It’s been just about three months that I went no starch for my diet. I decided to try the no starch because I really didn’t want to be on anti inflammatory drugs forever and ever. Maybe one day I will have to but it was worth a shot to see if I could get rid of my inflammation through diet. You can read my intro about starting a no starch diet here.
It took two full months for me to start to notice I was feeling better. During the first two months, the pain seemed to move to different parts of my back and hips that I hadn’t even had issues with before. It felt like the inflammation was cycling through my system. I thought I was getting worse at times.
And then all of a sudden I noticed I was sleeping (on the couch) in all positions. I even caught myself sleeping on my stomach which I haven’t been able to do for seven years (realized that in hindsight). I decided to move back into my bed and see if I was able to tolerate that. There were a few iffy nights but I am back in my bed with minimal stiffness in the morning. I have had a few hard nights in the last month but now I am almost certain it must be something I ate because it goes away throughout the day and then the next night is better. It’s weird to think that diet could “fix” the pain I was enduring. But it certainly seems to be helping.
I’ve added back cooked vegetables and I still have too much sugar… but not nearly as much as I was having with all the bread products I used to have. There are times that I miss bread/cookie products. But, I have slowly been figuring out alternatives and I actually really like them. One surprise is squash cut like spaghetti (used this tool) and used with meat sauce. SO good and I don’t have that heavy feeling I used to get after eating pasta….even rice pasta. I’ve found a great chocolate chip cookie recipe that is so good. And I recently made coconut flour strawberry shortcake which was really good. That recipe can be found here. It was a tricky one but I think I was 90% successful.
There are so many alternatives now and so many good cooks have figured out ways to make grain free alternatives. I’m so grateful for people who have paved the way and figured things out because it is a radical change. I am so happy to be feeling better and have actually been able to start working out again. I will continue with the no starch diet and continue to figure out and add to my alternatives. It’s definitely not easy but it certainly not as hard as I thought I was going to be. It’s a process.