The Benefits of Quitting Smoking
There are numerous benefits to quitting smoking. For one, you will lose weight without even noticing. The nicotine will cause you to retain water, so your diet will be affected, and you will be forced to eat more often. Over the long-term, you will slowly gain weight, and you may lose a few pounds. This effect will lessen over time, but the fact remains that you will gain weight without even noticing. As for the weight loss, you will also burn off the few pounds you have gained. Because of this, you will find that you feel lighter and more energetic.
Some people also experience reduced stress levels, because you are removing the mind-altering elements of nicotine from your body. Even if you enjoy smoking, quitting is an emotional experience and is difficult to do.
Other benefits include:
Decreased risk of heart disease
Decreased risk of stroke
Decreased risk of lung cancer
Reduced risk of emphysema and chronic bronchitis
Improved lung function
Decreased risk of COPD
How to Get Started
You might think that a successful smoking cessation starts with the desire to quit and the ability to stick with the plan, and that is true. You should do whatever you can to get your motivation going.
What is a Detox Diet?
The simplest definition of a detox diet is “a way of eating in which you eliminate a substance from your diet.” In other words, you’re cutting out the things that cause you to crave nicotine, and replacing them with healthier foods. You’re also eating a lot more whole foods, and avoiding refined sugars and starches. Since many detox diets restrict many food groups, such as vegetables, fruits, nuts, and certain seeds, you’re forced to eat more foods that will fill you up and be less likely to cause a craving.
While a detox diet may seem like a fad diet, it is actually quite good and benefits you.
How to Quit Smoking with a Detox Diet
Stop Smoking: If you’re thinking of giving up smoking cold turkey, you may want to consider a detox diet to help keep you on track. This way you’ll gradually reduce the amount of nicotine in your system, with the help of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products like patches and gum. The idea is to reduce the quantity of nicotine in your system in small increments. This is a much easier way to quit than trying to do it all at once.
Control the Craving: The desire to smoke can be a powerful temptation. It can be difficult to resist especially when you know you really want to smoke. Most people find that as soon as they stop smoking for a while, the desire to smoke will eventually fade away.
Remove the Trigger Foods
If you need to stop smoking but still want to drink alcohol, as some people do, you can cut out the sugar alcohols found in beers.If you still want a cup of coffee in the morning, make sure you’re drinking filtered water and iced tea This is especially helpful if you’re a smoker who has trouble quitting nicotine. Your body is already so stressed that it responds to triggers, such as alcohol, with nicotine.
You will not experience that added kick to the drink, and the hangover won’t be a problem. This is especially helpful if you also need to stick to your detox diet. Sugar alcohols are often added to lemonade and other fruit drinks. They’re also sometimes added to alcoholic drinks, such as beer, to give them the sweetness without adding the calories.
Eat Healthy Fats
The nicotine that you inhale through cigarette smoke is the most toxic and addictive in the world. People who quit smoking are more likely to continue to quit smoking for a prolonged period of time if they also remove their body from the toxic chemicals that cigarette smoke produces. This means no junk food, no sugar, and most importantly, no fatty or sugary food.Your body will crave sugar when your stomach is empty, and you may experience nausea and headaches if you go too long without eating because your body is already addicted to sugar since it contains sugar receptors When you eliminate these foods from your diet, you are much less likely to crave and reach for other unhealthy foods to comfort you when you feel like quitting smoking. The same rule applies to the non-smoking habit. Try and reduce the amount of sugar and unhealthy fats you are consuming so that your body is very conscious of its true craving.
Eat Whole Foods
You don’t need to go far to find food that will work for a detox diet. To start, many suggest eating whole, unprocessed foods. You can’t get much healthier than that. But for some, it’s also important to pay attention to your current eating habits, and even put them aside if you want to stay on the straight and narrow.
Get Plenty of Exercise
Physical activity is a powerful tool in detoxing your body from nicotine. Getting your heart pumping can reduce cravings and increase your mood, which in turn will give you a stronger desire to quit. It’s also important to remember to incorporate plenty of stretching and flexibility exercises to help prevent muscle stiffness and decrease the overall likelihood of you developing a cold or flu.
Quit Smoking Yourself
If you have tried every method and are having a hard time giving up, you can also have it done for you. This is done with the help of hypnotherapy, which helps you calm your body and mind, and we’re sure you don’t need more motivation.