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January 19, 2012 5:57 AM
Is there anything besides carrot sticks that you can munch on that is a healthy alternative to munch on when you are trying to quit smoking? I had my last smoke yesterday afternoon and I'm trying to find healthy snack alternatives to help fight the cravings for the nicotine. Any and all tips appreciated. Thanks.
January 19, 2012 6:42 AM
sugar free gun or hard candy such as the crystal light candies
January 19, 2012 6:43 AM
frozen fruit (grapes) or any raw veggie. Sugar free jello or maybe even an ice cold glass of water.
January 19, 2012 6:44 AM
I did carrot sticks. I got sick of carrots so I would go outside, with a handful of carrots, and bite them, but then spit them out.

If you are just now trying to quit, you might want to try electronic cigarettes. Those also helped me. Good Luck!!!
January 19, 2012 7:26 AM
That is how I quit smoking too, an electronic cig.............used it sparingly for about a month..............been smoke-free since August 10th, 2011 bigsmile After 23 yrs of smoking, it was a last resort!
  264361
January 19, 2012 7:28 AM
18 days smoke free and I use bottled water to keep my hands busy and gum..
  2635284
January 19, 2012 7:29 AM
Drink ice cold water, with lemon and chew a minty gum. It will reinforce how cool and clean your breath is now that you quit.

That always helped me! :)
January 19, 2012 7:30 AM
Congrats to all you non smokers! I am 2 months smoke free now. Lots of ice water helped me. Also an electronic cigarette. You can get the disposable ones at gas stations & drug stores for about $8. Another snack is sugar snow peas and edamame. They both take a little while to eat, and you have to use your hands. Good luck! bigsmile
January 19, 2012 7:32 AM
Way to go....I just had my 1 year aniversary last week!!! You have made an awesome and life changing decision!

Some things that worked for me: Coffee and lots of it!!! Sun flower seeds, Chewing gum, Hard candies - Minty because I smoked menthols!, Loved the forzen grapes tooo!

Just keep you mouth occupied. Sometimes a toothpick helps too.
  8414246
January 19, 2012 7:33 AM
QUOTE:

That is how I quit smoking too, an electronic cig.............used it sparingly for about a month..............been smoke-free since August 10th, 2011 bigsmile After 23 yrs of smoking, it was a last resort!




This is how I did it! That thing is amazing. I also started gaining weight so I started taking bee pollen to curb that appetite! I was lucky to have only gained 8 lbs before I discovered the bee pollen.

When I was taking it for appetite suppression, I would take 2 right before breakfast on an empty stomach and 2 right before lunch, or I would take them with a protein shake.

Now I take them right before a run (we live in the city and pass by several restaurants that smell fantastic) or in the spring/summer AFTER I eat to help treat allergy symptoms.

Gum is also good.

Good luck! You will not regret this I promise. I loved loved loved smoking and could not imagine being so happy with out it, but I will say my life is so much better with out those darn things. They are expensive now too.
  14691849
January 19, 2012 7:35 AM
I am using the e cig too and its wonderful, I am three weeks into and and I now hardly puff on the e cig either.
January 19, 2012 7:36 AM
Yep, defnitely hard candies. Coffee Nips did it for me, something about them appealed to the same taste craving. My husband did it with Jolly Ranchers. I also used cough drops because the first few weeks saw a real increase in the "lung clearing" I was doing. Also, and this was HUGE for me, it did me SO much good--ice water. Every time a craving hit, I slugged back a few cold gulps of ice water. It really helped.

It's been a little over 6 years for me--from 2 1/2-3 packs a day to nothing--we steered clear of anything with nicotine because we were looking to really quit, not just change our nicotine delivery system. I absolutely promise you it will get so much better, it will get so fabulous you wonder why you didn't quit sooner.

Good luck, hang in, you're doing it!

Kris
Edited by Thriceshy On January 19, 2012 8:13 AM
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January 19, 2012 7:37 AM
http://www.cancer.org/Healthy/StayAwayfromTobacco/GuidetoQuittingSmoking/index
January 19, 2012 7:37 AM
QUOTE:

Way to go....I just had my 1 year aniversary last week!!! You have made an awesome and life changing decision!

Some things that worked for me: Coffee and lots of it!!! Sun flower seeds, Chewing gum, Hard candies - Minty because I smoked menthols!, Loved the forzen grapes tooo!

Just keep you mouth occupied. Sometimes a toothpick helps too.


Oooh, yeah, I'd forgotten about the frozen grapes!

Kris
  5324037
January 19, 2012 7:39 AM
QUOTE:

Is there anything besides carrot sticks that you can munch on that is a healthy alternative to munch on when you are trying to quit smoking? I had my last smoke yesterday afternoon and I'm trying to find healthy snack alternatives to help fight the cravings for the nicotine. Any and all tips appreciated. Thanks.


I also had my last smoke yesterday!
  7694354
January 19, 2012 7:42 AM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

That is how I quit smoking too, an electronic cig.............used it sparingly for about a month..............been smoke-free since August 10th, 2011 bigsmile After 23 yrs of smoking, it was a last resort!




This is how I did it! That thing is amazing. I also started gaining weight so I started taking bee pollen to curb that appetite! I was lucky to have only gained 8 lbs before I discovered the bee pollen.

When I was taking it for appetite suppression, I would take 2 right before breakfast on an empty stomach and 2 right before lunch, or I would take them with a protein shake.

Now I take them right before a run (we live in the city and pass by several restaurants that smell fantastic) or in the spring/summer AFTER I eat to help treat allergy symptoms.

Gum is also good.

Good luck! You will not regret this I promise. I loved loved loved smoking and could not imagine being so happy with out it, but I will say my life is so much better with out those darn things. They are expensive now too.


Hmmm, never heard of the bee pollen...........I gained about the same amount of weight as you, under 10 pds..........the e-cig helped me I think because of the hand to mouth motion..........I tried evrything else before with no success!!!

Congrats to everyone that has quit and to those in the process!! It will eventually get easier!!!
  264361
January 19, 2012 7:45 AM
Meditation is the best remedy to quit smoking :)
  12645766
January 19, 2012 7:46 AM
I had the problem of going cold turkey with smoking, I just couldn't quit!

So my friend told me a great way of doing it, just tell your self you can only have a smoke at the weekend when your out with friends or socialising. By the time the weekend came and I had those cigs, the sunday my mouth tasted awful, which I hadn't realised before. The next week was the same, then I just never bothered again cause I felt like I was forcing myself to smoke at the weekend!
January 19, 2012 7:47 AM
I used a McDonald's straw (same size around as a cig) cut down to be the same length, its free and it worked for me. "Smoked" it everywhere.

As far as food...

Radishes cucumbers, pretty much any veggie that you like to eat, just skip the ranch.

Try taking walks if you can. One thing that works great is to change what your doing when you get the craving.

3 yrs 19 days smoke free :)...
Edited by reese66 On January 19, 2012 8:13 AM
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January 19, 2012 7:49 AM
I Quit Smoking November 2, 2011....I used a clicking pen to occupy my hand. Of course the clicking sound may have been annoying to people around me (LOL) but nobody complained. I eat tootsie rolls and Celery sticks.
  290815
January 19, 2012 7:52 AM
QUOTE:

Yep, defnitely hard candies. Coffee Nips did it for me, something about them appealed to the same taste craving. My husband did it with Jolly Ranchers. I also used cough drops because the first few weeks saw a real increase in the "lung clearing" I was doing. Also, and this was HUGE for me, it did me SO much good--ice water. Every time a craving hit, I slugged back a few cold gulps of ice water. It really helped.

It's been a little over 6 years for me--from 2 1/3-3 packs a day to nothing--we steered clear of anything with nicotine because we were looking to really quit, not just change our nicotine delivery system. I absolutely promise you it will get so much better, it will get so fabulous you wonder why you didn't quit sooner.

Good luck, hang in, you're doing it!

Kris


Just wanted to thank you for the info,
  7694354
January 19, 2012 8:02 AM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

QUOTE:

That is how I quit smoking too, an electronic cig.............used it sparingly for about a month..............been smoke-free since August 10th, 2011 bigsmile After 23 yrs of smoking, it was a last resort!




This is how I did it! That thing is amazing. I also started gaining weight so I started taking bee pollen to curb that appetite! I was lucky to have only gained 8 lbs before I discovered the bee pollen.

When I was taking it for appetite suppression, I would take 2 right before breakfast on an empty stomach and 2 right before lunch, or I would take them with a protein shake.

Now I take them right before a run (we live in the city and pass by several restaurants that smell fantastic) or in the spring/summer AFTER I eat to help treat allergy symptoms.

Gum is also good.

Good luck! You will not regret this I promise. I loved loved loved smoking and could not imagine being so happy with out it, but I will say my life is so much better with out those darn things. They are expensive now too.


Hmmm, never heard of the bee pollen...........I gained about the same amount of weight as you, under 10 pds..........the e-cig helped me I think because of the hand to mouth motion..........I tried evrything else before with no success!!!

Congrats to everyone that has quit and to those in the process!! It will eventually get easier!!!



I could not stop eating, omg, it was the most insane thing ever. The bee pollen curbed that insatiable appetite as well as gave me other benefits that made me happy.

Nicotine is the most addictive drug there is, after 25 years of smoking and trying to stop all the time, the ecig is the only thing that actually worked for me. You are right, it had a lot to do with habits of hands, I also got satisfaction in blowing out the vapor for some reason.
  14691849
January 19, 2012 8:05 AM
CARRY A TRAVEL TOOTHBURSH , BRUSH AFTER YOU EAT CAUSE WE KNOW THAT IS A HARD SMOKE TO GIVE UP. HEY WHY DONT YOU FREIND ME ? I HAVE BEEN THINKING HARD TO START THE QUITTING PROCESS. I HAVENT REALLY STARTED BUT MAYBE I WILL. GOOD LUCK
January 19, 2012 8:14 AM
This is for any of you that are considering stopping. This is A GREAT way to either stop or be healthier about it since there are so many cancer causing additives in a cig that are not in this. I also wanted to state that I am not a part of this organization and am not making any money off of them.

http://www.smokesation.com/electronic-cigarette-kit-v-go/
  14691849
January 19, 2012 11:31 AM
I gave up smoking 7 years ago, and I'll try to recall what I did at the time, mmmm. I recall water helped me a lot when I craved a cigarette.

Beware foods or drinks linked to smoking, like Coffee which only exacerbates the problem, that's why I the water helped me.

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