We all know someone that smokes. We may have smoked in the past ourselves. One way or another we are aware of the damage that smoking can cause to our bodies and the health risks we are exposed to when we smoke.
In certain societies it is “specially acceptable” to smoke while in others it is highly criticized and judge as “wrong” or “bad mom” or whatever the case is.
I am a strong believer that most people would prefer not to smoke however smoking dominates their willpower and they struggle everyday with it. I also believe that when they are ready the CAN quit.
Studies show that quitting smoking as part of a Smoking Quitting Program is 2 times more successful than quitting on your own. At the same time some people can quit “cold turkey” but most have to deal with daily cravings.
For those cases you can find lots of new (and not so new) products at your local Pharmacy and there is also some foods that can help during those days and moments.
Foods rich in vitamin C: Smoking cigarettes depletes the body’s vitamin C stores, so this is a good idea for other reasons as well. But some research suggests that restoring vitamin C in the body may also help reduce cigarette cravings. While citrus fruits are the more commonly known vitamin-C rich foods (think oranges, grapefruits, and nectarines), there are plenty of other fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C. Strawberries, broccoli, peppers, and kale all have more vitamin C than oranges, as well as more exotic fruit like papaya.
Milk: Research has shown that drinking milk prior to smoking makes cigarettes tastes unappealing to study participants. The same effect can be had by dipping cigarettes into milk ahead of time and allowing them to dry. Most respondents claimed their cigarettes had a bitter aftertaste. When cigarettes taste disgusting they don’t seem nearly as appealing, even for those with full blown nicotine addictions. This goes for most other dairy products as well, such as cheese, yogurt, and cream.
Vegetables: Namely, snack-like veggies such as celery, carrots, eggplant, squash, and cucumbers. Not only are these snacks better for the waistline than many others, but they also have the same taste effect as milk. Additionally, many vegetables take longer to chew than other snacks, so they’ll keep your mouth busy while you work through tobacco cravings.
The sugar Paradox:
Sugar consumption has shown conflicting results in studies as a smoking deterrent and a smoking trigger. Some studies have shown that participants who consumed glucose tablets, such as those sold for diabetics, reported fewer cigarette cravings. Others have shown that giving in to sugar cravings while quitting may help prevent a relapse. The bottom line on sugar is that it’s not healthy for you, whether you smoke or not. If you crave a sugary snack and feel that eating it would keep you from smoking, it is the lesser of the two evils, at least for a while. Additionally, trying to give up sugar (which can also be addictive) at the same time as trying to quit smoking may prove distracting or lead to more intense cravings for both. If you find you have a more intense sweet tooth while quitting, choose fruit whenever possible, since natural sugars are healthier than heavily refined snacks. Fruit also has the added health boosts of fiber, vitamins, and phytonutrients. If sugary foods are triggers for you, however, it’s best that you avoid them altogether.