Dealing with cigarette cravings after eating

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

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Manage your post-meal cravings the healthy way

1

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.
Hear how ex-smoker Linda used gum to get past cravings.

2

Eat raw fruits and vegetables

Similarly 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.

3

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.

4

Take 15

Wait 15 minutes for the 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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