Quitting cigarettes isn’t as easy as one may think. It takes a considerable amount of will power, effort, and planning to do it successfully. Very few people are able to quit cold turkey and stay off cigarettes. It’s so hard to quit cold turkey, only 3-10% of smokers actually succeed. There are better ways to stop smoking but if you have the will power, then go for it.
Use Food To Help Transition From Smoking
We all know that people tend to gain weight when they quit smoking. The amount varies, but usually ex smokers pack on about 10 lbs. That’s a considerable amount. Everyone will notice if you pickup an extra 10 lbs. You can’t hide it. Luckily you found our site and will be able to prevent the weight gain. You can use food to help you quit smoking instead of using it to distract yourself from the urge to smoke.
Get Rid Of All Junk Food
Before you officially quit smoking, do away with all of your old junk food. You don’t have to throw it away if you don’t want to waste it. You can, but you don’t have to. Pick a date to quit smoking and make sure the food is gone by then. You can eat it all before the day arrives or you can toss it. Tossing it is a better option because it’s not good for you anyway, but we understand that you may want to eat it.
By getting rid of all your favorite junk foods, you’ll be in a better position than most people when they quit smoking. It will be nearly impossible for you to binge on junk food when you don’t have any. You’d have to make a trip all the way to the store to buy some. That’s a lot of work and will give you time to change your mind.
By dumping your junk food, you’ve already won half of the battle to avoid gaining weight.
Stock Up With The Best Healthy Foods
The other half of the battle is won by stocking your fridge and pantry with healthy foods. The key here is to pick healthy foods that you like. There’s no sense in buying celery when you think it’s disgusting. Go for something that you love but is still healthy. Fresh fruits are a great choice since they’re sweet and refreshing. Most people like fruits whereas a lot of people have a hard time eating vegatables.
Fruit also has the added benefit of being easy to prepare. You don’t have to cook fruit to make it taste good. You can just wash it and chow down. A lot of vegetables have to be cooked in order to taste good.
Whatever you do, just make sure you buy foods that you love and will actually prepare or eat. Don’t buy the healthiest stuff in the world if you won’t eat it. Shop smart,
Quit With Vaporizers
One of the most popular ways to quit smoking is with vaping. Vaping is the act of using an electronic vaporizer to deliver nicotine to your body. This method is very successful because your body still gets the nicotine it desires. Nicotine is what your body gets addicted to, not the actual cigarette. When you combine vaping with healthy eating, you have a recipe for success.
Here are some sites that have good vaping information and products:
Home | Smokefree.gov – government resources
Quit Smoking Today – How To Quit Smoking & Help Stay Quit | Quit.com – quit smoking resources
Best RBA Tank & RDA To Buy In 2017 – Top Rebuildable Tank Atomizer – vaping resources
Vaping is a surefire way to get your nicotine. If you don’t want to deal with nicotine withdrawals as you drop the cigarettes, vaping is something that you should seriously consider. Don’t go into it blindly though. Vaping is not “healthy,” it’s just less unhealthy than cigarettes. Don’t listen to people telling you it’s healthy.
Your lungs were designed to inhale and exhale oxygen and other natural gases. They were not designed to inhale anything else, but can do so. Just because your lungs can inhale vaporized fluid doesn’t mean it’s healthy. Just proceed with caution and don’t go into it blindly.
Could cilantro become the next trendy health food?
When it comes to pumping up the flavor of food without adding excess fat and calories, herbs are always a good bet.
One of the most widely used herbs in the world? Cilantro.
Also known as Chinese parsley, the pungent herb packs a wallop to the taste buds but has just 1 calorie per Â¼-cup serving. These tender green leaves are part of the coriander plant and play an integral role in pad Thai, Mexican salsas, Indian raitas, a yogurt-based condiment, as well as Caribbean dressings and marinades.
As cilantro moves into the mainstream in America, it’s showing up in new-wave, fusion-style condiments, including cilantro-flavored mayonnaise and cilantro pesto. In addition to its trendy flavor profile, The Star’s Cilantro Chicken offers the addition of brown rice, a whole grain with lots of fiber.
Other health benefits? Cilantro is reputed to be an aphrodisiac, an appetite stimulant and a digestive aid. It’s rich in vitamins A and C and contains phytonutrients thought to stimulate anti-cancer enzymes in the body.
In 2004 researchers at the University of California-Berkeley isolated an anti-bacterial agent in cilantro known as dodecenal. Contained in the leaves of the plant, large quantities of dodecenal have been shown to kill salmonella, bacteria that causes food poisoning.
Shopping tip: Available year-round in nearly every supermarket, cilantro is typically sold in bunches, often displayed near the parsley. Choose cilantro that is bright green and shows no sign of wilting.
Storage tip: Store fresh cilantro for up to a week in a plastic bag in the refrigerator or in a glass of water as you would a bouquet of flowers with a plastic bag covering the top.
Cooking tip: Cilantro has an intense (some say “soapy”) flavor that can become overpowering if it is added to a dish before it is cooked. It is wise to roughly chop cilantro; minced too fine, it releases the naturally bitter oils of the plant. The tender stems may be eaten along with the leaves.
Cilantro is often used with hot chilies. Chipotle chilies add optional spice to this dish.
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, cut into thin strips
1 tablespoon minced garlic
Â½ cup dry white wine
1 tablespoon butter
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Â¼ cup fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon chipotle chilies in adobo sauce, drained and chopped (optional)
2 cups cooked brown or white rice
Chopped fresh cilantro for garnish
Heat olive oil in skillet over medium-high heat; add chicken and garlic and cook until chicken is fully cooked and lightly browned. Add wine and simmer 2 minutes. Stir in butter. Add cilantro, lime juice and chilies if desired. Stir in rice. Sprinkle with additional chopped fresh cilantro. Makes 4 servings.
Per serving: 324 calories (26 percent from fat), 9 grams total fat (3 grams saturated), 74 milligrams cholesterol, 27 grams carbohydrates, 29 grams protein, 123 milligrams sodium, 2 grams dietary fiber.
Could Curry Be Your Cure?
Used for centuries in India to treat indigestion, turmeric was considered just another culinary spice in the West until researchers discovered it contained a potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compound called curcumin.
Since then, studies in mice have established curcumin’s ability to fight inflammation and inhibit human colon cancer cells.
A recent pilot study of five people with ulcerative proctitis and five with Crohn’s disease found that daily treatments with a standardized dose of curcumin (550 mg twice a day for one month, then three times a day for ulcerative proctitis; 360 mg three times a day for one month and then four times a day for Crohn’s disease) over a two- or three-month period brought significant improvement in both groups.
The researchers say the results warrant a full-blown double-blind, placebo-controlled study. In the meantime, it couldn’t hurt for anyone with Irritable Bowel Syndrome or other intestinal issues to add a dose of curcumin to their daily supplement intake. Hate swallowing pills?
Try adding yellow curry and other turmeric-rich dishes to your diet for a tummy-friendly boost.