Good Food Choices
A Healthy, "Balanced" Diet
The 4 Food Groups:
  Fruits & Vegetables
  Protein Foods
  Bread & Cereals
  Dairy Foods
Last but not least: WATER!
How does water help my body?
Can I drink sports drinks like Gatorade to help give me the minerals I have lost?
Why am I losing weight?
What's wasting?
How do I gain weight?
Are there any foods I should avoid?
What about taking vitamin and mineral pills?

Protein foods

Meats, fish, poultry, eggs and cheese are in this group. According to Canada’s Food Guide, you should eat 3 servings or more each day.

One serving could be any of the following:

  • 2 ounces of meat, fish, chicken or turkey. (An ounce is the size of a slice of bologna or other cold cut. A typical chicken leg has about two ounces of meat on it. A typical hamburger patty is three ounces.)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 slices of cheese
  • 1 cup of cooked beans or peas. (about the size of two scoops of ice cream)
  • 2 handfuls of nuts
  • a thick coating of peanut butter on a typical slice of bread.

One of the biggest battles you can have with HIV is the struggle to keep and build muscle and protein in your body. So it’s important to remember to eat a good amount of proteins so you can build muscle mass and have more energy.


  1. If you are a vegetarian, try eating flax seeds, beans or soy products like tofu.

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