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Here's To Our New Lives As Non-Smokers

Today was my birthday and my first one smoke free had a few cravings but I dealt with them trying to come up with ideas for more post
It is estimated that between 44 and 46 million people smoke and this is known as one of the most difficult habits to kick. Almost all smokers admit to trying to quit at least once without success and many have attempted to quit two or more times. There are things like nicotine patches and gum that are helpful for some people, but nixing the nicotine completely is preferred by most people trying to kick the habit.



Thankfully, there are many different natural ways to stop smoking that you can try. These do not involve pumping more nicotine into your bloodstream and as an added bonus, these can be combined so you can use as many as necessary to kick the habit for good.
 
MAKE A FEW DIETARY CHANGES
Some foods make cigarettes taste horribly and others make them taste better. According to research performed at Duke University, coffee, alcohol and read meat all make cigarettes taste better. However, juice, vegetables, fruit and milk can make them taste bad, so loading up on these foods can be helpful when you are trying to quit. As an added bonus, they also promote optimal health.
 
INDULGE YOUR SWEET TOOTH
sweet-treatIn about 30 percent of cases, when someone feels like they are craving a cigarette, what they are really craving is carbohydrates. Grabbing a small sweet treat can satiate this so you do not want a cigarette. Of course, you do not want to load up on sugar, but a small hard candy or a fun-size candy bar can do the trick with minimal calories.
 
MOVE YOUR BODY
Your potential to quit is doubled when you work out regularly, according to Brown University research. The type of exercise should be aerobic and performed at least five days a week. The exercise should be vigorous enough to hit at around 80 percent of your max heart rate.
 
TRY TAI CHI
tai-chiTai Chi is a type of ancient martial arts that promotes fitness and relaxation. A study performed at the University of Miami followed smokers for 12 weeks and had them do three one-hour sessions each week.
At the end of the trial period, 60 percent had kicked the habit.
 
 
 
 
DITCH THE DIET
Research shows that quitting smoking should be a focused priority and trying to diet and get in shape at the same time can thwart your efforts. Those who gain weight after quitting smoking generally only gain five to 10 pounds and this amount of weight can easily be lost in one to two months with a healthy diet and regular exercise. It is best to place all of your efforts on kicking the habit because nicotine is an incredibly hard addiction to break.
 
CONSIDER ST. JOHN’S WORT
This natural herb is well-known to have effective antidepressant potential and there are prescription antidepressants, such as Paxil and Chantix, that are prescribed to those trying to quit smoking. This herb works similar to these drugs by inhibiting norepinephrine and dopamine reuptake
Happy first smoke free birthday!