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Almond problem. Boy oh boy are raw almonds to die for! Problem is I've been keeping them in the house as an emergency food to ward of cheating. That worked for about 7 months but since June I've found myself reaching for them 3-4 times a week.

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Raw almond problems along with whole foods freshly ground almond butter problem details: Boy oh boy are raw almonds to die for! I've been keeping them in the house as an emergency food to ward of cheating. That worked for about 7 month with strict paleo maintained since Nov 2012, but since June I've found myself reaching for them 3-4 times a week. I think I 'm at a healthy wt at a size 6-8. My bone structure is quite small and I was trying to get down to my previous size 4 but since my growing almond problem developed I've stopped losing.

How much in cups of almonds/nuts do you eat a week? If you are watching Omega 3/6 ratio how many nuts per cup is too much?

I'm thinking I might need to remove them from the house but then I won't have a backup food. I'm a mom and husband is all about the SAD... I'm trying to be a good example but not a nag about the SAD.

Anyway exactly how many nuts are too many?

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on August 17, 2013
at 12:01 AM

Thanks for your thoughtful answer! yeah. I came home from whole foods with my supply. I am going to try a few weeks of thoughtful almond eating and maybe go cold turkey. Meal planning ahead is essential for me and having proper paleo food already made and ready to go is key for me. I like to prepare food for the week on Sunday so it's there.

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on August 16, 2013
at 03:04 PM

I understand. I might go two or three days without any, then eat half a jar after dinner.

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on August 16, 2013
at 01:50 AM

sustainedfitness, I have learned to practice self control. this has taken me years!!! haha

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on August 16, 2013
at 01:50 AM

tmj, if you feel good eating that much, then I don't think it's "bad." there are definitely worse things you could be eating! I just think if you have to ask if it's too much, then it probably is.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on August 16, 2013
at 12:30 AM

One tbsp is just a tasting of nut butter.

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on August 16, 2013
at 12:12 AM

yeah.... tough to think about as the have gotten me though some tough times. but yeah I agree. I guess I need to hear whether X cups per week is OUTRAGEOUS and a binge or... nah that's fine If there's no wt gain.. I eat approx 3-4 cups per week of raw almonds.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on August 15, 2013
at 10:52 PM

Stress and boredom can lead to snacking as well. Get rid of them for a few days, and see how you feel. But it sounds like you don't need to worry about it much.

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on August 15, 2013
at 10:49 PM

lol. I tried to delete the title and PH wouldn't let me. Yeah I'm talking "measuring" cups as in real cups when I'm talking amts. I

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I need to get my O3/O6 ratio checked however my PUFA intake is zero-to-none except for the almonds right now. I've been processed food free strict paleo w/ ground beef, salmon, non-starchy vegetables, coconut oil as my primary sources of nutrients right now. I just don't want to feed a need to snack if it's not real hunger and I'm having a hard time knowing the difference lately.

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on August 16, 2013
at 07:42 PM

If the almonds are causing stress, weight gain, or potentially unexpected weight gain(regardless of whether they theoretically should or shouldn't be...), I would say --- remove them, and refocus all the stress/efforts towards finding a suitable backup food, so feeling deprived/scared of having no backup food does not prevent you from removing them.

Some varied suggestions:

  • High quality canned fish, such as wild sardines in olive oil.
  • Cook up more food for meals and store leftovers as "just-in-case". (meat, vegetables...)
  • Snack on smallish amounts of coconut oil or grass-fed ghee or other fats. They are less likely to be harmful. They may even promote overall, lasting satiation.
  • Be prepared to cook small amounts of food if hungry if necessary. (The extra effort & slight lag time are also likely to encourage awareness of "snacking"/hunger from emotional/energetic attachments where snacking & immediate availability is far easier to distract from this)
  • Ferment sauerkraut, vegetables, raw kefir, or raw yogurt for snacking. (They are much more likely to benefit your gut health - and thus overall health - and might even readjust hunger experience through healing gut bacteria.)
  • Snack on raw or cooked vegetables such as cabbage, lettuce, cauliflower, artichoke, greens salads...
  • Ensure hydration is adequate; "hunger", especially constantly wanting to ingest things, can often in fact be thirst.

Finally, reexamining the fear of not having "back-up" food and "emotional/energetic hunger" is always likely to be good, especially when weight loss is an important priority.

Step back, try going cold turkey off snacking, and see how hunger and desire to eat arise. Fasting - if the extra food truly is necessary - is also unlikely to be terribly harmful, and it is far more likely to provide an opening to become a stronger human being through being able to function well/adapt to a period of low food availability.

(Certainly, Paleolithic peoples were likely to have encountered this very phenomena in times of scarcity or failed hunts.)

4b63eb9c59e947feb9dde8b3547d7c07

(55)

on August 17, 2013
at 12:01 AM

Thanks for your thoughtful answer! yeah. I came home from whole foods with my supply. I am going to try a few weeks of thoughtful almond eating and maybe go cold turkey. Meal planning ahead is essential for me and having proper paleo food already made and ready to go is key for me. I like to prepare food for the week on Sunday so it's there.

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on August 16, 2013
at 02:49 PM

I'm with you....nuts are a go to scnack for me but they definitley cause me more harm than good. I am going to start kicking that habit ASAP. you also have to watch recipes that call for a high amounts (more than 1 cup) of almond flour. It adds up when you eat more than one paleo cupcake or one slice of paleo bread! LOL!

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on August 17, 2013
at 03:17 AM

I eat about 1/4-1/2 cup of trail mix a day most days. I actually feel like I lose more weight when I eat meat once or twice a day and stick to full meals of sweet potatoes, fruit, trail mix etc for a meal or two a day.

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on August 16, 2013
at 01:38 PM

I have/had a major nut problem, especially since going paleo. It got to the point that now I can't have them in the house. I gotta say it really calms me down that I don't have the temptation...plus nuts are expensive and full of om-6 and phytic acid, as we all know!

What I told myself is that I would add more fats to my main meals (coconut oil, butter, fatty meats, avocados). I used to skimp out on cooking oils and fatty meats, but now I'm getting used to it and really enjoy more hearty meals. It helps a lot.

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on August 16, 2013
at 01:43 AM

You could always buy almonds in bulk and just get a small amount every week. That way there's no opportunity to eat more than you intended. If you really like almond butter you could just use a small amount as a spread on apples or unripe bananas. Just watch your carbs when you eat them because almonds are high in fat and its the fat/carb combination that puts on weight.

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on August 15, 2013
at 11:48 PM

I can't eat whole nuts or seeds so I stick to butters. I limit myself to 1 tbsp a day usually. I used to eat more but didn't feel that good.

if you consider them a binge food, then I would stop buying them.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on August 16, 2013
at 12:30 AM

One tbsp is just a tasting of nut butter.

089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

(5635)

on August 16, 2013
at 01:50 AM

tmj, if you feel good eating that much, then I don't think it's "bad." there are definitely worse things you could be eating! I just think if you have to ask if it's too much, then it probably is.

4b63eb9c59e947feb9dde8b3547d7c07

(55)

on August 16, 2013
at 12:12 AM

yeah.... tough to think about as the have gotten me though some tough times. but yeah I agree. I guess I need to hear whether X cups per week is OUTRAGEOUS and a binge or... nah that's fine If there's no wt gain.. I eat approx 3-4 cups per week of raw almonds.

089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

(5635)

on August 16, 2013
at 01:50 AM

sustainedfitness, I have learned to practice self control. this has taken me years!!! haha

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on August 16, 2013
at 03:04 PM

I understand. I might go two or three days without any, then eat half a jar after dinner.

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on August 15, 2013
at 10:18 PM

Wow longest title ever? haha

I personally buy raw almonds form Trader Joe's in the "Just a Handful" packages (doesn't cost any more than if I were to just buy them in a big bag). This way I don't randomly snack on them. It helps a LOT because if I TRULY want some, I know it's an additional 200 calories.

Same thing with Almond Butter...I stopped buying it because I kept going back for just a liiiitttle more. Before I knew it, the whole thing was gone in a few days. Oh nuts, the thing you do to us.

It's different for everyone to say "How many nuts are too many"...I personally have 1 or 2 of the "handfuls" per day and it works well for me!

4b63eb9c59e947feb9dde8b3547d7c07

(55)

on August 15, 2013
at 10:49 PM

lol. I tried to delete the title and PH wouldn't let me. Yeah I'm talking "measuring" cups as in real cups when I'm talking amts. I

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C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on August 15, 2013
at 10:03 PM

If almonds are your primary source of omega-6 and you are getting adequate omega-3, and you are at your optimum weight, don't worry about it. If no to any of the above, then it might be time to try and kick the habit. If you are constantly feeling a need to snack, then you might need to just eat more at your meals. I personally love almond butter. I make my own honey vanilla almond butter with macadamia oil, as it has a better lipid profile, and I can easily eat half a jar in a sitting at the end of a meal (not a snack), but I don't need to lose wait, and I let hunger tell me when to eat or stop eating.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on August 15, 2013
at 10:52 PM

Stress and boredom can lead to snacking as well. Get rid of them for a few days, and see how you feel. But it sounds like you don't need to worry about it much.

4b63eb9c59e947feb9dde8b3547d7c07

(55)

on August 15, 2013
at 10:48 PM

I need to get my O3/O6 ratio checked however my PUFA intake is zero-to-none except for the almonds right now. I've been processed food free strict paleo w/ ground beef, salmon, non-starchy vegetables, coconut oil as my primary sources of nutrients right now. I just don't want to feed a need to snack if it's not real hunger and I'm having a hard time knowing the difference lately.

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