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Almond Butter/Nut obsession... am I alone?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 30, 2013 at 5:09 AM

Seriously... I LOVE almond butter (raw), peanut butter(not paleo), pistachios, roasted almonds, raw almonds, basically ANY salted nut mix (macadamias, cashews, walnuts, etc), and ESPECIALLY on (not paleo) but gluten free bread, with bananas and dates. Sometimes honey. Literally... I would.live.off.of.these.foods.alone and isolate myself from the world... (I admit that that's a very weird thought... 0_o)

I would literally pick any of these over cookies, icecream etc. And I would eat them ALL THE TIME if I could. Is this an addiction? I would eat these foods and these foods ONLY, forever if it wouldn't put me at 3000-4000 calories a day, probably making me 5000 pounds. Breakfast lunch and dinner that would be me, jar of almond butter in the morning, 2 slices of GF bread with it, dates, and honey/and or bananas at lunch, and salted mixes for dinner. Obviously I don't do this, but it's actually my dream. I simply don't buy them because I simply cannot eat them in moderation no matter how hard I try. Does anyone else feel like this... or is it just me in this nut world/obsession? Do I need help? 0_o

**BTW i bought a magnesium supplement, and for a while it DID help, and yes my cravings are significantly lower... but I still find myself dreaming about them QUITE often, and still have the above mentioned fantasy.... #ILOVENUTS

**ALSO, what do you guys recommend for this problem? Should I avoid them completely forever...? because seriously I've tried cutting them out for a while, then reintroducing them and all that, and the same problem always occurs every time. I was thinking maybe having a day of ALL-NUTS, (like the breakfast, lunch, dinner, thing I said earlier) ONCE A MONTH.. as a compromise between eating them all the time and getting fat or never eating them? Is this bad? I would think that most I'd gain is 2 lbs, and I could burn that off easily through that month, until the next month. Or is that kind of binge behavior bad to encourage at all? Thoughts?

35ba1f50dad25c85ac1aa2599fe5c5cb

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on January 31, 2013
at 11:51 PM

Honestly? Would you really gain 10 lbs? Think about it. The amount of nut calories you'd need to put on 10 lbs would be 36 CUPS of macademia nuts or 22 CUPS of almond butter. Do you really think you could put away that much in 2-3 weeks in addition to your normal diet? Especially if you're not pairing them with gluten free bread, dates or bananas? I had a real problem with macademia nuts and I honestly still couldn't put away 6oz of them in a day when I tried to burn myself out.

C23148e16a4dd05351d1902a69097d65

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on January 31, 2013
at 03:31 AM

Huh wow thank you so much for sharing! And posting on here. I think this might be a good solution for me, and its good to hear that it works for someone else. I also think it'll be great for my mental health. thanks!!

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on January 31, 2013
at 01:55 AM

Haha I'm glad it was useful to you. Weight-wise, I'm in the small but unfortunate minority of people who are trying to gain weight so weight gain would be good news for me. I usually gain like 1-3 lbs but in a few days it's all gone so I'm assuming it's mostly water weight/bloat and the unusual volume of food. My weight fluctuates within a 5-lb range naturally and I've never had one cheat day put me outside of that normal day-to-day change.

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on January 30, 2013
at 10:44 PM

@greymouser, my apologies for misunderstanding. Care to clarify why you are demonizing peanut butter in particular so much (i know its not a nut butter and not paleo)? or if you can provide a link or something, im open to good info!

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on January 30, 2013
at 09:03 PM

@Amber I just want to reiterate to make it clear: nut butters are a fine sometimes food. Peanut butter is **not** a nut butter, is not paleo, and is not healthy. Summary: peanuts, bad; almonds cashews hazelnuts etc, good.

C23148e16a4dd05351d1902a69097d65

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on January 30, 2013
at 08:32 PM

Well I don't eat them daily!! thanks for the tip though. Still doesn't stop my nut problem :p, but maybe if I limit it all to once a month it'd be okay? Or maybe I am just lacking in good fats and if I increase my dietary fat from avocado, etc that those nut cravings will go away. I'll have to experiment I guess.

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on January 30, 2013
at 08:28 PM

huh never tried it! Thanks!

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at 08:27 PM

huh interesting idea! thanks. I'm not sure I feel like gaining 10 lbs right now though, because I would. haha but I think I'm gonna do my once a month idea for now. But if it ever gets really bad, I'll try this. thanks!!

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on January 30, 2013
at 06:51 PM

Oh, I can totally gobble walnuts. I believe I did it earlier this week, in fact.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on January 30, 2013
at 04:09 PM

@Amber In the grand scheme of things, white rice is not the worst thing you could eat, paleo or not. Granted, I suggest you avoid it. Peanuts are much more reactive than white rice (which, again, really has nothing going on for good or bad once the bran is stripped from it), and I feel strongly should be avoided. You may find that eating peanuts daily is actually much worse for you than, for e.g., really feeling like kung pao chicken one night dining out and having peanuts with just that meal.

C23148e16a4dd05351d1902a69097d65

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on January 30, 2013
at 04:06 PM

No even when eating a normal diet I crave them... but like a comment up above, maybe I just need a little more fat in my diet, and better macros for my food intake. I'm gonna try 25% carb, 15% protein, and 60% fat and see how I do.

C23148e16a4dd05351d1902a69097d65

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on January 30, 2013
at 04:05 PM

Yah I LOVE raw nuts. And walnuts are not my favorite either, I can stop pretty easily with those. But it just leaves a bad taste in my mouth and wanting something else...

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on January 30, 2013
at 04:03 PM

Hmmm that IS possible. But I just can't see how that could be true because I eat meat everyday (which has natural fat), cook my veggies in at least a T of coconut oil, put at least a T of fat on them after, and put a T of olive oil on my salads each day. Doesn't that seem like adequate fat?

C23148e16a4dd05351d1902a69097d65

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on January 30, 2013
at 03:59 PM

My bad, sorry about the peanut butter thing, believe me I DO realize that it is NOT paleo and not a nut but a bean, I was just on a rampage. THOUGH while I appreciate the comments, just like some people on here eat white rice, some eat peanut butter. I'd say those are the two paleo slips some people on here do, and I don't think it's a big deal when the rest of the diet being 98% paleo. It's better than doughnuts. BUT I do agree the PB thing should probs stop.. but its just so DAMN TASTY.

C23148e16a4dd05351d1902a69097d65

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on January 30, 2013
at 03:53 PM

we are the same!! haha thanks for advice on this. I really like the idea of throwing out everything I don't finish. That way, it's one day, and everything left over is gone and not there to tempt you. I especially like your last line "Either way, I'm at the point now (after ~6 months of doing this) where sometimes I skip a cheat day because I honestly don't want it, which makes me pretty pumped." That's awesome. Has your weight suffered at all?

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on January 30, 2013
at 02:55 PM

First, many people come here to learn ... about paleo. It is absolutely appropriate to warn someone that they are pretty much directly violating on of the core, simple "rules" (not that they are that many). Talking about peanut butter here makes as much sense as taking about cassava recipes on a low carb forum. Second, **PEANUT BUTTER IS NOT A NUT BUTTER.** Finally, you are inferring an attitude that I am not implying. The "WTF" was meant to show my surprise, not to castigate anyone. (I've updated my post to clearly illustrate my surprise.)

75d65450b6ff0be7b969fb321f1200ac

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on January 30, 2013
at 02:53 PM

Peanuts and peanut butter are delish but besides not being paleo they can be very problematic for many with bowel issues and autoimmune problems. Up vote for giving a thumbs down on peanut butter. There are better foods out there.

E9140ef0ca0a76ea14b9ebccad234608

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at 02:44 PM

not everyone on here is paleo.. Many people come here to simply learn , such as myself. what is with your attitude lol? who are you to tell someone else to not eat not butters if they enjoy it. your WTF comment belongs in a playground

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Abf0b6d5e20906f742fd600887292c15

on January 30, 2013
at 12:51 PM

You probably have a healthy fat deficiency, increase your intake of butter,coconut oil,olive oil,cocoa,lard etc. Nuts are too heavy on Omega 6 oils and they also contain antinutrients like phytic acid, so shouldn't be your primary fat source

C23148e16a4dd05351d1902a69097d65

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on January 30, 2013
at 04:03 PM

Hmmm that IS possible. But I just can't see how that could be true because I eat meat everyday (which has natural fat), cook my veggies in at least a T of coconut oil, put at least a T of fat on them after, and put a T of olive oil on my salads each day. Doesn't that seem like adequate fat?

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Fd7b128cf714044a86d8bd822c7a8992

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on January 30, 2013
at 02:45 PM

lol I have the same thing. I can put down 2,000 calories of mixed nuts at a sitting and be hunting around for more. I think it's the fatty/salty/crunchy combo.

Personally, I do find it helps to have a scheduled "binge day" (for me, this is anything I want, regardless of how Paleo it is or is not); it might be something worth trying, at least? If you're going to do it, my advice would be: pick a day when you don't have a hard workout scheduled (because you'll probably make yourself feel sick), and make sure you set strict boundaries in advance and throw out any food you haven't eaten before you're scheduled to stop (for example, I give myself 24 hours, from midnight to midnight, and at 11:30pm I throw out anything non-Paleo still in the house - at that point I feel kinda sick and gross so it's not hard to do but if I leave it till the next morning I'll wake up wanting to eat more).

It might not be the most psychologically healthy thing but I actually find that it's great for my mental health. I make myself super sick when I let myself cheat, so maybe now I just associate pizza etc. with feeling gross more, and I don't want it as much. Or maybe since I know that I can have those foods on my scheduled cheat day, I'm ok with holding off the rest of the time (as opposed to the panicky omg no more food I like EVER mode). Either way, I'm at the point now (after ~6 months of doing this) where sometimes I skip a cheat day because I honestly don't want it, which makes me pretty pumped.

C23148e16a4dd05351d1902a69097d65

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on January 30, 2013
at 03:53 PM

we are the same!! haha thanks for advice on this. I really like the idea of throwing out everything I don't finish. That way, it's one day, and everything left over is gone and not there to tempt you. I especially like your last line "Either way, I'm at the point now (after ~6 months of doing this) where sometimes I skip a cheat day because I honestly don't want it, which makes me pretty pumped." That's awesome. Has your weight suffered at all?

Fd7b128cf714044a86d8bd822c7a8992

(4292)

on January 31, 2013
at 01:55 AM

Haha I'm glad it was useful to you. Weight-wise, I'm in the small but unfortunate minority of people who are trying to gain weight so weight gain would be good news for me. I usually gain like 1-3 lbs but in a few days it's all gone so I'm assuming it's mostly water weight/bloat and the unusual volume of food. My weight fluctuates within a 5-lb range naturally and I've never had one cheat day put me outside of that normal day-to-day change.

C23148e16a4dd05351d1902a69097d65

(748)

on January 31, 2013
at 03:31 AM

Huh wow thank you so much for sharing! And posting on here. I think this might be a good solution for me, and its good to hear that it works for someone else. I also think it'll be great for my mental health. thanks!!

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35ba1f50dad25c85ac1aa2599fe5c5cb

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on January 30, 2013
at 05:32 PM

Honestly, when I've been caught up in a food obesession like that, I've found the best thing is just to burn it out. What I would do is to get rid of the GF bread and super high carb fruits (bananas & dates) and just eat a lot of nuts for a while, maybe 2 weeks. Have a serving serving of some protein for breakfast, lunch and dinner and a salad once a day, and then just eat a bunch of nuts until you get bored with them. Don't choose nuts with other flavors, just plain or salted, and knock yourself out. I promise you will get bored with them... I've done this with macademias and cashews both of which used to be a bit of a problem for me. I took all the limits off and after about a week or two, they got boring.

But this won't work if you're pairing them with a bunch of super high carb fruits and processed GF products. It's better if you really just focus on the nuts till you burn out.

C23148e16a4dd05351d1902a69097d65

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on January 30, 2013
at 08:27 PM

huh interesting idea! thanks. I'm not sure I feel like gaining 10 lbs right now though, because I would. haha but I think I'm gonna do my once a month idea for now. But if it ever gets really bad, I'll try this. thanks!!

35ba1f50dad25c85ac1aa2599fe5c5cb

(2485)

on January 31, 2013
at 11:51 PM

Honestly? Would you really gain 10 lbs? Think about it. The amount of nut calories you'd need to put on 10 lbs would be 36 CUPS of macademia nuts or 22 CUPS of almond butter. Do you really think you could put away that much in 2-3 weeks in addition to your normal diet? Especially if you're not pairing them with gluten free bread, dates or bananas? I had a real problem with macademia nuts and I honestly still couldn't put away 6oz of them in a day when I tried to burn myself out.

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C0ddf5f88d3d0cfab0c5d875b0eae9ec

on January 30, 2013
at 04:57 PM

Pumpkin seed butter is the best! Especially when grown in the USA

Pumpkin seed butter

C23148e16a4dd05351d1902a69097d65

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on January 30, 2013
at 08:28 PM

huh never tried it! Thanks!

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Abf0b6d5e20906f742fd600887292c15

on January 30, 2013
at 03:11 PM

If you're starving yourself on some crazy diet raw nuts will look VERY appealing

C23148e16a4dd05351d1902a69097d65

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on January 30, 2013
at 04:06 PM

No even when eating a normal diet I crave them... but like a comment up above, maybe I just need a little more fat in my diet, and better macros for my food intake. I'm gonna try 25% carb, 15% protein, and 60% fat and see how I do.

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Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on January 30, 2013
at 01:55 PM

peanut butter

WTF, I feel surprised as of late - it's like everyone here lately is talking about all the peanut butter they eat. Stop it with the peanut butter! It is absolutely not paleo. Especially if you distinguish gluten-free breads as non-paleo (when they technically may be made of paleo components).

E9140ef0ca0a76ea14b9ebccad234608

(615)

on January 30, 2013
at 02:44 PM

not everyone on here is paleo.. Many people come here to simply learn , such as myself. what is with your attitude lol? who are you to tell someone else to not eat not butters if they enjoy it. your WTF comment belongs in a playground

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on January 30, 2013
at 04:09 PM

@Amber In the grand scheme of things, white rice is not the worst thing you could eat, paleo or not. Granted, I suggest you avoid it. Peanuts are much more reactive than white rice (which, again, really has nothing going on for good or bad once the bran is stripped from it), and I feel strongly should be avoided. You may find that eating peanuts daily is actually much worse for you than, for e.g., really feeling like kung pao chicken one night dining out and having peanuts with just that meal.

E9140ef0ca0a76ea14b9ebccad234608

(615)

on January 30, 2013
at 10:44 PM

@greymouser, my apologies for misunderstanding. Care to clarify why you are demonizing peanut butter in particular so much (i know its not a nut butter and not paleo)? or if you can provide a link or something, im open to good info!

75d65450b6ff0be7b969fb321f1200ac

(2506)

on January 30, 2013
at 02:53 PM

Peanuts and peanut butter are delish but besides not being paleo they can be very problematic for many with bowel issues and autoimmune problems. Up vote for giving a thumbs down on peanut butter. There are better foods out there.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on January 30, 2013
at 09:03 PM

@Amber I just want to reiterate to make it clear: nut butters are a fine sometimes food. Peanut butter is **not** a nut butter, is not paleo, and is not healthy. Summary: peanuts, bad; almonds cashews hazelnuts etc, good.

C23148e16a4dd05351d1902a69097d65

(748)

on January 30, 2013
at 08:32 PM

Well I don't eat them daily!! thanks for the tip though. Still doesn't stop my nut problem :p, but maybe if I limit it all to once a month it'd be okay? Or maybe I am just lacking in good fats and if I increase my dietary fat from avocado, etc that those nut cravings will go away. I'll have to experiment I guess.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on January 30, 2013
at 02:55 PM

First, many people come here to learn ... about paleo. It is absolutely appropriate to warn someone that they are pretty much directly violating on of the core, simple "rules" (not that they are that many). Talking about peanut butter here makes as much sense as taking about cassava recipes on a low carb forum. Second, **PEANUT BUTTER IS NOT A NUT BUTTER.** Finally, you are inferring an attitude that I am not implying. The "WTF" was meant to show my surprise, not to castigate anyone. (I've updated my post to clearly illustrate my surprise.)

C23148e16a4dd05351d1902a69097d65

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on January 30, 2013
at 03:59 PM

My bad, sorry about the peanut butter thing, believe me I DO realize that it is NOT paleo and not a nut but a bean, I was just on a rampage. THOUGH while I appreciate the comments, just like some people on here eat white rice, some eat peanut butter. I'd say those are the two paleo slips some people on here do, and I don't think it's a big deal when the rest of the diet being 98% paleo. It's better than doughnuts. BUT I do agree the PB thing should probs stop.. but its just so DAMN TASTY.

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75d65450b6ff0be7b969fb321f1200ac

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on January 30, 2013
at 02:59 PM

Not sure why anyone would crave raw nuts, although salted nuts can be addictive for those who don't get enough salt (I find that going paleo has GREATLY reduced my salt intake; I have to be mindful of adding salt to meals). I actually find raw nuts to be a perfect snack food because, for myself, they are not addictive. I can nibble on large nuts, such as walnuts, very slowly and find myself satiated within a few minutes. I can't imagine gobbling down walnuts ... yuck!

_Lazza

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on January 30, 2013
at 06:51 PM

Oh, I can totally gobble walnuts. I believe I did it earlier this week, in fact.

C23148e16a4dd05351d1902a69097d65

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on January 30, 2013
at 04:05 PM

Yah I LOVE raw nuts. And walnuts are not my favorite either, I can stop pretty easily with those. But it just leaves a bad taste in my mouth and wanting something else...

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on January 30, 2013
at 05:40 AM

what a mildly phallic obsession

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