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I ate a jar of almond butter

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Created November 17, 2011 at 11:11 AM

Hi, I am 16 years old and have been following the paleo lifestyle for a year. After eating a 2 egg omlet for breakfast I was starving so broke into 1/3 jar of almond butter and mixed it with a tablespoon coconut manna, vanilla, cinnamon and a tablespoon coconut oil. What could this mean? Will that cause me to gain weight? Could I be deficient in some vitamin that my body is craving fat? It made me sick, my tongue is swollen. However I have a strange desire to do it again.

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Two eggs has just 12g of protein ... you might find adding more protein would help.

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on June 23, 2012
at 06:49 PM

50-100 grams a day of carbs is low carb.

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on November 19, 2011
at 11:14 AM

Ugh, hearing that my brain needed fat during my developing years just makes me curse the FDA's low-fat recommendations even harder. I never ate anything containing fat during from 15-17. I prepared all my meals and the steamer was my best friend. (Oh, also a vegetarian so it's not like I got any complete proteins or animal fat either - thank you American government for protecting your youth :/)

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on November 17, 2011
at 06:55 PM

Liking your responses lately Cliff!

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on November 17, 2011
at 05:36 PM

A post like the original one here makes me really worry about at the poster having at least the beginnings of an eating disorder -- undereating, binging, the extreme concern about the effects on weight of one incident, and the "strange desire" to do it again.

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on November 17, 2011
at 02:30 PM

It means your 16 years old and hungry. Kids your age need a lot of calories to support growth. I wouldn't worry about it, it sounds like a perfectly good snack.

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on November 17, 2011
at 01:05 PM

try adding some coconut milk in instead that will work also! I think you need more fat in there as well as your protein.

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on November 17, 2011
at 12:47 PM

2 eggs is like 140 calories. You need a substantial meal; 140 calories is not a meal! Try 4 eggs, some butter, a small piece of lean meat and a side of veggies next time.

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on November 17, 2011
at 12:30 PM

I don't tolerate milk well. I am only 5'2 and should I really need that much food?

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on November 17, 2011
at 12:09 PM

How many calories are you usually getting per day? The menu you listed below looks pretty sparse.

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on November 17, 2011
at 11:59 AM

Also I am not very low carb range from 50-100 grams a day

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on November 17, 2011
at 11:58 AM

That is just my breakfast, in addition to 2 tablespoons coconut oil, For lunch I tend to have steamed veggies, chicken, sausages or whatever is leftover for dinner For dinner I always have a sweet potato (1/2 medium) in addition to steak, sausage, ground beef or venison or buffalo or bison. I drink bone broth and water. I shouldn't still be hungry.

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on November 17, 2011
at 11:35 AM

My cravings went away immediately when ingesting a lot of coconut oil. I know not a lot of people are prepared to do that, but it really really works wonders. Maybe try the leptin reset?

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on November 17, 2011
at 11:31 AM

Yeah, but I was still starving afterwards and an hour later had to have lunch (2 burgers) and a salad.

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on November 17, 2011
at 11:27 AM

it means you like tasty things ;) Interested to see what others say. Not giving an answer, but some people feel more satiated by having a better mixed meal. Instead of eggs along try with some veg or some taters.

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on November 17, 2011
at 11:52 AM

I found going low carb very inducing to binge eating, especially with a lower meal frequency.

Once I ditched the whole "I shouldn't eat this and that" and finally gained some common sense and started increased my carbs with potatoes, rice and others, I left my cravings behind. No crazy binges on almond butter, no cravings for dark chocolate, nothing. Such peace of mind.

Still, one binge is nothing. Even if you were to do it 2 or 3 straight days it wouldn't make a difference, you'd gain some temporary false water weight and go back to your regular weight.

Conclusion
1. Up your carbs
2. More sensible meal-frequency*

*depends on your needs and activity, but I find 3 meals ok for most people, or 3-4, or more if you're pretty active. Lower frequency + low carb induces eating paranoia, disorder, and binges on me, and I suspect many other people.

P.S.: And by the way, what nourishment are you giving to your body with a 2 egg omelet only?

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on November 17, 2011
at 11:59 AM

Also I am not very low carb range from 50-100 grams a day

8487a2f7fb8be0a568275667af0794c8

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on November 17, 2011
at 11:58 AM

That is just my breakfast, in addition to 2 tablespoons coconut oil, For lunch I tend to have steamed veggies, chicken, sausages or whatever is leftover for dinner For dinner I always have a sweet potato (1/2 medium) in addition to steak, sausage, ground beef or venison or buffalo or bison. I drink bone broth and water. I shouldn't still be hungry.

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on June 23, 2012
at 06:49 PM

50-100 grams a day of carbs is low carb.

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on November 17, 2011
at 01:57 PM

your a growing child and you need a decent amount of calories(and more carbs imo). With what you describe you eat you could be eating as little as 1000 cals, I would aim for at least 1800-2000. Add some more coconut oil in each meal and eat a couple pieces of fruit.

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on November 17, 2011
at 06:55 PM

Liking your responses lately Cliff!

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on November 17, 2011
at 05:08 PM

Like others have said, you are still growing and developing. Your brain is still developing until about 21 years of age, and it needs plenty of fat to myelinate properly. If you still feel hungry after a meal, you are clearly not eating enough food at that meal, and I hear that you are feeling apprehensive about needing so much food when you're a small person, but it would behoove you to let go of that idea and allow yourself to eat as much food as you need right now(obviously I mean healthy food here) or it could affect so much later in life. As women in this society, we are given the message to underfeed ourselves in no uncertain terms to the detriment of our health...binging like you did on the almond butter is a very clear sign that your body is craving more food and if you try to deny your body what it needs, it will likely lead to more binging in your body's never ending attempt to prepare you for a long period of fertility and vibrant health. We as women are taught to ignore our body's clear communication, and need to teach it to ourselves again through awareness and vigilance.

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on November 17, 2011
at 05:36 PM

A post like the original one here makes me really worry about at the poster having at least the beginnings of an eating disorder -- undereating, binging, the extreme concern about the effects on weight of one incident, and the "strange desire" to do it again.

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on November 19, 2011
at 11:14 AM

Ugh, hearing that my brain needed fat during my developing years just makes me curse the FDA's low-fat recommendations even harder. I never ate anything containing fat during from 15-17. I prepared all my meals and the steamer was my best friend. (Oh, also a vegetarian so it's not like I got any complete proteins or animal fat either - thank you American government for protecting your youth :/)

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on November 18, 2011
at 08:22 PM

I agree with Krisha about the allergy and everyone else about the amount of food intake. My friend Kristy has been allergic to nuts for 10 years or so, and in the past year has become allergic to almonds and pretty much any kind of seed. She is sad and so am I cuz now I can't make delicious almondie treats for her to share. My point being that allergies can manifest as we age.

On the food quantity, I'm not going to tell you how much to eat, just to listen to your body. You're not a 'child' but you are still growing and developing. It's okay to be hungry sometimes (like when you're fasting) but if you're driven to gorge on what should be a condiment or treat after a regular breakfast then it's time to reavaluate. Consider adding an egg or two, and maybe a couple of links of breakfast sausages and some fruit. Add some good oils to your lunch and dinner. Plus I think 50 - 100 carbs a day is still considered pretty low carb. You might consider adding in a snack during the day and before bed that has protein/fat/carb.

Best of luck to you Chelsea.

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on November 17, 2011
at 12:26 PM

hungry? your breakfast was meager, so that's natural. Next time add a few more yolks and maybe some full fat milk.

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on November 17, 2011
at 01:05 PM

try adding some coconut milk in instead that will work also! I think you need more fat in there as well as your protein.

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on November 17, 2011
at 12:47 PM

2 eggs is like 140 calories. You need a substantial meal; 140 calories is not a meal! Try 4 eggs, some butter, a small piece of lean meat and a side of veggies next time.

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on November 17, 2011
at 12:30 PM

I don't tolerate milk well. I am only 5'2 and should I really need that much food?

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on June 23, 2012
at 06:13 PM

Is there something wrong with eating 1/3 jar of almond butter? Sounds like you have passed a strong judgement on yourself and are suffering the inevitable guilt from judging. Could you just be okay with eating the almond butter? It is not evil or junk food....at some times of the month we need more magnesium and different nutrients. Maybe you were filling that need. Just dont stew in the regret, that is far more hurtful to your body than the food was.

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on November 18, 2011
at 07:53 PM

I agree with everyone that you shouldn't worry too much about getting fat.

However, you said that you're tongue is swollen, and that you're craving it. You may be developing an allergy to it. A lot of people crave foods that they're allergic to, and a lot of people develop allergies around your age. When I was your age I suddenly became allergic to pineapples, out of the blue.

I've also recently become allergic to cashews. Before I started having severe enough reactions to them to realize it was an allergy, I used to crave them and eat large quantities of them. I think maybe when you eat a food you're slightly allergic to, your body kicks into high gear as your immune system overloads, and that feels like excitement, which makes you want to eat it more.

Also, eating a large amount of a specific food, especially something a lot of people are allergic to can actually provoke allergies (or so I'm told).

So, don't worry too much about how much you're eating, eat lots of good fat, etc, but maybe try not to eat so much of any particular allergen, and consider that you might have or might be developing a food allergy.

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on November 17, 2011
at 02:46 PM

I am no expert on calories or how much protein, fat, and carbs exactly you would need. But from what you are describing as your daily meals it sounds far too little food to me. I eat much more than that and I am a 52 year old female, 5'6" and more on the skinny side. You are still growing, maybe not in height anymore but in bones and general mass until you're 21, and your metabolism should be working much faster than mine. You are probably also more active than me (I'm pretty much a couch potato). If I had only 1/2 a potato next to some meat for dinner I'd be simply starving and not craving food (any kind) afterwards. Last night for example I had 1/2 pound of beef liver with 2 med-large potatoes and about a cup of apple sauce for dinner, and then a few snacks afterwards. If I eat eggs for breakfast I don't like more than two either but I always have something like bacon or berries or both to go with it. Lunch is usually big and now with cold weather approaching I'll eat more snacks throughout the day. I ate very low carb when I first went paleo but started to feel sicker and sicker after 2-3 months, I now eat alot more carbs than what would be considered strict paleo but I maintain my weight better and feel much better. I lost way too much weight when I was low carb. You need lots of good fats to feel satisfied and maybe like me much more safe carbs. And you definitely need more protein at your age than me. And another thing: Emptying a jar of almond or hazelnut butter with honey or fruit or whatever your personal crave food preference is absolutely no problem for me either. Which is why I restrict myself to buying two large jars of hazelnut butter per year and maybe even a small jar of non-paleo sunflower butter (because it's soooooo good). I then indulge in them and don't worry about it any further. It's not in my fridge the other 51 weeks of the year. I don't think that has anything to do with lack of certain nutrients but nut and seed butters are simply an addictive food because of their structure and feel in the mouth and flavor. Just like some people can't stop eating chocolate once they start. Eat lots of good paleo foods and don't buy almond butter, then you can't empty a jar in one sitting.

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on November 17, 2011
at 02:11 PM

At 16 years old, as long as you are eating whole Paleo preferred foods, eat if your body tells you to eat. Between puberty, much activity, crazy hormone stuff, you need good quality fuel. Throw some avocado in those eggs. Perhaps some of that leftover meat. Then, you won't need to scarf down a jar of almond butter.

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on November 18, 2011
at 08:27 PM

To me this says "not enough fat". I eat kind of like you, and am ravished sometimes until I eat something like bacon. Then I don't want to eat for many many hours afterwards.

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on November 18, 2011
at 02:42 AM

It means you were hungry. If it made you sick I wouldn't eat that again.

I am a tiny person and I eat 3000 cals+ per day. Some girls need to eat a lot! If you are hungry, eat real food. Don't be scared to eat more starch, fruit etc, I had ravenous hunger when I ate around 50g carbs per day, I need more than 100g.

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