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Taking control of your life through good nutrition

Dear Reader


very now and then you meet someone who inspires you to live life with new passion - to taste it and enjoy it completely. This story is about such a person a young woman named Hope. Some people think she is a fanatic because she thinks carefully about what she eats. She is always trying to learn more about healthy living. But she believes that looking after her body helps her to get the most out of life. Read the story and decide for yourself if she is right. Making choices about the kind of life we want to live is not always easy. Before we can make a choice, we need to know exactly what it is we want. Then we need information about the choice we are trying to make. This is especially true about choosing what we eat. Very few people realise that what we eat effects the way we think and feel. Good nutrition means eating in ways that keep us feeling good throughout our lives. Eating well is an easy skill to practice because we do it every day. Getting the most out of life does take some knowledge and skill. We hope that this story will help you learn some of these skills, and give you the gift of hope.

Judy Sexwale - Patron of AIDSLINK

Nutrition: 355-3328/9 Š 1997, AIDSLINK

A pilot project developed by AIDSLINK and the Gauteng Department of Health, in conjunction with the Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Council. Designed and produced by The Storyteller Group. THE STORYTELLER TEAM Project co-ordination & art direction: Neil Napper. Research and script: Andre Croucamp. Storyboard: Andre Croucamp, Alistair Findlay and Neil Napper. Inking and colouring: Justin Wells. 1


Nutrition: 407-7141


Support: 725-6202

Hope, I don’t know how you do it. I just want to give up when I see how good you are.

I enjoy it. Being fit feels good and I can think clearly. Come on, Coco, one more!

All I can think of is deep fried chicken and chips.

Now the junk-food junkie is lying, because I know you are thinking about Zack in No. 72.

That would be a dream come true. I first saw him a year ago. He’s lost a bit of weight, but that beard            oh wow!

I’m not in the shape of the 90’s!

What do you mean?

I often see him waiting in the passage when you come in. Do you think he plans          it?

He spends all day and night in that flat. I don’t No! He’ll think I’ve ever seen him think I’m used go outside. Why don’t to it. He’ll think you ask him on a I’m easy. date?

Come on. He might be waiting for you now. Speak to him. I’m taking the stairs.


Come on. This is the 90’s!

The next day …

There’s I’ll show another you how to AIDS case. do it right!

Hi Hope. Sorry I’m late.

You like him because he’s a health fanatic like you!

Well, do I look healthy or what?

My grandfather phoned to invite us to his 75th birthday party.

You look great. I’m always amazed how you manage to look so good when you have          HIV.

Ag, voetsek man. I’m here to fetch a friend!

Oupa! Oh, I love that old man.

HIV is not a death sentence you know. Since I found out I was HIV positive I’ve been eating properly and exercising, and now I look a lot better than some HIV negative people I know. Hey that’s Zack ... I didn’t know he          came here ...              Zack!

Stop teasing. What’s that?

Oh, it’s vitamins.

Um ...Hi.

Are you still working at the bank?

Me too. So how do you manage with the price of food these days?

It’s a struggle. Everything is so expensive.

No. I’m looking for a job. 3

Shop sharp! That’s what I say. We’re really good at finding the best buys and saving money. Why don’t you come shopping with us sometime.

Yeah, maybe.

That afternoon …

Ma, come and see the garden. You won’t believe your eyes!

This used to be nothing but bare ground. I restored the soil by digging dead grass, leaves, kitchen scrap and strips of newspaper into the soil.

I dug some ditches to stop the water running away and planted vegetables near these ditches. Today it looks like Paradise.

Come, I have a surprise for you.

You see, we must first heal the soil before it can produce food for us.

What dreams are you filling his head with?

That’s my boy.

Aah, Oupa, feel that energy! Plants get energy from the sun, and we get energy from the plants.

The trick is to plant many different types of plants together.


Different plants help each other, you know. Here my beans are putting nutrients into the soil to feed my carrots and potatoes.

And here Pip’s pumpkins help keep the weeds away from my mielies.

It is amazing. Good nutrition also means eating many different foods. Different foods help each other heal and build your body.

Coco, your friend is right. Pip’s health has improved. His school work is excellent. All because he has been eating a large variety of food.

I’ll buy some beans and spinach.

Another fanatic! I’m going inside.

And look, here are my marigolds. They protect the garden from insects.


Here is a gift. It is a parsley plant.


It’s been hard work, but now we have more than we need and we’re selling.

Coco, you can give this to Zack! He can grow it on his balcony. Don’t be silly!

If you care for your environment, your environment will care for you.

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WHAT ARE GOOD EATING HABITS? The most important principle to remember is: This includes:


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AT WHAT STAGE OF INFECTION DOES HIV BEGIN TO AFFECT NUTRITION NEGATIVELY? From the moment a person is infected, HIV starts to affect nutrition negatively. Even if no symptoms are present, a person with HIV is using up energy as their body attempts to attack the virus. As a result, the body building, energy, and healing needs of a person with HIV are much higher than those of healthy people without HIV.

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See page 18 for more information on using nutrition to deal with symptoms. 7

The next week … Ciao!

I’ve got your shopping.

Hi Zack.

I’m sorry I couldn’t come. I really feel nauseous.

Leave it alone! Leave me alone! I don’t need your help!

Don’t do that!

A piece of dry bread is good for nausea. I’m sorry. I just hate being dependent on other people.

This little space is all I have left. Please just let me … be.

Sorry! I know I can get carried away sometimes. Hey! Is that a …?

It is! It’s a parsley plant.

Is this the beginning of your vegetable garden? Coco gave it to me.


What was that?!!

You’re right. That’s why we should at least control everything we can.

Jees man, things are totally out of control!

I wish I could stop getting sick.

Well, we have to start by keeping all the germs out of our bodies. Here, let me show you.

Animal foods carry the most germs, so cook everything well - until there is no pink inside.

Come and see what I’ve bought.

No, the bleach evaporates.

Food carries germs, so wash all fruit and vegetables in a mixture of bleach and water.

It must taste awful!

What about eggs. I like my eggs soft so the yellow runs out.

No more soft eggs for you, my man. Some sacrifices must be made. And wash all eggs before breaking them!

And remember: river and borehole water should be boiled before drinking. Thank God I’ve got tap water!


Oh, here’s your change.

You bought all of that and I still get change! How did you do it?

Well … you don’t need to eat meat every day.

At my support group I learnt that maas or yoghurt are great for digestion.

Right. Let’s make some real food!

Remember to keep the pumpkin seeds. We can dry them. They make a great snack!

Dried beans and lentils are good substitutes. You can even mix them with a little mince to make the meat go further.

You really know your subject.

And don’t leave leftovers standing around to pick up germs. Cook only as much as you need.

Yes, don’t throw away any skins or leaves. You can use them in soup.

Any more orders?



Now I see how you saved money. You expect me to live on compost!

I didn’t see any Achaar.

Ja, I tried the parsley. It’s quite nice. Coco said it comes from her grandfather’s garden.

Why do you think she gave me the plant?

You should come to our support group.

You should speak to her.

Strong spicy foods or chillies make digestion difficult when HIV is making you ill. Try using cooking herbs, like parsley and garlic, to flavour food instead.

These things never work out.

I think she likes you.

There seem to be so many new things I have to learn.

You won’t know ‘till you try.


She never gave me a living thing!

It is so difficult having relationships when you are HIV positive.

Tell Coco thanks for the plant.

... and don’t forget to watch the soup!

HOW TO AVOID INFECTION We must remember the

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out of our body. Food can carry germs. For this

reason we should prepare and store food safely.

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Zack! I’m going to my support group. Would you like to come?

The following week …

You should try oats porridge. That could help. It’s no good. I’ve got awful diarrhoea. I’ll be running out every five minutes! Very funny. You need to experiment and find out what foods make your diarrhoea worse.

I could really do with a brandy!

If the diarrhoea doesn’t improve, cut out fat.

Cut out one type of food at a time. Stop drinking milk, for example.

You’ll just dehydrate yourself more. Drink lots of fluids. If you cook rice, drink the water you cooked it in.

Oh yes, you can eat hard boiled eggs. Remember: avoid frying anything. Boil or steam your food.

Can I use it as a cork?

What can I eat?

I depend on you for so much …


And if there is still no improvement, cut out coffee.

Here I’ll give you a recipe for a great bean soup.

Well, you never know when I’ll be needing you!

At the support group ...

Hello everybody. It is good to see you all again.

Today we are going to discuss boosting our immune systems through the way we eat. For the immune system to protect and heal the body it needs vitamins and minerals.

We need to eat more beans, spinach, sweet potatoes, pumpkins and fruits. These foods contain most of the important vitamins and minerals needed by the immune system.

Glen, I love deep fried chicken. I can’t live without it!

We should avoid deep fried foods. But it’s okay to break the rules now and then!

I read that coffee is stress producing, but I can’t wake up in the morning without it.

Glen, sometimes I don’t feel like eating at all!

Try swapping coffee for a nice hot cup of rooibos tea it’s a great way to start the day!


Vegetable soups are a good way of getting nutrients when our appetites are low or we are feeling nauseous. And drink lots of fluids!

Glen, what about fruit juice?

Make sure it is fresh fruit juice and not the kind you have to mix with water. If you are suffering from thrush in the mouth, see if cutting down on fruit makes a difference. How do we combat tiredness? Eat breakfast!

Make sure you are getting enough rest. Regular exercise, in which we use our limbs, also helps us build resistance against fatigue.

Glen, what else can we eat to boost our immune systems?

Eat whole grains, like samp, maize rice, oats and mabela. Increase your fresh fruits and vegetables. Some of you can’t drink milk, but yoghurt and maas are good dairy products.

Yes, I agree. Remember any use of energy by the body is going to affect your immune system. So make sure you have food to ‘burn’.

If you are not getting calcium from drinking milk, you can get calcium from tinned pilchards and dark green leafy vegetables.

Here, take your friend this comic book. It has got some good ideas on how to eat to help treat certain symptoms, including diarrhoea.

I have a friend who has HIV. He is suffering from diarrhoea. But I think his real problem is accepting my help.


Meanwhile, back at the flat …

Zack! Zack! Are you there?

Zack! It’s Coco! I want to ...

Yes, I’m coming!

I’m coming. Don’t leave!

She can’t hear me. Please, please, please, please let it stop!


You always seem to catch me in the most awkward situations.

Where were you? I’ve brought some      useful information            for you.

You know I’ve always admired you … wanted to speak to you … That was when I had a job, and a life.

It’s not your money I want!

Hope and I would like you to come over for supper.

I know all about HIV and how to play safe.

That is very kind. But since my wife died of AIDS, I have found it impossible to get close to anyone.

It’s not that simple. 17

Thanks for the book. It’s difficult to accept help from people when you are used to people letting you down.

Please let me know if the information was useful.

Remember: if you have stomach complaints that won’t stop, go to your nearest clinic.

USING NUTRITION TO TREAT SYMPTOMS This advice is for people who are experiencing problems with eating and digestion.

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If you avoid certain foods when you are ill, remember to eat them again once the symptoms have disappeared.



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You may even want to eat an extra meal for a few days.

After experiencing a period of illness you should increase your food intake to help the body heal, repair the gut, rebuild the muscles and help replace the nutrients that have been lost. 21

A few weeks later:


Coco, it’s Zack!

I’ve learnt that it is very important to increase muscle as much as possible. HIV interferes with our body’s process of building muscle.

I came to thank you for the comic book. I’ve started following the guidelines in it.

Zack. Come in.

Coco could do with some more muscle!


Coco, I’ll make you a deal.

If you eat more fresh fruits and vegetables, I’ll train with you in the trim park.

It doesn’t help cooking balanced meals in this house. She eats the meat and potatoes. I’m left with the vegetables!

Uh ... uh ... Okay!


Tomorrow at 4 o’clock.


Mmm ... nice ironing, Coco!

But you get to be close to that sexy beard!

Wait a minute. What kind of deal was that? Now I have to eat vegetables and exercise! 22

Well, all this nutrition and exercise better be good for youknow-what!

4 o’clock the next afternoon: Here goes. A new life!

So, you like the comic book?

I never knew there was so much to learn about food.

Hope keeps giving me more information. I can’t remember it all!

It’s heavy!

I keep forgetting to wash my vegetables.

enjoying Are you hange in all this ctyle? lifes             What I enjoy most is being in control of my life.

I think good nutrition is going to take some practice.

I need a chocolate. Now!

I don’t believe it! We’ll have to take the stairs.

Now that you are both eating better and exercising, I need to find a new project.

What crazy idea is this? 23

So, I’ve decided to plant a roof garden!

A few months later:

I’ll give you some vitamins. But this doesn’t mean you can eat badly! Good food is still the best way to get the nutrients you need.

It has taken me a long time to get here Glen, but I’m feeling much better now that I’m taking responsibility for my health.

Your body uses up nutrients every time it fights an infection.

It’s important to treat infections as soon as you become aware of them.

Today must be my special day. I have had my first counselling session, and now I’ve met you buying fruit!

I thought you just like giving me a hard time!

I would very much like it if you and Pip and Hope could come and have supper at my flat on Thursday.

On one condition.

What is that? 24

I’m allowed to bring a cake!

That Thursday afternoon: These beans are from Hope’s roof garden.

This is delicious!

The roof garden! My nerves. Pip has been up there planting vegetables all day.

But mother, your face is glowing. You’re right. I actually do feel better, even after only a few months of exercise and good eating.

Let’s face it. Hope’s madness has brought sanity to our lives.

While we are well, we need to live fully and with joy!

I’m just sad for my friends who have died. I’m wondering what will happen to us.

This is my man!

I am my own man, thank you very much.

What’s wrong Hope?

Is this the man who wouldn’t leave his flat in daylight?

But you can have me now and then.


What a beautiful evening!




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Exercise combats depression and stress... and it helps the immune system!

Wash your hands regularly, and especially before eating. Muscle stores more nutrition than fat does.

Exercise three to five times a week for at least thirty minutes at a time.

Share what you are feeling with someone you can trust.

Relax more and do the things you enjoy.

Most infections are easy to treat if they are recognised early.


GET THE INFORMATION! Gauteng Department of Health Nutrition: (011) 355-3329 AIDSLINK: (011) 725-6202 AIDS Hotline: (011) 725-6710 Johannesburg Metropolitan Council Nutrition: (011) 407-7141

Hungry for information? Take a bite! Call one of the organisations above.

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Eating with Hope Comic Book  
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