Millions of people try to quit smoking every year. Many more wish they could stop smoking, permanently. Every addiction is hard to overcome, be it cigarettes or alcohol or drugs. Substance abuse of any form has dangerous consequences. Some of those consequences are experienced sooner than later. The interesting reality about smokers is that almost everyone accepts there are harmful side effects on health and most would like to quit smoking if they could. This is not always the case with other forms of substance abuse, such as alcohol or drugs. While not every smoker will have cancer, every smoker will have various kinds of respiratory and cardiovascular problems. Smoking is fatal. The question is how long one can live a healthy life while being a lifelong smoker.
It is immensely difficult to quit smoking, primarily because of the nicotine content in cigarettes. No one is addicted to the smoke or the toxic components such as carbon monoxide and tar. It is the nicotine that the human body craves. The reason most casual smokers turn to chain smoking or heavy smoking is this craving for nicotine. The moment there is a dip in nicotine content in the blood, the body craves for it and smokers respond by lighting up a cigarette. As the big tobacco companies admit behind closed doors, smoking gives you a fix and they are in the nicotine delivery business.
The best way to stop smoking is to quit smoking cold turkey. You cannot have a detailed plan, a schedule or an ultimatum that you are unlikely to honour. You cannot have a resolution for the new year or make a promise to a loved one that you would not keep. Quit smoking cold turkey today and try these foods that will help you to stay off the burning stick.
- Cinnamon is an amazing spice. It doesn’t just make yummy rolls and flavoursome buns. Chewing a bit of cinnamon or inhaling its aroma can reduce your craving for a cigarette.
- Ginger can help you to quit smoking. Grind a tinge of ginger, mix a bit of sugar in it and gulp it down to stem craving.
- Drink milk around half an hour before you normally smoke during the day or night. It will reduce your craving.
- You can eat some vegetables that have helped many smokers around the world. Try cabbage, cauliflower, sprouts and broccoli.
- You can increase your intake of salt to curb smoking.
- Consume fruits and veggies that are rich in Vitamin C. Go for berries, guava and tomatoes in particular.
- Chew on celery to quit smoking. Make sure it is fresh. Add celery to your salads and other recipes.
- Dark chocolate is also effective. But it can also become addictive so be a little cautious.
- Reach out for a few dried fruits every time you feel like going out for a smoke. They are also nutritious and can help you avert hunger prangs.
- Use turmeric in your recipes. It is an amazing spice, filled with aroma and antimicrobial properties. It also controls the desire to smoke.
- Fruits rich in fibre can help. Apple is a de facto choice.
- Choose foods rich in fatty acids, especially omega three. Flaxseeds and beans are a good choice.
- Munch on some popcorn to control your craving.
- A bit of cheese does no harm but can switch your mind off and away from smoking.
- Fruit juice has the same effect as cheese and it is healthier.
- Drink plenty of water. A fuller tummy and a hydrated body will not crave for cigarettes as much.
- Berries are helpful too, especially blueberry, strawberry and mulberry.
- Herbal tea is healthy, rejuvenating and rich in antioxidants. It also curbs the urge to smoke.
- Go for lean meats, such as chicken and turkey.
- Eat fish, especially salmon. You can also have tuna. They are tasty and will limit your cravings.
All these foods will help you to quit smoking but eventually it will be your determination and willpower (read more about the cravings & withdrawal effects). The desire to quit smoking is not enough to actually stop smoking. Choose to quit smoking cold turkey, endorse these foods and adopt a healthy lifestyle.