Here I am just a few short days into staring this blog and sharing my success with using diet as a means to control ankylosing spondylitis when I go ahead and get some unexpected starch into my diet. Nice!
I had some Kabocha squash last night and I paid for it with a nice flare. Spent the night tossing and turning with that familiar old pain my spine. Not a nice feeling when it has been sooooo long since my last flare. We’re talking months if not more than a year. Honestly, never thought I’d get to the point where I couldn’t remember when my last flare was, but that’s a testament to the power of the No-Starch Diet (paleo/primal/NSD…I’ll use these terms interchangeably at times).
Here’s what I should have done before eating the squash: I should have known it would be full of starch, but to confirm I should have used my iodine dropper to test it. Here’s the resulting photo of the iodine test:
The little brown dot on the top is just plain old iodine, the orange chunk on bottom is the piece of Kabocha squash, the black chunk on the left is a piece of Kabocha squash after I dropped a couple of drops of iodine on it. See how black it turned? That’s a positive starch test. What the hell was I thinking eating that stuff?
I’ll admit that I get kind of cocky sometimes in regards to my diet. My diet is so completely free of starch that I sometimes stop thinking and let down my guard and do something totally mindless like this. The good thing is that I immediately pay for it with lots of pain. There’s nothing like negative reinforcement to motivate you!
The other good thing is that my flares don’t last long any more compared to a couple of years ago. Three of four years ago my flares could last for weeks. Now, when I make a stupid mistake like this and get a little starch into my diet my flares only last a day or so.
Ankylosing spondylitis is a crazy freaking disease. I know that some of you may be having a really hard time believing that starch causes your AS to flare up, but I can assure you that it does. Starch feeds the Klebs in your gut, the Klebs multiply, your body attacks, you suffer. I’ll do a more detailed post about the bacteria Klebsiella and it’s role in AS in the near future.