Well this week has been hell, I went into last weekend feeling confident on my progress with the ‘No Starch Diet’ (NSD) and decided to have a few beers and as normal red wine with my steak. The trouble is I got the taste and I had a few more beers on the Saturday and by Sunday morning was once again feeling the familiar crippling pains of Ankylosing Spondolitis (AS)!
I spent the Sunday in pain and my motivation to get out on the bike had gone, so my sedate Sunday did nothing to reduce the inflammation and went into the evening dreading my 5 hour work commute the following morning!
When you are feeling in pain with Ankylosing Spondolitis (AS), a five hour drive does nothing to help and my hips which had pretty much seized. On arriving at my destination I had to physically lift my legs out of the car and stand for a few minutes before braving the walk into the office. I was in agony and the two ibuprofen had done little to ease the inflammation!
The majority of the week was spent in a hotel and while I was making the effort to use the swimming pool, I found myself cheating on my ‘No Starch Diet’ (NSD). The final morning I gave into my four week craving for Weetabix and milk, orange juice and coffee (with milk), I sat there and enjoyed the moment while at the back of my mind I knew I was going to pay and boy did I pay with some of the worse nights sleep I have had in a long while!
In essence week 5 of my ‘No Starch Diet’ (NSD) diet literately fell apart and I now sit here this Saturday morning still very much in pain; paying for my week of cheats and feeling very much annoyed with myself!
The positive? I am now more determined than ever to stick rigidly to the ‘No Starch Diet’ (NSD) and work on the Apple Cider Vinegar routine which takes a few weeks to build into your system but can be lost in a day from the introduction of sugars!
The support on Facebook has been great as well with members from both the Low/No Starch Diet for Ankylosing Spondylitis group and the main Ankylosing Spondolitis group sharing their valuable experiences.