Weight Loss Support - peanut butter has become irresistible

11-10-2008, 10:43 AM
HELP! I'm going to have to stop buying it, but I keep saying that then buying it again!
I know it's good for me, but it's not so good when I can't stop eating it. I'm afraid to cut it out completely because I feel like it's providing me with some good fat that I'm sure I need. I've started incorporating some ground flax seed into my diet, so hopefully if I stop w/the peanut butter, I'll be ok. I might just have to toss the remainder of the jar into the trash (ruined w/something of course). LOL
Anyone else have peanut butter issues? I don't know what happened. I used to have control over it, now it controls me. :( (I'm so ashamed....:^:)

Thighs Be Gone
11-10-2008, 10:46 AM
Hey lipidful. I love PB too. A while back someone here posted about (I think) powdered PB that was pretty good and (I think) 50 calories. Maybe someone here can recall that post.

I find there are certain foods that help me curb my cravings. I think a small amount PB is actually one of those foods. By the way, the other foods that help me are a serving of quality black olives, 15 almonds OR 1 square of dark chocolate. I usually eat one or two of these things every day.

11-10-2008, 10:52 AM
I'm like Thighs Be Gone...something with peanut butter is WAY more likely to curb my cravings than things without. Just now, as a snack, I ate a rice cake with half a tablespoon of peanut butter on it.

But at the same time...eating TOO much in a day isn't good because it takes away from the other good things you could be eating. Maybe portion it out into smaller containers, so there's only a limited amount you can have? That'll especially work if you get to snack at work (like I do). Just take the little container with you to work to eat with one of your snacks, like apples or whatever. It'll satisfy the craving but you won't go overboard...

11-10-2008, 10:55 AM
I love PB too! I used to keep it in my desk and work and I would spread it over just about anything for a snack (rice cakes, apples, crackers, umm a spoon...) but I quit doing this because I also realized I didn't have much control with it! Now I keep it at home and have learned to only have 1 tbsp. a day. It's especially satisfying when mixed with oatmeal and skim milk or together with a banana for a sandwich. Yum! If you can't change the availability of it, I would also recommend you get rid of it. My WW leader has said countless times that if it's a trigger food for you and you can't control yourself with it, you should just not even touch it. The powdered stuff sounds interesting although I wonder just how many additional ingredients it has...!? If it's just dehydrated, that might be nice! :)

11-10-2008, 11:15 AM
Yup - I have a P.B addiction too!.
I have now limited myself to eating it ONCE a day on a slice of bread. Only ONCE.
I've been pretty good about this.

11-10-2008, 11:21 AM
I don't have the addiction :) but I do eat a serving of pb most days, either with breakfast, a snack, or with lunch.

I'd say if it's a trigger food for you, then get rid of it. You can always try it again later when you feel you've gotten your cravings under control.

And you can get healthy fats plenty of other ways. Flax seed is good, olive oil, a serving of salmon or tuna, an avocado ... there are tons of other options for getting those healthy fats other than pb.


11-10-2008, 11:26 AM
I cannot have peanut butter in my house. I have no control. None.

SBD Sass
11-10-2008, 11:30 AM
What kind of peanut butter are you addicted to?

11-10-2008, 11:49 AM
As long as it says peanut butter on the jar , that's enough! creamy, crunchy, Skippy, Jif makes no differance.

11-10-2008, 11:52 AM
For me, if I start craving peanut butter, it's usually related to being too restrictive in my diet. In the middle of the afternoon, if i have weird cravings to just go stick a spoon in the jar and I review the day or the past week, it's usually a week where I've eaten low calories and low fat counts. It seems like my body likes peanut butter because it's a perfect quick, high energy fix -healthy fats, lots of calories.

You mentioned worrying you weren't eating enough healthy fats - sounds like a DING DING DING to me. Flaxseed is good, avocado is good, salmon and eating salads with a low fat (not fat free) dressing. If you can make your own healthy dressing with a high quality oil and use a measured portion that would be great. You can also try to sprinkle a few nuts on salad.

SBD Sass
11-10-2008, 11:59 AM
I ask because I love PB too so I had to do away with the Skippy and go with a natural peanut butter like Smart Balance and Smucker's Natural. Less surgar and less sodium. If you're not used to the oils parting, just mix it up and take two TBS of it. It's totally different than regular PB, but you'll get used to it fast and then you won't even want to go back to regular PB...it's what happened to me.

11-10-2008, 12:06 PM
You might also try something like almond butter which may not have the same effect.

I can't eat peanut butter. I can have it in the house, but I just can't go there or else I know what'll happen.

inspired by you
11-10-2008, 12:11 PM
PB2 is the powdered peanut butter. Heres the website.


11-10-2008, 12:13 PM
To answer the question about what kind of PB it is-
It's the regular, natural kind-just peanuts and salt.
I've tried the powdered pb before-I do like it, but it's a pain to order it and wait for it and all that, but I just might order some. It's not as addictive and it has less fat etc. Hmmmm......thanks for reminding me of that.
I do portion pb out by the tablespoon, but I keep going back for another tablespoon, then another tablespoon, then another...well, you get the picture! :o

Oh, and as far as almond butter goes, PB was supposed to be the antidote for THAT addiction (LOL) Oh well...

I don't know that I've been too restrictive either-I've been in "maintenance" for a couple of years, and I was doing fine-I could have Nutella like things in the house and everything, and have total control. I've gained back about 15 pounds and have been holding steady there for months, but can't seem to get back down to my lowest weight. Maybe my body is happy at around 150 and is being stubborn? I don't know. But it's weird that I seem to have been losing some control. Maybe boredom?

Oh my goodness-I just looked and they now have chocolate pb2!!!

11-10-2008, 12:34 PM
I just ordered more pb2! I almost forgot about that stuff! I actually ordered TWO 4 packs LOL
So I'll be getting 4 of the chocolate one and 4 of the regular one. I do remember, it's not quite as addictive.
WHY is pb so gosh darn gooooooood? :dizzy:

11-10-2008, 12:55 PM
Yes! I love peanut butter so much. My favorite snack in the whole world is a whole grain english muffin with peanut butter & bananas. I too find that once I get it out and smell it, I simply can't stop eating it!

11-10-2008, 01:44 PM
The funny thing is I never liked peanut butter. I did not find it outright bad, but nothing to write home about. But you have to remember that I did not grow up in North America and was not raised on PB and jello sandwiches (which is a combination that still makes me shiver just thinking of it). But somehow, since I registered at 3FC, I started to eat PB and, oh horrors, I love it now! I used to say that PB in my house is only for dogs - and now there are two buckets of PB in the cupboard - one for the dogs (a No name variety) and one for myself.

I love PB with sliced apple or on a cinnamon raisin bagel or on a whole grain toast.

11-10-2008, 01:59 PM
As long as it says peanut butter on the jar , that's enough! creamy, crunchy, Skippy, Jif makes no differance.

this made me :lol:

11-10-2008, 04:01 PM
I've actually been surprised that I do just fine with natural PB and a big ole bar of dark chocolate in the house all the time. I really enjoy the dark chocolate, but never want to binge on it. And sometimes I really enjoy a big spoonful of PB, but it's just not that often. I like it.

Lori Bell
11-10-2008, 07:15 PM
If I'm eating my old unhealthy, full of fat & cr@p way, I could have a jar in the house and have to throw it out because it turns rancid...BUT when I'm "dieting" I crave the stuff like crazy...matter of fact I bought some Cheez It crackers for a recipe I made for the neighbors...(Rolled out as a topping for a broccoli & cheese dish). There is about a half box left, and no one in my family likes them. I keep fantasizing about making hundreds of little tiny pb & cheese cracker sandwiches and sitting on the couch and mindlessly eating them while watching TV...LOL

ETA: Guess I better get rid if those darn crackers...Oh, maybe I'll just crush them & put them in the freezer for another use later. I won't be tempted with PB & crumbs!

11-10-2008, 07:25 PM
[quote=Tomato;2446359]The funny thing is I never liked peanut butt I did not grow up PB and jello sandwiches[

I have never heard of peanut butter and jello sandwiches but peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are quite common and very good.


Arlene Dallas
11-10-2008, 07:43 PM
The PB2 in chocolate is awesome! Luckily they sell PB2 at two stores here in the Dallas area so I dont have to order it online (and believe it or not its cheaper online). I like peanut butter but dont go nuts over it but at least with the PB2 brand I can have it and not have any guilt twinges at all.

11-10-2008, 10:40 PM
PB2 is great! Although I haven't ordered any in a while (4 jars last little ol' me quite a while). I had no idea they were making chocolate PB2 now!!!! I may have to give that a try when it's time to re-order. I just opened my last jar so a bit down the road.

I too LOVE PB! It's been really hard to avoid eating it because it is so dense in calories in fat (yes I know, GOOD monounsaturated fats but fats nevertheless) so I've been keeping it to a bare minimum.

I absolutely love PB2 in my oatmeal with flax seed in the morning for breakfast. Mmm mmm! However, for me, PB2 is just not quite like REAL PB. But for the calorie tradeoff, it is definitely worth the sacrifice.

11-10-2008, 11:46 PM
I just grind tons of flax seed and place it in my smoothies.. even thouh I know its not pb....

11-11-2008, 10:01 AM
OOps, of course I meant jelly - that was a typo. I must reread what I type before posting. Mea culpa.

11-11-2008, 10:46 AM
Peanut butter always gets me in trouble, I've had to stop eating it completely....though I do eat a small payday bar every once in awhile to get that peanut taste...it's only 90 calories.....

11-11-2008, 12:38 PM
PB is a huge trigger for me -- I cannot buy it.

I use almond butter in it's place. And I dont get the cravings to keep eating it.

11-11-2008, 12:49 PM
I am glad to see others like me, too risky to have in the house. If only they would sell it by the tablespoon..........

11-11-2008, 12:51 PM
I to love peanut butter, what I do that helps is I use just ONE tbsp and put it on one slice of bread and make a sandwich. I get my peanut butter but without over doing it and without using a ton of pts either lol