Can food help reduce your cigarette cravings?12 Oct
As it’s Stoptober, we thought we’d take a look at how making a few changes to your eating habits can help you kick the habit!
Smoking isn’t just about the nicotine addiction, it’s also about the taste you get from it and the other ways it affects your senses. So, anything that affects your smoking experience can make it easier for you to quit!
Different foods affect the flavour of cigarettes in different ways. Common foods that worsen the taste of cigarettes include:
- Dairy products
- Non-caffeinated drinks
- Fruit and vegetables
Common foods that make cigarettes taste better include:
- Caffeinated drinks
So, try drinking milk, or eating some fruits or vegetables before you smoke. It’ll make the whole experience less pleasurable and make you less likely to want to keep it up!
Did you know that smoking also depletes your vitamin C levels? Low vitamin C levels means more cravings, so introduce some foods high in vitamin Ci into your diet to curb those cravings! Good examples include:
Not only will these stop you feeling like you need to smoke so often, but as we mentioned above, they’ll likely make the cigarettes taste worse too!
Find your triggers
When do you tend to smoke? Everyone has different patterns of behaviour that trigger the cravings. It could be your morning coffee, drinking alcohol or even just socialising with other smokers. Acknowledging those triggers and creating new habits will help make it easier to stop smoking. A few examples are:
- Replace your coffee with a cup of green tea – drinking green tea can not only reduce the urge for a cigarette, but it can protect your body from some of the oxidative damage caused by cigarettes, as well as replenishing the vital antioxidants that are otherwise lost through smoking.
- If you’re partial to smoking after a few (alcoholic) beverages then swap them for your favourite non-alcoholic alternatives. Mocktails made with fruit juice can help curb the cravings!
- If socialising with your friends while they smoke is proving too much of a temptation then why not mix things up a bit? Get them to join you at a fitness class or go for a run together. Exercise can massively reduce your desire to smoke, and help you feel motivated to keep on battling those cigarette cravings.
If you’re looking for help this Stoptober, the Cheshire Change Hub offer free support and guidance for those who want to stop smoking. Give their website a look and see how they can help you!