You Are What You Eat –
July 18, 2019 – I am a public health major who has been working with injection drug users and people with substance use disorders for nearly the last 10 years. My predominant focus is on the applied practices of harm reduction. To my surprise, I have heard little-to-nothing about what foods or diet plan might be beneficial to this specific population. As such, I decided that I would investigate and create a plan of my own based on the current research available.
I chose to encourage the consumption of whole foods and limit intake of processed or pre-prepared foods. The population that I serve sometimes does not have access to a kitchen or stove. I wanted to create a plan where foods could be easily accessible and consumed either together or separately, without losing their nutritional integrity.