Credit where credit is due. I have unashamedly taken this letter from the "Twin Noakes" blog, a fascinating journey happening right now. For the blog see here. It is a blog by Jax Duncan who has teamed up with her twin sister Jeanne, and Prof Tim Noakes, to subject themselves to the low carb high fat diet vs the high carb low fat diet. It really is worth a look, and if you have followed my previous blog about nutrition and the changes/challenges to our conventional understanding of nutrition - then this blog will interest you. This letter was posted on the blog below and it was really well written and expressed many of the issues I think people deal with. How does this relate to PLWHA? Well, if you are on ARVs, you may well find that you are gaining weight, and it may be increasing on 'undesirable' parts of the body (like the tummy, breasts, chin). This is very possibly linked to developing insulin resistance (as a result of the metabolic effects of some of the ARV drugs, and the high carbohydrate diets we eat here in SA - you know, cereal for breakfast, sandwich for lunch, pap/rice/potatoes/pasta for supper and fruit juice in between).
Please go and have a look at the blog for further info and details.