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Monday, September 17, 2012

I'm quit smoking as of 9/14/12 now my problem is im starving all the time. everytime i want a cigarette im reaching for food...yogurt, frozen yogurt,celery, chips etc. sometimes i want sweet and sometimes its salty and sometimes something that goes CRUNCH. I dont know what to do i need help im throwing off my calories all the time now. i need some advice on what i can do i dont want to smoke anymore and im using the patch to control the nicotine urges but it doesnt help with the rest. i used to smoke when i wanted to eat and the cigarette took away the want of food now with them gone the food cravings and urges are back. can anyone give me some ideas to help? emoticon

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JESSIEJACKS76 9/19/2012 11:30AM

    good job quiting!!

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DDHEART 9/19/2012 10:55AM

    Well everyone else pretty much said what I was going to say so I'll just congratulate you on making this move to eliminate what we know is a negative health's hard, no doubt about it but when you have kicked this you will be so much better for it! Keep sparking, you are surrounded by people who want to see you succeed!!

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ANNE1123 9/17/2012 1:07PM

    I've made beaded bracelets to keep my hands busy. I also did a lot of journaling in the beginning. I never wrote a Dear John letter to my cigarettes, but I have heard this works for french fries so it should work for cigarettes. As for eating, I gave myself permission to be a pig in the beginning. I know you don't want to hear that but I think you can actually stop eating a whole lot faster than you can stop smoking. I can go through a pack of cigarettes and skip meals, but I can't eat a bag of family size chips in one sitting. You stopped three days ago? Cut yourself some slack. Not smoking is better than any over eating you may be doing in the short term. For the first 30 days, just love yourself by not smoking and if that means being a slug or having a pint of Ben & Jerry's so be it. Anything is better than a carton of cancer sticks & coffin nails!
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RICHILA 9/17/2012 12:53PM

    My friends swear by sugarfeee gum and water to help distract them. But, basically you have to change your habits to avoid the cue and reward yourself when you do the right thing.
I really enjoyed this article on changing a habit.

Sorry, it won't let me link.

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PEBBLES706 9/17/2012 10:24AM

    I'm not sure if this will help you or not but when I quit smoking I would chew on plastic coffee stirers. I always had one in my mouth. Especially the hard plastic ones that you can get at a Stewards or 7-11 shop. sometimes with smoking and with food I think it's that "hand to mouth habit" that we have to break. Try it, there are no calories involved and it may help you. Good luck emoticon

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BEANIES_MOM 9/17/2012 9:06AM

    When I first quit smoking only a couple months ago I used water and super strong minty gum. I didn't do the patches cause I can't afford them I just stopped buying cigarettes and it was tough and even now I still want a cigarette every once in a while but I pick up a piece of gum instead. My go to gum is the Stride Spark kinetic mint. emoticon

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BUSYGRANNY5 9/17/2012 7:48AM

    Congratulations on quitting smoking! What a great thing to do for your health!!!! I think the advice offered by others is great... have you tried sucking on hard candy? Good luck!!! You CAN do this!!!

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08ESCAPE 9/17/2012 7:44AM

    I quit smoking 10 years ago... Try reaching for water instead of food. Also try keeping yourself busy. When I quit I had to change my daily routine to help break the habit of wanting a smoke. You can do it!! emoticon Don't give up on yourself!! emoticon

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PATTYKLAVER 9/17/2012 7:34AM

    Gum may help. Take a walk or do something active. Clean out a drawer. Read something. Call someone. I'm hoping one of these suggestions may help. It will get easier the longer you go without a cigarette. Good luck.

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