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1/21/09 12:28 P

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this is why i only buy nuts if i'm making something specific that calls for them. otherwise i will eat them all.

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1/21/09 12:04 P

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Here's what I do about the nuts:
In the snack size ziplock bag, I add 10 almonds, 7 walnuts, 2 tablespoons of sunflower seeds, 9 cashews. I get 3 servings of nuts without the salt. It fills me up. And I make a bag for each day at the beginning of the month.


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EVILORANGE Posts: 66
1/21/09 8:20 A

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I agree with Bevt99: nuts are a perfectly tempting snack, for many of the reasons that potato chips are so scrumptious!

I have a little one ounce size container that I put a portion of nuts in. I then put the rest of the container somewhere inconvenient. If I want more, I have to go digging for the step ladder and dig through cupboards, which usually means I won't bother.

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1/11/09 9:29 A

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Oh I've been there with nuts. I love them. Portioned packs help, but I think that we've all taken a good step by knowing that this is a problem. Nuts are a food you've got to eat mindfully.

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1/11/09 5:06 A

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Ugg! I love nuts soooo much and I have the same problem, I can't stop eating them. I saw this thing on TV about snacking and a nutritionist said to try pistachios in the shell, but the hard thing is to eat them in moderation. The reason why you want to try pitachios is because they are great for you, and by having to break open a nut in between bites, you eat them slower. Also keep the shells right there in front of you, when you see the shells piling up, it is time to stop. I buy ONE handful pack at a time, that way I don't go back for more. Then every cuple days or so, when I stop in the gas station or store, I pick up another pack. I heard one handful every 3 days is the right amount. We should have a support group for nuts!!! Good Luck!

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1/10/09 6:56 P

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Here is a trick I use with all the little things that I like to snack on. I get the little mini ziplock bags and portion them out and so when I eat them, I just grab a bag knowing that it is a single serving size.

Once you do that, you have to force yourself to stop without going overboard. I tell myself that I have to make a sacrifice, and that is exactly what I do...sacrifice.

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1/10/09 6:23 P

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I bought a food scale that measures in grams and ounces. This makes it easy to portion out foods like nuts. Since I've been trying to eat healthier, I bought a bunch of small containers and try to portion out my foods for the week, especially NUTS! I love them too and find it hard to stop, so I think I'll give the freezing them idea a try!! Thanks for the trick!

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1/10/09 5:32 P

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I've found that if I eat raw, unsalted nuts (almonds are my favorite), I can limit myself more than the salted kind.

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1/10/09 3:12 A

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I also have the same problem and my increase in weight is due to this only.

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1/9/09 8:27 P

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Haha LAST THING, I PROMISE:
but since almonds are my favorite kind of nut due to them being so tasty and having wonderful nutritional value I wanted to give you a couple links that you may find helpful.

Here is a link to some 100 calorie pack of almonds:
www.bluediamond.com/shop/nuts/wholeN
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ural100calories.cfm

Then you wont have to worry about portion control as much.

And here an article on the benefits on almonds and weight loss:
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1/9/09 8:16 P

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Nuts can be addictive...but I find if I use them IN things, rather than just eating them alone I am much better off at portion control. Like in salads or couscous dishes or something.

Also, have you tried alternating or mixing with seeds? You might have better luck with them. My favorites (and most affordable!!!) are sunflower and pumpkin. I throw those in salads and soups (toasted) as well. Seeds also tend to have less calories and fat, but still give you the crunchy yummyness that nuts provide-PLUS, it feels like you're eating more because they're so small that a serving portion feels bigger, if that makes sense.

Another suggestion is when you buy the nuts, maybe buy them in bulk or somehow find a way where you can buy them raw, not roasted, and unsalted. I sort of think that the fact that the nuts may be roasted/cooked and salted makes them even MORE addicting. I believe that nuts and seeds are somewhat important to a vegan diet in that they provide us with alot of the protein and good fats that we may otherwise be lacking. So I'm sorry if this is a long winded response but I just feel as though youd be missing out in taste and nutrition if you had to give them up completely!

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1/9/09 6:42 P

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freezing them is a good idea! I buy unsalted almonds in bulk and portion them out in little teeny tuperwares that I bought for the purpose, and that's how I know enough is enough, I will bring one with me for the day. But I don't really CRAVE them so I don't have the same problem. Just think of them as you would anything else you've quit, like chips or chocolates, if you can give those up, you can get yourself to eat less nuts! Good luck!

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1/9/09 4:35 P

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I buy unsalted nuts in bulk and keep them in the freezer. Out of sight, out of mind! I only get them out for cooking (okay sometimes for snacking too. . .). The fact that they are unsalted and frozen makes them a little less tempting, at least while it is still so cold out!

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1/9/09 3:08 P

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Nuts are the perfect temptation... crunchy fat (like potato chips)

I tried again last week to buy the Trader Joe's "handful" packs of almonds. The problem is I put my hand in and get a pack 3 times a day (630 calories). I don't think I can trust myself with them.

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1/9/09 2:42 P

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Wow moonlit,

I'm currently going into my 3rd week on raw veggie's. I have never eaten this many nuts. I'd better be careful.

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1/9/09 2:20 P

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I had this issue when I went raw for 30 days. I fell in love with raw nuts. I ended up gaining 10 lbs so I suggest being careful.
Nuts are yummy and healthy but also high in fat.
I had to cut them out until I could better control myself. If you feel it's protein you are craving then add some more beans & dark leafy greens into your diet in place of the nuts.

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1/9/09 1:30 P

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I have absolutely had this problem with nuts. My only solution was to not eat them or buy those really small packages and avoid the canisters.

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1/9/09 1:15 P

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It seems as though their calling my name. It doesn't matter where the canister is, I have to eat them until they're gone. Its like my sub-conscious knows their in the house!



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1/9/09 1:04 P

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A serving of nuts has 5 grams of fat and 45 - 50 calories
Almonds - 6
Peanuts - 10
Pecans and Walnuts - 4 halves
Peanut Butter - 1 tsp
Pistachios - 15

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I think there is something about the craving for the protein. I drink Almond milk, and still snack on nut. My only suggestion, is to allow your self to have them. Adjust your diet to allow for the calories. Portion them out and eat a serving with some water.

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1/9/09 12:46 P

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They're just too good. I have this problem too! Even if the package isn't sitting in front of me, I go back to the cabinet for more. I try to save them for salads at work - then it's automatically portioned and I don't go back for more!

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1/9/09 12:41 P

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The experts say have a handful of nuts. My problem is, when I open a canister of nuts I can't stop eating until they are almost gone. I know this is why I'm not losing as much weight as I should. How many nuts are too many? I eat a lot of walnuts and cashews, which nuts are better for you? I think I'm eating more nuts because I'm off the meat and I'm trying to compensate..does this make an sense?

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