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Food That Can Help You Quit Smoking

how to quit smoking: change your dietAre you ready to end your nicotine addiction, but you’re not sure how to quit smoking? Have you read all the stop-smoking tips and quit-smoking information, but you’re still not sure how to  go about it? If so, here’s a bit of essential stop-smoking advice: Eat healthy foods.

If you want to quit without relapses or excessive long-term discomfort, it’s important to give your body the vitamins and nutrients it needs. This speeds the recovery process while also stimulating your body with things that are more beneficial than nicotine.

Alternate Stimulation

According to conventional wisdom, smoking is all about nicotine addiction, and nicotine withdrawal is what makes quitting so hard. But the conventional wisdom doesn’t tell the whole story. Nicotine is a foreign substance, but all it does is stimulate certain chemicals in your brain that can be naturally produced in any number of ways. In other words, you can get other things to do what nicotine does for you.

And one thing you can do to stimulate these chemicals is to eat healthy foods. For example, sweet fruits like apples, strawberries, and blueberries can have nicotine-like effects. You may not always notice it, but the next time you have one of these fruits, pay attention to how it makes you feel, and you’ll probably notice subtle effects that are not that different from the feeling you get after smoking.

The same is true of well-made meals. Of course, when you quit smoking, you probably want to do so without the dreaded post-smoking weight gain, so you might not want to have big, delicious meals all the time. But every couple of days, if you can have one of your favorite meals for dinner, this will be a nice substitute for nicotine.


A 2007 Duke University study found that there are certain foods whose flavors encourage smoking, while there are others whose flavors don’t go well with cigarettes. And healthier foods tend to taste worse with smoking. In particular, fruits and vegetables, dairy products, and non-caffeinated beverages make cigarettes taste bad, while things like red meat, coffee, and alcoholic beverages tend to make cigarettes taste really, really good.

Of course, if you’re a smoker, you probably already know this. But keep these things in mind as you’re trying to quit smoking, and include those smoking-deterrent foods in every meal.

Faster Detox and Recovery

After quitting smoking, most people feel the worst effects for about a week, and then lingering withdrawal effects typically last for anywhere between two weeks and a month. Since lots of smokers aren’t the healthiest people in the world, part of what makes the withdrawal process last so long is that their bodies’ systems are a little sluggish.

When recovering from a nicotine addiction, numerous things happen within your body. First, there’s detox, which lasts a few days, and then there’s the 7-10 days required for your body and mind to recover a nicotine-free internal balance. And basically, the healthier you eat, the quicker the process will be. Eating good things like fruits and vegetables will cause your system to regenerate more quickly, flushing out that nicotine and all those toxins, and building up your metabolism. In the end, this can help you shave several days off the recovery process.

Foods that are Stop Smoking Aids

In summary, here are some of the best foods to work into your stop-smoking plan:

  • fruits, especially sweet ones;
  • vegetables, especially those that are high in nutrients;
  • water and non-caffeinated beverages;
  • milk, cheese, and other dairy.

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