I've been trying the bladder friendly diet for about a week and a half now. It's going okay. It might be too soon to say whether it's really working, but I will say that I haven't had any burning for several days. I've been keeping a food/burning journal so that I can see any correlations between what foods I eat and how my vagina feels. The last time I reported burning was on Monday, so I've had three days of no burning. Is it the food or just a coincidence? I don't know.
The hardest part for me with this diet is just having to restrict myself. I'm used to just eating whatever I want (usually pretty healthy) and now I have to think about everything. The worst is the fruit and vegetable situation. There are very few fruits I am allowed to eat and although I can eat most vegetables, I have yet to find a good salad dressing that doesn't have any forbidden ingredients in it. I've made two salad dressings - one that was apple based and one that was cottage cheese based - they were both disgusting!
I have cheated a couple times. I ate chocolate one day (because we had International Night at my school and my students wanted me to try what they made - I had to do it!) and I have probably had a few ingredients when going out to eat that were on the NO list. But I've been pretty good. This weekend I will start with adding back in bananas and see how that goes. I'm starving for fruit! I can only eat apples, pears, and blueberries. I'm not a big apple fan, blueberries are not in season and aren't that great, so I've been eating pears...just pears. I really hope that I am not sensitive to bananas. After that I'll add something else - not sure what yet.
I'm hoping that maybe there are just a few foods that cause sensitivity and that eventually I can add most of the foods back in. It's just too restrictive for a food lover like me to do this diet forever. It's impressive that I've lasted this long (I know that's sad, it's been less than 2 weeks. But I love food!).
I'll try to keep you updated on how the diet goes. So far so good in the burning department, but I feel seriously deprived of fruit and chocolate!