View Full Version : Question concerning weight loss and nuts...
09-02-2008, 11:28 PM
i mentioned this about raw nuts before and i want to be more specific about my concern.
i need to lose weight and i was wondering if you accidently used non raw nuts that you thought were actually raw.... like from trader joes.
do you think THAT would affect the weight loss process?
i cant help being a bit crazy here about this raw nut thing verses nuts that are listed as 'raw' from a place like whole foods or trader joes that may NOT be really raw.
i love nuts...i like to eat a moderate amount of them...i have no trouble digesting them...and i love to put them in burgers and foods.
but i worry that maybe my weight loss will stop if i am not getting REAL raw nuts.
so my question is ..... if you are 100% raw and you are using some foods like those nuts that you BELIEVE are raw (but may not be)....will that affect your weight loss?
is weight loss on a raw foods diet about being 100% raw in everything you consume?
does the body kick into some kind of weightloss mode when you are totally raw? and then stop if you arent getting all your foods raw?
i am putting this question to you becuse i just dont know what to think.
i want to do the right thing here because i really need to lose a bunch of weight and get into better health. my body responds well to raw and i am so sorry i didnt stay raw....but back then there were reasons i fell off the wagon.
i was raw a long time ago and i wasnt sure about it then...and had nobody to ask. before i get back in the saddle again...this time for keeps.... i want to hear what you think about this.
and thanks for your answers.
09-03-2008, 09:03 AM
"is weight loss on a raw foods diet about being 100% raw in everything you consume?"
That is my exact same question, because I dont really lose that much raw. I dont really NEED to lose any more, but everyone talks about weight loss, I was worried about losing too much!
You explained yourself well!
cant wait to see the answers!
09-03-2008, 09:05 AM
I can't speak for anyone else, but I purchase my "raw" nuts from our local health food store. I know what's been said, I know what I can afford and I know how hard I try to keep everything as raw as possible. That being said, if some how these nuts turn out to me "unraw" it's ok with me. I'm trying my best.
For me personally, no, I don't get caught up in all the details with the nuts. Without nuts, I think my ability to stay raw wouldn't be so great. And I figure it this way, of all the non-raw items I could eat...healthy nuts aren't so horrible.
If nuts just supplement a lot of healthy raw...try for your own peace of mind to enjoy raw.
(And no they seem to have no affect on my own weight loss and I eat a lot of them. :D)
09-03-2008, 09:09 AM
As long as you are still losing weight I wouldn't worry about it. If you stop losing, you can always re-evaluate.
09-03-2008, 09:22 AM
Lost about 30+ pounds since last year. It's taken that long. Thinking 15 remaining to say goodbye too. I am eating nuts but not like I used too. Maybe my taste buds are changing, but still not quitting on nuts but seem to not wanting them as much. I buy a little almost daily. I do have a large bag here and control myself.
However, a local makes raw breads with nuts and surely lots of pulp so I get my nut supply this way. I don't have her recipe, but surely can make own if I wanted too. Helping her by buying since a new venture for her to get going. It's a rye almond bread for lack of a better word thas has flax and agave in it. 5 ingredients total, but not sure at moment what they are as I am running off to Turbo Kickboxing at the moment. Class will go on with me being late too.
09-03-2008, 09:41 AM
thanks for your thougts. i just wondered about how un-raw stuff might affect weight loss...and nuts and some dried fruits might be some of the culprits i might buy believing the 'raw' label.
so my question remains..... if you happen to eat some of these things you THINK are raw....but they turn out not to be....(like nuts).... is THAT going to affect your weight loss?
maybe i am getting too carried away about this but its the one thing i have been wondering about. does the body kick into some kind of weight loss mode
when you go all raw? alot of folks have lost tons of weight on raw. and...as everyone is different.....some dont lose it.
so it just got me to thinking about nuts and how some people in business try to 'slip one past you'...buy putting the word 'raw' on their products....and if THAT can throw you off track.
thanks for your thoughts. i do like the raw diet alot and ShelShel ... you are right all we can do is try our best to stay raw. LOL
i just dont want to wind up buying some nuts in bulk ( to make life easier) then find out they arent REALLY raw !
i am disappointed i cant trust whole foods or trader joes because its alot cheaper to buy from them than order online
09-03-2008, 09:52 AM
Pasteurizing kills some of the enzymes. The reason eating cooked food devoid of enzymes is so bad for your body is that your pancreas has to make the digestive enzymes, which in the long run over-stresses it, etc. They "flash pasteurize" almonds, so I don't think the entire nut gets heated up. They are trying to kill bacteria on the OUTSIDE of the nut. That's probably the reason the processed almonds still sprout. If you happen to eat some un-raw nuts along with your RAW food, I think you still get enough enzymes to digest the nuts. Chewing them well is probably more important with nuts. I don't think the occasional handful of flash pasteurized nuts will have any effect on your weight loss, as long as you don't overdo the nuts. They still contain a lot of fat.
09-03-2008, 10:23 AM
I agree with EmmaT.
Also, if it is that much of a concern to you there are several reputable sellers of truly raw almonds out there and it might put your mind at ease to just order from them. To answer your question about weight loss, it COULD affect your weight loss but then again it MAY not. We are all different and things affect us differently. So I may be able to eat "questionable" nuts and still lose weight and you may not. So, the question becomes CAN YOU lose weight consuming "questionable" nuts. I don't know ... can you? Try it and see.
09-03-2008, 11:07 AM
You can buy Truely Raw Nuts online since, you seem so concerned about it. That's what I'd do. Why worry or wonder.............just do it. There are some great sites. My personal opinion is that if you have a few non-raw nuts it's not going to stop your weight loss if everything else is Raw-Organic.
Here are a few links I have:
http://www.realrawfood.com/wholesale-raw-nuts.htm - (this one has prices similar to store prices)
09-03-2008, 11:42 AM
Don't know about the nuts but I DO know that too much worrying creates stress hormones in your body which in turn leads to increased appetite/weight gain ;)
My personal opinion: Make a decision on whether to buy "store" raw nuts or "online" raw nuts based on your current priorities, then let it go until there is a reason to re-evaluate.
09-03-2008, 12:23 PM
I started a little over 2 months ago with my nuts all from Whole Foods or the grocery store. Labeled "raw" but who knows, right? I have been losing steadily. As I run out, I've been replacing some of the nuts with truly raw, but not all yet. Same with oils; although I've replaced all with truly raw now. Same with tahini and nut butters; though I'm still using the Maranatha almond butter. I'm still losing.
I posted a few days ago that my almonds from Whole Foods had sprouted, so they are obviously viable. I imagine many of the other nuts from there labeled raw would be as well.
09-03-2008, 03:13 PM
thanks everyone for your thoughts. i am not really stressing about it but i was wondering what you folks thought.
thanks so much for your input...this is such a wonderful place to ask questions and get answers.
i appreciate it SO much!
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