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!