Have you given any thought to introducing more alkaline foods into your diet? Some of the foods you listed are very acidic, like bacon, salami, and coffee, and they are the opposite of anti-inflammatory.
Why not try to eat lots of greens sautéed with fish, lots of fresh veggies, fruit/veggie smoothies and/or juices, and just try to feed your body foods that have been known to fight inflammation, rater than cause it. I personally believe in its simplest form this disease is about beating inflammation in the body, and in my case inflammation causes my colitis to flare up and my AS to go crazy painful on me.
Anyhow, I just did the most remarkable thing I have ever done for myself in my entire life. That was to do a fruit/veggie juice fast for 14 days, and calm down my whole body. I am now reintroducing foods, and I am PAIN FREE!!!! I honestly cannot remember the last time I was completely PAIN FREE. When I got out of my car today at work I was amazed to realize I wasn’t all stiff and in horrible pain from the 45 minute drive, like I had become so used to.
I had started the starch free diet 5 months ago, and I did definitely see some progress from eating NSD, but it was not until I removed lots of acid forming foods in my diet for two weeks, gave my body a chance to calm down and do some healing, that I can really say that NSD with a heavy emphasis on alkaline plant based foods is the way for me!
A friend of mine in Australia also just completed a juice fast with her husband who has AS, and he reported his pain went down to ZERO also in only 10 days! It's too incredible not to want to scream it from the roof tops! Here is a link to their story (their fast was not as strict as mine, as I ONLY drank juices, but they still saw amazing results): http://farmerkskitchen.com/ks-reboot/
Let me tell ya though, if I went downstairs into our winery kitchen right now and made myself a NSD snack of locally cured starch-free salami, olives, spicy roasted nuts, and roasted tomatoes, I have no doubt my body would get super inflamed allover again. I am currently on the right track for healing, but it’s going to be a long time before I experiment with fringe foods, because feeling good is not worth trading in.
My current core foods include:
* Almost all fruits eaten only with other fruits, usually the first 1/2 of the day, lots of fruit smoothies - I have learned that fruits eaten with proteins or fats will cause the fruits to ferment in the belly because the fruits will get caught up in a slower digestion with the fats/proteins. For years I dealt with the feeling of fermenting foods in my belly, but eating fruit alone, and following some simple food combining guidelines is really doing the trick. (NO oranges or tomatoes as they cause horrible inflammation for me, and I also avoid bananas just to be safe)
*Lots of green juice, I like to juice spinach, wheatgrass, ginger, green apples, kale, cucumbers, celery, parsley.
*Some fish - salmon, cod
*Some raw SPROUTED nuts & seeds (almonds, hemp seeds, sesame seeds, walnuts, macadamia nuts) - soaked for 8 hours before ingesting.
*Dates make a great snack when not combined with proteins/fats.
*Roasted veggies, carrots are amazing on the BBQ, sautéed zucchini, fresh veggies, and salads.
*Coconut Water, coconut butter/cream.
*Avocado dips & veggies, like guacamole (avocado, lime, cilantro).
I spent 5 months dropping iodine on everything I ate, and it seemed well worth it at the time. But I am not afraid of raw starchy pears, avocado, or apples, as they really aren’t fazing me whatsoever, after all raw fruits & veggies saved my body and restored my health over the course of my juice fast.
Going forward I would choose a juice fast over a prescription of pain meds or bottle of NSAIDs (which up until now I heavily relied on), and I plan to “just juice” for a few days every few months.
Best of Luck & Health!