Because nutrition is very important for people with AIDS/HIV, we offer nutrition counseling at ATFGC. Fighting an infection uses more energy which means that people fighting infections need to eat more than normal. Some of the medications can make it difficult to eat which can result in losing weight, body fat, and muscle. People with AIDS/HIV should plan on eating more because extra muscle weight can help them fight the infection. Losing weight can be dangerous.
Eating a well balanced diet includes eating plenty of protein, whole grains, and some fats. Protein helps build your muscles. Good sources of protein are meats, fish, beans, nuts, and seeds. Carbohydrates will give you more energy throughout your day. Good carbohydrate sources are grains, cereals, vegetables, and fruits. They are also a good sour of fiber. Fats will give you extra energy but you should watch how many fats that you consume on a daily bases. Monounsaturated fats, the good fats, are in nuts, seeds, canola, olive oils, and fish. The bad fats which is known as saturated fats are in butter and animal products. Drinking enough liquids throughout the day is also important. Drinking extra water can reduce the side effects of some medications, avoid dry mouth, and constipation.
Make sure to wash your hands before preparing your food. Also make sure that all of the kitchen utensils and the area that you prepare your meals are clean. You should never consume raw or undercooked meats and clean up any juices from the raw meats quickly. Refrigerate your leftovers and clean out your refrigerator weekly to get rid of old food. It is also important to never buy or eat food if it is expired.
Please contact us for more information on our Nutrition Services.