The Ankylosing Spondylitis Diet
What’s the deal here?
I am going to up date this page from time to time with my honest and truthful findings about eating a diet for Ankylosing Spondylitis. I’m not a scientist or a doctor though, so I can’t always tell you why some of these foods worked or didn’t work. These foods are simply representative of my experience alone.
Lastly, I want to be upfront about the fact that I used affiliate links for this guide. This means I get a little referral award for every person who buys something through this guide. I am hoping that this will help me fund the website, and maybe even eventually make enough to help me pay for my own disease management. As you know, being sick can be costly. 🙂
Does changing my diet really help?
However, the biggest thing I learned about eating an Ankylosing Spondylitis diet is that such a thing doesn’t exist. That being said, I would say there is a short list of foods that are definitively bad, or definitively good, for folks with A.S. to consume regularly. Unfortunately, most foods tend to fall into a large middle category where it really does depend on you, your lifestyle, your DNA, your other ailments, and saddest of all, your budget.
If I’m in a “flare up” I tend to eat the foods that are guaranteed to be safe for the most part. If I’m feeling good, I deviate and try other foods to see how they make me feel, but I never consume the foods that are on my “never eat” list. Well, that’s a lie. Sometimes I do eat these “never eat” foods, and I realize I’ve poisoned myself while I struggle to stay awake and pretend I’m not in pain as my friends continue to eat, drink, and be merry. My point is, you will get out of this diet what you put into it. If you’re strict and stick to the good stuff, you’re just going to feel better. I have finally come to a point in my life where the rush of tasty food just isn’t worth the way it makes me feel.
The most important piece of advice I have to offer you regarding an Ankylosing Spondylitis diet is this: You NEED to retrain your mind to see food as a source of energy, instead of a source of entertainment. Once you stop looking at food as something to make you happy. Eating for health alone comes much easier, and it makes managing your Ankylosing Spondylitis way more reasonable.
The Best Ankylosing Spondylitis Foods
When in doubt, eat cucumber and vinegar.
I am well aware that this isn’t good news for anyone out there, but I feel like I have to start this guide with the bottom of the barrel. This is what I eat when I am in the middle of a flare up, recovering from eating foods I shouldn’t have eaten, or looking to steady out the awful feels of A.S. in general. If you were to ask me today what’s the single thing you should be eating every day, for all three meals, I would say cucumber and apple cider vinegar with high quality olive oil. This isn’t fun, but it’s just the right nutrition rich fuel to put your body in a position to heal itself from a diet perspective. I have gone weeks and only consumed cucumber, oil, and vinegar. It sounds bleak, but training yourself to look at food as fuel as opposed to entertainment is key to managing your A.S. This is especially true for managing Ankylosing Spondylitis naturally.
You can so this with other vegetables too. However, I stick with using cucumber most of the time. I would also add in avocado slices, green onion, and even some tomato as I was feeling up to it. However, cucumber always had me feeling regenerated after several days without eating any other foods. It’s weird. It doesn’t make sense to me, but I’m sure it’s science somehow.
How do I make it?
Easy. Peel all the skin from two organic cucumbers. Slice it in a way that you prefer to eat them. I like them in little cubes. Then toss in a bowl with salt, olive oil, and apple cider vinegar. You really can’t get an easier recipe than this.
What do I need?
– Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar (a few Tablespoons)
– Two Organic Cucumbers
– One to Two Tablespoons of High Quality Organic Olive Oil
– Pinch of Salt (Celtic Sea Salt if possible)
Why shouldn’t I eat meat?
In my experience, meat, and other high protein foods, seemed to increase my inflammation. I experienced noticeably more fatigue and pain when on a diet with large quantities of meat. I ultimately found that the best place to steady myself out at was about twenty percent meat and eighty percent vegetables in my diet, with little or no starches and breads. that being said, this is a bottom of the barrel food recommendation for when you’re feeling your worse or need a good cleanse. Once you’re feeling a bit better, I believe you could find yourself safely enjoying meat in small quantities. Hence, twenty percent of your total diet.
When should I eat this?
This is my go-to recovery food. However, I would say that anyone in a flare up who is fighting lots of symptoms should consider this.
How long should I eat vegetables and vinegar?
I would eat vegetables and vinegar for seven days and see how you feel. There’s a good chance that you’ll want to keep it going. An awesome side effect is that your body starts looking mighty fine. If you get super bored add in another safe veggie like green onion to spice things up.
What if this still makes me crash?
I’ll talk more about this in a future post, but digestive enzymes are a life saver in helping your body actually use your food as energy. I don’t need digestive enzymes when I eat this meal, but depending on how bad the shape of your stomach is, you might need help at first.