thinly sliced fresh pears, plain yogurt, chopped fresh chives.

Directions

1.Melt butter with oil in a saucepan oven over medium heat; add bell pepper and next 3 ingredients, and sauté 8 to 10 minutes or until tender.

2.Stir in chicken broth and next 4 ingredients. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool 20 minutes.

3.Process soup, in batches, in a food processor until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides. Return to the saucepan oven, and keep warm until ready to serve.

Tip: To make ahead, let soup cool, and store in an airtight container in refrigerator up to 2 days. Reheat in a saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring often.  

 

Delicious Iced Coffee

 

Ingredients:

1 pound ground coffee (dark or French roast preferred) 8 quarts cold water, ice, any milk (optional), natural sweetener to taste (optional)

Directions

1.In a large container, mix ground coffee with water. Cover and allow to sit at room temperature eight hours or overnight.

2.When the time is up, line a fine mesh strainer with cheesecloth and set over a pitcher or other container. Pour coffee/water mixture through the strainer, allowing all liquid to run through. Discard grounds.

3.Place coffee liquid in the fridge and allow to chill.

4.To make iced coffee, pack a glass full of ice cubes. Fill glass 2/3 full with coffee liquid. Add milk and natural sweetener of your choice, to taste. Stir and enjoy!

Tip: If you dislike watered down iced coffee, make sure to freeze some of the coffee in ice cube trays. Use these “coffee cubes” in instead of regular ones.

 

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