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IC-Smart Diet

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

I saw a new urologist today (yeah, overactive bladder in addition to everything else. If you have OAB, now you know you're not alone!) My new urologist was very receptive when I brought up a dietary intervention to see if I can avoid medication altogether after we halved my medication dosage. He gave me an info sheet on the IC-Smart Diet, which eliminates foods based on their relative acidity and potassium content (and probably other things, but it's written for laypeople, so whatever). I plan on giving it the ol' Thirty Day Try, since the only thing I have to lose is a daily medication. Then I will probably do the same thing I'll be doing with the Whole30, and reintroduce the undesirable foods one at a time to see whether they will trigger symptoms.

Win for dietary interventions!

I'm sad because they list vinegar, yogurt, mayonnaise, and spicy foods as triggers. Store bought tomatoes are out, but homegrown is okay (all the more reason to get that garden going!). Pistachios are on the naughty list, and all fruits besides bananas, coconuts, dates, blueberries, melons, and pears. Cured meats are out, too, and smoked meats. I guess it's a good thing my Whole30 has gone well, since it will be great practice for discovering my triggers for OAB and deciding what foods and in what proportions are worth eating. I'm hoping that I can handle at least one cup of coffee a day. After buying my precious Keurig, I'd be very sad to stop drinking coffee altogether.

They also noted some ketosis while I was there. Win for fat-burning!

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    Hi. Looking for IC info here on SP and found your blog. I've had UTIs for 40 yrs; 3 in last 6 weeks. But Dr. Says they wen't true UTIs, and he thinks IC may be the issue. The diet sounds pretty tough ... We eat lots of spicy things, lots of fruits. I've cut back on diet coke, but still do one/day ... Wonder if it's really IC as I don't have (haven't had) chronic problems. Just thought I'd try to connect with someone who might have info ...
    God bless you on your Journey to Health!
    2104 days ago
  • GINAV2
    I've never tried growing from seed - that sounds like an advanced gardening option! I have the world's smallest container garden going on my little balcony and I bought my plants already growing from a local nursery for a dollar or two a pop. Just strawberries and basil so far, but the price wasn't so bad. My parents always have good luck getting tomato plants from Lowes or Home Depot, too. It would be a lot more badass to grow a garden from seed, though.

    Good luck!
    2166 days ago
    I started some seeds a couple years ago, but they grew up really, really skinny and weak and just fell over before they got going. Like, not even 3 inches tall and they keeled over. The herb seeds never sprouted and the peppers fell over too.

    I attribute part of this failure to the fact that at the time, we had a clinical hoarder living with us and it was impossible to get to the container they were growing in on the porch without some serious Indiana Jones Meets the Matrix moves. Ergo, I think they missed a few critical waterings.

    I DID find a site that sells heirloom seeds for the same price as the Burpee seeds at the grocery store, so I thought I'd peruse the same site again for plants to see if I can't start them sooner. I still have to prep my containers, get my compost pile going, and pick out my first victims. I mean, crops. My first crops.
    2166 days ago
  • GINAV2
    Store bought tomatoes are crap anyway. Have you grown tomatoes before? There is nothing but nothing like eating cherry tomatoes straight off the vine. De-lish!
    2167 days ago
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