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    I think I'm eating too many. Any insights? I don't think I have a nut allergy per se and the calories eh.

  • #2
    Depends on how many you consider to be too many? Also, are you preparing them properly-buying raw and then soaking? I think if they're properly prepared, and you still have room in your diet to get all your other nutrients, then go nuts
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    • #3
      Depends on the quantity, the type of nut, and how they're prepared.

      Almonds roasted in seed oil? Blargh
      Macadamia nuts that have been soaked and dried? A decent snack

      Personally, I stay away from nuts in general, I find them to be empty snack foods in most cases. It'd be great if I could grab a few here and there, but it always ends up as a couple handfuls several times a day.
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      • #4
        I'm a sucker for cashews but they ended up being my biggest PUFA contributor, so I cut them out.

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        • #5
          I'm sure the calories aren't going to hurt you... but isn't it a lot like cannibalism in your case?

          BTW... is there a way anyone can assess the amount of nuts you are eating if you never even state the type/quantity?
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          • #6
            Originally posted by cori93437 View Post
            I'm sure the calories aren't going to hurt you... but isn't it a lot like cannibalism in your case?


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            • #7
              I love eating all kinds of nuts, but I can't control myself around them so I've had to cut them out.
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              • #8
                Yeah I need the calories but come on you all- I'm pretty little and otoh no, I don't need the calories. I'm a hard gainer and will start a thread on that where we, the hard gainers can commiserate away from all of you. It's almond butter, like in a jar. I pour the oil off but something tells me it's not good for me.

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                • #9
                  you want to keep the oil in, honestly.

                  are you eating too many nuts? I don't know. I don't know how much you are eating in so far as percentage of calories, nor do I know what the rest of your diet looks like, nor do I know whether or not your body reacts negatively toward nuts, etc.

                  you can choose to not eat nuts, or to eat less, if you wish.

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                  • #10
                    I'm eating much fewer nuts since I started IF'ing. I was a serial snacker, but IF'ing has de-stimulated my between meal appetite.

                    I buy them raw, soak for 6-9 hours in sea salt solution, then slow bake. I think the commercial roasting oils are worse than the nuts themselves.

                    Some paleos don't like eating too many nuts based on some chemical anti-nutrients and the argument that seeds have poisons to protect themselves.

                    I'm sceptical of this. I think common sense dictates that early people in cold climes must have stored nuts over the winter for survival. That means they ate a lot of them and that means our systems are adapted to them.

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                    • #11
                      I believe Mark recommends no more than about 1 oz of nuts a day.

                      I only eat them occasionally, on account of their high PUFA and mold toxin content. I think they're best used as a condiment.
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                      • #12
                        I personally place nuts and eggs (and other things like olive oil and avocados) in the same category - a decent stomach filler when there's no alternative, but not a real replacement for fatty meat. In the words of J Stanton: "If you need to eat a can of nuts or a brick of cheese, you didn’t eat enough meat."

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                        • #13
                          I have nuts pretty regularly (but then, I work outdoors, so I'm almost constantly "moving slowly"). I find my stomach eventually begins to feel kind of "blah" when I've had "too many". So I just obey my body. Just develop a sensitivity to your inner signals. They'll give you far better advice than people on the Internet. And if you're thinking you're having "too much", just change up your snacks.

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                          • #14
                            There's a lot of misconceptions being thrown about here regarding nuts.

                            The first, and most obvious is that they are higher in PUFA than any other fatty acid. Wrong!

                            Cashews are similar to olive oil in fatty composition. And most other nuts have higher monounsaturated fat content than polyunsaturated fat content.

                            Another is that nuts are "empty calories". Please, most nuts are mini mineral farms. Look at the magnesium (very important mineral) content of some popular nuts like cashews and even peanuts. Not to mention the plethora of other minerals they are replete in.

                            They're also fairly high in antioxidants.

                            My instincts tell me nuts are a primal food and should not be avoided like the plague.

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                            • #15
                              When I have raw nuts, I limit a serving to one closed fist's worth of nuts. (I don't soak, but I do opt for raw, organic whenever possible.)

                              When I have almond butter (say, with apple slices), I use a tablespoon to measure out one serving, which is 2 T. And for almond butter, you want to keep the oil -- otherwise, you get a solid brick of mashed almond, which I find inedible. I usually pitch the last 1/6 of the contents, because the oil is all but gone at that point.
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