"Science is not belief but the will to find out." ~ Anonymous
"Culture of the mind must be subservient to the heart." ~ Gandhi
"The flogging will continue until morale improves." ~ Unknown
I also LOVE them but I know I can eat way more than necessary if I am not paying attention. I started weighing them out for a serving and that is all I will eat. If I eat them right from the bag I can finish it in no time! I also don't buy them all the time, and when I do, I buy a small bag. Eating them as a snack, occasionally, isn't going to hurt you. Eating them all day, may not hurt you immediately but no one needs that many calories from nuts, or that much salt during the day. I will probably never give them up completely, but I managed to cut way back on my consumption of them and they are more of a treat.
I have a farmer's market nearby, and they sell raw, unsalted sunflower seeds.
I keep them around for those times when I want a little something extra after a meal.
I love sunflower seeds, my favorite snack. I also get the raw, unsalted seeds.
We get fresh sunflower seeds and dry roast them in a pan. Yummy.
Why use a sledge hammer to crack a nut when a steam roller is even more effective, and, is fun to drive.
you shouldn't be snacking on anything "all day." eat 1, 2, or 3 times a day. eat meals that satisfy. the end.
As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.
– Ernest Hemingway
As others have said, if you are truly snacking all day, then yes, they will be a problem. Anything will be a problem. That's a lot of calories that you're not aware that you are eating. If you're starting primal for weight issues in addition to health issues, then one of the things that I know I had to work on was the snacking and learning to eat meals and not snacks. I'm still working on that, quite frankly.
Get rid of the sunflower seeds completely for a while and then if you just miss them desperately, go with raw seeds and not the roasted, salted ones. Unless you're doing the roasting, you don't know what kinds of oils they are using and it's generally way more salt than you need. A handful of raw sunflower seeds on a salad are great, though.