If you are a smoker who is gradually cutting down your smoking, the kind of food you eat can play a role in whether or not you’re successful. This is because certain foods can affect the taste of cigarettes, making them taste bad and discouraging you from smoking. Food also gives you something to do with your hands, thereby replacing the habit of smoking with the act of eating (healthy ofcourse!). So which foods can help?
Here is a list of foods to help you during your quit journey:
Milk & dairy products – Many ex-smokers have accounted that consuming dairy beverages and foods can make cigarettes taste bad. However, dairy can be high in saturated fat, so watch your intake.
Fruits & Veggies– Many vegetables such as zucchini, cucumber, and eggplant are known to negatively affect the taste of cigarettes. Healthy foods and snacks like apples, carrots, and celery sticks are also a great way to help satisfy nicotine cravings and give your mouth and hands something else to do instead of holding a cigarettes. Another plus? Fruits and vegetables are super nutritious for you and you don’t have to worry about weight gain!
Non-caffeinated beverages –Drinks like water and juice can make cigarettes taste worse. Drink at least 3 liters of water daily. If you go with juice, make sure to choose no or low-calorie fresh juice to keep healthy.
Sugar–free candy – Gum, lollipops, breath mints and hard candy are pretty good options to keep your mouth occupied and break the habit of smoking.
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