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Eating a 1/2 jar of Trader Joe's Raw Almond Crunch Almond Butter...

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Created November 09, 2011 at 10:33 PM

Experimenting with making my own homemade protein bars. I've gained 10 lbs of lean muscle in 30 days as a result, but I'm wondering if anybody else is eating this kind of volume, or has an opinion of Omega-6 load.

Trying to offset this with about 1.5 g of omega-3 fish oil but I'm a little bit concerned with the long term effects.

BTW I'm never hungry since I've started trying to test out these protein bars...

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on June 28, 2012
at 04:20 AM

It's more about "does dairy work for me?" instead of "is it allowed?" I think it's best to try it without and see how you feel. Then experiment with adding it back in and see how your own body handles it. Some of us use whey protein. Some prefer to just eat real food. The point is to find out what works best for your body and your goals and your lifestyle. Good luck with your first week!

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on November 13, 2011
at 09:21 AM

I'm mixing in whey protein, coconut milk, flax seed and some other stuff.

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on November 10, 2011
at 04:34 AM

On Halloween it was 2 pounds of lean mass. Must be some protein bars.

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on November 10, 2011
at 03:27 AM

5.5TBS of Almond butter will give you about 20 grams total max of protein not 100. It would take about 25 Tablespoons to get 100 grams of protein out of almond butter. I wouldn't suggest actually doing that.....

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on November 10, 2011
at 02:23 AM

Averaging 270 g of protein a day for the past four weeks; mainly chicken, eggs, wild caught salmon, but 100 g of that protein a day were an average of two protein bars a day (5.5 tbs(tablespoons) of almond butter a day basically).

Ba20b502cf02b5513ea8c4bb2740d8cb

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on November 10, 2011
at 02:20 AM

I've averaged 270 g of protein a day for the past three weeks. Including a ton of these protein bars, the protein bar is basically 1.5 tbs(tablespoons not tubs) of TJs Raw Crunchy Almond Butter, 1 tbs of Artisina Coconut butter, 1 tbs of flax, a few wild blueberries, 2 scoops gluten free whey protein (48 grams of protein), and a touch of pumpkin spice. Gained 10 lbs staid at 8% bf. Training: Mon: Core Training Tue: crossfit WOD or basketball, Wed: crossfit WOD or basketball, Thu:Push training/Olympic lifts Fri: Legs Sat: Off Sunday:Sprints/Plyo/Balance training

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on November 10, 2011
at 01:32 AM

Use the coconut butter and mix it in with the almonds

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on November 10, 2011
at 12:37 AM

My thoughts exactly.

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on November 10, 2011
at 02:34 PM

I've gained 10lbs of lean muscle in 30 days

You mean 10lbs of bodyweight?

How did you measure it to know exactly what you gained was PURE, LEAN, HARD muscle?

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on November 10, 2011
at 04:22 AM

I've gained 10 lbs of lean muscle in 30 days

Never happened.

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on November 10, 2011
at 01:12 AM

I'm hoping that the 1/2 jar of raw almond butter is going into an entire batch of protein bars!

If you were eating 1oz of almonds per bar, you would be taking in a total of 14gms of fat, 1.1 of which is saturated Fat, 3.4 polyunsaturated, and 8.7 monounsaturated.

You'd have to double your fish oil intake to "balance" the PUFA in the almonds.

I would also recommend that you soak/sprout/dry/grind your own raw almonds to neutralize some of the phytates that interfere with mineral absorbtion (1,280 mg/100 gram almonds vs 933 mg/100 gram peanuts).

Use filtered water and add in some sea salt and an acid like lemon juice to make the soaking solution. Let the almonds soak at least 12 hours in a warm area (the top of the fridge usually works). Dry them at a low heat (put them on wax paper on a baking sheet, turn your oven as low as possible, crack the oven door, and let them dry) before grinding in a food processor or blender (I'm thinking of something like the Vitamix).

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on November 10, 2011
at 12:17 AM

10 lbs of lean muscle in 30 days as a result of eating a protein bar? Color me skeptical. You probably need to give the rest of your diet/activity more credit for those gains.

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on November 10, 2011
at 12:37 AM

My thoughts exactly.

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on November 10, 2011
at 03:27 AM

5.5TBS of Almond butter will give you about 20 grams total max of protein not 100. It would take about 25 Tablespoons to get 100 grams of protein out of almond butter. I wouldn't suggest actually doing that.....

Ba20b502cf02b5513ea8c4bb2740d8cb

(1669)

on November 10, 2011
at 02:23 AM

Averaging 270 g of protein a day for the past four weeks; mainly chicken, eggs, wild caught salmon, but 100 g of that protein a day were an average of two protein bars a day (5.5 tbs(tablespoons) of almond butter a day basically).

C2ad96801ec1e22d2bf62475b6e52751

(1416)

on November 10, 2011
at 04:34 AM

On Halloween it was 2 pounds of lean mass. Must be some protein bars.

Ba20b502cf02b5513ea8c4bb2740d8cb

(1669)

on November 10, 2011
at 02:20 AM

I've averaged 270 g of protein a day for the past three weeks. Including a ton of these protein bars, the protein bar is basically 1.5 tbs(tablespoons not tubs) of TJs Raw Crunchy Almond Butter, 1 tbs of Artisina Coconut butter, 1 tbs of flax, a few wild blueberries, 2 scoops gluten free whey protein (48 grams of protein), and a touch of pumpkin spice. Gained 10 lbs staid at 8% bf. Training: Mon: Core Training Tue: crossfit WOD or basketball, Wed: crossfit WOD or basketball, Thu:Push training/Olympic lifts Fri: Legs Sat: Off Sunday:Sprints/Plyo/Balance training

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on November 10, 2011
at 02:51 AM

I'm sure I'm making it up, but your post sounds like you are trying to sell something.

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on June 28, 2012
at 04:08 AM

I really hope this was somebody trying to sell something, and the paleohackers went into full force critiquing his diet. Ahahahahahaha! I love it!

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on June 28, 2012
at 03:48 AM

I thought we couldn't have dairy products. Whey protein is allowed? I also someone who is eating cheese and using full-fat cream. Allowed or not allowed? Personally, I think I have a bit of gi trouble with dairy and would probably cut it altogether when I start the Paleo diet next week, or at least severely restrict my consumption.

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on June 28, 2012
at 04:20 AM

It's more about "does dairy work for me?" instead of "is it allowed?" I think it's best to try it without and see how you feel. Then experiment with adding it back in and see how your own body handles it. Some of us use whey protein. Some prefer to just eat real food. The point is to find out what works best for your body and your goals and your lifestyle. Good luck with your first week!

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on November 10, 2011
at 03:29 AM

5.5TBS of Almond butter will give you about 20 grams total max of protein not 100. It would take about 25 Tablespoons to get 100 grams of protein out of almond butter. I wouldn't suggest actually doing that....

For more Paleo hacks: http://paleohacks.com/questions/76032/eating-a-1-2-jar-of-trader-joes-raw-almond-crunch-almond-butter#ixzz1dGmEiexF

Ba20b502cf02b5513ea8c4bb2740d8cb

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on November 13, 2011
at 09:21 AM

I'm mixing in whey protein, coconut milk, flax seed and some other stuff.

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on November 10, 2011
at 01:33 AM

Are these protein bars similar to the ones on MDA? http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-energy-bar-redux/ If so, they're going to contain a decent amount of polyunsaturated fat. Heck, they're going to just contain a lot of fat in general, between the nuts, nut butter, and coconut oil. If you want to keep eating this amount of nuts, I'd suggest making hazelnut butter (lower in pufas) instead of almond butter and using macadamias. Raw almonds are great, but getting them is tricky and expensive. I haven't been able to get my hands on them, so I try to limit my consumption of almond products (although, I have definitely downed 1/2 jar of TJ's crunchy almond butter in a sitting before!)

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on November 09, 2011
at 11:04 PM

It is a lot of PUFAs. Can you up they whey in the bars per tbsp almond butter? Or eat less of the bars and more meat?

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on November 10, 2011
at 01:32 AM

Use the coconut butter and mix it in with the almonds

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