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Bingeing on Nuts!

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Created January 12, 2011 at 7:11 PM

I cannot control myself around nuts. It makes no difference if they are raw, salted, unsalted, dry roasted -- all nuts cause me to binge out on them. I am thin and don't gain much weight from them other than a temporary pound or two but why would this paleo food cause this kind of reaction? Nuts are not satiating at all for me. I love all kinds but favor filberts, almonds, macadamias but all varieties including pecans, walnuts and the not really a nut, cashew, pistachios ALL cause me to binge until the package is finished. Same thing happens with pumpkin seeds. Do others have this problem? I have no other issues with paleo and have not eaten grains in years. Quitting dairy was not a problem either because cheese was another binge trigger so I just find it easier cutting it out . It's just these darn nuts and seeds that make me lose all control. Should I cut them out entirely?

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on May 30, 2014
at 02:46 AM

Anything too much is harmful. Nuts contain healthy fats that help fight colesterol and heart disease but overindulging in nuts also have adverse effects. Although nuts have high unsaturated fats which is good to lower cholesterol, it can still lead to weight gain. It can also lead to high BP when you eat too much of it seasoned with high level of salt. This link about why you shouldnt go nuts on nuts might help also. http://chriskresser.com/another-reason-you-shouldnt-go-nuts-on-nuts

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on July 31, 2012
at 09:13 AM

I have the exact same issue. When I open a package, it calls to me until it is gone. They will stall my weight loss, if I'm trying to lose.

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on December 16, 2011
at 12:26 PM

there's another thread in here that might help, re binges generally http://paleohacks.com/questions/83644/any-good-books-tips-on-binge-emotional-bored-over-eating/83724#83724

76c885d7d27e6c83542ea493ca866dcd

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on November 14, 2011
at 01:34 PM

I've stopped buying them as well. They're just to easy to grab a handful of. If I'm actually hungry, I'll go to the effort of cooking/heating meat, but nuts just make it way too easy to munch mindlessly.

Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

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on February 27, 2011
at 01:47 PM

I don't think it's the carbs... people aren't binging on potatoes. The op also said she was binging on cheese, was it from the carbs there too?

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

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on February 26, 2011
at 06:54 AM

I agree with you on many points that you made. Good luck overcoming your BED-COE! :)

05055dcbf12c81f1cce777ec365870af

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on February 02, 2011
at 02:00 AM

fat is definitely more satiating than carbs. try eating your actual required amount of fat calories and see if your body lets you binge on nuts, lol.

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

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on January 21, 2011
at 05:19 PM

Thank you for sharing with me, Sherpamelissa. :) It sounds like recovery was a multi-level process for you, as well. I eat pretty often, too, and I get anxious if I don't have "emergency food" on me. :P Usually I'm okay between breakfast and lunch (4-ish hours) but between lunch and dinner is when I consume most of my food, over the space of about 5 hours. It's just a weird fear of being hungry that I'm still trying to figure out. :) Feel free to email me as well! kazanoodle at gmail, or if you have FB, my link is on my profile. :)

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

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on January 21, 2011
at 02:01 PM

(cont) Then once I identified the binge, I had to identify the trigger. For me it was usually stress. Fighting with my husband, bad day at work, worrying about something... and then I had to learn to deal with the feelings and situation without food. For awhile, I actually replaced food with shopping, but I ran out of money. Heh. So, then I had to ACTUALLY deal with the feelings. I had some anti-anxiety meds for awhile, but they made me feel worse when I came down. The more I learned to deal with the stress the less often the binges happened. Email me! sherpamelissa at gmail dot com.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

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on January 21, 2011
at 01:59 PM

Hey Kaz, I did it in a lot of ways, I think. The first thing I had to do was eat more often. I know it's very non-Paleo, but I eat every 2-4 hours. If I get over hungry I make bad decisions. The next thing I worked on was identifying the binge behavior and acknowledging it. I would catch myself stuffing food in without really thinking about it, then I would text or call my trainer or one of my friends, something like "I'm eating too much, without thinking. Tell me to stop." but honestly, I never needed them to tell me to stop. It was the acknowlegement of doing it that was key.

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

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on January 21, 2011
at 05:06 AM

Just being nosy here, but how /did/ you overcome your binge eating? :)

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

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on January 21, 2011
at 05:05 AM

Sounds like we have a lot in common, Sherpamelissa. :) I used to binge on my bf's granola and frozen French toast sticks and it was his /breakfast/ for crying out loud. I can't just tell him to stop eating breakfast! Either way, I had to face the temptation daily and finally taught myself that if I want to eat something, I need to eat it boldly, and if possible, in front of people. It helps take away the concept of "cheating" (a phrase that irks the heck out of me) if you're doing it in public, without shame. :)

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

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on January 21, 2011
at 02:22 AM

I do better surrounded by the temptation too. I constantly hear advice to throw away any trigger foods, but it doesn't work for me because my family doesn't have food issues, so I can't expect them to throw out their treats. I had to learn to deal with them.

E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

(15613)

on January 20, 2011
at 10:01 AM

..And I don't think fibre is particularly sating either. It can fill you up in the short term, making it uncomfortable to eat (as can gallons of water), but it can still leave you weak and starving for food, even if you can't face eating anything else. And re. satisfaction, I think high carbs produce this sensation especially (e.g. a huge bowl of fast-digesting pasta), but even here there's a difference in the satiety you feel a couple of hours later from carbs versus fat in my experience, simply because fat is slower digesting.

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on January 20, 2011
at 09:59 AM

..And I don't think fibre is particularly sating either. It can fill you up in the short term, making it uncomfortable to eat (as can gallons of water), but it can still leave you weak and starving for food, even if you can't face eating anything else.

E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

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on January 20, 2011
at 09:55 AM

I didn't say above that fat is more satiating than carbs, I discussed whether MUFA or SFA are more satiating that PUFA and said that I don't find macadamia nuts at all satiating (and find butter more so). I've said before on here that actually I don't find fat particularly sating (apart from MCT), only protein, but I think both of us are in a minority position with this opinion. Even if fat is relatively neutral with regards to satiety, I still wouldn't be surprised if carbohydrate (perhaps just fructose) is uniquely hunger-stimulating...

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on January 20, 2011
at 03:21 AM

@Stephen A. Thanks. In my "pre-Paleo days," the binge could happen, mostly due to a poor relationship with food. Today, it is impossible for me to binge after eating big portions of steak as you suggested to a Paleo newbie recently.

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on January 20, 2011
at 12:35 AM

The addictiveness may be created by the pleasure attained by eating them. Yes, people do indeed lose control, but nuts do not contain truly addictive substances like those found in heroin. You don't ever see someone barely functional or aggressive without their cashew "fix". They do often contain salt, or flavorings. I think if anything, it is more a case of "this tastes good, more more more!"

8287c6ddae0d78eae0a09fdd5999617c

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on January 20, 2011
at 12:30 AM

I don't think fat is any more "satiating" than carbs. What is satiating is protein and fiber. If people think they feel "satiated" after a high-fat, low-protein meal, it may just be "satisfaction".

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

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on January 20, 2011
at 12:05 AM

make it a question! id love to read theories.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

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on January 20, 2011
at 12:04 AM

edited to english.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

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on January 20, 2011
at 12:03 AM

this right here. Upvote it more.

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on January 13, 2011
at 08:47 AM

Ok so you like eating nuts, start buying small packages and try to eat them slightly less frequently.

0d2dec01a5ed9363a9915e111ae13f7e

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on January 12, 2011
at 09:28 PM

I've got a two year old bag of whole pecans and more or less given up on them. Too lazy.

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on January 12, 2011
at 08:56 PM

I'm trying to cut them out for similar reasons.

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072fd69647b0e765bb4b11532569f16d

(3717)

on January 13, 2011
at 03:40 AM

Whenever I binge on something, it generally means that I have let myself get calorie deficient on the "good" stuff. If you are thin and not satietiated by nuts, I would suggest you might need to increase your intake of meat and vegetables at your regular meals instead of going to the nuts as snacks, etc.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22923)

on January 20, 2011
at 12:03 AM

this right here. Upvote it more.

072fd69647b0e765bb4b11532569f16d

(3717)

on January 20, 2011
at 03:21 AM

@Stephen A. Thanks. In my "pre-Paleo days," the binge could happen, mostly due to a poor relationship with food. Today, it is impossible for me to binge after eating big portions of steak as you suggested to a Paleo newbie recently.

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0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

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on January 12, 2011
at 07:41 PM

If you don't choose to stop eating nuts you could try buying some unshelled nuts such as almonds or hazelnuts and some nutcrakers. I would guess that most people would get bored of cracking nuts before they overeat them.

I have been doing this lately as shops here traditionally sell unshelled nuts around Christmas time. Particularly almonds can be a right pain to get out of their shells. 10 minutes work will yield about 25 almonds or about 1 ounce.

Personally I find nuts quite filling.

0d2dec01a5ed9363a9915e111ae13f7e

(4583)

on January 12, 2011
at 09:28 PM

I've got a two year old bag of whole pecans and more or less given up on them. Too lazy.

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E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

(15613)

on January 12, 2011
at 07:30 PM

Binging on nuts, nut butters and seeds is discussed here and in the comments. The explanation may lie in the fact that in a paleo context we would rarely have had opportunity to eat large amounts of nuts or seeds, rather they'd be a scarce, seasonal resource and requiring quite a lot of efforts to crack the shells for limited reward. We'd thus need quite an incentive to get us to bother to make use of this energy source. What the mechanism for them not being satiating might be I don't know, however. I've seen various people claim anecdotally that it's MUFA (oleic acid) or SFA that is satiating, rather than PUFA, but not come across anything that confirms this. It's possible that you find any source of more or less pure fat as easy to eat, it's just that nuts are tastier than lumps of butter (arguably). I must confess I don't find macadamia nuts particularly satiating either.

8287c6ddae0d78eae0a09fdd5999617c

(2581)

on January 20, 2011
at 12:30 AM

I don't think fat is any more "satiating" than carbs. What is satiating is protein and fiber. If people think they feel "satiated" after a high-fat, low-protein meal, it may just be "satisfaction".

E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

(15613)

on January 20, 2011
at 09:59 AM

..And I don't think fibre is particularly sating either. It can fill you up in the short term, making it uncomfortable to eat (as can gallons of water), but it can still leave you weak and starving for food, even if you can't face eating anything else.

E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

(15613)

on January 20, 2011
at 09:55 AM

I didn't say above that fat is more satiating than carbs, I discussed whether MUFA or SFA are more satiating that PUFA and said that I don't find macadamia nuts at all satiating (and find butter more so). I've said before on here that actually I don't find fat particularly sating (apart from MCT), only protein, but I think both of us are in a minority position with this opinion. Even if fat is relatively neutral with regards to satiety, I still wouldn't be surprised if carbohydrate (perhaps just fructose) is uniquely hunger-stimulating...

E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

(15613)

on January 20, 2011
at 10:01 AM

..And I don't think fibre is particularly sating either. It can fill you up in the short term, making it uncomfortable to eat (as can gallons of water), but it can still leave you weak and starving for food, even if you can't face eating anything else. And re. satisfaction, I think high carbs produce this sensation especially (e.g. a huge bowl of fast-digesting pasta), but even here there's a difference in the satiety you feel a couple of hours later from carbs versus fat in my experience, simply because fat is slower digesting.

05055dcbf12c81f1cce777ec365870af

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on February 02, 2011
at 02:00 AM

fat is definitely more satiating than carbs. try eating your actual required amount of fat calories and see if your body lets you binge on nuts, lol.

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on January 19, 2011
at 08:35 PM

As someone with some severe compulsive reactions to some foods, I'd say dump the nuts as a snack food. I can't keep away from them if they're around, so I just keep some unroasted nuts in the freezer for when I want to use a few in cooking or make non grain "energy" bars. If you keep trying the same thing over and over, expecting the results to change and suffering the consequences of them not, it's time to change the behavior.

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Cfccbcf3450ac4919311ded8ef162d49

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on January 12, 2011
at 10:09 PM

Guilty! My only solution is not to buy nuts or to buy them very sparingly

2
7e038ec055ccb5ddea05e307f8121e4f

on February 26, 2011
at 06:42 AM

I'm in 12 Step recovery from compulsive eating - binge eating disorder. The theory is that for some of us we have a physically abnormal response to certain foods which results in a mental obsession so we literally cannot have just one. The only thing that I've found to work for me in that situation is to entirely avoid the food. After all, if I do have a physically abnormal response then it's probably not doing my body a lot of good.

However, giving up a whole food source is a bit radical. And, in my case at least, impossible unless I'm certain that the particular food is not compatible with my body. In a weight obsessed culture we often try to limit high fat foods and so develop a mental obsession with them via that route. To be sure that I genuinely had a physical problem with the food I would first do what has been suggested here and allow unlimited access to the food. Within a month it's probably be pretty clear to me whether the mental obsession - and resultant bingeing! - was easing or in fact getting worse.

Experimenting is the key to knowing what's best for your particular body.

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

(5227)

on February 26, 2011
at 06:54 AM

I agree with you on many points that you made. Good luck overcoming your BED-COE! :)

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90fc4f1e94bab32e4fbab7468e3cecb5

on January 21, 2011
at 01:12 AM

No matter what I do, I binge on cashews when I have them. I love them! On almonds, or pistachios, I'm fine -- but cashews not only get me to binge, but they also cause weight loss stalling. What do I do? I stop buying them! :)

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Bd271299b2d4d9b2e3da9c252fef058c

on January 19, 2011
at 01:50 PM

YES! Nuts are my heroin. I've found that 'out of sight, out of mind' is the best approach for me. But in the same way that sugar is addictive, if I eat nuts I continue to crave them for a few days. I am super lectin-sensitive and have wondered for a while if lectin sensitivity creates a sort of addiction? Any thoughts on that?

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

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on January 20, 2011
at 12:05 AM

make it a question! id love to read theories.

8287c6ddae0d78eae0a09fdd5999617c

(2581)

on January 20, 2011
at 12:35 AM

The addictiveness may be created by the pleasure attained by eating them. Yes, people do indeed lose control, but nuts do not contain truly addictive substances like those found in heroin. You don't ever see someone barely functional or aggressive without their cashew "fix". They do often contain salt, or flavorings. I think if anything, it is more a case of "this tastes good, more more more!"

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on November 14, 2011
at 04:11 AM

"I can't control myself."

I have said that. I no longer believe myself when I say that, though.

Now I say things like, "I didn't control myself last night." Sometimes I ask: "I wonder what was going on last night?"

Nuts, alcohol, sex, gambling, caffeine, approval.

We all have something. Against the allure of which. We might. Sometimes. Believe.

We are powerless.

Except.

We aren't. Not really.

Though I sometimes tell myself...

I am.

Go figure.

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Da3d4a6835c0f5256b2ef829b3ba3393

on November 14, 2011
at 12:49 AM

Nuts get me like that, too. I've stopped buying them and they're not in the house at the present. We'll get some again, but we've stopped for the past 3-4 weeks.

Until we stopped getting them, I was having 4 handfuls/day on average. I'd buy bulk amounts of unsalted mixed nuts and mix them with 90% chocolate bits. Like crack, I imagine! I couldn't stop.

76c885d7d27e6c83542ea493ca866dcd

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on November 14, 2011
at 01:34 PM

I've stopped buying them as well. They're just to easy to grab a handful of. If I'm actually hungry, I'll go to the effort of cooking/heating meat, but nuts just make it way too easy to munch mindlessly.

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on February 02, 2011
at 01:08 AM

I have to avoid ALL nuts most days because they end up being like that potato chip commercial (whichever one it is). "Bet you can't eat just one!"

When I go for a handful, it ends up being three handfuls.

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71f4359bad2daf258ad18481f60929af

on January 21, 2011
at 01:43 PM

Nuts do have considerable carbs, and your body is probably going crazy over it because it lost all its other carb sources. I noticed the same reaction with me, I just decided to cut it out for now because I cannot control myself.

Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

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on February 27, 2011
at 01:47 PM

I don't think it's the carbs... people aren't binging on potatoes. The op also said she was binging on cheese, was it from the carbs there too?

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74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

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on January 21, 2011
at 02:09 AM

Do you deny yourself nuts, as a general rule?

Back when nuts/seeds/nutbutters were 'forbidden' foods to me, every time I got my hands on some nuts (ahem) I'd binge on them. Now that I permit myself to eat them whenever I crave/want them, I don't binge on them anymore.

Honestly, I have limited willpower and there's only so many times I can tell myself 'no' before I snap and go crazy on whatever food I'm denying myself.

So yes, I permit myself free reign around nuts -- which might be a bit much for some -- but if they're always in the house, they're no longer a 'forbidden treat' and the novelty wears off fast. I went from eating 1/4-1/2 cup of nutbutter a day to maybe a tablespoon or two whenever I fancy it, which may not even be every day. :)

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

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on January 21, 2011
at 05:06 AM

Just being nosy here, but how /did/ you overcome your binge eating? :)

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

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on January 21, 2011
at 05:19 PM

Thank you for sharing with me, Sherpamelissa. :) It sounds like recovery was a multi-level process for you, as well. I eat pretty often, too, and I get anxious if I don't have "emergency food" on me. :P Usually I'm okay between breakfast and lunch (4-ish hours) but between lunch and dinner is when I consume most of my food, over the space of about 5 hours. It's just a weird fear of being hungry that I'm still trying to figure out. :) Feel free to email me as well! kazanoodle at gmail, or if you have FB, my link is on my profile. :)

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 21, 2011
at 02:22 AM

I do better surrounded by the temptation too. I constantly hear advice to throw away any trigger foods, but it doesn't work for me because my family doesn't have food issues, so I can't expect them to throw out their treats. I had to learn to deal with them.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 21, 2011
at 01:59 PM

Hey Kaz, I did it in a lot of ways, I think. The first thing I had to do was eat more often. I know it's very non-Paleo, but I eat every 2-4 hours. If I get over hungry I make bad decisions. The next thing I worked on was identifying the binge behavior and acknowledging it. I would catch myself stuffing food in without really thinking about it, then I would text or call my trainer or one of my friends, something like "I'm eating too much, without thinking. Tell me to stop." but honestly, I never needed them to tell me to stop. It was the acknowlegement of doing it that was key.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 21, 2011
at 02:01 PM

(cont) Then once I identified the binge, I had to identify the trigger. For me it was usually stress. Fighting with my husband, bad day at work, worrying about something... and then I had to learn to deal with the feelings and situation without food. For awhile, I actually replaced food with shopping, but I ran out of money. Heh. So, then I had to ACTUALLY deal with the feelings. I had some anti-anxiety meds for awhile, but they made me feel worse when I came down. The more I learned to deal with the stress the less often the binges happened. Email me! sherpamelissa at gmail dot com.

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

(5227)

on January 21, 2011
at 05:05 AM

Sounds like we have a lot in common, Sherpamelissa. :) I used to binge on my bf's granola and frozen French toast sticks and it was his /breakfast/ for crying out loud. I can't just tell him to stop eating breakfast! Either way, I had to face the temptation daily and finally taught myself that if I want to eat something, I need to eat it boldly, and if possible, in front of people. It helps take away the concept of "cheating" (a phrase that irks the heck out of me) if you're doing it in public, without shame. :)

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Medium avatar

on January 19, 2011
at 04:44 PM

I totally have treated nuts the way other people treat potato chips (those who eat bags at a time, I mean). Judging from what I've read on this site and from years of discussing food/nutrition with other people from myriad nutritional vantage points, the nut binge syndrome does indeed seem common. Like others who have responded, I simply do not buy them, even in small quantities, to consume as a standalone food.

I do, however, sometimes cook with nuts; nuts enrich myriad recipes, especially for soups and vegetable dishes. If you can stop looking at nuts as a stand alone food to pop in handfuls, you can still enjoy that yummy nutty flavor and avoid going overboard.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on January 12, 2011
at 07:21 PM

same thing here: i've been 'binging' on them... until i didn't have them: if they are something that makes you lose control, don't keep them around you, or yourself around them

ps: here is the ultimate ('ultimately' tasty i would say ) way of 'nutness': a nut omelet: take some 3 eggs to 100 grams of macadamia (or any other nut), blend them together until nuts are dissolved, and then nuke the mix in the microwave oven

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Eafee106d73d49bdaec8cb3dae41d514

on January 12, 2011
at 07:17 PM

If you really feel that you have a problem, then you can give them up, no problem.

What I'd ask myself if I were you is how you feel otherwise. If it isn't making you feel sick and you aren't worried about temporary weight gain, then I wouldn't worry too much about it.

I would maybe try eating something good and satiating first and then go for the nuts if you want them.

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Ced9f3ca4e392c50409b7be625a61919

on May 28, 2014
at 07:27 AM

People love nuts. I find them super good too.

But they have to go.

Eat some tinned herring or a steak instead.

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on May 25, 2014
at 04:27 PM

How about getting your Nut fix from Tiger Nuts?

You see Tiger Nuts are NOT NUTS, but a tuber, and that makes them vegan, they are also Gluten free, Dairy Free, High in Fiber (33%) Low in Calories and Fats, High in Nutrition and taste great too!

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e-mail us at [email protected] to see if there is a store near you!

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on February 26, 2013
at 04:14 PM

Nut binges happen for different reasons for different people. I never ate nuts until I started the Zone 12 yrs. ago. Sears recommends adding almonds to balance out fat-free protien, or evoo. For an overweight person like I used to be, this would lead to nut binges-esp. after drinking. Having switched to paleo, i realize that nuts are a "sometimes" food, esp. if binges have been in your past. They are salty, crunchy, fatty, have awesome mouth feel. What's not to want or binge about that? But, would we now eat a bag of Doritos?

My biggest complaint of the Zone is the fat-free, or low-fat protien dogma......

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7afda9777e168e4d402a171f3d214cbe

on February 26, 2013
at 01:47 PM

I CRAVE THEM DAILY, I OVER EAT THEM DAILY, IM ADDCTED AND IM NOT LOSING WEIGHT, I AM GAINING BUT NOT AS RAPID AS I WOULD EATING SUGAR/CARB JUNK. NUTS ARE TRIGGERS, IM NOT GOING TO HAVE ANY QUICK SNACK FOOD TO EAT. I COULD EAT MORE MEAT BUT IM NOT A HUGE MEAT EATER. I DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO.

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on January 13, 2013
at 08:31 PM

I have a nut binge story of my own that I hope is helpful to you:

This past summer, I also experienced crazy nut binges. Earlier in 2012, when I first went paleo, I was VLC. I needed this because I had 25-30 pounds of fat to lose from my 5'1" frame. I experienced no nut cravings for the first 3 or 4 months as I was losing weight. However, once I achieved a low body fat rapidly, I began to experience intense nut cravings. I could not have a handfull of nuts or a scoop of almond or sunflower butter without going wild and killing the whole thing. This continued for about six months. I was training hard, running intervals about 4 times a week and doing long crossfit-style bodyweight exercises and kettlebell exercises. All of the calories from the nuts added up, and I gained back some of the weight. Every subsequent attempt to go VLC failed. I would binge on nuts every time. Finally, a couple of weeks ago, I decided to add a small-to-moderate amount of paleo starches to my diet. I couldn't personally do fructose. I had an apple and got a sugar headache and crash, finding myself hungry within an hour. However, I found bananas, sweet potatoes, and chestnuts to be successful. I still keep carbs under or very close to 100g per training day. I found that coupled with a zone-style meal with protein and fats, I was fuller longer and no longer craving nuts. I can now eat a scoop of almond or sunflower butter on my banana and be satisfied.

At the end of the day, everyone is different, but this is what has worked for me. Adding a little bit of safe starches prevented the thousands of calories worth of nut binges. I hope this helps! :)

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on July 31, 2012
at 07:59 AM

That's just plain nuts.

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on July 31, 2012
at 07:22 AM

I too eat nuts until I feel ill. I used to binge on sweet things but now I binge on nuts instead as I don't eat grains, dairy or fruit.

I eat heaps of fat in my diet and get more than enough calories for my size and activity level, but nuts, especially cashews send off a major eating frenzy for me.

I don't know if this is a clue, but I have been doing hydrogen/methane tests for malabsorption of FODMAPS this week and was not allowed any nuts. I felt completely fine and did not crave the nuts that were in the house much. Then today I did the fructose test where I drank the concentrated fructose solution and then breathed into special bags for three hours. Afterwards, despite feeling sick as a dog I relented to a massive craving for dried figs and cashews and ate a whole packet of both.

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on June 18, 2012
at 11:18 PM

I too am a nut binger. I'm 99.5% per Paleo, have very low body fat for a 46 year old and ride bikes competitively.

Should I even be worried about eating too many nuts? The old body is telling me something. Also, the urge to eat them seems to come on in the evening after I've eaten dinner.

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on June 18, 2012
at 01:13 AM

I believe this is a sign of a copper deficiency. How long has this been going on?

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on December 24, 2011
at 12:36 AM

Just had 200gr of roasted macadamias and had 0 exercise. I had abstained from them for 1 month and only now do I remember the reason why....1000 extra calories I didn't need :( but they were goooooood!!!!!!!!

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on December 16, 2011
at 06:29 AM

Who'd have thunk there would be a blog for Paleo Hacks who binge on Nuts.

After a day of exercise, work and regular well balanced Paleo food including a big dinner at night, I finally sit down to relax. That's when I usually start eating raw nuts. I'm hopeless. If only I could stop at 4 handfulls.

No guys this serious, sometimes I only stop when I'm in physical pain or asleep or both. If I didn't have them I would binge on something else, probably far worse for me.

I think we could be onto something with the carbs in nuts that's setting me off or maybe the problem is psycological. If I'm busy on a physical project, food (even nuts) are the last thing on my mind. But at 59, maybe I'm too grumpy, indifferent or poor to be passionate enough about anything to drag myself away from the Television and NUTS.

Giving up Dairy and Grains was easy, lots of Meat and Veg, whenever I'm hungry or every 3 to 4 hours (even easier) But nuts.........I can see the autopsey report now: "A Muscular, Healthy looking 60 year old who appears to have been stuffed with 2KG of assorted, semi-digested, mixed nuts"

Paul Pav.

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on December 16, 2011
at 12:26 PM

there's another thread in here that might help, re binges generally http://paleohacks.com/questions/83644/any-good-books-tips-on-binge-emotional-bored-over-eating/83724#83724

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on November 13, 2011
at 07:20 PM

I'm the same way; it's good to see people in the same boat, I've a pantry filled with TJ's Raw Crunchy Almond Butter. Yeah it's gluten free, and yeah it's got a good carb/fiber ratio (and a good amount of protein) but it's a calorie dense food that's high in omega 6 (PUFAs are scary in this stuff) but if I'm going to have a vice I would have to say that TJ's Raw Crunchy Almond Butter is a lesser evil.

I can think of thousands of different foods, and vices that are 10x's worse for you but to have a chink in my armor of normally clean eating I don't think Almond Butter is too bad.

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on February 27, 2011
at 03:35 AM

Are you getting enough fat in your diet? Nuts have fairly high fat content. Maybe your body's really just craving fat?

I've also read that upping fat intake can help eliminate sugar cravings. Maybe it could work for nut cravings as well?

Also, what do you usually snack on? If you've given up a lot of your favourite snacks in order to be paleo, then maybe you're just overindulging because it's "paleo-approved"? Maybe find some alternative snacks to replace the nuts. Or, maybe increasing fat in your diet, or how much you eat in general will make you less likely to even want to snack?

Nuts are high in Omega 6, so it's good that you're trying to get to the bottom of this..

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on January 21, 2011
at 01:00 AM

Everyone reacts differently to food. The mere fact that they cause you to "binge" seems to indicate a significant insulin response (like eating carbs).

I have a similar reaction. I eat them in moderation and under very controlled conditions (I set aside my portion before I have the first nut!). Also, out of sight seems to help keep them out of mind.

For example, yesterday I had a small portion of salted macadamia nuts and was dieing for more. Today, I am making a point to not eat a single nut all day.

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on January 12, 2011
at 08:55 PM

are you willing to soak the nuts?

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on January 20, 2011
at 12:04 AM

edited to english.

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on January 12, 2011
at 07:28 PM

I keep such obsessive control over my diet that I am not similarly afflicted, but I still don't bother eating nuts because I don't see the value in them. I may add some walnuts back in at some point, though.

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