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Am I eating too many nuts?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 26, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Hi fellow paleo friends ! :) Okay I am 5"1, 116 lbs and 16 years old. I have been Paleo for 6 months. I've had my issue with nuts in the past, gaining weight by eating way more than I should, but for a while now I've been able to control it, only eating 2 oz a day and such. For those six months I typically would have eggs for breakfast everyday and some type of meat with vegetables for dinner (usually skip lunch), and no fruit at all during those months, not even berries. I lost 15 lbs over that time but I haven't been able to lose anymore. Deciding to switch into a maintenance phase, I began allowing a cup of berries or so and began making my new focus to not lose weight, but to not gain any. Wanting to continue the same way I was eating, I kept going strong but lately I just can't get myself to eat any pure protien sources (which is basically what paleos thrive on)! The thought of meat or eggs makes me sick and the past few days the only thing I've only been able to get nyself to eat are nuts and about a cup or two of raspberries or strawberries each day (still geting 1000-1300 cals each day). I know thats a LOT of nuts but I'm wondering if eating this way will be okay in a maintenance phase for some days. I know this probably is not the healthiest or most balanced way to eat, but if some days i just can't get myself to eat meat or even vegetables... is this okay? As long as I don't go over my calorie limits for the day? For some reason I just CANNOT get myself to eat anything else. seriously. I think about pure protein and I'm like YUCK. It's really weird because I haven't had that feeling till now. I mean I think eating nuts is better than just not eating right? I just can't get myself to eat anymore protein sources for now. Is this super unhealthy? MOST IMPORTANTLY Will the omega 6-3 ratios from nuts or some crap make me put on a bunch of pounds regardless if I don't go over my calories? Should I instead stick to eating just 2 oz a day, and force feed a piece of fish down my throat? I don't know what to do. Please give some advice. I think my body is just rejecting the meat or something. HELP!

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on July 27, 2012
at 03:52 PM

I definitely experienced that overall feeling wise, but it didn't seem like I was in ketosis in regards to fat reduction haha :P Thank you tho!

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on July 27, 2012
at 02:24 AM

Being in ketosis can suppress appetite, it's something you have to be careful about.

C23148e16a4dd05351d1902a69097d65

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on July 26, 2012
at 05:22 PM

Okay thank you so much!!! I'm going to try it for a month. much appreciation!

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on July 26, 2012
at 05:19 PM

Do the total elimination and see what happens. As far as reintroduction, once again, it will be based on your own self-experimentation. For most people, a couple of ounces a day doesn't hurt, but if you can't control that, might have to give them up. As far as losing weight, different foods can cause your body to do different things. Could be slowing your metabolism some trying to get all your calories from that source, or you might have slightly more inflammation....who knows? Eat a variety of whole natural foods, and you don't have much to worry about.

C23148e16a4dd05351d1902a69097d65

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on July 26, 2012
at 04:56 PM

Wow thank you so much Dave S. You guys are all so helpful on here! It's so nice to get live answers from others who are paleo! I think I will take your suggestion on having some dairy instead and cut out nuts for a month per RaiseFitness' recommendation. I actually just bought some Raw grass fed New Zealand cheese from Trader Joes. So maybe a little cheese will help me kick this nut phase. haha and I will definitely look into the protein drinks and try to find some inspiration for more creative recipes in the kitchen!

C23148e16a4dd05351d1902a69097d65

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on July 26, 2012
at 04:47 PM

Thank you so much for the speedy reply RaiseFitness. Is there some type of mineral or something in nuts that can stop your body from losing weight even at just two T a day or is that crazy? haha (seemed to happen in the past). Or is my body allergic to nuts maybe (I've read when you crave certain things, your body may be allergic), and that's why other foods have been so distasteful? Because I have some addiction? I think I will take your advice on eliminating them for a month and see how it goes, but should I reintroduce them eventually and how much?

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C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 26, 2012
at 04:12 PM

Getting the majority of your calories from nuts is not a good thing. Besides the higher ration of Omega-6 to 3's you are getting, you will be missing out on a lot of other key micronutrients, minerals, etc. If you have a problem overconsuming nuts, try getting rid of them completely for a month or so. Judging by your stats, you don't need to lose weight, but to maintain health you want to mix up what you are eating. Might sound like tough love, but you need to eat meat and veggies. Nuts just won't cut it.

C23148e16a4dd05351d1902a69097d65

(753)

on July 26, 2012
at 05:22 PM

Okay thank you so much!!! I'm going to try it for a month. much appreciation!

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 26, 2012
at 05:19 PM

Do the total elimination and see what happens. As far as reintroduction, once again, it will be based on your own self-experimentation. For most people, a couple of ounces a day doesn't hurt, but if you can't control that, might have to give them up. As far as losing weight, different foods can cause your body to do different things. Could be slowing your metabolism some trying to get all your calories from that source, or you might have slightly more inflammation....who knows? Eat a variety of whole natural foods, and you don't have much to worry about.

C23148e16a4dd05351d1902a69097d65

(753)

on July 26, 2012
at 04:47 PM

Thank you so much for the speedy reply RaiseFitness. Is there some type of mineral or something in nuts that can stop your body from losing weight even at just two T a day or is that crazy? haha (seemed to happen in the past). Or is my body allergic to nuts maybe (I've read when you crave certain things, your body may be allergic), and that's why other foods have been so distasteful? Because I have some addiction? I think I will take your advice on eliminating them for a month and see how it goes, but should I reintroduce them eventually and how much?

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on July 26, 2012
at 04:49 PM

If you allow dairy, then cheese or yogurt (or kefir) would be a better choice than nuts. Dairy is a complete protein, nuts are not. Grass fed dairy should not have the n6/n3 problem that subsisting on nuts will have. Of course, dairy has other potential problems.

A few high nut days won't kill you, but making it a regular thing will do you no good.

Perhaps you need to look for some recipes that will entice you to eating some kind of meat. Soups/stews/chili come to mind or maybe some meat sauce to go on spagghetti squash. What about bacon? If you have no desire for bacon, please see a mental health professional immediately! (just kidding) Thai chili lime shrimp? (Well, my mouth is watering now)

Maybe you could get by on some protein shakes until the "meat hunger" kicks back in. I assume it will.

C23148e16a4dd05351d1902a69097d65

(753)

on July 26, 2012
at 04:56 PM

Wow thank you so much Dave S. You guys are all so helpful on here! It's so nice to get live answers from others who are paleo! I think I will take your suggestion on having some dairy instead and cut out nuts for a month per RaiseFitness' recommendation. I actually just bought some Raw grass fed New Zealand cheese from Trader Joes. So maybe a little cheese will help me kick this nut phase. haha and I will definitely look into the protein drinks and try to find some inspiration for more creative recipes in the kitchen!

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