I have about 7 months nicotine-free, and I know that my body no longer physically craves it like it did in the beginning. So when I have a feeling that reminds me of a smoking urge, I have to do a reality check with my body.
- Am I hungry?
- Anxious about something?
- Forgetting to do something?
- Is my body stiff and needing to move?
In my case, more often than not I'm thirsty. But if that's not it, and nothing else on the list rings true, I go for a sweet snack. I may not be actually hungry, but blood sugar can be a sneaky thing when it drops. Trail mix is good for that.
Point is, there are plenty of satisfying things to combat that "I want something" feeling that reminds me of smoking. It's a matter of interpreting the body's signals, which I'm not so good at, quite frankly. I pretty much have to start at my head and work my way down because I don't always remember my own checklist.
I'm planning to one of these days apply the above truism to my weight control problem. Because sometimes what I want now is cake.