I love almond butter.
I love its rich taste and fatty flavor and the smooth and crunchy options you can choose from. It’s highly versatile in cooking and can be used as an addition to a protein shake or a staple ingredient of a baking recipe.
And, what makes it perfect for me, or so I told myself, is the fact that it’s a super food with great nutritional benefits, such as the omega 3 fatty acids and the strong protein profile it has.
So, why would I stop?
I GOT FAT!
Actually, I was kind of addicted (I use addicted loosely) to almond butter and that’s why I got fat.
I just couldn’t eat 2 tablespoons or one serving size of almond butter. I mean is it even possible? Can you?
Not for me and that’s why I’m not proud to admit that I would often eat half the jar in one sitting and sometimes the whole jar, depending if it was 12 or 16 ounces. Here I am talking about eating healthy and I can’t even do it myself. What a hypocrite, right?
I’ll be the first to admit that I was acting like one, but sometimes you have to taste your own medicine to understand it completely and become wiser and stronger.
Almond butter, for me, was a perfect example of too much of a “good” thing being a bad thing. I got too fat eating it because I couldn’t control myself and I used excuses to keep on going. I would often tell myself that all these health experts can’t be wrong or I just flat out denied that almond butter could ever be bad for me. The fact that almond butter tastes amazing didn’t help either.
To an extent, it became my kryptonite or Achilles’ heel in my diet. I have to stay away from it because it will cause the downfall of the goals I want to achieve in my health and fitness. I’m not saying it’s the only thing that’s stopping me, of course not. But, it’s a big part of why I had trouble achieving some of them, like cutting weight.
I will indeed support that overall, almonds are a great health food. However, what I think you and I should be deeply careful about is not to adulterate a food by wolfing it down like it was going out of style and justifying it with a coarse defense.
That’s what I did with almonds and that’s why I got so carried away.
I mean, let’s look at a typical serving size of almond butter.
Justin’s, a popular brand of almond butter, in one serving (2 tablespoons) has:
- 190 calories with 150 from fat
- 6 grams of protein
- 3 grams of fiber
- 7 total grams of carbs with 2 grams of natural sugar
I’d say that’s a strong macro profile, not to mention it’s micronutrient content, but that’s if you stick to the 2 tablespoon serving size. This is where I failed and perhaps you may too.
Since I’m not planning on becoming an offensive lineman anytime soon, and I lack the self discipline to limit myself to just one serving, I determined almonds as a comfort food that should be eaten sparingly, at least for me.
This is not to say I won’t eat almonds again. No.
In fact, I have unsweetened almond milk everyday and love it. The only difference is that I’m able to control myself to one serving, unlike roasted almond butter or almonds.
I think the reason I can control myself, in this instance, is because from the healthy perspective I use. I’m appreciative and thankful for what it can do for me. This creates a healthy relationship instead of one that revolves around eating it because it only tastes good. This is what I forgot with almond butter.
I also forgot the fact that I can’t keep denying something is a problem until it gets out of hand and unmanageable. That’s what my almond butter “addiction” became for me and I had to intervene, so to speak, to turn it around for me to get back on track.
Perhaps, you have something similar in your diet that is acting like your kryptonite that’s holding you back from what you want to achieve (leaning up, gaining muscle, losing fat, detoxifying your body, etc.). That’s why I encourage you to take an objective look at your diet and make any appropriate changes.
Don’t wait until it becomes a problem. Do your best to be proactive and make small changes now that will eventually fix the problem or issue over time. This way you’ll reach your desired result and be satisfied and happy. It’s a process and that is what is important to understand if you have an issue with a food like I did with almond butter.
So, do you have any food kryptonite in your diet that’s holding you back from any of your health and fitness goals. Please tell me by commenting below. I want to know!
As always, thanks for stopping by and reading. I’ll catch ya next time.
- Classic Almond Butter. Justin’s. Retrieved from http://justins.com/product/classic-almond-butter/.
- Almond Butter Nutrition Information. Livestrong. Retrieved from http://www.livestrong.com/article/301959-almond-butter-nutrition-information/.