Anyone trying to quit smoking?
Niacin, or vitamin B3 pills, are
made of niacinamide, also called nicotinamide. Taking B3 supplements
daily can ease nicotine withdrawal.
Ever heard that the leaves and
stems of the potato plant are poisonous? It's because of high nicotine
levels in the plant. Raw potatoes are excellent snacks while quitting
smoking, and are unpalatable enough to give up eating after you've
kicked the habit.
Don't fall for the myth that you should chew gum or
suck suckers while quitting. Oral replacements only reinforce the idea
that you'd rather be smoking, and if you want to squit then by
definition you don't want to smoke anymore. This is also why you need to
recognize that your addiction, the literal enemy, is causing your
cravings. It is NOT that your body wants a cigarette, it's that your
addiction wants one.
Physical nicotine withdrawal hits it's peak
at 1.5 hours post tobacco and only lasts for 3 weeks maximum. If you can
sleep for 2 hours in a row, then you can make it for 3 weeks. The
addiction lies dormant but causes no symptoms after 3 weeks. The reason
people start smoking after that time is because they've either confused
cravings with desire and still believe that they're denying themselves
something they truly want (a person can only deny them self something
they truly want for so long), or they remember the stress relief that
comes with smoking a cigarette and believe it will happen again.
You know the feeling that comes with taking off a necktie or a bra after
a long day? Smoking after the withdrawal has ended is like wearing a
tie, or too tight shoes, just to feel relief when you take them off. The
only stress a cigarette can cure is the stress of withdrawal. And
remember, withdrawal peaks after an hour of a half. So the cigarette you
grab after a death or divorce or job loss can only create more stress,
not relieve the current stress.
Crying during withdrawal is not a
sign of worsening withdrawal. Tears contain cortisol, a stress hormone.
Crying during withdrawal is your body's way of helping you kick the
habit. Your amazing body is actually relieving the stress of nicotine
withdrawal by itself. So if you're somewhere where you're free to cry,
let go and let out as many tears as you can and count down to 3 weeks