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Walnut Addiction

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Created June 24, 2012 at 5:53 PM

I have developed a rather overwhelming walnut addiction... I HAVE to have them every day, and if I go without for a week, I spend time thinking about how to get them. Left to my own devices, I would eat 50+ in a day, which is INSANE calories. Lately, I've been managing the quantity by only allowing myself about 10 to 15 walnut halves a day from bulk if I walk the 3/4 mile to the grocery store and back. That helps me keep the quantity in control and I HAVE to burn some calories doing it. Being busier helps but I tell ya, I still can't go a day without eating them... It has been the most significant reason I have had a hard time losing weight, although with the above mentioned limitations I have managed to lose a lot lately. The texture and taste are a big reason it's hard to find a substitute snack in vegetables....

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on June 25, 2012
at 04:25 AM

I feel your pain. Love them.

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on June 25, 2012
at 03:59 AM

A few years back a business partner used to give out HUGE buckets of amazing pecans for Xmas every year. It was the worst thing to have in the house - I just couldn't stop eating them. The last time I had them (years before Paleo) I wrote on the bucket "You've gained 20 pounds!!". Which was true... Not specifically from the pecans, but over recent months, I'd gained a lot. Eventually, the only thing that coul make me stop eating them was to dump the remaining half bucket in the garbage. I was sad to see them go, but it had to be done!

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on June 24, 2012
at 07:58 PM

Actually, the giving into the craving thing did NOT work (but hell, I sure enjoyed that...), but I'll try the ones in the shells...

2def96dbaf8643ed5ac5976cb9591e67

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on June 24, 2012
at 07:33 PM

I may try that....

2def96dbaf8643ed5ac5976cb9591e67

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on June 24, 2012
at 07:33 PM

Pecans are a weakness as well.... I can't have a whole bag of nuts in the house. Way too dangerous...

2def96dbaf8643ed5ac5976cb9591e67

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on June 24, 2012
at 07:32 PM

I've been doing Paleo for a week, and the addiction has been for about a year and a half. I generally eat pretty whole foods, and have decided to try eliminating the whole grains and dairy. When I binge, I eat a TON of walnuts, and stuff like cheerios and lots of pasta and bread and cheese, and sometimes chocolate. I eat salmon more lately, at least once a week...

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on June 24, 2012
at 06:39 PM

Maybe I should give in my cravings.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on June 24, 2012
at 06:38 PM

I love pecans!!!!

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on June 24, 2012
at 06:38 PM

Mee too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I eat more walnuts than that!

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90f66d30d977b07694403b469b3f85c5

on June 24, 2012
at 06:16 PM

I've found that when I have nuts around, I always eat way too many of them. Pecans in particular. They were also keeping me from losing weight at one time. They're so easy to binge on. I no longer buy nuts at all, and only have them if they're offered by someone else.

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on June 24, 2012
at 06:38 PM

I love pecans!!!!

2def96dbaf8643ed5ac5976cb9591e67

(30)

on June 24, 2012
at 07:33 PM

Pecans are a weakness as well.... I can't have a whole bag of nuts in the house. Way too dangerous...

90f66d30d977b07694403b469b3f85c5

on June 25, 2012
at 03:59 AM

A few years back a business partner used to give out HUGE buckets of amazing pecans for Xmas every year. It was the worst thing to have in the house - I just couldn't stop eating them. The last time I had them (years before Paleo) I wrote on the bucket "You've gained 20 pounds!!". Which was true... Not specifically from the pecans, but over recent months, I'd gained a lot. Eventually, the only thing that coul make me stop eating them was to dump the remaining half bucket in the garbage. I was sad to see them go, but it had to be done!

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on June 24, 2012
at 08:43 PM

If I buy Macadamias I eat the whole 8 ounce bag in one sitting. Nuts are so easy to binge on.

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on June 24, 2012
at 06:12 PM

Me too. I gave in to the craving for several weeks and eventually lost my appetite for them. I still like to snack on them, but I rarely overindulge. Try switching to the ones still in the shells so it takes a little more effort to get at them.

2def96dbaf8643ed5ac5976cb9591e67

(30)

on June 24, 2012
at 07:33 PM

I may try that....

2def96dbaf8643ed5ac5976cb9591e67

(30)

on June 24, 2012
at 07:58 PM

Actually, the giving into the craving thing did NOT work (but hell, I sure enjoyed that...), but I'll try the ones in the shells...

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on June 24, 2012
at 06:39 PM

Maybe I should give in my cravings.

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Dc6407193ba441d1438f6f0c06af872b

on June 25, 2012
at 02:13 AM

Lots of us find nuts to be a binge food. My feeling is people can get addicted to sugar, others to bread, etc. But one can get addicted to paleo foods as well, especially borderline foods like nuts and dairy. Just because it's paleo(ish), doesn't mean it's easy to break the addiction. You might ease off slowly. Or you might go cold turkey, by simply not buying walnuts in the first place. You might replace nuts with the next closest thing. You might take up smoking. :-) We all have our strategy that works best for us. Suffice to say that a few walnuts now and then is no prob, but binging on them is a problem so you deal with it however you have to. It's come to the point where I can have sugar in the house no problem and I won't touch it, but if there are macadamias, they're gone in a day so I just can't bring them in the house. For now.

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on June 24, 2012
at 06:12 PM

Welcome to PaleoHacks!

What's a typical day's diet for you? Are you eating paleo?

Walnuts have a good amount of omega-3 in them, although they have lots more omega-6 in them. Maybe your body is telling you it wants a lot of omega-3 right now. Salmon and sardines are high in omega-3 and some people supplement with fish oil. Grass-fed meat has omega-3 fat as well.

Don't know about the addiction to the texture and taste, though.

2def96dbaf8643ed5ac5976cb9591e67

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on June 24, 2012
at 07:32 PM

I've been doing Paleo for a week, and the addiction has been for about a year and a half. I generally eat pretty whole foods, and have decided to try eliminating the whole grains and dairy. When I binge, I eat a TON of walnuts, and stuff like cheerios and lots of pasta and bread and cheese, and sometimes chocolate. I eat salmon more lately, at least once a week...

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on June 13, 2013
at 01:40 AM

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