The diet works differently for us all. For those of you who are in an exacerbation period right now and find that many foods trigger increased symptoms, it seems that many of the non-gluten starches are problematic. Even potatoes, white or sweet, can become trigger foods.What to do? You have to eat enough food to remain healthy. Losing too much weight is counterproductive to healing. All of your efforts to remain on the diet cannot be effective if the body is not metabolizing the good foods you choose to eat.
My suggestion is to remember the many vegetables that can replace starches. Some are more unusual and you may have to search out where they can be purchased near you. These include foods like celery root, (celeriac), manioc root (from which tapioca is made, and when prepared in Hawaii is called poi), and the more common vegetables like carrots, beets, turnips and rutabagas (or swedes). You will have to eat large platefuls of vegetables (and many greens) and perhaps spread your meals over a series of five times per day in order to feel full after every meal.
The other route is to experiment with legumes. Legumes are the least likely trigger foods on our list of foods to avoid. Perhaps you are someone for whom legumes are not an issue. Not all legumes are received by the body in the same way. In many parts of the Asian world, mung beans are considered the first solid food for infants. They are relatively easy to digest and are both filling and have protein. The second kind of legumes to explore are lentils- all colors. They are also more digestible than many other legumes. Soak these legumes, pour off the water, and then add more water and simmer until done- don't let them burn. When cooked, they last in the fridge for a long time. Other beans to try are small red adzuki or aduki beans.
Finally, use common sense to find foods that agree with you. Perhaps the diet is not agreeing with you right now because you are in such an inflamed state. Please listen to your own body as to when it is time to stick strictly to the diet and when it is not serving you. Once the intensity of the current MS exacerbation cools off, and you feel yourself sliding back into a remission, then the diet protocol is there waiting for you to utilize all over again. We wish we knew why we all react differently to the diet but please do not surrender your own well being to a theory without regard to what is occurring inside of you. Your body is the ultimate authority as to what helps or harms you. This diet is all about learning to listen to and to trust your own body.