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Curbing Junk Food Cravings When Quitting Smoking

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Quitting a habit like smoking is frequently accompanied by substitute cravings for high calorie snacks. This is a guide about curbing junk food cravings when quitting smoking.

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February 3, 2009

I just quit smoking after too many years and really have had no problems quitting so far. Now the only real problem I am having is the snack foods. Does anyone out there have the same problem? One thing I know that has helped me is the strawberry Twizzlers. I know a lot of you are having the same problem. Another thing a friend of mine said to do is cut straws in half and suck on them when you want a cigarette. Thank you for any suggestion you might have.

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February 5, 20090 found this helpful
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Straws work! I quit about 5 years ago and chewed, sucked and finger twirled a straw for a few weeks (maybe even months), but it really worked.

It helps with that hand to mouth action that is so automatic. It also has No side-effects, No weight gain, they are easy to carry, and you can use them at work, on the phone, in the car or at home without anyone really noticing.

I also think they would be an easier switch for you since you've been using twizzlers, straws are a similar shape and size.

Good Luck!

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February 5, 20090 found this helpful
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Instead of a straw, I used a cinnamon stick to suck on. It satisfied holding a "cigarette" (the cinnamon stick) and the oral gratification of smoking. The "sweet - hot" taste of the cinnamon was a jolt to my mouth. When the urge to smoke got really bad, I breathed in deeply and held my breath for the slow count of 10 before slowly exhaling. Good luck - and hang in there!

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February 5, 20090 found this helpful
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Cinnamon altoids are what they suggested in my stop smoking class.

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My dad had to quit for health reasons, and my mom quit with him to help him out. My mom used gum or peppermint discs when she had a craving, my dad wasn't fond of mint, so he used butterscotch discs.

I was lucky enough to be able to quit without much trouble, I guess I don't have an addictive personality! Good luck -- you will feel much better when you kick the habit!

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