Packing a punch – eating positive

Food has undergone a revolution of late. It has gone organic, exotic and, at times, to unaffordable places. It has become a culture all of its own. Here we look at some of the best foods to consume if you are positive and how to incorporate them in your everyday diet

 Remember: HIV is a chronic infection and as with all chronic infections your body will burn energy or calories. That is why it is extremely important to ensure your diet has the right kind of calories and nutrients to overcome any weight loss.

Complex carbs – friend or foe? Complex carbs actually take longer to digest than simple carbs, giving your body the fuel it needs to keep going. Avoid simple carbs like sugar, white rice and white bread, and prefer to go for wholemeal pasta and bread, and brown rice. If you have diabetes simple carbs can reign havoc – if it’s brown go to town, if it’s white, don’t bite!

Protein helps fight muscle loss

During an infection, protein stored as muscle in the body is used as a fuel source. You have to replenish that source and the best way to do that is through adding more protein in your diet. We love chicken breast, and lean mince as our meat options and like to add plenty of chickpeas and beans. Fish (we love snapper), yoghurt and eggs should also be staples in your diet.

Reducing inflammation

The immune system of a positive person works extra hard to fight the infection and that can cause inflammation. Fret not, we have uncovered some amazing superfoods that help reduce inflammation and give you a boost as well. Fruits such as strawberries, pineapples and cherries are recommended. Stock up on olive oil and coconut oil, and snack on seeds like flax and chia. Green leafy veggies like kale, spinach and collards are great immunity boosters as is broccoli and celery.

PWI’s go-to salad dressing

Whisk 1 tablespoon each dijon mustard and champagne vinegar, 1 minced shallot, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, and pepper to taste. Gradually whisk in 1/3 cup truffle oil and 1/4 cup olive oil. Use on those chopped kale and spinach leaves. You can thank us later!