Dealing with cigarette cravings after eating

For many smokers, having a cigarette after a big meal is standard. Below are some tips from Nicotinell to help subdue those after-dinner cigarette cravings.

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Dealing with cigarette cravings after eating


Chew gum

Chewing sugarless gum after a meal can be highly effective at reducing cravings for a cigarette. The chewing action keeps your mouth busy and helps fight nicotine withdrawal. Also, since the average person gains a few pounds after quitting, chewing sugar free gum can also act as a distraction rather than food.


Eat raw fruits and vegetables

Similar to sugar-free gum, eating a small amount of fruits and raw vegetables can help reduce cravings and limit weight gain. For example, one 12-inch stalk of celery contains only 10 calories. Veggies can help with cravings, however if veggies aren’t your idea of dessert, sucking on sugar-free sweets can also help provide distraction from cravings.


Take deep breaths

Taking deep breaths can help you relax and keep your mind focused. After cleaning the table and washing the dishes, find a quiet spot where you can relax, breathe deeply and count each breath. Your heart rate should slow down and you should feel calmer. Keep a rhythm. Do this 10 times and you should feel a distinct difference.


Take 15

Wait 15 minutes for the cigarette craving to pass. Read a book, listen to music, scan your favourite blogs for interesting articles to read, play a game on your mobile phone, text a friend or go for a short walk. Before you know it, the craving will pass since they typically only last a few minutes.


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