I am drinking a lot of coffee but it is not helping.
If you mean, "What can I do instead of smoke?", here is a great list: 101 Things to Do Instead of Smoke
Just pick 5 or 6 that fit you, and try to do any of them to distract you. Nothing is going to replace the exact feeling nicotine gives you. But there are tons of things to increase your dopamine levels to help ease your transition off of nicotine. Welcome to EX! Glad you found us!
Not exactly healthy, but Tootsie Pops got me through those first two weeks.
My favorite was cut straws. Although I didn't suck on them like pretend cigarettes. I chewed the h**l out of them until they were a mangled mess, then put another one in my mouth. Of course, movement of any kind is really the best distraction. But not always practical for desk jockeys.
Me, too SoosannahK. At first, sugar is pretty much a necessity when in withdrawal.
AnnetteMM That is all I craved those first two weeks, then like a little switch kicked and I could regain my sanity with sugary things. I am not even a fan of Tootsie Pops but that is all I wanted.
I drank a lot of water and still do and I chomped on carrots and celery sticks which helped me plus I kept a bag of sugar free mints around in case a bad craving hit.....
FRESH AIR !
(I had to say that.)
Coffee made me want to smoke, so I had to stay away from it for about a week. Water with lots of ice cubes is really good. Stay away from hard candy, because it is loaded with sugar and will rot your teeth.
Hang in there with your quit.
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There are lots of nicotine replacements out there, patches, lozenges, inhalers, gum....not likely that any are "healthy" but they are out there. I quit with no nicotine replacement, I did do the planning that is on this site, I identified my triggers and planned for what to do instead of smoking. I think the best way to sustain a quit is through education about nicotine addiction, support, and commitment. I STOPPED coffee because I heard that it might be a trigger so I drank green tea, which I really do not like and after several weeks of tea, I realized that I never smoked and drank coffee at the same time anyways. I smoked outside and I drank coffee in the house. I AM much more sensitive to the effects of caffeine since quitting smoking and you may find that as well. Normally, I would ask Youngatheart.7.4.12 to welcome you with her usual welcome note but she is out of town until the 20th. She gave me permission to use her welcome while she is gone and I am taking advantage of that since I think it is particularly helpful. Her name is Nancy, MY name is Ellen and thanks to EX, I have kept my quit for over 4 1/2 years after countless failed quits before this one.
What follows will be from Nancy, welcome to EX and stay close to the site.
The most important thing you can do right now is to educate yourself on what nicotine does to your body and mind. To that end, I highly recommend Allen Carr's “The Easy Way to Stop Smoking.” This is an easy and entertaining read. You can search for it or at your local library. Here's a link to a video here on the site which describes nicotine addiction:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpWMgPHn0Lo&feature=youtu.be. You should also read the posts here and perhaps go to the pages of folks who you think might be helpful. You might visit whyquit.com, quitsmoking.com and livewell.com for the good information contained there. @https://excommunity.becomeanex.org/groups/best-of-exhas lots of blogs written by members of this site with their experiences and guidance. You should also do the tracking and separation exercises recommended here on the site. After you have completed the recommended reading, it will be time to make an informed choice of the quit aid, if any, you will use. If you go that route, I personally recommend the aids that don't let the addict control the dose such as the available prescription drugs or the patch. If used properly, gum, lozenges and inhalers are fine, but they need to be used only as a last resort. I have seen folks become addicted to them if they substitute them for every cigarette they used to smoke - just trading one addiction for another. I do not recommend the e-cigarette for three reasons: 1) the vapor has been compared to the polluted air in Bejing on a bad day, 2) they just provide another nicotine delivery system while continuing the hand to mouth smoking motion, and 3) the batteries can spontaneously catch on fire. . But – any method that you think will work well for you will be best for you. The idea is to change up your routines so the smoking associations are reduced. Drink your coffee with your OTHER hand in a place different from when you smoked. Maybe switch to tea for a bit. If you always had that first smoke with your coffee, try putting your tennies on right out of bed, going for a quick walk, then taking your shower and THEN your coffee! Rearrange the furniture in the areas you used to smoke so the view is different. Buy your gas at a different station. Take a different route to work. Take a quick walk at break time where the smokers AREN'T. You need to distract yourself through any craves. You can take a bite out of a lemon (yup - rind and all), put your head in the freezer and take a deep breath of cold air, do a few jumping jacks, go for a brisk walk or march in place, play a computer game. Keep a cold bottle of water with you from which to sip. Don't let that smoking thought rattle around in your brain unchallenged. Sometimes you need to quit a minute or an hour at a time. You will need to be disciplined in the early days to distract yourself when a crave hits. Get busy! Here is a link to a list of things to do instead of smoke if you need some fresh ideas:
The conversation in your head in response to the "I want a cigarette" thought needs to be, "Well, since I have decided not to do that anymore, what shall I do instead for the three minutes this crave will last?" Then DO it. You will need to put some effort into this in the early days, but it gets easier and easier to do. Stay close to us here and ask questions when you have them and for support when you need it. We will be with you every step of the way!
Coffee is a big trigger for me sad to say. Loved my morning coffee and smoke on the deck. On day 17 and coffee still gives me some trouble - but i plow on through focusing on how beautiful the sky is and instead of having several cups just have one! I have found that hot green tea doesn't have that craving effect like coffee. You might give it a whirl.
greattobeanEX Get some bubble juice...sit out on the deck, drink your coffee, admire the sky, and blow bubbles....watch them float away. My respiratory therapist recommended that and it really does keep me occupied. I also changed the deck around, moved the chair, added plants, made it a healthy spot, not a smoking spot. Change your focus...
Love bubbles! Need to get another big bottle. Since it's October, our humming birds have left for their trip South. We loved watching them all summer too. I am now able to enjoy my smoke free deck without feeling like I need to smoke - just because I always had. Just visit with the Lord a little longer now. He sure is a wonderful artist! I highly recommend his work!
Wow, I already have bubbles, I blow them when Ryan (my 16month old grandson) takes a bath! Sometimes I'm blowing bubbles and I realize he's not even watching me. Do I stop...... No I'm into it, I'm having fun!
This is a great idea, thanks
autumnpepper , the great thing about having a grandchild is that you get to be a kid all over again, spoil them rotten, then send them back home to your child. That bond is like no other and cannot be compared or defined. You have to be a grandparent to truly know that feeling of love you have for your child's child. You look at him/her, and you see your own child, when they were little. Way to go, now, I have tears running down my checks.
I took your advice on this and I love it! So peaceful and now I can use my deck more without thinking about how I used to smoke out there. Easy, cheap, and healthy! Or at least it's not unhealthy
YES, i AGREE WITH IrishRose...get outside and exercise those lungs! Ginger tea is also a favorite. Cold or hot. And you can get it decaf or better yet, go steep some ginger root!
There is no substitute for nicotine. I found that frequent tiny cups of expresso through my day gave me a little "kick" that I missed so much early on in my quit.
I would say like many here, there is no substitute which will give you the same high. All the other suggestions in how to occupy your hands are great, use whatever works best for you.
Don't do like me: I used lots of chocolate candies (raisin covered), and now I have to work really hard at losing the additional weight gain. Sugar helps, yes, but take it from a fruit rather than refined.
Boy, the deck think appears to be a common problem. I couldn't sit on my deck for about 2 months after I quit. I also used sour candy and chewing the straws like there was no tomorrow. I kept them with at all times for the first few weeks. Of course, Ellen's bubbles also helped.
Black licorice. Frozen in the fridge. Make sure it is real licorice, not simulated flavour. There are lots of black licorices, Dutch salted, Austrailian panda licorice. Yum.
Coffee was always a trigger for me. I didn't drink coffee for about 6 months after I quit. Even now, 2 yrs later, I drink it infrequently.
Best substitute--- get outside and get moving. Even if you don't 'feel' like it. Push yourself and push through it.
You WILL feel better.
Walking is a great start.
Meditation and yoga.
Cycling if possible.
You need to get the endorphins moving which triggers dopamine-- the reward hormone. Plus it helps your body to detoxify quicker and basically get in better shape.
If you need an oral substitution, the frozen licorice helps as does mints.
You got me with the "healthy" part but I've GOT it...
So right elvan!
Becomeanex.org was my No.1 healthy alternative along with sucking a frozen grape.
LIFE is a good substitute for nicotine. because nicotine is death.
Found it to be true I need so much less coffee after a month smoke free on my near agenda to downgrade to decaf then phase coffee out entirely for tea. A fan of Tang orange drink. Next step with lozenge down to 2mg from 4 then to no more of those. I really like Kars honey roasted cashews but Inna pinch did grab a bowlful of dry honey nut Cheerios #dontjudgeme. Intend to replace all NRT with nothing when cold turkey phase begins sometime during month two. Do the reading. Visit the site often and share. And solid tough love self talk. This is for all the marbles. Play like you only have one shot. It all comes back worse with that first puff, so don't take it. Love yourself more than that bad habit that was not your friend but merely a miserable comforter. Freedom is for, not against you. N.O.P.E. and N.T.A.P. will get us all where we belong, as the dog wagging the tail. As it should be.
What is a healthy substitute for smoking???
you're trying to curb the fogginess. that used to drive me insane being so scattered all the time. First, know it doesn't last forever (about a month). second, your brain is not happy with you right now. You were feeding it nicotine every 15 minutes to an hour every single day of which was releasing dopamine. it stopped; it's not happy. I know I increased my omega 3's and also took B12. I made a lot of notes to remember what the heck I was doing. Lastly, it's part of the quitting process and believe that it will pass. Your body is rejuvenating, healing itself. Give it the time it needs. Search google for natural ways to increase your dopamine, exercise is a good one
1. Aerobic exercise
2. deep breathing
3. getting enough sleep
4. drinking enough water
5. eating when hungry but not overeating and not overloading on carbs
6. Posting on this site or reading other people’s posts
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