So i can go all night with out a cig til in the morning after breakfast thats when the cravings start
That after a meal craving was hard for me too. I found that brushing my teeth after a meal helped.
Hi and Welcome to Ex’s...Pagreene
Glad you cannot smoke during the night, but many of us didn’t smoke at night...your after breakfast cigarette is part of a habit. You associate smoking with after eating. May I suggest, you read at My EX Plan | BecomeAnEX Then, read the blogs here about quitting and addiction. Once you make that quit date, plan for it like no other day. (Such as what you will do in place of smoking, take a walk, do jumping jacks, come to Ex’s, etc.,) Throw all smoking paraphernalia the night before away. This is not an easy journey, but it is doable. We are here to help you...be sure to stay close to the support site...Colleen 667 DOF
Welcome to EX. I didn’t eat breakfast but my mornings were a challenge. I came to EX as soon as l could. I am sure that Youngatheart.7.4.12 has some wisdom to impart in her welcome.
Welcome! The first week or so I really struggled with the after dinner cigarette craving. I got in the habit of playing a game instead. It really helped the first couple of weeks.
Welcome to the community!
The idea is to change up your morning routine so the associations with smoking are reduced. I will talk about that more a bit further along.
The 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 easy and entertaining read provided a world of good information about nicotine addiction, most of which I was not aware. I credit it in large part with my success at quitting. You can search for it online or at your local library.
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-ex has lots of blogs written by members of this site with their experiences and guidance. Here is a video to inform you further about nicotine addiction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpWMgPHn0Lo&feature=youtu.be.
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 after you have tried to delay and distract. 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. You need to start out with a plan to reduce use of them over time - which the patch does by decreasing the dose contained in them.. For the gum, you can start by cutting each piece in half, then in quarters, then sub regular gum of the same flavor in between, adding more and more regular gum. For the lozenge, you need to start subbing a mint in between to begin, increasing the number of them over time. I do not recommend the e-cigarette for obvious reasons.
It will be informative if you do the tracking and separation exercises recommended here on the site. As you track each cigarette smoked, note its importance, and what you might do instead. Put each one off just a little to prove that you don't NEED a cigarette just because you think you do.
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: https://excommunity.becomeanex.org/blogs/Youngatheart.7.4.12-blog/2013/02/25/100-things-to-do-instead-of-smoke
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!
I understand this so much, I think all of us struggle with this. It is indeed part of the habit. I bet if you asked anyone here what the first thing they reached for after waking up or their first meal they'd probably say some form of nicotine product. It's just something we get used to. For me, it is still hard for me even being quit 6 days. For 5 days I was reaching for my NRT first thing as soon as I woke up, sometimes even in the night at first when I was going through heavy withdrawals. Today was my first NRT free day and it has been very hard, I will say that the best thing I've been able to do is do something positive as a habit in place of your morning smoke, for instance, I pop a stick of sugar-free gum in as soon as I wake up and it helps get me through the craving (I use mint because it does something, I don't know what that just helps) But replacing that habit with something new, a positive habit, helps tremendously. Be sure to read the literature and readings on the site and mentioned on the site, they help and are VERY informative. I wish you the best in your journey! You can do this! One day at a time!
-Ethan 6 DOF
I had a frozen Hershey Kiss with my coffee at the beginning of my quit. Gave me that hit of dopamine! Freezing them makes them last longer. Worked for me!
So,!!! yes, need to change. It was part and parcel of life, after morning tea/coffee, after breakfast, after lunch (or Dinner) and every time after coffee.
Now need to resolve, only morning tea/coffee, and no smoking at all, enjoy plain tea/coffee with cleaner breath, breakfast and eatings are part of new life, where they taste better because of quit.
Enjoy the life new way, good smell, good life style, honestly to be proud of EX...
No need to remember cigarette, smoking, nicotine, addiction.... NOPE..
All the Best !
I was reading the replies yes! I love it Youngatheart.7.4.12 It's just those little things you can do, little adjustments as simple as that that make all the difference I think. For some reason mint overwhelms my senses I think, that's why each morning I have to chew gum but I have not thought of something like this. I switched from coffee to black tea, just for now and it's helped me I think because a conscious change in your routine as a smoker in the mornings just makes a huge difference. I'm going to have to try that Hershey's Kisses thing, that sounds so good!
Also, I can't wait for the day I can return back to coffee, my coffee cups are getting kind of lonely lol.
green1611 amen to that! The smelling better has been a huge plus for me. Now when I am around smokers it's hard for me to believe I smelled like cigarette smoke for all those years. Plus you add the good lifestyle and the new way of life, I mean it's not hard to love living life as an EX right?
tibbetsethan And I can tell you that life as an Ex is worth all it took to attain it. Worth EVERY bit of it!!
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