I cannot control myself around nuts. It makes no difference if they are raw, salted, unsalted, dry roasted -- all nuts cause me to binge out on them. I am thin and don't gain much weight from them other than a temporary pound or two but why would this paleo food cause this kind of reaction? Nuts are not satiating at all for me. I love all kinds but favor filberts, almonds, macadamias but all varieties including pecans, walnuts and the not really a nut, cashew, pistachios ALL cause me to binge until the package is finished. Same thing happens with pumpkin seeds. Do others have this problem? I have no other issues with paleo and have not eaten grains in years. Quitting dairy was not a problem either because cheese was another binge trigger so I just find it easier cutting it out . It's just these darn nuts and seeds that make me lose all control. Should I cut them out entirely?
Whenever I binge on something, it generally means that I have let myself get calorie deficient on the "good" stuff. If you are thin and not satietiated by nuts, I would suggest you might need to increase your intake of meat and vegetables at your regular meals instead of going to the nuts as snacks, etc.
If you don't choose to stop eating nuts you could try buying some unshelled nuts such as almonds or hazelnuts and some nutcrakers. I would guess that most people would get bored of cracking nuts before they overeat them.
I have been doing this lately as shops here traditionally sell unshelled nuts around Christmas time. Particularly almonds can be a right pain to get out of their shells. 10 minutes work will yield about 25 almonds or about 1 ounce.
Personally I find nuts quite filling.
Binging on nuts, nut butters and seeds is discussed here and in the comments. The explanation may lie in the fact that in a paleo context we would rarely have had opportunity to eat large amounts of nuts or seeds, rather they'd be a scarce, seasonal resource and requiring quite a lot of efforts to crack the shells for limited reward. We'd thus need quite an incentive to get us to bother to make use of this energy source. What the mechanism for them not being satiating might be I don't know, however. I've seen various people claim anecdotally that it's MUFA (oleic acid) or SFA that is satiating, rather than PUFA, but not come across anything that confirms this. It's possible that you find any source of more or less pure fat as easy to eat, it's just that nuts are tastier than lumps of butter (arguably). I must confess I don't find macadamia nuts particularly satiating either.
As someone with some severe compulsive reactions to some foods, I'd say dump the nuts as a snack food. I can't keep away from them if they're around, so I just keep some unroasted nuts in the freezer for when I want to use a few in cooking or make non grain "energy" bars. If you keep trying the same thing over and over, expecting the results to change and suffering the consequences of them not, it's time to change the behavior.
YES! Nuts are my heroin. I've found that 'out of sight, out of mind' is the best approach for me. But in the same way that sugar is addictive, if I eat nuts I continue to crave them for a few days. I am super lectin-sensitive and have wondered for a while if lectin sensitivity creates a sort of addiction? Any thoughts on that?
No matter what I do, I binge on cashews when I have them. I love them! On almonds, or pistachios, I'm fine -- but cashews not only get me to binge, but they also cause weight loss stalling. What do I do? I stop buying them! :)
I'm in 12 Step recovery from compulsive eating - binge eating disorder. The theory is that for some of us we have a physically abnormal response to certain foods which results in a mental obsession so we literally cannot have just one. The only thing that I've found to work for me in that situation is to entirely avoid the food. After all, if I do have a physically abnormal response then it's probably not doing my body a lot of good.
However, giving up a whole food source is a bit radical. And, in my case at least, impossible unless I'm certain that the particular food is not compatible with my body. In a weight obsessed culture we often try to limit high fat foods and so develop a mental obsession with them via that route. To be sure that I genuinely had a physical problem with the food I would first do what has been suggested here and allow unlimited access to the food. Within a month it's probably be pretty clear to me whether the mental obsession - and resultant bingeing! - was easing or in fact getting worse.
Experimenting is the key to knowing what's best for your particular body.
If you really feel that you have a problem, then you can give them up, no problem.
What I'd ask myself if I were you is how you feel otherwise. If it isn't making you feel sick and you aren't worried about temporary weight gain, then I wouldn't worry too much about it.
I would maybe try eating something good and satiating first and then go for the nuts if you want them.
same thing here: i've been 'binging' on them... until i didn't have them: if they are something that makes you lose control, don't keep them around you, or yourself around them
ps: here is the ultimate ('ultimately' tasty i would say ) way of 'nutness': a nut omelet: take some 3 eggs to 100 grams of macadamia (or any other nut), blend them together until nuts are dissolved, and then nuke the mix in the microwave oven
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