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?

Dairy Foods

Milk, cheese and yogurt are in this group. According to Canada’s Food Guide, you should eat 2 servings or more each day.

One serving could be any of the following:

  • 8-ounce glass of milk (about the size of a coffee mug)
  • 8 ounces of yogurt. (the size of a typical container of yogurt at the store)
  • 2 slices of cheese
  • 1 bowl of pudding or custard (the size of a cereal bowl)
  • 1 and one half cups of ice cream. (3 scoops or 3 ice cream bars)

Dairy products or enriched dairy substitutes give you calcium. Calcium is a very important part of your diet because it helps your muscles, brain and nerves work and makes your bones stronger. When you’re HIV positive it’s important to build muscle and keep your bones strong.

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