Column in 'Love Wise' #1 (december
HIV/AIDS and nutrition in the
Healthy living is important for
everybody, specifically for people living with HIV/AIDS.
Healthy eating is a major branch of healthy living,
which means eating a variety of foods providing an appropriate
amount of energy and nutrients for the body. Food energy
is measured in calories and provides the body with fuel
so it can keep running and the nutrients are the part
of foods the body uses to keep itself strong.
In case of sickness the bodys
needs for energy and nutrients is increased. And therefore,
people with HIV/AIDS should pay extra attention to the
diet to keep their weight at a proper level and to help
strengthen the body and fight against infection. But
for people who are infected by the virus it is not always
possible to eat the food they like and make them feel
good. They are faced by several food related problems,
which arent common in other people. The major
problem is weight loss and this is the warning signal
that the body is not provided by the food it needs.
There are several reasons for weight loss and there
are different kinds of problems, which make eating difficult.
A healthy diet adjusted to the needs and complaints
of people with HIV/AIDS can help prevent weight loss,
maintain and improve well being and contribute to the
quality of life.
The column "Nutrition and
HIV/AIDS" is created to provide information on
this important topic. Answers to frequently asked questions
will be given, as well as practical advise and delicious
Every month, an other topic will be discussed. The topics
that will be put into discussion are: a healthy diet,
food related complaints like weight loss, diarrhoea,
loss of appetite, chewing and swallowing problems and
food supplements and personal hygiene in relation to
Topic for next month: What
is a healthy diet?
RECIPE OF THE MONTH
Paw Paw filled with
Recipe for 4 persons
2 ripe middle size paw paw
1 small size pineapple
2 medium size bananas
1 tablespoon lemonjuice
3 tablespoon orange juice
Wash and halve the Paw Paw. Remove
the seeds with a tablespoon. Remove the fruitpulp and
put this in a bowl. Peel the pineapple and chop it into
pieces, peel the bananas and chop it into slices.
Add the pineapple and banana to the paw paw. Sqeeuze
the lemon and the orange and mix the juice with the
fruits in the bowl. Fill the paw paw halves with the
fruits and serve it as a dessert or as a snack.
A delicious variety
Make this desert more delicious
by mixing 1-2 portions vanillia ice cream witch the
All kind of seasonal fruits like watermelon, apple,
mango or mandarin can be used for this recipe.