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Nuts....when are they ok?

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Created March 21, 2012 at 6:56 PM

I am wondering when nuts are ok to re-incorporate, and why people don't suggest them when trying to "lean out" is it simply because they are easy to overdue, or is it their nutritional breakdown that is the problem?

I'd like to eat nuts, only have about 7lbs left to loose, so mostly trying to lean out by shifting body comp...if i DON't overdue them...can they be a part of my diet?

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on March 22, 2012
at 08:36 PM

Five almonds, a half dozen raw walnut meats, a half dozen raw cashews and a couple of strawberries or a dozen blueberries - that's a substantial serving from the standpoint of satisfying the craving for a sweet "desert". Yet if only consumed once a day it contributes very little calories and still supplies some great nutritional value. That's what I mean by "portion control" and "moderation". Just don't overdo things like raw nuts and fresh fruits. Its really the OTHER kind of food (the highly processed) stuff that we want to avoid. Raw nuts and fresh berries would be difficult to abuse.

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on March 22, 2012
at 08:27 PM

For example: The Ayurveedic medical texts prescribe five raw almonds a day for therapeutic effect. So for my body mass, a reasonable daily consumption shouldn't exceed ten at most. And that would be broken up during the day to say five in the morning and five at night.

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on March 22, 2012
at 12:20 PM

Wha, wha, what? Show me some rationale for seasonality of omegas?

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on March 21, 2012
at 07:49 PM

Danny, is there supposed to be a "rest of your life when you don't have to worry" ? Oh man...I really hope so ;) ;)

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on March 21, 2012
at 07:42 PM

Im going to have to try the rawtella, sounds amazing!!

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on March 21, 2012
at 07:15 PM

There's only one way to tell : experiment. I don't know anybody who thrives on nuts, but I'm sure a handful a day could be tolerated well if you think you can handle it.

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on March 21, 2012
at 07:01 PM

Most of them lean heavily to O-6, though some (macadameias) are resonably well balanced. Still they're not really suitable as a staple. And yes, it doesn't take many to have eaten a lot more than you think, and many find that snacking at all is unhelpful when losing weight. Sticking to more substantial meals and avoiding other eating is still pretty good CW advice. On the other hand, if you want to eat nuts and it stops you grabbing a candy bar then they definitely have a place. Generally though it's probably not worth reintroducing them if you're still struggling to lose weight - save them for the rest of your life when you don't have to worry about that kind of thing.

59ee717de524f921efb7f2984157339f

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on March 21, 2012
at 07:49 PM

Danny, is there supposed to be a "rest of your life when you don't have to worry" ? Oh man...I really hope so ;) ;)

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on March 21, 2012
at 07:49 PM

Their fats, n-6s, are best to be eaten in the fall thru early winter, they are not a spring or summer fat like, n-3s.

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on March 22, 2012
at 12:20 PM

Wha, wha, what? Show me some rationale for seasonality of omegas?

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on March 21, 2012
at 07:28 PM

I think nuts are definitely a YMMV thing. When I first tried paleo, I over did them and they did not work for me. Nuts = acne for sure. But now, I have 2-3 brazil nuts a day for selenium, and a few times a week or month I'll have "Rawtella" (raw chocolate with srpouted hazelnut butter spread... amazing btw) on a banana, macademias, an some sprouted almonds. For me, the sprouting is key. I fork over the extra cash to get only soaked and sprouted nuts or do it myself with raw nuts when I have time. I don't really eat large portions of these since the smaller ones seem to satisfy me just fine now (nuts used to be very addictive for me, but I never had a weight issue). For me, plant fats like nuts, avocado, coconut oil, cacao butter and palm oil seem to generate a better overall well being over animal fats (skin, energy, leanness, mood).... I am not sure why this is. I keep my O6 around 5-7g, but I eat much less meat now than before. I am not sold at all on the nuts = O6 = inflammation and thyroid death as some promote. In moderate quantities with an otherwise nutrient dense diet they seem to only benefit me. This is on a plant based, moderate carb paleo with smaller portions of meat and fats and dairy free. (Probably about 60-70g protein, 250 carbs, 70-80g of fats coming mostly from coconut oil, palm oil, grass fed meat, pastured chicken, fish, avocado, MCT oil, etc etc). After about 3 years of Paleo, Peat, ZC, Perfect Health, etc etc... this seems to work best for me.

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on March 21, 2012
at 07:42 PM

Im going to have to try the rawtella, sounds amazing!!

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on March 22, 2012
at 08:22 AM

Everybody is different and everybody will tolerate nuts differently. Choosing nuts with the lowest amounts of omega-6, such as macadamia nuts, hazelnut and coconut products is best. You can have a look at my explanations about why you should keep omega-6 down and PDF my omega-6 chart here.

If you have any GI issues (IBS, SIBO, leaky gut or other digestive problems), nuts should be avoided altogether for at least 1-2 years!

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on March 22, 2012
at 08:13 AM

Nuts are seeds. Plants don't want them eaten. They protect them in either a hard shell or with poisons. We may have adapted to them or maybe we didn't. The only way is to try out. Most likely they are not ideal. But as part of the 20% they rock.

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9ba98ff40c0c4045be98682fa3e4d819

on March 22, 2012
at 08:20 PM

RAW nuts (or dry roasted without salt) are excellent. You just have to exercise reasonable PORTION CONTROL. I find raw walnuts, almonds, pecans - even dry peanuts right out of the shell to make the perfect snack or desert together with some fresh berries or grapes in MODERATE portions.

In general you should never be eating a serving that is more than you can fit in a single palm on a single day.

Most animal sources of protein such as lean meat, fish, chicken (the protein is usually combined with fat) should satisfy fill the standard daily nutritional requirement within the volume of a single palm.

That's what I mean by "portion" or "serving".

I would argue the same rule for consumption of raw nuts as a substitute protein/fat source (vegan) substitute for fish, meat or chicken.

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(141)

on March 22, 2012
at 08:27 PM

For example: The Ayurveedic medical texts prescribe five raw almonds a day for therapeutic effect. So for my body mass, a reasonable daily consumption shouldn't exceed ten at most. And that would be broken up during the day to say five in the morning and five at night.

9ba98ff40c0c4045be98682fa3e4d819

(141)

on March 22, 2012
at 08:36 PM

Five almonds, a half dozen raw walnut meats, a half dozen raw cashews and a couple of strawberries or a dozen blueberries - that's a substantial serving from the standpoint of satisfying the craving for a sweet "desert". Yet if only consumed once a day it contributes very little calories and still supplies some great nutritional value. That's what I mean by "portion control" and "moderation". Just don't overdo things like raw nuts and fresh fruits. Its really the OTHER kind of food (the highly processed) stuff that we want to avoid. Raw nuts and fresh berries would be difficult to abuse.

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on March 22, 2012
at 06:19 AM

This is n=1, but I eat almonds and almond butter all the time and maintain 10% body fat. If you're concerned about omega/nutrient balances, you might want to avoid them, but they can be incorporated into a healthy diet. I usually go to them on heavy workout days (which is just about every day) for either some added calories or to tide me over until the next meal. I'd say to refrain from heavy nut consumption until you've reached your goal body comp, then incorporate them in small quantities and see how you react.

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