View Full Version : Beating nut craving?
05-04-2009, 11:55 AM
How do you beat your nut cravings? Ideally I'd like to be as limited as possible on the nuts and fats, but of course today I ate coconut oil right out of the jar and have been stuffing myself with pine nuts by the handful.
I know everyone says to listen to your body and eat what you want, but when I'd rather eat a bag of nuts than a big salad I know it can't be healthy. I guess I should just stop buying the pine nuts but it's hard when I'm up studying (have last law school exams EVER this week) and I just want something... sort of... snacky.
Could this be my stress talking, craving all the fat? I know it's hindering my weight loss so I don't think it's any kind of deficiency... Any ideas for how I can kick this thing to the curb?
05-04-2009, 12:59 PM
I know how you feel about nut cravings. Nut desserts are especially tempting! But I would suggest not completely stopping on nuts. Earlier I asked about a good daily amount of nuts and found out that about 2 oz, or 1/2 cup is good daily. At least that's a good amount to allow yourself in order to have control and satisfy cravings. Good luck! :)
05-04-2009, 01:35 PM
Where did you get your raw pine nuts, I haven't been able to find any lately...
05-04-2009, 01:54 PM
Any ideas for how I can kick this thing to the curb?
What I can share from my own personal experience is a large portion of my diet included nuts for almost 2 years. Recently I haven't desired them and find them hard to digest. I, like you, tried to find ways to minimize my intake, substitute etc. I was also juicing alot, consuming my green smoothies, salads and avocados/other fats but I still found I needed to have a good portion of nuts daily. When I resisted this, I found myself bingeing on them. So I decided to just eat them when I desired them. And when I did this, I could let my body have them without the pressure. My body has recently been communicating to me it no longer needs as many or none at all. I haven't eaten nuts for almost 3 1/2 weeks. And so that's how I transitioned.
I'm not saying this will work for you, but I just found letting go and enjoying them helped me tremendously in just enjoying being Raw. Appreciating where I am.
05-04-2009, 01:58 PM
I know everyone says green smoothies are good for you, but seriously you cannot crave nuts after having a filling smoothie with bananas tropical fruit and greens... its not possible. I have felt naseous from overeating fats enough times in the past month that i'd rather not feel sick and headachey all night so I have some fruit and a green smoothie for dinner and then a big salad or spiralized veggies later on. You could not be getting enough carbs and when your body is starving it can trigger you to consume dense foods because you know they will fill you up and it wants to stop being hungry fast. But nuts take such a long time to digest and register with our body that we're full, but the time we instantly feel full we've eaten way past that and then it catches up with us. Definitely up your greens, you will have to force yourself to get used to them in salads or put into smoothies before you start craving them and looking at them as nourishment. Form new habits. it takes about 21 days of a new habit for it to stick with you for the rest of your life.
05-04-2009, 02:01 PM
I found I was eating nuts at the beginning of my raw journey, then after a couple of months doing raw, my body did not crave them any longer. I hardly eat nuts now. I mostly eat green smoothies, salads, sprouts, fruit, avocados. The only time I eat nuts now is when I go to a potluck and eat the desserts there.
All the best to you.
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