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6/19/09 4:30 P

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Rosa, Keep of informed as to it helping you or not.

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ROSABIANCA21 Posts: 29
6/19/09 12:31 A

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I've heard of the IBS and starch theory. For me, it doesn't seem to be the case. I feel that I have a pretty strong indication of this just because I'm currently on the hCG diet which is extremely restricted (but only for 20-40 days). I only eat 200 g of protein a day (and only certain kinds), two servings of veggies (again, only certain ones, and it does not include starchy ones like corn or potatoes), two fruits (apple, orange, 1/2 grapefruit, or strawberries). Optional is melba toast, which in case you don't know are tiny pieces, kind of like a cross between a cracker and a crouton. I usually don't eat those because they don't appeal to me much. I've been on this diet for 5 days so far.


Not only is my pain no better, if anything it's a little worse. My pain is generally very mild, some days none at all, with occasional flare-ups. Right now I suspect that after drinking my first glass of wine on June 7th (turned 21), I developed an intolerance to sulfites. The only pain I've had since that day that was enough to be uncomfortable or outright painful is the day of or day after I had wine, shrimp, or scallops. The seafoods are sometimes treated with sulfites as a preservative. I'm not sure yet if I really do have an intolerance, but so far it seems that way.


Anyway, I'll post again when I've been a week or so longer on this starch-free diet, but so far I have not noticed a reduction in pain at all.

Good thing 'cause I like bread ;)

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4/24/09 7:58 P

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I know a lot of people (my grandmother was one) that swore that a wheat free diet helped their arthritis. I know in my case I have celiac disease which makes it so I can not eat anything with gluten (wheat, rye barley - and for me oats). But I have notice that if I do get some gluten in my diet it causes the pain and swelling to encrease. I also found that it cause my neuropathy (which is caused by the AS) to flare up.

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4/23/09 8:34 P

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Hi Mark
Thanks for your input. It is interesting about the gluten making your AS flare up as well. I am only newly diagnosed with this disease so am trying to find proactive ways to approach it and thought there may be something in a modified diet. Cheers Bec

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4/22/09 12:57 P

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I tried the Atkins Low carb diet but if anything it caused my AS to flare up. I have been eating gluten free since 1994 because of celiac disease and I have noticed that if I do slip up and eat some gluten, not only does my intestines rebel but my AS and arthritis flares badly.

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4/20/09 9:22 A

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I never tried to evaluate it in relationship to symptoms. I can lose weight with it, and I think that improves symptoms.

I have cholesterol issues, so I try to eat "Old Fashioned Oatmeal." the quick packets are not considered helpful.

I may try to cut back on grains other than my oatmeal. I was planning to make Ham & split pea soup today. I don't see legumes on your list.

This diet sounds pretty restrictive. I can see that it would be hard to follow if results were not substantial.

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4/20/09 12:54 A

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Hi 60Sixty - Great to hear from you
The diet eliminates three levels of starchy food and the book encourages people to find their own levels of tolerance. The main offenders and the group to eliminate first is ALL grains, cereals and roots - including the whole grain, although the book does explain that as the whole grain is less processed it may be easier to digest and not cause as many problems to some people.

The author avoids all; arrowroot, baking powder, barley, barley flour, pearl barley, bran, burghul, bulgur, cornflour, cornmeal, couscous, kazu, matzoh meal, maize flour, malt, malt extract, maize starch, modified starch, oats, oatmeal, polenta, rye, rye flour, sago, semolina, sorghum, tapioca, cracked wheat, wheat flour, wholemeal flour, and wheatgerm.

Personally I am not that extreme or dedicated - but I did experience a noticeable difference in my pain levels when I cut down on these things to very low levels. Anything that I can do to help myself feel better is worth trying out. If you are interested in finding out more about this diet the website address is www.lowstarchdiet.net

Has the South Beach diet made a positive difference for you in terms of symptoms?


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4/19/09 2:47 P

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Very interesting.
I try to follow the South Beach diet, which avoids the starchy foods unless it is whole grain.

Is that what the author had in mind?

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4/18/09 10:45 P

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Hi Everyone

A couple of years ago I came across a book by Carol Sinclair called "The IBS Low-Starch Diet". In the book it describes how IBS may actually be a symptom of AS. The book explains one theory of the mechanics of AS and claims that eating a low-starch diet can relieve symptoms (the author has AS and takes no medication and has no pain).

I am eating a fairly low starch diet and also avoid too much gluten but was wondering if anyone else had success with these kinds of diet modifications? Look forward to hearing from you - Bec


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