Hi, my name is Bree and I’m a recovered almond butter addict. WOAH! Yup, it happens. Almond butter addiction (or peanut butter addiction) is a real thing and chances are that you can relate to the feeling too! The issue is, we get so caught up in eating healthy and creating food rules that we don’t realize what we’re actually doing… creating an unhealthy relationship with a “healthy” food.
Let’s dive in.
NUT BUTTER ADDICTION = RESTRICTION
An obsession with nut butter (almond butter, peanut butter, cashew butter) is SUPER common if you’re struggling with food. But WHY? Why is it so hard to back away from the almond butter jar when you know you’ve had enough? Honestly, the answer is crazy simple.
Almond butter addiction is caused by RESTRICTION.
Yup, the reason you can’t stop binge eating almond butter is because you’re restricting your food in other ways. Essentially, in order to get through all the restrictions we put on ourselves with food, we make almond butter or peanut butter a “safe” and “healthy” thing to reach for… UNTIL WE BINGE ON IT OR EAT IT 24/7.
HOW I STOPPED BINGE EATING ALMOND BUTTER
I realized a few specific things about my experience with binge eating almond butter and I’m hoping to shed some clarity on why it happens and how to prevent it.
Here are the 3 main causes of almond butter addiction:
1. ALMOND BUTTER IS MORE DELICIOUS THAN ANYTHING ELSE IN YOUR DIET
When I was strict paleo, I cut out all sugar, dairy, and grains from my diet. Essentially, I stopped eating everything that was delicious (no pizza, no ice cream, no cookies, no takeout, no fruit, no granola bars, NOTHING). I was so strict that I didn’t even allow myself to make healthier versions of cookies… and because I wasn’t eating any kind of dessert or indulgent food when I wanted to, I relied heavily on almond butter and peanut butter to satisfy my cravings.
We fall into thinking that we can’t eat unhealthy foods, so we eat healthy foods in an unhealthy way.
And let’s be clear, this scenario can happen to anyone following “healthy diet rules”, not just if you’re following a paleo diet. It’s the restriction from eating delicious things that forces us into a corner where the only thing left is almond butter or peanut butter. We fall into thinking that we can’t eat unhealthy foods, so we eat healthy foods in an unhealthy way.
The solution to stop binge eating almond butter: add more delicious foods back into your diet.
2. YOU’RE NOT EATING ENOUGH SATIATING FOODS
If you’re hungry and/or unsatisfied with your meals, you’re going to have cravings for delicious and satisfying foods. When I was restricting myself to a low carb diet, this couldn’t have been more true. I was NOT eating enough for my body and I was going too low carb (you can read about my low carb experience here). I, especially, did not eat enough fat or protein to compensate for my low carb diet even though I “thought” I was doing it right. And again, this craving for nut butter can happen on any diet, mine just happened to stem from going too low carb for too long.
The point is, if you’re restricting, you’re going to crave delicious foods.
3. YOU’RE RELYING ON NUTS TOO OFTEN (AND NOW IT’S YOUR DEFAULT)
Almond butter was a “safe” food that I used as a comfort. I ate almond butter and peanut butter instead of eating what I really wanted to eat. If I didn’t know what to eat, I ate a banana with peanut butter. If I was still feeling hungry after a meal, I took a few spoonfuls of almond butter from the jar. If I wanted something dessert-y, I mixed some cacao nibs into a few spoonfuls of almond butter to make “cookie dough”. I tried to “remove the guilt” from indulging by eating nut butter instead of something like cookies… but that only turned into a binge and increased my fear around other foods because I never had to eat them.
TAKEAWAY: CRUSH ALMOND BUTTER ADDICTION WITH FOOD FREEDOM
Let’s make this clear: nut butter is NOT bad or unhealthy. I still eat almond butter and peanut butter often, but I broke my addiction to them. I know for a fact that eating almond butter with all of the delicious nutrient density and satisfying fats makes me feel AMAZING… but only if I have a healthy relationship with it. That means I’m…
- Not restricting myself to unsustainable food rules.
- Allowing myself to indulge in delicious foods.
- Eating balanced, nutrient-dense meals with carbs, fats, and protein most often.
If you want to crush your almond butter addiction and stop binge eating almond butter (with even MORE powerful tips), you can dive into my free Ultimate Food Freedom Guide!