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Success in less than two weeks.. cold turkey

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  1. shazzan
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    09 Nov 2018
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    I hadn't planned on quitting, just wanted to eat healthier so i went on the Mediterranean diet, which is a way of eating, rather than a diet. While researching the best foods, i came across this lung detox. Two weeks ago i found this lung detox made of natural ingredients, onions, turmeric and ginger root. An easy to make recipe that lasted me 11 days. Meanwhile,  I wanted to cut out a few cigarettes by simply having to get off my duff to get them. I smoked my way up to about 30 /day over 40 years. Cut down to 25 this way over a week  On the 8th day i got up and didn't reach for a cigarette first thing, didn't feel the need, so i put it off as long as i could. That day i got down to 3 (6X0.5) cigarettes. The next day i had five and the following day i had 4. That morning i had two drags and felt such a nicotine rush that i put it down.That meant there was very little nicotine left in my system and now was the time to act.... why prolong it?  This is challenge enough getting this far, but not uncomfortable. I did not  realize that it was the ginger that prevents nausea, onions antioxidants, and the curcumin in turmeric combined curbed cravings. (recipe is on line to google). I also add honey to the shot glass i use to take it. (did not add the sugar as i am trying to cut refined foods)  Drinking water helps to flush toxins out , so  I drank plenty during this time. Ate three nutritious meals of whole foods, not sugar and processed, and ate snacks like apple slices with cinnamon, frozen pineapple. dark 80% chocolate square as a reward. I am not a dessert eater, but i made a very healthy carrot cake with walnuts, no sugar or oil, just substituted an apple . This recipe had you cook down the raw ingredients and then add the flour etc to bake. Dense but so moist and delicious. I gnawed on frozen pieces to pass some cravings.  

    I do hate to see so many struggling and hope some of these ideas may help new comers. Of course no two bodies are the same and if you have medical issues you should consult your doctor. This worked for me. Now for the part of mind over  matter. . the psychological cravings ... but i am nicotine free. 
  2. jenna lee, quit coach
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    09 Nov 2018 in reply to shazzan
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    Shazzan,

    You should be so proud of the progress you have made with cutting down, delaying, drinking water, eating healthy foods, etc. 

    Adopting a overall healthy lifestyle seems important to you too, feeling clean on the inside, what a nice reward for your hard work. 

    If you can do this from 30 cigarettes per day, then you can definitely quit and stay quit.

    Keep up the incredible work, and thanks for sharing your story. We are all here for you.

    Jenna Lee
  3. shazzan
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    11 Nov 2018 in reply to jenna lee, quit coach
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    Thanks for the vote of confidence Jenna lee.

    I am hoping that my methods might be incorporated into the newcomers quit plans to make it easier. Personally, I feel that the nrt's only prolong the inevitable...at some point you will have to duel with the monster to finally be free.  That said, I cannot disagree that they are much healthier than smoking. I am just grateful that i found a way that was both safe and effective for me, and i wish everyone success with their quits. 
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