HIV Diet 4-1-1

Traditional Holiday Stuffed Turkey Dinner

With the holiday season often comes holiday gluttony. There is an abundance of fatty and sugary treats, and a seeming decrease in willpower to resist them. For someone with a positive HIV/AIDS diagnosis, is that okay?

All Things in Moderation

People with HIV/Stage 3 (AIDS) generally do not have specific dietary restrictions. In other words, a positive diagnosis does not mean you have to become a vegetarian, go gluten-free or pour over every wrapper to make sure the ingredients are acceptable.

Like anyone else, you can enjoy holiday treats in moderation. While it can be hard to define “moderation,” put yourself in the role of a taster or sampler rather than ravenous eater when approaching the dessert trays or candy dishes.

Balanced Diet Reminders

While people with HIV/Stage 3 (AIDS) do not have to stick to a strict diet, a diet with inadequate nutrition exacerbates your immuno-compromised state. In other words, eating a healthy, balanced diet can help offset the severity and complications that come with poor immune system function.

So, to maintain a balanced diet during the holidays (and every other time of year), remember to:

  • Make vegetables the bulk of your daily intake
  • Eat the rainbow—eat colorful fruits and vegetables to get a wide variety of nutrients
  • Choose lean proteins (fatty fish come with the added benefits of Omega 3s and 6s)
  • Eat whole grains and complex carbohydrates (instead of processed sugars)
  • Minimize salt intake

If you need assistance sticking to a balanced diet plan or finding ways to incorporate healthy eating habits in your lifestyle, contact us. We can refer you to a nutritionist or dietician who can equip you with practical tips, meal plans and other resources to improve your daily eating and overall health.