Tiredness and financial issues

Fighting HIV requires a lot of energy, so it is understandable why you may often feel tired. When tired, you may feel less motivated to make nice meals and might then be influenced to buy less healthy ready-made meals or junk food. If you are ill you may also be less able to work and hence make less money. Lower income is found to influence people to make less healthy food choices.

To make healthier food choices with a lower budget, you could buy frozen and canned fruit and vegetables instead of fresh ones and long-life UHT milk instead of pasteurised milk. You could choose snacks that are lower in saturated fats such as bread sticks, yoghurt, rice pudding or cereal bars as opposed to biscuits, doughnuts, cakes and chips. When you make a dish you could make a larger portion and chill or freeze the rest for later.