One of my cousins (coz I have LOTS) who is also a reader of my bloggie, has decided to stop smoking! In support of her, I decided to do this post, because there are probably a lot of you out there who have struggled with giving up smoking before, or want to stop in the future. You know it's getting close to that time of the year when we resolve to change our lifestyles...
I'm not even going into how bad smoking is for you, as well as those around you, because, honestly, you already know. You are also ageing yourself and colouring your teeth and nails, but you know that too! I also have no idea if these remedies are actually going to work, because I've never needed to stop smoking before. Please let me know if they are helpful in your journey to quit!
The first piece of advice I can give you is don't try to do it alone. It's like going on a diet, your chances of failure is so much higher if you don't have a support group behind you. My aunt has lost around 30kg (or more) by just having some of the girls at work do the diet with her. They eat together everyday, so it is more difficult for them to cheat. It's the same with any bad habit, if you have someone watching you, you'll feel too guilty to break the rules, not to mention there will be someone who can relate to what you are going through.
Using patches, lip balm or other store bought methods to stop smoking can be expensive, and I know not all of you can afford to buy those things. I have heard of cases where they didn't work anyway, and a lot of money was lost.
According to one of the websites I found, boiled oats, spinach, beet greens, raisins, figs, dried lima beans, dandelion greens and almonds are good foods to eat when you want to give up smoking. These foods are high in alkaline, and the oats has been known to rehabilitate opium addicts, who usually give up smoking after eating the boiled oats for a period of time. The same site refers to mixing fresh grated radish with honey and drinking it. This is a pretty helpful site, check it out! http://www.possumsal.com/smoking.html
Honey is a good health food too, it can be used to cure almost anything, and smoking is no exception. Drinking grape juice apparently helps too! Find these and more tips on this website : http://www.natural-homeremedies.com/homeremedies_quit_smoking.htm
Some sites refer to drinking chamomile tea, putting salt on your tongue or exercising when you get the craving to smoke. Drinking orange juice as a detox also comes up a few times. And then a book by Alan Carr, which you can find online, has also helped a lot of people to give up smoking.
I really hope this helps you to kick the bad habit, and start a new healthier lifestyle!