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11-29-2007, 01:49 PM
Ok, so I am day 2 raw(again) and also trying to quit smoking. i was wondering what people might have done to quit. I have tried the gum which makes me vomit and I tried the patch and got a rash. I have heard that eating carrots is good since carrots make cigarettes taste horrible...not that they taste great to begin with....But I would be greatful for any advice that anyone has........I really want to stop this disgusting habit but having a really hard time doing so....
I know this is a raw chat room but wa hoping maybe someone else had kicked the habit while going raw....
11-29-2007, 02:02 PM
I don't have any suggestions, but I know there are some people who who have kicked the habit since going raw, so hopefully you'll get a lot of advice!
I did want to wish you luck, though!!!
11-29-2007, 02:06 PM
Thank you sooo much for your well wishes....I really want to quit!!!!!
11-29-2007, 02:58 PM
my co-worker used acupuncture to quit smoking, and it worked GREAT for her. they targeted some points around the hand/wrist...
11-29-2007, 03:12 PM
I quit a few years ago (4 years, 8 months, and 6 days to be exact... :D). I'd tried all sorts of different methods and it was the patch that worked for me in the end. Hopefully you'll get lots of suggestions here for alternate ways since you said the patch didn't work for you. Just wanted to let you know that you're doing a great thing. Keep trying and you'll find a method that works for you! :)
11-29-2007, 04:06 PM
I sat down one day and did a very detailed inventory of what my long/short/immediate goals were. 99% of them were incompatibile with smoking - so I quit cold turkey....after smoking for over 10 years. YOU can do it - when your goals ABSOLUTELY NECESSITATE eating healthy and non-smoking. Until you see yourself as a non-smoker....and pursue your dreams....you won't have the mental endurance to handle the slightest stress. When you are pursuing your dreams....you can 'handle' any feedback....no matter how unpleasant. One cannot quit a bad habit...without having a much more joyful habit to pursue. Just my opinions.
-David Z. Mason
11-29-2007, 04:32 PM
I used the lozenges but am not addicted to them. Like you, I tried the gum, also the patch, the shot, and cold turkey. The lozenges were the only thing that worked.
11-29-2007, 06:14 PM
Thanks so much....I never thought about the lozanges.....I will get some of those!!!!
Thanks again I really want to quit!!!!
11-29-2007, 06:42 PM
I posted how I quit cigs on this thread:
11-29-2007, 07:36 PM
I did not quit while raw, but I did quit 12 years ago, after smoking for 18 years. I went to an American Lung Association class. It lasted 6 weeks and after trying to quit on my own for probably 15 years, I am proud to say I've been cig free ever since.
They had you see whether you were a bored smoker or a stress smoker. I was a stress smoker. Then they had you smoke like you normally do for one week, but count how many cigs you have in a day. The next week we were to decrease the number of cigs throughout the week, get down to about 2 or 3 and then pick a quit date. By this time the withdraw will all be easier.
They taught us to reward ourselves for every accomplishment and replace the habit with something else. They suggested excersize. I joined the YMCA. Drink lots and lots of water. Any other questions, let me know. I'm sure that being raw will really help clean out the nicotine.
They also said that after a few days the nicotine is out of your body, so after that it is all mental.
You can do it!! Good luck.
11-29-2007, 07:46 PM
I quit quite a few years ago , "cold turkey" as they say but not after some unsuccessful attempts.
Besides being totally in the mind set what helped me was changing habits I associated with smoking. I stopped drinking wine, didn't talk so much on the telephone at night but what helped the most was a list I kept with me in my wallet and at home in a box on my bureau listing the why's...
to be free
to have one less addiction
and so on...
You CAN do it !!! Especially being raw, I bet your body will rej:eek: ect your previous desire and addiction.
Good luck !!
11-29-2007, 08:56 PM
David's post reminded me that when I was finally able to quit smoking after several attempts, I took up jogging almost at the same time. It quickly became my passion. After about 2 weeks of it, I ran a whole mile, non-stop. It was a wonderfully freeing victorious feeling. You'll do it---quit, I mean, even if you don't take up joging, but some goals that just won't fit with smoking will help you. It's a tough business! Anyone who's finallly quit knows the meaning of addiction for sure. Best of luck to you . We're rooting for you! :)
11-29-2007, 10:06 PM
Positive motivations are best for breaking any habit but if you need a little negative motivation here's one. HPV is the virus they think causes uterine and cervical cancer. It is much more frequent in smokers.
Just the excruitiatingly painful test I went through a few months ago for a lesion I had and feared was vaginal cancer was enough to convince me I didn't want to keep eating SAD as it is my addiction. Precancerous signs in my breast, not being able to climb to the second floor in my house without resting twice, being too tired to clean same house, arthritic hips, etc. was also motivating.
For positive motivation keeping up with my fantastic grandson, someday learning to ride a horse, learning to ski so I can keep up with same grandson, the parents of my grandson and my husband, scuba tanks not being so heavy, maybe a trip through the mountains like the Boutenko's are some of mine.
11-29-2007, 11:39 PM
I went on the Master Cleanse for 21 days... I had been smoking for over 30 years... I had to get the nicotine out of my very cells if I truly wanted to quit... the Master cleanse... and raw foods.... truly helped me kick this habit once and for all...
this will be one of the most amazing gifts you can give yourself for the holidays... and what a beautiful way to start the new year.... You are worth it... so... go for it... you will NEVER regret your decision.
11-30-2007, 09:35 AM
Thanks everyone so much.....
I agree it is the best holiday present I can give myself......
I am starting today....
Smoke free and raw!!!!!!
11-30-2007, 09:40 AM
....I know some people quit via hypnosis.
11-30-2007, 10:43 AM
Not only are you giving yourself a wonderful gift by quitting the cigarettes, but you are also giving a great gift to all those around you, including those who love you so much.
I've never had to struggle with such an addiction, but perhaps a little motivation might be generated in the idea that your true friends and those who love you will be very happy that you're taking such a huge leap.
I wish you the best!:)
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