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SHADOWBRAT
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5/26/11 6:21 A

Thanks for all the tips, but nothing is working. I ate 4 tbsp last night. In addition to a piece of pork loin, pumpkin pie. It has to be a comfort food for me. I guess I will have to see what the PB2 is like. Hopefully that will help. Putting the PB in the freezer isn't an option. I breed dogs and one of my dogs has an issue and she takes her pills with PB so it has to be available all the time for her. Ahh well, I will keep trying. This is where I hope I don't get so fed up that I give up.



ARMYSIS91
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5/24/11 12:41 P

I struggle with the same thing! I've found eating a few peanuts on a salad for dinner helps with that craving...



MIKEMACDUDE
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5/24/11 12:34 P

I make sure I always buy light PB.
Cravings for something usually suggest a lack of something (ie:protein as mentioned below)
A well balanced diet is key to eliminating cravings for anything usually.

I used to have a craving for sugar when I first started changing my diet. I fixed that craving with a fruit smoothie.:)

All the best!
Mac



ANARIE
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5/24/11 11:55 A

I have the same issue of just wanting to eat it straight from the jar with a spoon; if there's a jar open, it's not going to lat more than a week, maybe two if I'm on a really strong will-power streak.

So, recently, I stuck the jar in the freezer! It's perfect. That way I can't just stick a spoon in, but I have it available if I PLAN to have it. I have to think ahead and give it half an hour to thaw enough to scoop some out. Then I put the jar back in the freezer and wait a little longer until my single serving is soft enough to spread.



KAYLUHANNE
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5/24/11 11:52 A

What about trying to spread a thinner layer of peanut butter on whatever you want to eat it with and take smaller bites and try to chew as long as possible, hopefully then you won't feel as hungry and it will satisfy some of the craving.



SCIFILESLIE
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5/24/11 11:41 A

I am a PB2 lover as well. I like the fact that you have to take the time to make it up. I usually make it a little "runny" and dip apple slices in it. I just wish it had as much protein as regular peanut butter.



PATTYCAKE17
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5/24/11 9:59 A

Just wanted to add one more suggestion: Some friends of mine at Weight Watchers buy little 3/4 ounce cups in large quantity from Smuckers.com. It's a portion with 4WW points, and your average PB calories and fat. You can just use one little pkg at a time so it eliminates the temptation to binge. My friends chip in together bec of the large quantity. There is also an 800 number to call for phone orders. Hope this helps.



FEATHERDUST
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5/23/11 4:26 P

I looove peanut butter. I generally have a little every day (the 'natural' kind), since it has protein and apparently 'good' fats.

You just have to be careful not to go overboard. The recommended serving size is 2 tbsp for my brand, and I generally only use 1. :)

Maybe instead of JUST peanut butter, have 1 tbsp of peanut butter with a cut-up apple, or something? It'll take you longer to eat, and you can also more easily put the jar away ... keep it on a high shelf so that it's more difficult to reach. :) Measure out the peanut butter, put it back on the shelf, cut up the apple, and by that point, you'll want to eat what's on your plate, not go back for another serving. Plus, the apple will help you feel more 'full' faster, so you don't feel the need to keep eating the peanut butter.





ANGIEPIE82
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5/23/11 3:43 P

omg is this why i havent been losing any weight?? bc i have some tbps of pb every day?? im starving and theres nothing else! lol



PATTYCAKE17
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5/23/11 2:06 P

I Love PB. I have it just about every day, and incorporate it into my breakfasts:
PB in oatmeal w/ banana
PB with banana in a whole wheat wrap sprinkled w/ cinamon
I count it in with my foods and can eat it as often as I want it as long as I have the WW points to cover it.

Edited by: PATTYCAKE17 at: 5/23/2011 (14:14)


RANDIL52
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5/23/11 2:05 P

If you don't want to eat refined sugar, look for organic or low sugar varieties. But peanut butter is a great source of protein!



SHELBSYD
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5/23/11 2:01 P

I think the addiction is two things. One our brain thinks this is good for us, nuts are a good fat. Everything we read says have nuts! Second, it satisfys that sweet craving we get and again we think it's good for us and I don't want anymore sugar!

Thats my theory behind it! I never cared for PB when I was a kid, the past two months I became addicted and I put the stuff on everything!!



SONI51
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5/23/11 1:53 P

SAME HERE!!! OMG!

I thought I was the only one that just want to eat it from the jar. The other day, I decided to give in to temptation and eat some Skippy PB and it was so satisfying... I sometimes have to get my kids to hide the jar from me.

What is this addiction?!?!?



RUSSELL_40
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5/23/11 9:33 A

peanut butter is very healthy, if you crave it eat it.. I have 2 pb &j sandwiches for lunch every day.. so much healthier than sandwich meat



MYCUTEGIZMO
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5/23/11 8:46 A

There was a time I felt like that too..

I ate like 250g of a bottle of peanut butter..pure..

I was so afraid I would gain the pounds since peanut butter is..a healthy weight gainer..



KKKAREN
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5/23/11 8:28 A

I crave it too and eat it by the spoonful. I only eat one spoonful a day though.



SHADOWBRAT
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5/23/11 7:59 A

Ok, that's it! I tried the PB sandwich at night-just wanted more PB. I tried the PB and apples-again just wanted more PB, and I also tried having it in the middle of the day. Okay so that day I really had PB overload. I'm going to bite the bullet and try the PB2 alternative. I love Choco-PB as well, so I'm going to try the sample packs first and then, if I like it, will jump in to the jars. Heck, anything has to be better than regular PB. Oh, I've also tried the natural PB in the past, but it's the same thing, I'll just eat more of it! I think it may have something to do with being a comfort food.



MAUILICIOUS
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5/21/11 10:54 P

Love peanut butter, almond butter and can eat both by the spoonful and do!!! A downfall for me as well!



LILLY_F
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5/21/11 10:36 P

Unless you have a peanut allergy, peanut better is a great source of protein! I try to buy the natural kind if I can find it at a reasonable price. There are some low fat varieties available that have fewer calories than regular.



TEAMVENTURE
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5/21/11 10:28 P

I LOVE peanut butter, but sadly it doesn't always love me back! Lately I have been eating way too much, and my scale has reflected this. :( But now I am forcing myself to measure it and track it accurately, and I still eat some almost every day in controlled portions.

I hear you though, it is hard for me as it is a trigger food. As others have said I would eat it, just make sure you measure it! :)



MELISSAJANEY
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5/21/11 5:39 P

PB2 is a really REALLY good substitute.

I also love peanut butter and this powdered peanut protein has helped me a lot.



ILOVELIFE2012
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5/21/11 4:30 P

I JUST had 2 rice cakes with 1 tsp peanut butter. I recently wrote a blog about peanut butter and wow how hard it is to control portions of peanut butter, lol. I CRAVE peanut butter. I keep thinking why am I craving peanut butter? And it has been just recently. The ONLY thing that really stands out is that I ran out of my Greek Yogurt (higher in protein) and my diet has been lower in fats. I am making myself a list to get some Greek Yogurt this weekend and some peanut butter powder stuff I keep hearing about. I did a google search and thought I would pass along some information..... www.3fatchicks.com/why-people-crave-peanut
-butter/




ELLE1018
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5/21/11 4:12 P

I have the same craving after I work at night!! Except I usually eat a peanut butter/butter sandwich. Sometimes I skip the sandwich to save calories and just eat a spoonful of peanut butter. Maybe add apple slices or a banana to fill you up while getting your fruit in, too? I didn't read through the other posts, so maybe this was suggested already?



SUNFLOWER4ME
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5/21/11 3:15 P

I feel you. I can't let myself have it because I literally can not stop. And, like you, if I don't eat it for awhile I don't crave it, but as soon as I open the jar, it's game over. I will and have eaten whole jars, made 4 PB sandwiches at once. It's just so delicious! My binge 2 nights ago was due to just that: PB. And I hadn't binged in a long long time.

So really, I can't let myself have it. Nuts, in general. I just don't have the control yet - i'll eat 1000 calories in one sitting. Almonds, on occasion, I can handle. Something that good where you can down 500 calories in less than a minute is DANGEROUS!





Edited by: SUNFLOWER4ME at: 5/21/2011 (15:16)


JENNIEINKY
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5/21/11 2:50 P

Peanut Butter is a huuuuge trigger food for me...no clue as to why, as I get plenty of protein from soy milk and yogurt, lean meats and eggs. I have been known to get up in the middle of the night and eat, like, 6 spoonfuls of PB. But if I don't eat it, I don't crave it. So I just try to avoid it. Besides, the serving size seems reeeally small to me (same with most nuts), so small in fact that it doesn't usually satisfy my hunger if you're talking about true hunger and not just a craving. If you must have PB, make certain to measure it and track it, because those calories sneak up on you! *Extra Tip*: At first, I used measuring spoons for my PB and got a nice amount that kept me satisfied...then I looked at the actual amount (40 g or something like that) that the serving is supposed to be and measured (weighed) it out-um, HUGE difference! ALWAYS weigh when its something as calorie-dense as PB :)



MBG976
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5/20/11 9:28 P

I love regular PB2 and chocolate PB2. I use it in my protein shakes, greek yogurt, oatmeal, and mixed with water for a dipping sauce. I like it much better than regular peanut butter from the jar. It's less calories and fat too.



JONICACALDWELL
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5/20/11 8:26 P

Yup- I'd go with everyone who says, "just include it and track it". Or you could microwave it and drink it as a protein drink, LOL. Just kidding...I won't say I haven't done that. Too much of a good thing is just that, too much.



MNH1983
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5/20/11 7:49 P

I include peanut butter in my diet almost every day, usually 2 tablespoons with an apple or banana. I make it one of my snacks. It is full of protein and good fats. Don't deny yourself if you really want it, but just make sure to include it in your daily calories.


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TCHERNO
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5/20/11 7:38 P

I always have peanut butter as part of my daily calorie allowance because a little pb is good for you! I put some on a whole wheat english muffin for breakfast.

If you don't want to go this route then you could do the powdered peanut butter thing. I've never tried it but I hear it's good. Also, there's a company called Walden Farms that makes calorie free, sugar free, carb free "peanut butter." I have never had it but the rest of their products are pretty good so I imagine it would be yummy! I find it in the organic/gluten free section of my grocery store but you can also buy it online.



SHELBSYD
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5/20/11 7:11 P

This is what I do because I crave PB all the time and I make it myself, so I get better nutrition, but with it right there, I eat it constantly.

What I do is make a nut butter dip.

1/4 cup of almond butter
1/4 of fat free milk (the milk and nut butter needs to be in equal portions)
1 tbsp of maple syrup
dash of cinnamon

Place in a blender and refrigerate. Its liquidy, but does thicken a but chilled. I have a container of this in the fridge and I dip apples and crackers into it. It'a bout 42 calories a Tbsp, which is about half an apples worth. Better then regular nut butter and tastes the same. You can also use almond milk.



AEROGERS129
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5/20/11 6:49 P

I immediately thought the same thing as HealthyJ - are you getting enough protein in your diet? Maybe by the time you get home -- I'm guessing this is in the evening -- you're so hungry because you haven't eaten enough!

I would suggest trying to get more protein in throughout the day and see if the cravings go away - try adding in some protein powder, eggs, beans, cottage cheese, or greek yogurt to your meals. Are you falling within the suggested range for your protein? It's very important to get enough, especially when you're trying to build muscle/lose weight.

And as others have mentioned, I think it's completely okay to eat 2 Tbsp. a day if it fits within your calorie range. My problem with PB is that it doesn't fill me up, and like you, if I simply eat the PB with a spoon, I end up just wanting more and more... and more!!!

I'd so much rather have something substantial. Why not try 1 Tbsp. of PB on a piece of multigrain toast? It tastes soooo good when the PB melts on warm bread. Mmm! Plus, if you use a slice of bread around 80-90 calories, you'll be consuming less calories than you would eating 2 Tbsp. of the PB alone. Plus, it'll be much more filling!



AMANDA660
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5/20/11 4:44 P

I love peanuts. Crave them - peanut butter, peanuts roasted, peanuts boiled.......
My favorite is peanut butter on a granny smith apple. I've started buying roasted unslated whole peanuts because there is work involved in getting them out of the shell. Its like a finger workout right ?? I'm so going to check out bellplantation.com. I wonder if you can dehydrate them at home? Never ever would have thought to do that until just now ha! Guess I'll hit google and find out.



HEALTHYJ29
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5/20/11 3:46 P

What about a snack in the afternoon that has peanut butter or plan an evening snack with it. Such as 2 tbsp with an apple? Are you eating enough fats and protein in your diet? I wonder if your cravings could be because your body wants those nutrients.



RUNKRISSY
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5/20/11 3:37 P

You can have a tablespoon or 2 when you want it, but make sure you track it to ensure that you don't go over your daily calorie range. If you are using it as a free food at the end of the day when you don't have the calories left, then it will affect your weight loss.



MANDIETERRIER1
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5/20/11 3:03 P

I love peanut butter and made it a staple of my diet. I get the peanut butter where the only ingredient is peanuts. I don't like any of the other brands with fillers. Had a PB and J for lunch today.

Peanut butter has protein and heart healthy fats. So it is good for you. I always log it into my Spark Tracker to make sure that I don't go overboard.

Oh and whenever you remove the fat from Peanut Butter, you remove one of the key ingredients that is so good for you. Besides low fat PB sometimes has a bunch of things like sugar and salt added.



RUBYVANILLA
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5/20/11 2:22 P

I have been experiencing this unusual desire for peanut butter, myself. Or peanuts. I've always liked it, but it has just become extreme in the last few months. Peanuts just taste like they must have everything I need in them (and more!). My approach has been to stick to 1 T - not every day - put 1 T of peanut butter on rice crackers or better yet celery - and call it dessert!



LIVINGPROOF006
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5/20/11 2:15 P

mmmmm I love peanut butter and on several occasions have eaten entire jars (the small ones but still) in one sitting. It is by far my greatest weakness! And its hard to really trick yourself to calm the cravings because there is nothing quite like it.

I have been eating PB2. Its powdered peanuts that you add water to in order to create a healthier peanut butter. It has 45 calories per 2 Tbsp serving. It is not as creamy but it is a great peanut buttery alternative to the real thing. Unfortunately you can only order if through bellplantation.com

I'm trying to think of other ways...What about eating reeses or something? Its not healthy but at least it would have less calories then 3 Tbsp of peanut butter.



SHADOWBRAT
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5/20/11 12:16 P

Hi There,

At night, when I come home from working my either one or two jobs, I crave peanut butter. At least 2 tablspoons to three or more per night! Yikes!! Anyone have any insight on this and how can I get rid of this craving? I'm sabotaging myself even though everywhere else I am doing well.

Arlene



 
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