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Nuts spur me on to binge eating. I feel kindof addicted sometimes.

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Created August 10, 2012 at 10:30 PM

I grab a handful of almonds, I decide to grab another, and another, and another...15 minutes later i'm eating 3 bananas and 2 sweet potatoes and 5 eggs....

Does anybody else have this same experience with nuts or is it just me?

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on September 27, 2012
at 10:44 PM

Amy B. I agree. I eat nuts but not in large quantities...and I go through phases. I only think they are a problem because people do seem to binge on them a lot. It takes me about 6 months to get through a jar of almond butter.

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on September 27, 2012
at 10:26 PM

they are too delicious. it's a problem especially when combined with chocolate.

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

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on September 27, 2012
at 09:31 PM

I wouldn't say they're "one of the worst options," but I do agree that there are more nutritious ways to get fats and minerals. That being said, nuts & nut butters are only iffy in the context of Paleo b/c of these very issues -- addiction/portion control. They're just too damn easy to binge on is all. (Even with the whole n-6 issue, it's only a big deal when we get into *quantity* problems.)

B442730f74eed4f00b7d6027a7109977

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on August 12, 2012
at 01:00 PM

I just tossed a nearly full container of nut butter because I felt I had little to no control over myself when I started to eat it. Also it was giving me acne so that helped

0b4326a4949718451a8571b82558dc10

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on August 11, 2012
at 07:12 PM

yeah i agree...I have a problem with binging. Nuts seem to make it worse for some reason..probably cause they're so convenient.

016de26fe61daf799662d3b7b2468324

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on August 11, 2012
at 11:27 AM

No, I can easily eat just 10 or 12 nuts and be satisfied. But potatoes, yes. I will eat everything in site if I have any potatoes. So weird.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on August 11, 2012
at 07:55 AM

shred it cole slaw

84852b74f4c8085276a3773de3518c2e

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on August 11, 2012
at 05:15 AM

Same here; pretty easy to put these away; specially while distracted (tv, internet etc)

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on August 11, 2012
at 03:00 AM

I personally hate roasted and salted nuts. I only eat raw - I prefer the taste. So... it cannot be the perfect mix of salt and crunchiness.

0b4326a4949718451a8571b82558dc10

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on August 10, 2012
at 11:48 PM

i take a multivitamin with iodine...but who knows how well that's absorbed.

0b4326a4949718451a8571b82558dc10

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on August 10, 2012
at 11:46 PM

iodine deficiency maybe? the nuts i buy aren't salted...but maybe i'm subconsciously looking for salt?

C8b2136ef95ba6aac211825ff38cc0e9

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on August 10, 2012
at 11:36 PM

I think you are hungry.

0b4326a4949718451a8571b82558dc10

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on August 10, 2012
at 11:34 PM

very active...Fast food employee, heavy lifting 3X a week, Intense cardio once or twice a week...5 mile run once a week.

0b4326a4949718451a8571b82558dc10

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on August 10, 2012
at 10:58 PM

Lets declare a war on nuts!

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on August 10, 2012
at 10:51 PM

Well un-brainwash yourself, Sport.You don't need them. They're healthy in the context of a low fat diet, but only because they're a source of a natural fat- that is all. In the context of moderate fat, paleo diet,they're one of the worst options. Wild fish, sardines, pastured eggs, leaner cuts of grass fed ruminants, and shellfish are where the good stuff is at. I eat chicken breast and almonds/avocado too, but only about 1x per week.I'd probably be better off without em, but a chicken breast and a sweet potato with a schmear of almond butter is a 1/week treat, not a staple.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on August 10, 2012
at 10:49 PM

Well un-brainwash yourself, Sport.You don't need them. They're healthy in the context of a low fat diet, but not in healthy in the context of a diet simply because they're a source of a natural fat- that is all. In the context of moderate fat, paleo diet,they're one of the worst options. Wild fish, sardines, pastured eggs, leaner cuts of grass fed ruminants, and shellfish are where the good stuff is at. I eat chicken breast and almonds/avocado too, but only about 1x per week.I'd probably be better off without em, but a chicken breast and a sweet potato shmeared with is a 1x/week treat.

0b4326a4949718451a8571b82558dc10

(2349)

on August 10, 2012
at 10:42 PM

i'm home from college right now and living with my parents who always have a healthy supply..I try not taking the first handful sometimes. But I'm so brainwashed about how healthy almonds are. I decide maybe one handful won't hurt.....and then i'm off.

0b4326a4949718451a8571b82558dc10

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on August 10, 2012
at 10:39 PM

haha "gateway food"...i like it

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089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

(5635)

on September 27, 2012
at 11:09 PM

i used to have a binigng problem with nuts, mainly marcona almonds. i overcome binging through therapy because it's all about self-control, not the food. i had also binged on other things, but nuts was always a huge trigger for me.

now, i usually just have 10 at a time or a little nut butter and feel satisfied.

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A3a4696c919e916ec971691559e9c942

(2043)

on August 10, 2012
at 10:35 PM

Nuts are a gateway food for me. Even worse....nut butters.

84852b74f4c8085276a3773de3518c2e

(30)

on August 11, 2012
at 05:15 AM

Same here; pretty easy to put these away; specially while distracted (tv, internet etc)

0b4326a4949718451a8571b82558dc10

(2349)

on August 10, 2012
at 10:39 PM

haha "gateway food"...i like it

B442730f74eed4f00b7d6027a7109977

(100)

on August 12, 2012
at 01:00 PM

I just tossed a nearly full container of nut butter because I felt I had little to no control over myself when I started to eat it. Also it was giving me acne so that helped

Medium avatar

(2338)

on September 27, 2012
at 10:26 PM

they are too delicious. it's a problem especially when combined with chocolate.

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E2db1519690001648433e8109eb2c013

on August 10, 2012
at 10:50 PM

I ate a pound of almonds yesterday, roasting them in 4oz batches.

I don't know if its the texture, a craving for fat that I'm not getting elsewhere or what. Most of the time I just have to leave them alone.

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963322f175cdd4c5f7d52cc372b3a167

on August 11, 2012
at 05:21 AM

Your issue is binge eating - not nuts. Deal with that and it won't matter WHAT you eat. This is why so many food addicts are drawn to low carb: they mistakenly believe that it's about the macronutrient composition of their diets and not their emotional issues (Jimmy Moore, anyone?).

0b4326a4949718451a8571b82558dc10

(2349)

on August 11, 2012
at 07:12 PM

yeah i agree...I have a problem with binging. Nuts seem to make it worse for some reason..probably cause they're so convenient.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on August 11, 2012
at 07:55 AM

shred it cole slaw

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Fd7b128cf714044a86d8bd822c7a8992

(4292)

on August 11, 2012
at 01:34 AM

I do that, too. After I ate about half a 2lb jar of almonds in one sitting I realized I just had to stop buying them. I don't ever keep them in the house. I sometimes will get one of the single-serving packets if I'm stuck at an airport or something, but that's about it.

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F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

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on August 10, 2012
at 11:18 PM

Anything that can be eaten by "grabbing a handful" can trigger a binge. I used to binge, now I don't. I make a meal on a plate, sit down and eat it. No grazing, nibbling etc. Just can't do it.

If I have to pack a snack to eat on the go, I'll measure out what I want to consume for that snack, i.e. 1/4 cup almonds Then I don't have to fight the urge to keep reaching in the bag.

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9fb615132bfea7d96977a21665e2ae5d

on August 10, 2012
at 10:41 PM

yeah this happens to me too.. :/

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1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

on August 10, 2012
at 10:40 PM

Just don't buy nuts/nut butter when you go to the store. There's no reason you need to be consuming them. I only consume them if I ran out of salmon, tuna, shellfish, eggs, sardines, beef, and bison (aka the good stuff) and all I had left was boneless, skinless chicken breasts and no avocado.

Try not buying them for a while.

0b4326a4949718451a8571b82558dc10

(2349)

on August 10, 2012
at 10:42 PM

i'm home from college right now and living with my parents who always have a healthy supply..I try not taking the first handful sometimes. But I'm so brainwashed about how healthy almonds are. I decide maybe one handful won't hurt.....and then i'm off.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on August 10, 2012
at 10:51 PM

Well un-brainwash yourself, Sport.You don't need them. They're healthy in the context of a low fat diet, but only because they're a source of a natural fat- that is all. In the context of moderate fat, paleo diet,they're one of the worst options. Wild fish, sardines, pastured eggs, leaner cuts of grass fed ruminants, and shellfish are where the good stuff is at. I eat chicken breast and almonds/avocado too, but only about 1x per week.I'd probably be better off without em, but a chicken breast and a sweet potato with a schmear of almond butter is a 1/week treat, not a staple.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on August 10, 2012
at 10:49 PM

Well un-brainwash yourself, Sport.You don't need them. They're healthy in the context of a low fat diet, but not in healthy in the context of a diet simply because they're a source of a natural fat- that is all. In the context of moderate fat, paleo diet,they're one of the worst options. Wild fish, sardines, pastured eggs, leaner cuts of grass fed ruminants, and shellfish are where the good stuff is at. I eat chicken breast and almonds/avocado too, but only about 1x per week.I'd probably be better off without em, but a chicken breast and a sweet potato shmeared with is a 1x/week treat.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on September 27, 2012
at 10:44 PM

Amy B. I agree. I eat nuts but not in large quantities...and I go through phases. I only think they are a problem because people do seem to binge on them a lot. It takes me about 6 months to get through a jar of almond butter.

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

(8014)

on September 27, 2012
at 09:31 PM

I wouldn't say they're "one of the worst options," but I do agree that there are more nutritious ways to get fats and minerals. That being said, nuts & nut butters are only iffy in the context of Paleo b/c of these very issues -- addiction/portion control. They're just too damn easy to binge on is all. (Even with the whole n-6 issue, it's only a big deal when we get into *quantity* problems.)

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on August 11, 2012
at 05:04 AM

Remember to drink water. You will find a glass or two of water prior to the next handful will enhance satiety.

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429e01b74c31847aed3af35ef9973256

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on August 10, 2012
at 11:33 PM

Roasted, salted nuts are just to highly palatable for some people. Perfect mix of salt, fat, carbs, crunchyness, etc. I know if I buy one of those huge bags im eating the whole thing.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on August 11, 2012
at 03:00 AM

I personally hate roasted and salted nuts. I only eat raw - I prefer the taste. So... it cannot be the perfect mix of salt and crunchiness.

0b4326a4949718451a8571b82558dc10

(2349)

on August 10, 2012
at 11:46 PM

iodine deficiency maybe? the nuts i buy aren't salted...but maybe i'm subconsciously looking for salt?

0b4326a4949718451a8571b82558dc10

(2349)

on August 10, 2012
at 11:48 PM

i take a multivitamin with iodine...but who knows how well that's absorbed.

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C8b2136ef95ba6aac211825ff38cc0e9

on August 10, 2012
at 11:28 PM

I do not crave nuts AT. ALL. So I'm thinking there is a reason you are... Minerals? Fats? Calories? I'm not saying it's bad, I mean maybe it's good. Anyway, it sounds to me like it's a gateway to eating a lot of good food, so...

Are you very active?

C8b2136ef95ba6aac211825ff38cc0e9

(971)

on August 10, 2012
at 11:36 PM

I think you are hungry.

0b4326a4949718451a8571b82558dc10

(2349)

on August 10, 2012
at 11:34 PM

very active...Fast food employee, heavy lifting 3X a week, Intense cardio once or twice a week...5 mile run once a week.

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Acba4bf2bde12bec0eb83300ce2dd296

on September 27, 2012
at 09:17 PM

Ate a whole bag of cashews and too much almond butter yesterday. Fell asleep looking like a six month pregnant lady. :/

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