The most overwhelming thing for me was not finding foods I could eat, but finding time to prepare them. I have kids, I work, etc and have never been a big domestic.
What works for me is shopping one night after work. I'm already out and dressed, I hit the market and stock up. Then on one of my days off I cook. I bake a chicken, I make some salmon / tuna patties, I do some stir fry, and I pack up my lunches for the week at work. When at home on work days I graze on fruits and veg. Love eggs, both alone and in stuff.
I used to cook on my second day off, my logic being that I would be more rested. But, bad weeks left me stressed and hungry, so now I cook on my first day off, to be sure it gets done.
Iritis first diagnosed in 1991, presently recurrent and steroid resistant.
Tested HLA B27 positive in 1996.
AS diagnosed October of 2011.
Putting most of my eggs in the NSD and exercise basket, using only TENS, massage, heat and ice, and NSAIDS (sparingly) for pain. Drops for iritis as flare necessitates. Looking back I feel I would have been diagnosed with AS years ago, if I had found a rheumy earlier than 2011.