For many people, quitting smoking is a mission impossible. It is difficult, especially for those people who smoke a lot and who do it compulsively. However, with willpower, anything is possible. In this article, we propose a diet to help you quit smoking.
Eat healthy snacks to quit smoking
Quitting smoking is synonymous with anxiety and a bad mood. To control these moods, we often end up consuming food. As a result, many of the people who quit smoking gain weight.
It is a very common thing, in times of anxiety, to go to the refrigerator and eat whatever is in it. For one reason or another we find ourselves eating more than we should and, above all, unhealthy foods.
The truth is, during the first few weeks, anxiety is inevitable. It is a normal reaction of the body to a 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 gaining weight.
- Don’t buy junk food. It seems obvious, but the greatest effort to try to eat healthily starts right at the moment 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 full and relaxed, you will just buy what you wrote on the shopping list.
- Prepare healthy snacks. A good way to keep your mind busy and not think 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 food, on the other hand you are busy, do not smoke and relax. If you intend to cook, here you will find light versions of some traditional recipes and here a recipe for making homemade cereal bars.
- Always have fruit available. Fruit satisfies you and is low in calories. Choose the one that contains the least sugar and enjoy the delicious flavor. 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 you smoke if you consume large quantities, it is advisable to replenish them.
In addition, foods that contain vitamin C are generally quite satiating and therefore suitable for calming anxiety. Below you will find some vitamin C rich foods that you can easily incorporate into 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 sip of water. In addition to calming anxiety, you will eliminate nicotine from your body faster.
It is estimated that it takes about 20 days for nicotine 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 your diet. In this way there is no weight gain linked to nicotine withdrawal.