I am now fourteen days into my diet change to try and manage Ankylosing Spondoloitis, the first five days I juiced which I now think was a mistake as I have since learned that this can actually be worse for AS; although I still think that there is benefits to be had in taking on board nutrients. The last seven days however I have virtually wiped out starch while following a low starch diet (LSD) and I have definitely noticed the difference over the last couple of days in my symptoms.
My routine on the low starch diet is starting to take some sort of shape and going forward this will be my base LSD diet that I can build on (working away I will just have to try and plan a little better and keep strict!) and introduce new food gradually.
Morning – I try and go for a swim before work and then have grilled bacon or smoke salmon and two eggs (boiled or scrambled) for breakfast with a lemon/ginger tea. Then I have a couple of supplements (Oregano, Magnesium and Vitamin D3) when I hit my desk.
Lunch – Currently I mix it up between, a chicken breast, turkey or tinned tuna (in brine) together with a salad of Cucumber, Celery and Spinach adding some black pepper and Apple Cider Vinegar as a dressing. I have also bought some Kimchi in a jar and try and have a couple of spoons which is supposed to be rich in good bacteria for your gut (still acquiring a taste…brrr).
Evenings – Again I just aim for a primary protein source, so steamed Salmon, Chicken, Turkey and for a treat its got to be a fillet steak 😛together with broccoli, kale, Spinach and some salad bits.
Dark Chocolate with high cocoa content and very low sugar which has anti-inflammatory
properties so is my one treat I can have!!
Through out the day I drink plenty of water (3-4 litres) and also try to take a teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) with water at least a couple of times (another one that is taking time to get used to).
I have definitely noticed the improvement and hoping this continues and just for reference I stopped taking the Meloxicam the day I started the diet which made for a tough first couple of days but kept thinking this was a hill I need to get over!
My weight has dropped from 13st7lbs to 12st7lbs in two weeks!!
I am not saying the low starch diet is right or wrong, but so far so good. I am no doctor or medical expert either, this is just simply documenting my journey in managing Ankylosing Spondoloitis.
I will try and post updates as I progress!
Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) is a chronic inflammatory condition that affects the joints in your spine. Spondylitis simply means inflammation of the spine. As part of the body’s reaction to inflammation, calcium is laid down where the ligaments attach to the bones that make up the spine (vertebrae). This reduces the flexibility of your back and causes new bone to grow at the sides of the vertebrae. Eventually the individual bones of the spine may link up (fuse). This is called ankylosis and can be seen on x-rays and is often referred to as ‘Bamboo Back’!