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Have a Glass of Juice instead of a Cigarette

Addictions have this funny way of tricking our minds into believing we need something that we don’t. I remember waking up in the morning and before even going to the bathroom or making coffee, I would light up a cigarette. Feeling stressed mid-morning? My solution: going for a cigarette. Feeling that afternoon lag – My solution… you guessed it: go out for a smoke. This is the lazy solution. It prevents rational thought or reason of any kind.

The next time you feel like having a smoke, don’t. Instead of smoking have a tall glass of freshly squeezed or natural juice. But drink it one sip at a time. Between sips of your beverage make sure to take a deep breath in, hold for 2 seconds and then release your breath. This will definitely recharge your batteries in a lasting way. By making actions in a conscious fashion it allows the time for the signals to be sent to your brain to let it know that you are satisfied.

Drinking juice with antioxidants will power up your day and bring lasting effects to your energy level, where as cigarettes will leave you quickly drained. As we all know cravings occur more frequently than our schedules allow for. Reaching for a glass of juice of water will force you to feel full and diminish your cigarettes craving. Also, reaching for a tasty beverage instead of a smoke will taste better and give you valuable nutrients instead of take then away and rot your teeth and bones.

Pick-me-ups come in many forms. Some people enjoy jetting outside for a cigarette doing yoga or going for a run. A quick, easy way to get a pick me up in any season, at any time of the day is by drinking juice. Drinking juice is a great pick-me-up that does not require special equipment or a require a partner. Drinking juice does not have a specified time frame, and can be done while a work. Drinking juice instead of a cigarette for a pick-me-up actually does just that because it does not force you to disrupt your life in order to indulge in a tasty beverage.

So next time you feel drained and want to reach for a smoke, simply pour yourself a glass of your favourite juice and savour.

Weight Gain when you Quit Smoking: Can you Ignore it?

It is a well known fact that when you quit smoking cigarettes, there are some good chances that you will gain a few pounds. For some people, the weight gain will be quite significant, while for others, the increase in mass will be barely noticeable, if it is even there at all. The reasons why stopping smoking can make you gain weight are many-fold, however, the most common is that your body needs to regain normalcy after years of nicotine consumption. Nicotine will alter your metabolism to some degree, and its sudden withdrawal can lead to weight gain as your body processes nutrients differently.

The most common reason for weight gain after quitting smoking is not your metabolism, however. It is you. When you stop smoking, you will find that your hands are very much idle, and will not only crave nicotine from the withdrawal symptoms, but you will discover just how powerful habits are.

The odds are that you will try to occupy your idle hands and your mouth with food. Since in the Western world, almost every available snack it extremely sweet, extremely fat or extremely salty – sometimes a combination of all three in one! – you will find yourself consuming great quantities of sweets you did not eat before.

This can lead to an increase in body mass. So what can be done to prevent weight gain when quitting smoking? The easiest thing to do is nothing. The great majority of people will not be hurt by gaining a few pounds, and it is much, much better for your health to have a few extra pounds than to be smoking.

Of course, this is for people that can either afford to gain a few extra pounds, or do not care overly about it. Remember to keep your eyes on the ball: nothing is more important than quitting smoking. Do not let yourself be undone by a little belly fat!