What I Never Eat
What I Occassionally Eat
What I Frequently Eat (safe foods)
|Grains||Aged Cheeses, Butter||Quality Meat & Fish|
|Legumes, Beans, Soy||Dark Chocolate||White Rice|
|Fruits||Leafy Vegetables||White Potatoes|
|Starchy Vegetables||Canola Oil||Coconut (Flakes & Oil)|
|Brown Rice||Table Sugar||Cacao (Nibs & Butter)|
|Nuts or Seeds||Cherry Garcia Ice Cream||Olive Oil|
|Fermented Foods||Spices||Sea or Himalayan Salt|
|Maple Syrup, Honey||Garlic/Onion as Seasoning||Coffee|
Do you eat any other foods?
Generally, if it’s not on the list of “occasionally” or “frequently” eaten, I do not eat it.
Once in awhile–when I’m pain-free–I experiment with new foods, mostly gluten-free products (like “gluten-free bread” or “gluten-free cookies” that don’t have a lot of starches) or sauces (such as wine-based sauces on steak). Sometimes I handle them, sometimes I bloat or trigger AS pain.
If any AS pain is detectable, I stick exclusively to my “safe foods” list.
If I have AS, should I eat exactly what you’re eating?
Not in my view. This limited diet works well for me, but you may be able to eat additional foods that are nutritious. For instance, I cannot eat eggs because I developed an allergy to them, but I do not think they trigger AS. Likewise, I don’t eat a lot of vegetables because they hurt my stomach, but certainly vegetables have their benefits.
At times I have not been able to eat even some of my “safe foods”. For instance, I could not eat birds (chicken, turkey, duck) for months because my stomach reacted strongly to them. What I’ve learned over and over is: follow your gut.
It’s important to note that some people do not find relief through diet for AS.
Do you take supplements?
I supplement with 1 gram of Vitamin C everyday because I do not get it from anything I eat. I occasionally supplement with kelp to get iodine. I also supplement with Vitamin D when I’m not getting enough sunshine.