I can't seem to get enough to eat no matter what I do. Any good tips?
Fiber!! oatmeal, chili beans, anything like that will help you feel full.
Chew on straws, coffee stirs, gum. toothbrush, your hand, etc..
Also nuts, and some suggested sunflower seeds .
Thank you anaussiemom, never though about oatmeal I think that is something I'll try now...
Mix oatmeal with peanut butter and blueberries. Delicious!
Try sipping from a water bottle - the more often, the better. Smoking seemed to decrease my appetite, and that is not happening for you anymore. You might also try snacking on some frozen grapes, or even frozen Hersey Kisses.
It is better to eat many, smaller meals during the day instead of three big ones so your blood sugar stays level.
This, too, shall pass, once your body adjusts to your new normal.
Thank you Youngatheart, maybe I'll make some flavored sugar free ice cubes...
In the beginning, I could not get full - no matter how much I ate. Just stop eating when you know you have had enough and drink lots and lots of water. Your appetite will get back to normal after a while. Good job on 16 days!
Thank you Jennifer, I'm feeling a little bit like a balloon... LOL
Fruits,raw veggies,nuts,crunchy crackers,lean proteins,sugar free jellos and yogurts work for me.Whole grains have
more fiber,flavor and vitamins....... All those things fill you up... I chew alot of gum and suck on hot cinnamon hard candy with the cravings. Get some exercise........... The appetite does settle down.......
Thank you Prairieroselady...
It WILL pass...see if you can replace some of the food with water or with activity. I know that my appetite was decreased by smoking and I will admit that I was a bit concerned over becoming a bottomless pit. I drank water, I did as much as I could in terms of exercising, it wasn't much at the beginning because I had been really ill. I came to this site and I read and read and read...you are going to get past this. Certainly fiber and water help but I think that moving around helped and still helps me more. I don't feel like I am starving any more and I don't feel like smoking either. Moving around and exercising release dopamine for me and I just feel BETTER! I rarely feel like eating and eating and eating when I feel really good.
Thank you Ellen...
Thank you all for the tips...
Water. Dill pickles have 0 calories. Add more things to your routine. High five on 16!
Thank you maryfreecig, this site is so very helpful i'm glad to have found it...
I craved salty foods. Instead of eating just regular potato chips I'd eat Chex Mix instead. Not the most healthy thing in the world but could be worse!
We all ate lot in the first days....it stops after awhile. I used HALLS mentholyptus cough drops........because I literally got SICK of eating...but still was eating more. It's the hand to mouth smoking behavior that we just all needed to get over. The cough drops worked wonders because gave me something in my mouth without the sweetness of candy or gum (which became sickening after awhile) AND....all cough drops have a very teeny tiny amount of mouth anesthetic. I think that helped the cravings.
Other suggestion (not healthy for your teeth BUUUUUUUT) I chewed ice chips. This REALLY helped but----as stated----your dentist will yell at you.
Pistachios UNSALTED good for opening veins.....just sharing the love.... I ate tons of oranges and chewed double bubble by the buckets ate tons of applesauce with cinnamon... lol keep on keeping on thanks for sharing GOOD JOB staying NICOTINE FREE NO MATTER WHAT!
I ate whatever I wanted , so am probably not the best to give advice. I am pretty avid mover and huge water drinker. I would recommend water-water-water. But most of all, I would not be so concerned about the weight right now and just concentrate on the quit. You will level off soon and your appetite will decrease. Try some green tea also. I have to say this about ice chips though to Sootie, .....as a formal surgical assistant that worked sometimes for an Oral Surgeon when not at Hospital ...dont do it. Suck but do not chew on ice. That activity overtime, will crack your tooth enamel.
Mandolinrain TRUE! As I said----your dentist WILL yell at you. But---sorry...sucking ice doesn't do it for me.......
However, it is a bad habit.......but, one I have not yet conquered!
Sorry, having an off day today...now I see where you said that..... I need to get my readers on!!! LOL
Congrafilations!!!! I ate a lot of popsicles. Banana popsicles all day long....;-)
Strong plain (unsweetened) green tea curbed my appetite tremendously. AND it's really good for you. You can get green tea bags in any grocery store. If you can't stand it plain, then add some sugar, but it won't be as effective in curbing the desire for food. I was just like you - could not become sated by anything I put in my mouth. I once just chowed down on a head of head lettuce. Almost ate the whole thing like an apple! lol It's that empty, gnawing feeling in the gut. I remember it well. The suggestions others made above me are all good ones. It will eventually even out and you'll go back to normal. Exercise really helps too. Kudos on the 16 days. Keep a'going!
I just saw a great commercial where a young woman says “I tried to stop once and I gained 5 Lbs”. Then you see a young very sick young woman who says “ I lost 25 lbs on Chemo”. We can do this and take the weight off later. We can we will be empowered. Also know that our metabolism slows once we stop smoking. So even if we eat healthy we will gain weight. I used to use that as an excuse not to quit. Come on we all know we can always find an excuse. But we got this. We are struggling to keep our quit each day. Let’s not overwhelm ourselves. We can do this, I have to believe that!
I eat a lot of banana chips and almonds, I also had to drink a lot more water it helped a lot. The hardest part for my start to the day was eating three balanced meals a day especially breakfast. It takes a little time for the food hunger to pass but it will. Try to keep busy and your mind off food. I would also try the strawberry mints and lollipops. I hope this helps!
Withdrawal is a state of "Restlessness".....Eat ! Drink! and be Merry!.....it will pass and your body will get back to normal sooner than you think. You know what works best for you, so keep discovering your "niche". Miles of Smiles !
I didn't really have this exact same problem because I smoked for so long that my appetite really still hasn't come back fully. But I still have the hand to mouth Habit to deal with. My Philosophy is that as long as you are not smoking, you can eat whatever you want. At least until you feel secure enough not to dig in the garbage for butts to smoke. Now I am using nicotine gum and drink lots of water with it.
Give yourself a break. It will get better. And a few pounds heavier is still not as big a health threat as baking your lungs for 45 years like I did.
In fact, I do enjoy a piece of chocolate cake with my coffee for breakfast. And I am not worried about it because each day that I don't smoke is a victory for me!
I Always did have a thing for chocolate. And for years and years I’ve eaten dark chocolate every day. I sure hope over the long haul my waistline can still handle it. I’d be hard-pressed to have to give the chocolate up. Loved your comment about chocolate cake for breakfast with your coffee! Prairie 44 days of freedom
Just to give you some closure on this "hunger thingie" . Cigarettes smoking puts sugar into your blood stream, which is how it is quoted as a "appetite suppressant". It only takes seconds for the nicotine to release sugar into your blood stream. When you eat food it takes up to 20 minutes from the time you chew and swallow before its released into the blood. This is why many people gorge themselves on food upon cessation. They start to experience a drop in blood sugar and then reach for something sweet, but they still feel hungry because as I said it takes 20 minutes for your body to respond to the intake of food to fuel your blood sugar levels.So you keep eating more and more until the desired time goes by (20 minutes) and your blood sugar is boosted and you feel satisfied. When you quit smoking abruptly, the body is in kind of a state of loss and shock, not knowing how to work normally (since smoking isn't a normal body activity) Eventually your body will readjust and release sugar as it is needed. Without eating any more your body will just figure out how to regulate blood sugar more efficiently...it just takes a little time. Hope this helped....MUNCH AWAY!
I had never HEARD that, WOW!
Good stuff Gyorgi girl.
LOVE knowing this info! Thank you!
You have gotten a lot of good advice. Apples and oranges and plenty of water. Popcorn fills me up with a soft drink.
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