With any diet, a diet plan is essential to reach your desired goal or effect. In this case of Ankylosing spondylitis (AS), an Ankylosing Spondylitis diet plan is essential for managing this disabling disease to reduce pain, symptoms and severity of disease.
An Ankylosing spondylitis diet plan should always consists of these six essential components:
1. Quality of food
The problem with most diets is that quality of food tend to be ignored. In fact, one of the main reasons why AS diets or diets in general tend to fail because the person is denied of having tasty food that they can eat.
Having food that is tasty is vital for any diet because it prevents the feeling of starvation and also encourages the person to continue or reward the person for eating a healthy diet.
2. Nutritional balance
Green vegetables and fruits are very healthy for an AS diet. But, eating just green vegetables and fruit does not provide all the nutrition you need for a healthy body. Proteins like lean meat and dairy food are essential for a healthy balanced diet.
Unfortunately, some diet fads promote eating one source of food which can have undesired or fatal consequences. This way of eating is unhealthy. The best way is always a balanced diet.
3. Quantity of food intake
Too little food is not good. Too much food is also bad. When planning an Ankylosing Spondylitis diet, you should always if possible have six meals a day that isn’t heavily portioned. Having a meal like this will prevent you feeling empty in the stomach and prevents over engorgement of food due to long periods of starvation.
4. Goal Planning
Goals is one most important component of an Ankylosing Spondylitis diet plan. This is because the goal is reason why you are doing the diet. For an Ankylosing spondylitis diet plan, you should have a goal written up that is clear, have a defined reason and a time frame to achieve it. When you do this, it makes achieving and sticking onto your diet much easier.
5. Penalty measure
If you do something wrong in your diet, you should have a penalty measure. For instance, if you eat a sloppy hamburger for lunch, you should be penalised by doing 10 push ups. The reason why you must have a penalty measure because if you don’t, then there is no incentive to achieve your goal and there is no checking measure to reach your goal. That is, if you do something wrong, then it doesn’t make you feel bad on not keeping onto a diet.
Having a penalty measure will increase the likely hood that you will stick to the diet plan.
6. Reward for reaching goals
When you reach certain goals in your diet, you should always give yourself a reward. This is because it increases the motivation to continue on with your diet and also helps you focus clearly on the benefits of being on a diet.
These six essential components of an Ankylosing Spondylitis diet plan are vital for Ankylosing Spondylitis diet to be effective.
Following these rules will help you achieve a healthy body and mind.