Important Diet Tips To Quit Smoking

   |  Updated: January 03, 2018 16:55 IST

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Important Diet Tips To Quit Smoking
Highlights
  • Ask anyone who is trying to quit smoking how difficult it is to leave it
  • Giving up smoking is probably one of the hardest habits to break
  • Here are some diet tips that you must keep in mind
Ask anyone who is trying to quit smoking how difficult it is to kick the butt and they will probably tell you about their struggles to get over their nicotine addiction. Giving up smoking is probably one of the hardest habits to break. While you may have read many tips and tricks to quit this habit, there are certain diet tweaks that you could do to help you sail through the withdrawal symptoms. No, we aren't asking you to go on a diet and give up your favourite foods as you may easily lose focus, but there are foods that are more likely to send you reaching for a cigarette.

Many people, in order to fill in the craving, eat a lot to satisfy their desire. Now due to this desire, you may gain weight and suffer from other health problems. It is imperative to follow the right kind of diet. Here are some diet tips that you must keep in mind as you go on a 'quit smoking' journey.



1. Add ginseng to your diet



Ayurveda generally recommends adding ginseng to your daily diet while you struggle to quit smoking. It basically inhibits the pleasure neurotransmitter dopamine from being released when you have a cigarette. Taking it regularly make actually help you cut down on smoking significantly. It may also help in dealing with the many withdrawal symptoms like irritation, mood swings, et al.
 

ginseng root

Ayurveda generally recommends adding ginseng to your daily diet

2. Sip on some milk



According to a study conducted in Duke University, smokers who drank a glass of milk prior to smoking thought that the cigarette tasted terrible, with a bitter aftertaste. So drink some milk or have a diary product like yogurt before smoking. This will help you stay away from the cigarette for the longest time.
 

milk with spices

So drink some milk or have a diary product like yogurt before smoking

3. Chew on a sugar-free gum



Most smokers know their smoking time; chew on a sugar-free gum during that period till craving exists. Constantly chewing on something will eventually kill the urge to smoke. Ensure you don't over indulge in sugar laden candies or gum, the last thing you want is to have to deal with weight gain!
 

chewing gum

Chew on a sugar-free gum during that period till craving exists

4. Eat salty food items when craving for a smoke



Salt is believed to kill your urge to smoke; so all you need to do is to nibble on some snacks like chips or papad or even pickle or just put some salt on the tip of your tongue.
 

chips

Salt is believed to kill your urge to smoke​

5. Eat vitamin C rich foods



Add more vitamin C dense fruits like oranges, lemon, amla or guava that helps reduce the urge to smoke. Basically, cigarettes deprive you of vitamin C supply, leaving you with a deficiency that nicotine tends to fill in. So load up on vitamin C and see the difference.
 

orange juice

Add more vitamin C dense fruits like oranges, lemon, amla or guava that helps reduce the urge to smoke

CommentsAll of these tips will work only when you have actually made up your mind to quit the nicotine addiction. Once that's out of the way, these handy tips will help you to cut down on smoking significantly, if not completely. Happy quitting!


 

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