Certain food choices can actually help you quit smoking.
Choosing the right snack throughout the day can actually help you reduce cravings, manage blood sugar, improve metabolic rate, boost your energy, prevent weight gain, and stabilize your mood. Below are some good food choices:
- Fresh Fruit. The alkalizing property of fruits can help lessen your nicotine cravings especially in the first weeks of smoking cessation. Eating apples, watermelon, cherries, grapes, blueberries, oranges, and plums can improve your fiber and water intake without adding too much calories.
- Fresh Vegetables. Another good snacking option is fresh vegetables. They are packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and fiber. And because they contain very low calories, you don’t have to worry about the extra weight. Bell peppers, cucumber, celery, zucchini and carrots. Lettuce or spinach salads make a great snack.
- Mint. Strong mint flavors can help kill sugar and nicotine cravings. Spearmint, peppermint, and other strong mint flavored foods like gums, hard candies (sugar-free) and breath mints can help lessen or kill your cravings for a cigarette.
- Tart or Sour. Another great food choice to help kill your cravings are sour or tart-flavored foods like lime, lemon, lemon drops, stuffed olives, and dill pickles.
- Spicy. Spicy foods like Tabasco sauce, hot salsa, jalapenos, and chilies are good craving killers. A generous amount of black pepper can also help deal with cravings, as well.
- Warm. Eating warm meals can actually make you feel fuller than cold ones. Eating warm oatmeal sprinkled with cinnamon, raisins, or apple sauce is a great choice. It has increased fiber and good craving killing properties.
- Tea. Sipping hot tea can help satisfy your cravings. It may be time consuming, but this warm liquid is high in antioxidants and is good for your recovering body. Licorice-, lemon-, peppermint-, cinnamon-flavored teas are great craving busters.
- Crisp. Sorry to frustrate you, we’re not referring to the chips you buy in grocery stores. The smoking habit you built is somehow hard to break. Eating crunchy or crispy foods like almonds, seeds, apples, or raw vegetables can help deal with the hand to mouth habit you developed throughout your smoking years. This food choice can help kill this trigger.
- Fatty. Again, this is not what you think it is. Foods that contain high levels of healthy fats can help make you feel full longer. It also makes you feel fewer cravings. Olive and coconut oil, avocados, and nuts are good examples of this food choice.
- Fibrous. Foods high in fiber not only help make you feel full longer, they also help you deal with constipation associated with smoking. Raisins, vegetables, oatmeal, and legumes are foods rich in fiber.
For better results, you may want to stock up ahead of time or prepare a quit shelf before you start with your smoking cessation program. You can arrange your cabinet with the healthy foods on the front or where you can easily have access to them. You may also want to remove unhealthy foods from your fridge and replace them with fruits and vegetables.