Keep Your Balls in Check

There is a tendency to TRY EVERYTHING when searching for a cure for ankylosing spondylitis.  That’s fine in theory, but if in executing this idea you try everything at once then how will you know for sure which single thing is working?

Having 5 new balls in the air all of a sudden is difficult to manage and may only insure that you drop one or all of the new changes you’ve adopted as you struggle to maintain your new routines with your old pain.

My advice?  Change one thing at a time and put yourself on an Internet diet.  Keep your balls in check by adding just one new ball at a time to your daily juggling routine.  If you’re going to try a starch free diet to cure your ankylosing spondylitis then make that one single change and give it a chance to work without adding any other major changes to your daily routine.  And don’t forget to document, document, document!  Start a food journal right away.  Write down how you feel, what foods you eat, and how you react to everything.

I’d also advise taking a diet from AS forums as well.  Information overload is a sure fire way to induce analysis paralysis.  God knows that everyone is different and if you keep reading all the forums you will run into a million different stories from a million different people all giving the same general advice with a million minor differences.  Bananas are good, bananas are bad.  Some starch is good, even a little is bad.  Probiotics are good, probiotics are bad.  Vitamins are a must!  Vitamins should be avoided due to additives…blah, blah, blah.  You get the idea.

Here’s how you get started on the no starch diet.  Here’s another very basic primer to starting on the NSD.

And if you need a little kick in the ass to get started then you should read this post.



You should probably give the diet at least 3-6 months to work.  I found that the diet had an impact on my pain levels almost immediately, like within days.  But many people need a few weeks or months of trial and error to work out the kinks.  And if you’re in the middle of a flare when you start the diet then it may take even longer to feel results.  Be patient.  Be vigilant.


Expert Advice

I know how confusing it can be as you digest your new diagnosis and come to terms with the idea of having an incurable disease.  I’ve been in your shoes.  But trust me, you can do this.  There is a dietary cure for ankylosing spondylitis and it’s as simple as cutting the starch from your diet.  You will eventually become comfortable with your new diet.  Eating a no starch diet will become second nature to you.  You’ll start to feel more confident ordering in restaurants and modifying your choices at dinner parties.  You will, in short, become an expert.  You are really the only expert that matters when it comes to your health, but you have to take that first step before anything good happens.  You have to be ok with being totally uncomfortable.  You’re a stranger in a strange land but soon you will speak the language.





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