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LOVEMOUSE82 SparkPoints: (3,788)
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3/20/13 8:25 P

Switch to almond butter, so delicious and less calories. And maybe anytime you want a snack with peanut butter or almond butter, put a tablespoon in oatmeal. It's really great OR use a tablespoon with a banana. Super delicious. The serving size is actually 2 tablespoons but I usually find that just one is plenty. That's only 80 calories if its almond butter.

JCWIAKALA Posts: 347
3/20/13 6:37 P

The first time I lost weight, I found it was an addiction too. I would eat it by the spoonful as a snack. As long as you track it and can fit it into your calories it's okay.

Perhaps to help curb your addiction, you could eat for veggies and fruits to keep you full. I once saw a pic of 90 calories of peanut butter vs 90 calories of squash. You can eat a LOT of squash for the same amount of calories. The point was to eat less calorie-dense foods so the higher volume will keep you full.

3/20/13 6:28 P

i incorporate it into breakfast, toast with fruit. Then, after sandwichs are made, it goes up in the cupboard. we have to have it, my boys eat about three jars a week. I am the only one who has weight issues.

SWEDIEPIE Posts: 338
3/20/13 5:47 P

I have a peanut butter addiction. I buy PB2 by Bell Plantation. It is a dry mix that you add water to. Sure that may sound gross, but it's not. They've just processed the peanuts and removed the fat, and lessened the calories.

Roasted peanuts, sugar, salt.
Serving size: 2 Tablespoons (12 grams)
Servings per container: 15
Calories: 45
Calories from fat: 13

I buy the Chocolate PB2 and that helps me with my chocolate fix as well. It is heaven to me!

3/20/13 5:22 P

The reason I asked how you eat PB was to see about incorporating it in other ways that won't be so easy for you to overdo it. Mixing it into plain oatmeal is really filling. Stirring it into yogurt still gives you that PB fix, but without the sodium and extra calories of bread.

Overall, my best advice is to learn self control. No one's going to stop you from overeating PB, only you can. And let me tell you, the morning after you wake up and remember you didn't OD on PB the day before, it'll be the best morning ever for you......and then the new lifestyle begins. PB control is yours!!

ELENGIL Posts: 957
3/20/13 5:18 P

What about other nut butters, like almond butter? Other sources of protein can be a hard-boiled egg, baked tofu, cheese, or just whole peanuts or almonds?

If it works to have it out of sight, out of mind, that's great! But if that isn't working for you, then maybe look closer at alternatives.

Edited by: ELENGIL at: 3/20/2013 (17:19)
APALMETER SparkPoints: (19,104)
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3/20/13 5:13 P

Thanks for the suggestions. She packs her own lunch but I'm a big fan of PB on bread. She's not a big meat eater so the PB is a good source of protein for her. I don't really want to take it out of her diet. Maybe getting her to put it away somewhere I can't see it will help.

ELENGIL Posts: 957
3/20/13 4:59 P

Ask your daughter if she'd like to try a different kind of sandwich (or different kind of lunch entirely) and work with her on options? Maybe she finds a new favorite and you can ditch an old temptation?

CHRISTINA791 SparkPoints: (69,579)
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3/20/13 4:23 P

I found that switching to natural peanut butter helped. It takes just a tiny bit more effort (really tiny - like stirring it), but that's enough that it's no longer something I'd grab mindlessly. Plus, it's better for you (no added sugar or other junk - it's just peanuts), more filling, and, IMO, much better tasting. I used to to be bad for way overdoing it on the regular PB, but now I find a tablespoon on an english muffin for breakfast perfectly satisfying. Peanut butter can actually be a great addition to a healthy diet, but portion control and quality is important.

3/20/13 3:46 P

APALMETER, how do you normally eat peanut butter? Sandwich form? Crackers? By the spoonful?

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,433
3/20/13 3:33 P

Wow, she can take peanut butter to school? All the schools around here nowadays forbid peanut products due to allergic students!

Ok, could you get your daughter to learn to prepare her own lunch?

I find "out of sight/out of mind" is my best defense against "difficult foods."

APALMETER SparkPoints: (19,104)
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3/20/13 3:28 P

I've been working on changing my diet since January. Everything is going well except for my PB addiction. Common sense says to just stop buying it. Problem is my daughter takes PB sandwiches in her school lunch so not buying it is not an option. I've tried letting myself having small amounts and tracking it but that's not working. Any ideas would be great.

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