7 simple ways to fight the urge to light up.
You’ve decided to quit smoking—hooray for you! But what do you do when the inevitable nicotine cravings kick in? One of these tricks might help:
Sip, don’t smoke. Brew up a cuppa herbal tea. Choose one that contains catnip, chamomile, hops, lobelia, or valerian. Each of these herbs is known to lessen the urge for nicotine and help you relax.
Pucker up. Whenever you get the urge to indulge, suck on a lime. Besides curbing your desire for tobacco, it will replace some of the vitamins, phosphates, and calcium that smoking may have drained from your system.
Try lemon aid. A sweet and tangy glass of ice cold lemonade can help conquer your cravings for cigarettes.
Put carrots in your corner. Try this time-tested trick: Whenever you get the urge to light up a cigarette, reach for a raw carrot instead.
Suck cravings away. When you feel an overwhelming need to smoke, reach for a cinnamon stick, and suck on it until the feeling passes.
Cloves nix nicotine. Always keep a whole clove in your mouth. Suck on one for a couple of hours, then toss it out and put in a fresh one. The cloves neutralize the taste of nicotine in your mouth, which is a major reason a smoker always feels the need for another cigarette.
Super sunflower wafers. Eating a handful of sunflower seeds every day can help you quit smoking. But you don’t need to munch on seeds all the time. You can get all or part of your daily dose from these surprisingly tasty no-bake cookies:
Grind 2 cups of raw, shelled, unsalted sunflower seeds in a food processor or coffee grinder to get a fine-textured meal. Moisten it with just enough water to make a thick dough, and mix in ¼ cup of raisins. Break off small pieces, and press them into half-dollar-sized wafers. Put them on a screen or cooling rack, and set it in a dry place (like the top of your refrigerator) for three to four days until the cookies are dry. (Yield: about 16 wafers.)
According to experts, nicotine cravings pass after about 15 minutes. So hang in there—it’ll all be worth it in the long run.
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