I am hoping that somebody out there may be able to give me some useful advice about SWAMI and ankylosing spondylitis.
I started doing the original BTD about 10 or 11 years ago, progressed on to Genotype and have been virtually 100% compliant with my SWAMI professional diet plan for nearly 2 years now.
Be sure the practitioner knows about all your conditions and your family history.Quoted Text
However, I have certain symptoms that have got markedly worse over this time – bloating, fibromyalgia (started about 4 or 5 years ago), low blood sugar, fatigue and Inflammation (even though I have an anti-inflammation filter on my diet plan).
I recently had blood test results that were high for thyroid and liver & bone function. I have puffy white bags under my eyes and dark circles.
The practitioner can deemphasize foods containing lactose. This will reduce (not eliminate dairy), even if you are not lactose intolerant.Quoted TextI’m pretty sure that I have a problem with cow’s dairy, which features quite heavily on my plan.
The practitioner can set SWAMI GenoType to strongly deemphasize starch if desiredQuoted Text
More recently I have been reading about SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth)and bowel problems generally being associated with AS and other autoimmune conditions, also about the link with klebsiella bacteria.
As a result, I have tried to incorporate various low-starch diets with SWAMI – GAPS, SCD , Paleo, Urban Caveman and even the London diet for ankylosing spondylitis, which is very low starch indeed.
Have practitioner set SWAMI to UK vernacular to get food names more commonly used in the UK.Quoted Text
When I eat a low-starch diet most of my symptoms improve but I lose far too much weight (I’m always a bit thin) and I feel very demoralised about eating such a limited diet. As I am a Teacher, my SWAMI plan isn’t very compatible with a low-carb diet - grains are a fairly important part of it (Dr D explains why in the book), as is tofu, and my meat & poultry intake is relatively minor, only lamb and turkey. I have a variety of beneficial fish but many of them are American (I’m UK) and I’m a bit concerned about the supposed high mercury content of many of them.
Quoted TextYes, I think it's probably a good idea to ask for a re-run of my SWAMI program as this will give me a wider choice of foods to eat. But what bothers me is that I feel that I'm not really eating the balance of foods that's right for my type. Metabolically, I think that I do in fact need grains, beans and lentils but my digestive system doesn't seem to tolerate them, and I'm eating an excess of "flesh" foods, which doesn't really suit me. Despite strict adherence to my diet plan I still have white lines on my fingerprints and my symptoms tell me that my gut isn't happy.
Re SWAMI Express, I assumed that it was different from the professional version and that you couldn't apply filters, am I wrong then? I went to see a practitioner partly because I kept making a mess of doing my measurements and was constantly changing Genotypes (I've been a Nomad and an Explorer as well as a Teacher). Also because I felt that I needed a bit of expertise about the AS.
I'd be very interested in hearing from anyone who has had a similar experience ie finding they have to eat a diet that doesn't fit their type in terms of balance.
Quoted TextI'm not sure there's anywhere for me to go with this within my SWAMI plan, as I seem to have problems with all of my beneficial grains and beans. Quinoa is probably the least bad but the bloating is bad. Rice increases the fibromyalgia enormously. I haven't eaten wheat/buckwheat/corn since I started over 10 years ago.
Quoted TextAnd I really can't up my compliance as it is almost 100% over a period of years - I have only ever very rarely veered from the plan when I've deliberately experimented with chicken or beef whilst doing SCD/GAPS. But I've been doing this for ages and I can probably count on one hand the number of times I've eaten an avoid. I make all my own food from scratch at home, no processed foods at all and all my friends and family just cook me simple compliant foods, so nothing ever creeps in.
I've tried various supplements that are supposed to be healing for the gut and they've just made me worse.
Your comment about the white bread is interesting. I find that I'm much better with white rice than brown even though brown is a beneficial and white a neutral.
I really wish that I could think of brown rice as healing because I love it and it was my main grain for years, most of my adult life in fact.
I was still eating it when I started to get fibromayalgia, about 5 years ago. At that point I was also getting crippling fatigue and a lot of pain around the ileocaecal valve. A practitioner suggested that I switch to quinoa, mainly to deal with the fatigue. I don't think that the switch made any difference in that respect but I suddenly realised after a few weeks that the fibromyalgia had gone.
Quoted Textankylosing spondylitis and low-carb diets