Just like every other habit people learn, smoking is hard to kick. Little wonder the common saying old habits die hard. However, it does not mean that the habit cannot be dropped. As a smoker (whether light or heavy), you need to go through this guide to enable you to quit smoking the right way.
Smoking is a risk factor for both cancer and heart diseases. But the good news is that the effects of smoking on the body are completely reversible after quitting smoking. A smoker’s body will become a nonsmoker’s body after quitting smoking. The effect of nicotine on various body parts can be reversed after abstinence from smoking (exposure).
If you are planning to quit smoking, then there are certain foods that should be avoided while quitting smoking. They are as follows:
Coffee: Coffee contains caffeine. Caffeine and nicotine go hand in hand. Early morning coffee with a cigarette is a must for most of the smokers. These people have difficulty in quitting smoking. After a certain period of time, coffee increases the effect of nicotine on the body. So, having coffee triggers a strong craving for a cigarette. Switching to tea instead of coffee may help in quitting smoking.
Alcohol: It is not uncommon to find people smoking and drinking simultaneously. Each drink with a cigarette increases the craving to have the next drink and cigarette. Both are intimately linked to each other. When a person is having alcohol, beer, wine or any other mixed drinks (cocktail), they smoke automatically without a second thought. If you are the one planning to quit smoking, you have to abstain from alcohol as well to achieve faster results.
Low-calorie diet: It has been proved by the researchers that smokers having low-calorie diet smoked 8% more than smokers on a regular diet. Therefore, smokers who are planning to quit smoking should be on regular diet than that on low-calorie diet.
Too spicy, sugary and salty foods: Having too spicy and sugary foods increase craving for cigarettes, so they should be avoided.
Other foods: Other miscellaneous foods that should be avoided are cookies, candies and deep fried foods. They also increase the craving for cigarettes. Therefore, they should be avoided.
As a smoker who wants to quit the habit, the decision to quit smoking will definitely prove to be one of the best decisions you have made in your lifetime. Do you know why? Well, the reason is simply that smoking shortens people’s lifespans. For instance, studies have shown that smoking causes cancer. This simply means that you will have to struggle with the protracted ailment for a long time before dying eventually. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one of every five deaths in the United States is caused by smoking. No doubt, these official stats show that the causalities don’t exist on the moon; they are your loved ones, colleagues, neighbors, etc. Therefore, you should make that critical lifestyle change today. While at it, ensure you get rid of these foods from your regular diet plans. By doing so, you achieve the desired result faster as you will eliminate its craving. In the end, you will live a healthy life. A stitch in time saves nine!