Smoking is a complicated addiction. Much more than just an addiction to nicotine is at stake. Smokers are addicted to the act itself. By taking that break, deep breathing engages with the camaraderie of other smokers - all of these factors come into play when you quit.
Prepare to quit smoking
First, break the cycle of self-deception. Investigate it. I could do it for you, but the facts will deal a bigger blow if you look at them for yourself. How many die of cancer a year? Every day? How many other deaths are related to tobacco use? Take a look at a picture of the smoker's lungs, versus healthy lungs, and see the damage that has been done! Know that again your lungs can be pink and healthy, the choice is yours.
Make a list of pros and cons. Really, are there good reasons to keep smoking?
Stock up on the following:
• Vitamin C
• Lemons, unsweetened cranberry juice, cayenne pepper, sweetener (recipe)
• B complex vitamins
• Calcium and magnesium
• Many raw and fresh organic products
• Fruit juice (without adding sugar)
Stop buying the carton of cigarettes. Buy one pack at a time.
Pick a deadline. Don't plan on quitting when you know you will have an important task or report to complete. That report will become an excuse to go buy more cigarettes. It is best to choose it when you are going to be away from work for a day or two (or more).
The night before you decide to quit, smoke your last cigarette, then clean the house. Throw away all other cigarettes, cigarette butts, ashtrays, lighters, cigarette boxes. If they are wet, you will not be able to retrieve them from the trash. Take vitamin B and get a good night's sleep, you will need it.
How To Get Over The First Days - The Blood Sugar Connection
The first three days will be the hardest. The connection between nicotine and blood sugar is an important factor. Nicotine is a trigger to release sugar in the blood. It may take a few days for your body to reestablish itself, to learn how to release sugar into the blood on its own. Smoking a cigarette does it in a matter of seconds, while eating takes twenty minutes or so.
This is why cigarettes have been such a support when you have needed a boost of energy or clear thinking. The craving is not only a stimulating effect of nicotine, it is the brain that also wants glucose.
This blood sugar connection is the reason many people gain weight when they quit smoking. They replace the rapid release of sugar from the blood with foods that release sugar from the blood rapidly, such as candy. But this sets off a roller coaster ride of high and low blood sugar. When your blood sugar dips, you eat more sugar, and you increase your craving for nicotine. If you avoid this trap, you will not gain weight.
First thing in the morning when you crave that first cigarette, have a cup of juice. Then eat lots of protein for breakfast. Don't eat with sugar! Take your vitamins.
For the first three days (or longer, if necessary), eat throughout the day. The secret is to eat healthy, nutrient-dense organic foods. Stick to proteins, fruits, and vegetables. Throughout the day, drink cranberry lemonade, this will help flush toxins out of your system. Then drink about four liters per day. That's drinking one cup per hour during the day.
After breakfast, take your time chopping a lot of vegetables throughout the day. If you're a meat eater, it's a good time to cook up some chicken wings or thighs, or any other meat that can be taken cold out of the fridge for a few protein bites.
If your cravings get really bad, drink a cup of fruit juice, followed 30 minutes later, with some protein.
After three days, discard the fruit juice, but keep the blueberry lemonade. It is a good habit to follow.
Vitamins for when you quit smoking
• Vitamin C - 1,000mg twice a day, (remember to consider if you stop taking vitamin C)
• Vitamins B-1 or 2 per day (never take vitamin B for any length of time, that would override the others)
• Calcium and magnesium once a day
Vitamin C will help you remove toxins and nicotine from the body. The B complex vitamins will help you sleep and calm your nerves. Your friends, family and co-workers will also appreciate that you are taking your vitamin B. Calcium and magnesium work together. Magnesium reduces stress. Forty minutes of bathing with Epsom salts releases toxins, and magnesium removes toxins from your body tissues.
What to expect when you quit
You may find that you are really tired and sleepy, which is due to both the blood sugar connection and nicotine withdrawal. After all, nicotine is a stimulant. Give your body rest. Sleep at will, but also exercise. Your lymphatic system needs help to circulate lymphatic fluid and you need your immune system to aid detoxification. A brisk walk, once or twice a day, will benefit you in many ways.
When cravings hit you, you will experience a physical and emotional reaction. That voice in your mind, the voice of addiction, will tell you any number of things like, "One is not going to hurt!" Respond, "I can't do this!" Do it out loud. "Yes, I can!", Oh yes, "It hurts!" Say it loud and clear. But if the discussion with your inner voice continues beyond the first three days, drop it. Tell yourself, I will not listen to the voice of addiction.
Shillington has a couple of formulas that can help you to abstain and cure your smoking habit.
Huff N Puff Formula
• 1 part lobelia
• 1 part mullein
Sedative nerve, Doc Shillington's prescription formula
• 2 - pieces valerian root
• 2 - pieces of Lobelia seed pods
• 2 - pieces of the passion flower
• 1 - part of the flower hops
• 1 - part of Black Cohosh
• 1 - part of Blue Cohosh
• 1 - part of the cap
• 1 - part wild yam
The parts are given by volume. Mix all the ingredients and make a tincture with the use of one half to half with the mixture of alcohol (100% proof vodka) and distilled water.
What else can you do to help yourself while you quit smoking?
Smoking involves behaviors that are highly addictive like the act of smoking. Hand-to-mouth ritual, deep breathing announces smoke inhalation, outside (hopefully) breaks your daily routine, these behaviors are strange when quitting smoking.
For the long term, learn how to breathe properly and consider taking up meditation or yoga. For the short term, take deep breaths every time you think about smoking, and about breathing. Suck on a straw. The straw will allow you to repeat that behavior, a deep breath of air, movement from hand to mouth. You will be surprised how much this will help you when the craving returns. If you appeal to the whim, keep blowing bubbles. It's nice to think that you are putting the bubbles into the air instead of the noxious smoke.
Go out and buy yourself some straws. The short and fat ones are the best, of course. And buy some bubbles, those that children blow.
You can quit smoking for weeks, months or even years and find that nasty little voice coming back to tell you, you can only smoke one. Or that voice tells you that you can only smoke tonight while you're at that bar or that party. And guess what? You can. You can smoke a cigarette or a whole pack and not smoke the next day, but be careful not to slip, that is the first step to smoke again.
Smoking is a strong addiction, unlike alcohol, which many people can enjoy in moderation, smoking is usually an all or nothing proposition.
Alcoholics might be able to have a drink today. But once they start drinking, they will also revert to their addictive behavior. The recovery of smokers is even worse. When you quit smoking, never smoke again. If you slipped stop. Stay smoke-free until you get into the habit.
If you smoke a pack a day, you are spending five to six dollars a day, or more, for a nasty and nasty addiction. That's $ 150.00 to $ 185.00 or more per month. What else could you do for yourself with that money? How about a massage every two weeks? A gym membership? Clothes? That special something that you can't afford, but you can save that money to buy it.
Consider putting that money you would have spent on cigarettes in a jar where you can see the money you are saving each day. What you buy with that capital, spend on yourself. He deserves it, he has earned it.