you have decided to quit smoking today, you have over come the biggest
as trying to quit without really wanting to, is not going to be easy.
decision to quit gives way to new questions: How to start, what can you
to help, how to lessen cravings... it's not really as difficult as you
once you've made your mind up to quit smoking today, it's just like
going on a
diet. A little more difficult of course, as smoking is an addiction and
any other addiction, is very tough to break.
to set yourself a routine of diet and exercise and other aids, and
stick to it.
During the first 72 hours or so you will need to drink plenty of acidic
juice to help remove the alkaloid nicotine buildup in your body and to
stabilize blood sugar levels.
best of these is cranberry juice, which will do the job whilst
body with an abundance of vitamins and nutrients.
fruit and vegetables are a must, along with whole grains, seeds and
nuts. You should be
able to avoid gaining too much
weight if you eat sensibly; weight gain is often associated with
smoking, this is because not only are you inclined to eat more to help
off cravings, but smoking increases the metabolic rate and you will
calories quicker, so obviously when you first quit you should try to
your calorie intake, at least until the metabolism returns to normal.
best way to quit smoking is to take it one day at a time; follow an
routine, even if it's only walking, and find something to keep you
idle moments. Many smokers agree that it's not only the craving for
but what to do with their hands when not working or otherwise occupied.
Depending on your skills, try sketching (or just doodle drawing)
writing; anything which keeps hands busy. Keeping a diary or journal is
idea, as not only does it give your hands something to do, but you can
account of your progress; how you felt, how difficult/easy the day had
things you had to eat or drink and how they helped, and so on. Open
"I decided to quit smoking today" and on each day re-affirm your
commitment to quit.
will definitely need something to snack or nibble on throughout the
day, so arm
yourself with plenty of healthy low-cal snacks: grapes and cherries are
or cherry tomatoes (anything small which you can pick at individually)
sticks of celery are ideal, as not only will celery help calm cravings,
body actually burns calories while digesting it! So there's a double
decision to quit smoking today was a difficult one to take, but having
proves that you have strength of character and willpower, so you should
to stick to your plan without too much difficulty. Trial and error will
the best way to quit smoking for you, but if you decide you need help,
that's okay too. There is always a solution, an easy way to quit
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