Friday, May 24, 2013
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That's how long the Caramel Nut Blast Balance bar kept me going this morning, in case you were wondering from my comments on yesterday's post. So the Balance Bars seem to do the trick too - but again, can we chalk up my desire to eat to being in the office environment? Or was it the irresistibility of peanut butter?
One of my favorite bloggers posted about challenges she has had with peanut butter recently, resulting in her determination to give it up for six weeks. I'm not sure when I banned peanut butter from my own household, but it has not crossed my front door for quite some time. An open jar of peanut butter and a clean spoon has wreaked a lot of havoc on me in the past. Doesn't matter - Natural, Fake, Reduced Fat - all types call out the binge monster in me.
Peanut butter is often touted as a healthy protein to add to your diet, as the monounsaturated fats contained within can boost heart health. Dr. Peeke suggested pairing it with celery or apples as a nutritious snack in The Hunger Fix detox plan. I often see it as a key ingredient in dessert suggestions on diet and nutrition sites like SparkPeople (usually paired with protein powder). It's even recommended as a staple in the Wheat Belly plan, along with other nut butters. So with all of the messages out there about the health benefits of peanut butter, it's a bit comforting to hear that others struggle with the stuff like I do.
One of my other favorite bloggers wrote about peanut butter and it's place within the Primal diet as well. (Note - it doesn't HAVE a place in the primal diet). Anyway, he acknowledges the good about jelly's favorite partner, but recommends other sources for protein and monounsaturated fats, and suggests using other nut butters to satisfy the fix. What's interesting is that he provides a lot of scientific evidence behind some of the reasons why peanut butter is bad for you, but when it comes to the binge-ability factor of peanut butter, he comes up short. He shares it as a problem, for sure - so at least I know it extends beyond myself and my friend at Runs for Cookies.
I've considered using almond butter instead, as I'm really dying to make some of the desserts I see out there and I would also like a protein to pair with my apples other than cheese. But it's just too close in taste and texture to regular peanut butter, so I'm afraid to take the chance. Sorry almond butter, we can't date because I'm too damaged from peanut butter. Ask me again when I have 30 days binge free under my belt.