People With OCD Don’t Realize They’re Making This Mistake!

If you’re making this mistake, it’s easy enough to correct. At first glance, it seems like a healthy choice. But, for someone with OCD who is already susceptible to high levels of anxiety, it’s probably NOT a wholesome choice. It’s likely that you think you’re doing something beneficial, when in fact you’re not.cause of anxiety

After ten years of helping 100’s and 100’s of people with OCD, I’ve made a fascinating discovery. People with OCD eat excessive amounts of nightshade plants.

Nightshade plants include tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, and peppers.cause of anxiety

Nightshade plants produce their own toxins and proteins to fight against various insects. A potent poison is found in these plants and can occur in any part of the plant, including leaves, fruit, and tubers. This is a natural defense to help prevent being eaten by insects.cause of anxiety

These plants produce pesticides that can repel or intoxicate insects, and even interfere with their digestion. So when you eat a nightshade plant, you’re ingesting the pesticide used to ward off insects.

People say, “Well, I’ll just triple wash my vegetables or buy only organic.” That won’t make a difference. This is not a man-made pesticide.

Do you feel more anxious than usual?

causes anxietyNightshade plants are on the “do not give to your dog” list or it could be fatal. The World Health Organization sets a limit of how much of this toxin can be allowed. Above that limit, they cannot be sold in stores, as they are considered too toxic for human consumption.

Nightshade plants are neurotransmitter inhibitors. This causes a communication breakdown within the brain. An OCD brain already has communication problems! The depths of the brain has trouble communicating with the front of the brain (the reasonable, logical part of the brain.)

If you’re feeling foggy-brained or experiencing a buzz of anxiety, consider deleting nightshade plants from your diet. It’s probably not necessary to be an extremist about staying away from these plants. To the best of your ability try to eliminate them from your diet.

If you’re not sure you’re sensitive to these plants, you could have a “nightshade party” week. Eat them in excess and see what the effect is. But, watch out because it can take 6-12 weeks for the effect to get out of your system! 

15 thoughts on “People With OCD Don’t Realize They’re Making This Mistake!”

  1. Seriously! These are all foods I eat every single day minus the eggplant! Wow!!!! Very interesting! I’ll get to experimenting with eliminating

      1. Wow, very interesting. I’ve been craving several of these foods and eating tomato’s and peppers every single day for like three weeks! Thanks for posting this!

  2. I didn’t realize till I thought more about it, that I eat french fries and home fries all the time and they are potatoes. I am going to start going without them for a while to see if my spikes in anxiety lessen. thank you for sharing this!

  3. Thanks, Tammy! 🙂 I already had my nightshade party inadvertently I think, doing the Whole30., my fridge and pantry are stocked with nightshades. I am currently avoiding them though. GOOD information!

  4. When we were trying to figure out WHAT was causing my anxiety to be so high, we ran through a gambit of possibilities, then she posed the question to me and asked if I eat tomatoes, potatoes, peppers and eggplant….I said yes, all the time! I actually make a dinner of chicken with 4 huge cans of crushed tomatoes as my meal! Then the night before we had this discussion, I had salsa! The night before that I had potatoes! Wow, I guess I was literally “feeding” the anxiety and it sure was hungry! I have been having a LOT of digestive problems as well, that I couldn’t clear up. I would also get severe heartburn only minutes after I ate marinara sauce. Since learning of this over a week ago, I have completely cut all of these from my diet. It’s hard because you don’t think about it until you’re ready to make something and you realize how much of these foods are in your daily diet…for example (ketchup or marinara sauce). I am very intrigued by this information that Tammy has shared and it makes a lot of sense to me. I look forward to the coming weeks with high hopes of “starving” my anxiety : )

        1. Oh good! I am going to try this too… I must admit cutting tomato sauce specifically well… it’s hard!! Pasta with spaghetti and meat sauce +parmesan cheese is something I have always LOVED. If I can make something that tastes decent as a substitute I’ll be a happy camper!

  5. I know this post is a couple of years ago but I wanted to comment as I’ve just read it, and it’s very relevant. Thank you so much for this post, it made my day.
    I’ve just found your blog by a search on google for OCD and potato sensitivity. It is so true. There is a lot of anecdotal evidence out there for nightshade sensitivity and neurological issues. I’ve been saying, personally, for a while now that I think potatoes cause brain fog, anxiety feelings and mood changes. I think people think it’s another one of my crazy ideas though! I was brought up eating potatoes in all forms after all.
    But the research path lead here after reading about less common allergies, particularly to potatoes on the UK foods matter dot com site and the UK allergies explained dot com site by the late Dr Morrow-Brown.
    I’ve trialled not eating potatoes and personally I think I feel better not eating potatoes. I questioned if it was the solanine/lectins pesticides in them or the high glycaemic effect of them and effects on blood sugars. I’m a researcher in nutrition and health ( to the point of obsession sometimes) so like to figure the effects of foods on health and disease. I have OCD. I definitely think there’s a link between food sensitivities and neurological conditions. There needs to be more research in this area. It makes sense when it’s looked at logically. Gluten sensitivity is linked to neurological conditions in the scientific literature, yet not widely known about in medicine for instance.
    Thank you so much for such a great blog! I’ve bookmarked your blog now and signed up.

    1. I’m glad you find some benefit from my blog. Thank you for your feedback. It means a lot to me. I have several clients who report super positive effects by eating “clean” or gluten-free or night-shade-free. Most say though that it takes bout 6 weeks to experience the positve effects and that’s a long time to reap the benefits. I think people usually give up! Even with positive benefits I suppose it’s best to not put “all our eggs in one basket” and keep our other tools sharp.

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