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How much nuts are okay?

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During my detox phase I really ate nuts like a maniac. Now my cravings are more controllable and at leats I imagine that they get fewer and fewer. Eating a huge and fatty breakfast and a huge lunch actually helps a lot even though it's not so nice to feel so stuffed. I think I'm down to about 50 gr of nuts a day and 4-5 teaspoons with almond and macadamia butter. But I guess it's still a bit too much. But what amount should I aim for. I just love nuts so much!

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That's the way I handle "trigger foods".... I just stop buying them.

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It's wonderful that a woman with a knowledge of how the female hormonal system has joined this community! I always feel lacking whenever a woman asks a question about this topic, because it's so complex and I don't live with it.

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on October 19, 2013
at 07:17 AM

It is delicious! I always have something to drink right after the almond butter. Also noticed that it keeps me much more full during the day. I actually mix it half almond butter half coconut oil most of the time. Macadamia butter are even more addictive!

Ohh my god my friends are just not getting this diet I'm on. It's so funny, I'm really a sugar rat by means, and white bread. They just cannot believe that I don't eat that anymore. Ate mostly healthy foods though, never been a fan of pizza or fast food burgers. A nice home made burger with guacamole and stuff is different, that I always loved but I can still have that if I ditch the bread. But even as a child I refused McDonalds and fast food, much more preferred meat with sauce and potatoes. Grew up on venison (deer and elk) since my dad was a huntsman. Ate like full grown man but were soo tiny, noone can blame my short length on not getting good food as a child :)

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on October 19, 2013
at 06:58 AM

I'm just starting to accept that I cannot handle having almond butter in my home. I tell myself I'll just have a tbsp, but that doesn't satisfy me at all. It's amazing how a slice of bacon can have under 50 calories and make me feel like I actually ATE something whereas I can just eat spoonful upon spoonful of almond butter and feel no satisfaction. But GOD IT"S DELICIOUS haha

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on October 19, 2013
at 07:35 AM

That's the way I handle "trigger foods".... I just stop buying them.

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on October 19, 2013
at 06:45 AM

@Supergirl,

I hadn't thought of that method! As long as you spray cold water on the nuts soon after boiling to prevent de-naturing the proteins, your method seems fine. Just keep in mind the recommended daily limit for O-6 fats.

Almond butter has about 2.2 mg of O-6 fats/tablespoon and about 100 calories. Personally, I can't keep the stuff in the house; I lose all control. If you're not tempted that way, then it's fine.

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on October 19, 2013
at 06:28 AM

If you have trouble with overeating nuts, I would recommend not keeping too many in the house until you get your nut eating under control.

How many you can eat depends on your activity level and how big you are.

When I was losing weight (220 lbs to 190 in about 7 months), at first I ate whatever slow carb (unrefined), mostly green veggies, nuts, fats, meat & no fruit, in any quantities.

Once I got to ~ 205, quantities mattered. Eating nuts without concern as to quantity caused me to plateau on fat loss. When I stopped overeating almonds & pistachios I began to lose fat again.

I did my fat loss with minimal exercise so I had to be more careful about overeating nuts.

My exercise was about an hour of walking, some self weight exercise and yard work once a week.

If I overeat nuts I can gain weight but I have a good idea on how many I can eat without packing on the weight.

I'm consistently in the 185 to 190 range and I know that too many nuts will make me gain so I self limit.

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on October 19, 2013
at 06:27 AM

So I wont distroy the benefits with almonds by boiling them quickly to peel the skin and then roast them on a low temp in the oven?

That's how I like my almonds best :P

How about almond butter, those nuts are already peeled before they make butter of them. Should I restrict that as well?

Thanks for all advise, I'm quite new to paleo. Know quite a lot about the body and it's functions and how hormones work. But the paleo aspekt of nutrition is quite new. Specially the anti infamatory part.

00cd3b6f51530a6832fcda1712edbec3

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on October 19, 2013
at 06:46 AM

It's wonderful that a woman with a knowledge of how the female hormonal system has joined this community! I always feel lacking whenever a woman asks a question about this topic, because it's so complex and I don't live with it.

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on October 19, 2013
at 06:19 AM

Nuts, in general, have a few problems:

  • Except for macadamias, nuts are high in inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids. From what I've read, you don't want to get more than 15 mg. of O-6 fats daily. Just 1 oz (28.5g) of almonds contains 22% of that daily allowance. Other nuts are much higher in O-6 fatty acids.
  • The skins of nuts contain a substance that prevents your body's protein enzymes from working. This is a self-preservation method by the parent tree to ensure that the nutrients required to grow a new tree stay intact until environmental conditions are right for growth.
  • The skins of nuts also contain phytates, which bind on contact with certain water-soluble minerals, such as magnesium and zinc, preventing your body from absorbing them.

You can de-activate the protein enzyme inhibitors by soaking the nuts in water overnight. That simulates the condition of rainfall, the key signal for the nut to grow. The soaking does nothing, however, about the phytates. To get rid of them, you must remove the skin from the nut.

Now, you have a very soggy, naked nut that you must dry to make it crunchy and tasty again, either in an over or a dehydrator. All that seems like a lot of work to me.

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on October 19, 2013
at 05:23 AM

Macadamia is my favorit, they are way to good. Luckily I don't have any problems affording good food. Here all eco food is very expensive. There's only one farm in Sweden breeding eco chicken for example. And such a chicken is almost $20 per kilo, whereas normal chicken is Max $5. Everything else is about twice the price of regular food. It's sad cause I can ser how some families would not be able to afford it even if should they be more aware of what they are eating.

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on October 18, 2013
at 10:08 PM

If you can afford it, try to stick to macadamia nuts with the occasional handful of almonds and 2-3 brazilnuts. Honestly, I think it's hard to overdo macadamia nuts as long as you feel physically okay. It's got almost zero PUFA or antinutrients. Almonds have plenty and brazilnuts are laden with them, but the added selenium makes 2-3 worth it.

TLDR: it depends on the nut. Lots of macadamia is okay. Pretty much zero peanut or walnut. Maybe a handful of almonds and 2-3 brazilnuts.

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