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For those of you who, like me, have Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS), I thought I would post here what I eat. I found this sort of info on others' blogs incredibly helpful in designing my diet.
I can eat:
Vegetables: broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, leek, brown onion, lettuce, rocket, celery, spinach, silverbeet, red and yellow capsicum, carrot, pumpkin, fennel, zucchini, avocado.
Fruits: tomatoes, berries, papaya, grapes, apples, pears, pineapple, melons, passionfruit, persimmon, mango, coconut, citrus fruits (juiced and well peeled are fine but avoid the white pith).
All unprocessed meat
Seafood (unprocessed only)
Dry curd cottage cheese
SCD yoghurt (milk that has been fermented 24 hours to reduce lactose) (this still gives me some symptoms as it is not totally lactose free)
Garlic infused oil (remove garlic before serving)
Spice infused oil (remove spices before serving)
Honey (a little sugar is ok)
Fats: olive oil, coconut oil, butter, lard, animal fat.
I don't eat:
Grains (wheat, rice, spelt, corn, etc)
Starchy vegetables & fruit:
Processed meat such as sausages or salami
Nuts or seeds other than blanched almonds
Dairy products with lactose:
Thickened sauces such as oyster sauce or ketjap manis, or processed curry pastes
A typical day of meals:
Breakfast: SCD yoghurt, SCD cream (made the same way as yoghurt), finely chopped activated blanched almonds, dark coloured fruit such as berries, peaches, apricots, papaya.
Mid morning: Green juice made with kale and beet leaves from my garden, beetroot and apple.
Lunch: big plate of vegies or salad, with some eggs, meat or fish, topped with at least a tablespoon of butter. Sometimes I have soup.
Mid afternoon: Vegie juice made with beets, carrots, apples and ginger. Activated blanched almonds and dried fruit. (If I don't eat almonds twice a day I crave carbohydrates. And I can't get through the afternoon without a snack.)
Dinner: Another big plate of vegies, often a roast or a stew, with meat or fish, and plenty of butter.
Dessert: I often crave something in the evenings, and when the cravings are high, I eat either a bowl of fruit with SCD cream, or else I have a homemade icypole made with egg yolk, SCD cream or dry curd cottage cheese, strawberries and honey.
Drinks: through the day I drink two glasses of SCD yoghurt, 1-2 glasses rejuvelac, 2 or more glasses beetroot kvass, and sometimes I have a herbal tea such as roibos or the korean corn tea.
Do you have AS? I would be very interested to hear about what you eat and how you manage your diet, and how effective that is. Please leave me a comment with your story.