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Any Other Smokers Out There? Help!

Yes, I admitted it- I admit to the sin of "healthy lifestyle" sins-- I am a smoker. **Head hung in shame** (However, my husband and I have set a Quit Date - October 3rd is our last day to smoke- because on the 4th we're leaving town for 7 days and breaking up your daily routine is the easiest way to quit, so we're just going to use my sister's wedding as an excuse. We're using Smoke Away- it worked well once, until we quit using it.) Well, here's my questions:

1) I am trying to not smoke right now without any help at all (i.e. "cold turkey"), and I am craving a cigarette like CRAZY. I ALSO am in the middle of learning to balance my diet, eat healthy portion sizes, and count calories. Unfortunately, these two do not go well together. If I can't smoke, I want to put SOMETHING in my mouth! If I smoke, I know I'm just killing myself. What do I do? Do I try to quit before the quit date, or do I allow myself that setting a Quit Date and DOING it then is a big enough step, so I can smoke until then?

2) How in the HECK do you handle wanting to eat anything in sight that will make your cravings better? I'm terrified that I can't do both, quit smoking AND lose weight. How do I curb my food AND nicotine cravings at the same time??

3) Any suggestions on NON-EXPENSIVE (we are VERY poor) ways that I can curb my cravings? I'm open to products that help, as right now I could climb up a wall...


Tue. Sep 27, 11:00am

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No silver bullet but one thing I try is breathing. When you smoke a cigarette, in addition to the nicotine, you breathe deeply. And this feels good. You'll need to do a lot of things to quit smoking but try deep breathing. Another thing you can try is go for a long walk. You'll feel better, it will give you something to do other than smoking.

I have quit smoking. But it took time, and I fell off the wagon over and over. But I kept at it. Also realize that it will take a massive effort, and start out each day knowing that it will take a massive effort and tell yourself each hour, "what action can I take"

Keep posting, I'd love to hear how you are progressing.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005, 11:19 AM

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They recommend doing something else when you feel like having a cigarette. Good advice. I suggest shoosing something very specific. Choose something to do that would take about the same amount of time as smoking one cigarette. If your usual smoke break takes 5-10 minutes, take a 5-10 minute walk. Or, find a healthy snack (carrot or celery sticks always come to mind - maybe because they look like little cigarettes) and snack on those for 5-10 minutes.
Then, go back to whatever you were doing, telling yourself that you just used your smoke break. This works especially well at work when you're only allowed so many breaks.
When you're at home, or on the weekends, it may be a little harder because you have no time constraints - and you have such easy access to food.
First - Don't keep junk food in your house!!!
Second - Remind yourself that you are stronger than a cigarette and that quitting is a good thing. You don't need to compensate with food.

Most of all - remind yourself that even though this is hard - trust me, i know!! - that it is definitely worth doing and definitely worth working towards! I applaud you for attempting this tough task! You will succeed! And feel free to use your PEERtrainer logs to talk about your progress in not smoking. It is certainly health related - and we're all here for support of that kind!

Good luck!

Tuesday, September 27, 2005, 11:47 AM

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Smoking: Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6, B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005, 11:58 AM

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I don't know of any "products" specifically, but if you find any that work for you, even if they're a little bit expensive, think of how much you're going to save by not smoking! If you and your husband each smoke a pack a day, then you're smoking $70 a week! Over the course of a year, you'll save $3,640! And that is considering a pack to be $5 - here in Chicago, it's way more than that!

So even if what you need to quit costs a couple hundred dollars, it's only a temporary expense, and you'll be saving so much money by quitting that it's a great investment! And, of course, there are so many other incentives!

To ease into quitting, instead of going cold turkey, choose places and deem them "non-smoking." The two best - your house and your car! You'll have to go outside to smoke, which means getting dressed, bundled up if it's cold, grabbing an umbrella if it's raining, etc. It'll make smoking a pain instead of a convenience! You're still allowed (until your quit day!) but you may not want to as often. The more you cut back, the easier it should be to quit completely! Especially if you start dissociating areas from smoking - say, the breakfast table with your coffee or the car on the way to/home from work.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005, 12:02 PM

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the thing about the vitamins and bananas was an awesome thing to post!!!
i also toally agree with the deep breathing and the distractions until the cravings pass and please do keep posting maybe you can motivate me and others to stop also.

Sunday, October 02, 2005, 9:22 PM

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I quit about 2 or 3 years ago using ginger chews and ginger candies. They seems to burn your mouth and it kills the craving. I ate 2 ginger chews and a ginger candy every time I wanted a cigarette. I was eating about a bag of chews a day for a while until I didn't need them anymore. You can find them at Whole Foods.

Also, green olives seem to kill the craving for cigarettes.

Monday, October 03, 2005, 1:42 AM

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I am having the same problem -- quit smoking for a long time, and then started again!

The site that originally helped me quit is They have a cold turkey, cut through the bs philosophy.

Unfortunately, I haven't been able to get quite back into the same state of mind, which basically was: I don't want to die young!

Let us know if you quit. I wish you good luck, and hope I join you soon!

Tuesday, October 04, 2005, 9:39 AM

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so you're smoking to help you reach your goal weight? uh-hmm.

Friday, February 09, 2007, 11:42 AM

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i would find it hard to trust a doctor/medical practitioner who advised me to continue to smoke until i lost weight. i mean, you can lose weight later, after you quit smoking. it's easier to turn around some of the health problems associated with being overweight, but you can't turn around lung cancer, mouth cancer, emphysema, etc...there are many helpful nicotine products to try while dieting, such as the patch or gum. are you attending any meetings that focus on quitting?

Friday, February 09, 2007, 12:05 PM

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maybe there are others besides you who are facing the same dilemma. i faced this dilemma and gained weight when i quit smoking. i quit first and am so glad i did so! if i had struggled to reach my goal weight and then quit smoking and put that weight back on, i'm not sure i would have been able to quit. i don't know your history, but i know my own experience and am sharing my opinion to help others, not to insult you.

Friday, February 09, 2007, 12:57 PM

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