Can We Quit Smoking Cigarettes?

Mickey | Health and Wellness | Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

One of the hardest things to do when you quit smoking cigarettes is to avoid the weight gain that many people suffer. This alone stops many people from trying to quit smoking because they think they are just dumping one problem for another and, unless you had a weight problem before you started smoking or have developed a medical condition, any weight gain you experience when you stop smoking cigarettes comes from a mental symptom of the withdrawal.

This symptom is very common and is not a physical symptom of the withdrawal at all. Think about this for a second. You have just spent years or even decades developing a habit of, at certain times, putting something in your mouth. This is a very serious habit and getting rid of it will take much longer than the physical symptoms to get rid of. The physical symptoms, depression, anxiety, nervousness, will usually only last a few days and at most about 10 days. The mental habit will take much longer however. Some people say that the mental urge to light a cigarette can last for weeks and months and some even have urges many years after quitting.

There are several ways to solve this problem and still be successful in breaking this nasty and deadly habit. The first is to select a healthy snack to replace the cigarettes. Sugarless gum is a common choice but most people who are successful use fresh fruit as a snack. Keeping a bowl of oranges or bananas on hand will give your mouth and hands something to do and at the same time supply your body with healthy foods loaded with the nutrients you body needs during this period.

The second thing you can do is to pin point the signals that cause you to want to either smoke or eat and start an exercise program during those periods. For instance if you like to smoke a cigarette after eating then getting up from the table and heading for the treadmill for a 30 minute run, finished off with a fruit snack will be giving your body exercise and nutrients instead of empty calories or lung cancer.

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