Nightshades


Nightshades, sounds like you’d find them in the home décor section, but in reality nightshades are a category of food that is often a staple of everyday cooking. It certainly was of mine pre AIP days! I remember the first time I went shopping after making the AIP leap, wandering around the grocery store and thinking ‘what am I going to improvise with now?!???’ I thought I was done for.
However, I’ve learned many things since that day and most importantly, what a nightshade is, what it isn’t and how to go about living without them!
What is a ‘nightshade’? 
Good question! ‘Nighshades’ are a family of plants specifically called ‘Solanaceae’. Many have similar characteristics to each other and within the nightshade family, there are more than 2,000 species of plants! Many of those are inedible and highly poisonous, but many are also included in the Standard American Diet and ALSO the Paleo diet (which is why I found nightshades super tricky to eliminate).
SOME common nightshades include: 
Potatoes – NOT the sweet variety
Bell Peppers
Hot Peppers- Chili peppers, jalapeños, habaneros, AND the associated Chili based spices, red pepper, cayenne, etc.
Tomatoes
Tomatillos
Tamarillos
Pimentos
Paprika**
Eggplant
How are nightshades connected to autoimmunity? 
Lectin, Saponin and Capsaicin, Oh My!
Why are these wonderful, tasty meal additions so terrible for us? Those 3 little words listed above, that’s why.
Nightshades have Lectins. Technically all plants and some animals contain some amount of lectins, but not all lectins are created equal. Some lectins have the ability to create and add to a leaky gut situation (are you sensing a theme here if you’ve been reading my other posts?) while others are thought of as harmless and even therapeutic. More research is definitely needed in this area, but it has been shown that tomato lectin can enter the blood stream pretty quickly in humans. Therefore tomatoes are thought to contribute to the development of leaky gut. Therefore tomatoes, and the other nightshades, should be off the table (pun intended) for us autoimmune folk.
The Saponins contained in nightshades can contribute to a leaky gut as well, and some forms of saponins can have ‘adjuvant’ activity. Adjuvant is a type of chemical that can stimulate and exaggerate the immune response. The specific type of saponin that is found in tomatoes, is such a powerful adjuvant that it is added to vaccines to help their efficacy and help the individual receiving the vaccine develop immunity against the virus they are being treated for. I don’t know about you, but that seems like some really powerful stuff, and that’s just in tomatoes! Saponins are also thought to increase the bodies immune response to proteins leaking from the gut, so if someone is already starting or has leaky gut, ingesting nightshades will increase their bodies reaction to it, and increase the inflammation response.
The Capsaicin that is present in the chili pepper segment of the nightshade list is also problematic. Yes, I understand that many sources list capsaicin as a beneficial treatment for people. Yes, that may be true for them. But it’s probably not true for us individuals with autoimmunity. Capsaicin can be very irritating to a variety of tissues and there is evidence that capsaicin can contribute to the development of leaky gut.
On top of these three major issues, nightshades have been shown to contribute to joint pain and joint issues. If you suffer from a joint focused autoimmune disease, you are probably more likely to have issues with nightshades and notice more pain when eating nightshades.
Nightshades and Multiple Sclerosis
So what is the connection between nightshades and MS? Well, there’s several. First, nightshades can contribute to leaky gut, which just exacerbates the cycle of autoimmunity. That’s the most glaring issue. Second, nightshades can contribute to increased pain levels, which is a very real symptom for MSers.
So my opinion? See how you do without them for a bit. If you feel better, great! If you feel nothing, that’s great too! All pieces of information.
Eliminating Nightshades
Reading labels is really your best friend here.
Obviously avoiding the plant/veggie itself in the grocery store is square one. Trust me, it was super hard for me too when I came to the conclusion I had to give up my tomato sauce and ketchup. However, there are FANTASTIC no-mato sauce recipes out there!
I digress.
But getting familiar with labels and where the nightshades hide is a great second step. Usually on ingredient lists it will say what is in there, EXCEPT for that sneaky little word that SO MANY companies use.
SPICES.
99% of the time that includes paprika or cumin, so therefore SPICES are out. I avoid all things that just says SPICES, unless it lists them out for me. But still, it’s risky.
My Experience
Eliminating Nightshades was really hard for me. Pasta and sauce was a staple for me growing up. Cooking with tomatoes and peppers was my ‘go to’. I love Mexican food, and spicy Mexican food.
But once I realized why I was doing what I was doing, it became easier. I also noticed that once I cut out nightshades, my GI symptoms drastically improved. Like almost overnight. My crazy bloating that I had experienced was virtually gone. Guess I know what the culprit was!
Nightshades was one of those foods that I didn’t know I reacted to until I eliminated it. It’s funny how that works. Our bodies get used to a low level of inflammation/reactivity so when we get rid of the cause, our bodies can settle down finally. Then once we re-introduce that food, watch out!
Reaction Central.
That’s what happened to me.
I didn’t notice the reaction in my body because I was inundating it with nightshades constantly. It was only after I eliminated them for a while did I notice how much they impacted me.
Maybe one day I’ll be able to have a few bites of tomato filled sauce, but for now, I’m happy with my no-mato sauce and no more issues!
Reach out and connect with the LissMS Community here! I’d love to chat and answer questions you may have!

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What moments in your journey have given you hope lately?

This took me completely by surprise, cause I usually roast myself after a simple mistake 🙈

But, I just didn’t? 🤷🏻‍♀️

Working on self improvement is weird.
Like I’m not even consciously working on how I talk to myself at the moment.

Have I in the past? Sure. And it’s something I try to stay conscious of, but def have my moments where I fall into old patterns.

But this moment gave me hope.

What moments in your journey have given you hope lately?
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Years ago I was experiencing “Aggressive MS” and I thought I’d never function the same.

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I couldn’t walk well, couldn’t feel my body correctly and I was SCARED.

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I’m confident in the ways I’m helping myself.
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👉🏼Feeling stuck with your MS symptoms?
👉🏼Feeling like your body betrayed you and is working against you?
👉🏼Are you worried you’re stuck like this and will never get better?

I get it. At one point I did too.

Years ago I was experiencing “Aggressive MS” and I thought I’d never function the same.

I thought my days of moving how I wanted, or doing anything on a whim were over.

I couldn’t walk well, couldn’t feel my body correctly and I was SCARED.

But now?
I’m confident in the ways I’m helping myself.
I no longer have aggressive MS.
I can move how I want, when I want.

Because of the changes I’ve made over the years.

No, it’s not easy, but that’s where I come in!!

I’ve dedicated my life to helping those with MS realize that feeling better is possible and helping them get there.

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The first step to being successful with managing stress (& being successful with anything really) is:

Awareness of where you currently are.

You can’t change or manage what you’re not aware of.

You can only know yourself as deep as you’re awareness of yourself goes.

Try this:
Right now as you read this, pause for a sec.
Take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

Where were my thoughts?
Where is my breathing?
What am I saying to myself?

Get really honest here too (warning- it might be uncomfy)

What did you discover while checking in? Let me know in the comments!

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If we haven’t met yet, Hi! 👋🏼👋🏼 I’m Alissa. I’m a Holistic Practitioner & Therapist specializing in MS.
I use all the tools I’ve comprised over my 10+ year career (and 14+ years with MS) to help my clients with MS decrease their symptoms, improve their overall health and get back to living life on their terms, not MS’ terms.
Interested to hear how that might look for you? Comment 🧡 below or DM me and we’ll chat!
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Progress is absolutely not linear.

But, it’s still progress nonetheless.

I see you if you’re in a “dip” or feel like you’re going “backwards”

You’re really not, you’re right where you should be.

Keep going!!
🧡❤️🧡

Progress is absolutely not linear.

But, it’s still progress nonetheless.

I see you if you’re in a “dip” or feel like you’re going “backwards”

You’re really not, you’re right where you should be.

Keep going!!
🧡❤️🧡
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Lol, all this got me was an MS diagnosis. 

This was me basically my whole life up until a few years ago.

My clients have all talked about situations like this too.

It’s no wonder why a lot of us have an autoimmune disease now. 

Please, speak your truth. Your body will thank you.

If we haven’t met yet, Hi! 👋🏼👋🏼 I’m Alissa.
I’m a Holistic Practitioner & Therapist specializing in MS.

I use all the tools I’ve comprised over my 10+ year career (and 14+ years with MS) to help my clients with MS decrease their symptoms, improve their overall health and get back to living life on their terms, not MS’ terms.

Interested to hear how that might look for you? Comment 🧡 below or DM me and we’ll chat!

Lol, all this got me was an MS diagnosis.

This was me basically my whole life up until a few years ago.

My clients have all talked about situations like this too.

It’s no wonder why a lot of us have an autoimmune disease now.

Please, speak your truth. Your body will thank you.

If we haven’t met yet, Hi! 👋🏼👋🏼 I’m Alissa.
I’m a Holistic Practitioner & Therapist specializing in MS.

I use all the tools I’ve comprised over my 10+ year career (and 14+ years with MS) to help my clients with MS decrease their symptoms, improve their overall health and get back to living life on their terms, not MS’ terms.

Interested to hear how that might look for you? Comment 🧡 below or DM me and we’ll chat!
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This has been a TOUGH week friends.

Don’t lose yourself.

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What helps you when life is super hard?

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I’ve been actively working on my nervous system for the past year or two.

That hasn’t meant that all my anxiety or depression magically vanished.

It just means that when I do find myself feeling like an anxious mess or a depressed puddle, I know how to attend to and care for myself.

Not in the goal of “fixing” per se, more honoring and accepting.

This is one of the ways I help my clients improve their MS symptoms, but attending to their nervous systems and improving their stress response and resilience.

I have so many ways to work with me.. from 1:1 support to my free community.. comment below “interested” and we’ll chat about what would be right for you!

I’ve been actively working on my nervous system for the past year or two.

That hasn’t meant that all my anxiety or depression magically vanished.

It just means that when I do find myself feeling like an anxious mess or a depressed puddle, I know how to attend to and care for myself.

Not in the goal of “fixing” per se, more honoring and accepting.

This is one of the ways I help my clients improve their MS symptoms, but attending to their nervous systems and improving their stress response and resilience.

I have so many ways to work with me.. from 1:1 support to my free community.. comment below “interested” and we’ll chat about what would be right for you!
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