For many people quitting smoking is an impossible mission. It’s difficult, especially for those people who smoke a lot and do it compulsively. However, with will power, everything is possible. In this article, we propose a diet to help you stop smoking.
Make healthy snacks to quit smoking
Quitting smoking is synonymous with anxiety and bad mood. To control these moods, one often ends up consuming food. As a result, many of the people who quit smoking gain weight.
It is a very common thing, at times when anxiety appears, to go to the refrigerator and eat whatever it contains. For one reason or another, we find ourselves eating more than we should and, above all, unhealthy foods.
The truth is that, during the first few weeks, anxiety is inevitable. It is a normal reaction of the body to the lack of nicotine. Gradually, the body gets used to it and anxiety episodes will appear less frequently.
Since the need to compensate for the absence of nicotine through food will be inevitable, we will give you some tips to make this phase more bearable and avoid getting fat.
- Don’t buy junk food. It seems a foregone thing, but the biggest effort to try to eat healthily starts right at the point of purchase. It’s very simple, if we don’t have junk food at home, we won’t be able to consume it. Go shopping when you are not anxious, otherwise, you will be inclined to buy anything. The best time is after eating. Being satisfied and relaxed, you will only buy what you have written on the shopping list.
- Prepare healthy snacks. A good way to keep your mind occupied and not thinking about smoking is to cook. By preparing your snacks you can kill two birds with one stone: on the one hand, you are preparing healthy foods, on the other you are busy, you don’t smoke and you relax. If you are going to cook, here you will find light versions of some traditional recipes and here a recipe for preparing homemade cereal bars.
- Always have fruit available. Fruit satisfies you and has few calories. Choose the one that contains less sugar and enjoy the delicious taste. You can eat it directly, make a fruit salad, a smoothie or a juice.
Foods rich in vitamin C
Another trick to quitting smoking is to eat foods rich in vitamin C. Did you know that smokers usually have a deficiency in this vitamin? When smoking is consumed in large quantities, it is advisable to replenish them.
Furthermore, foods containing vitamin C are generally quite satiating and therefore suitable for calming anxiety. Below you will find some foods rich in vitamin C that you can easily include in your daily diet.
- Brussels sprouts
- Green peppers
- Red peppers
Always carry a bottle of water with you
To help calm the urge to smoke, bring a bottle of water with you. Whenever you want to light a cigarette, you can take a drink of water. In addition to calming anxiety, you will eliminate nicotine more quickly from the body.
It is estimated that nicotine takes about 20 days to be excreted from the body. After the first three weeks, the body stops demanding nicotine intensely, because it has already eliminated it. Water, in addition to helping the body eliminate nicotine faster, contains no calories. It’s a good way to feel full without adding calories to the diet. In this way, there is no weight gain linked to nicotine withdrawal.