Quit Smoking in 2014!

Rabia Vaughns, MMS, PA-C with the Atlanta Center for Holistic and Integrative Medicine, gives tips for stopping smoking this year through diet, exercise and alternative methods.

rabia vaughns atlanta center for holistic and integrative therapyEveryone knows that smoking is harmful to your health. Unfortunately, stopping smoking is tough. But if you are ready to quit, it’s time to follow an integrated approach to give yourself the best chance for success.

Create a plan. List your reasons for quitting. Analyze your smoking triggers and then find alternatives like chewing gum or exercising. Set a “quit date” and stick to it. Tell your friends and family about your plan to quit. Even if you relapse, keep quitting!

Eat clean. Fruits and vegetables have been found to make cigarettes taste less appealing, so loading up on plant-based foods before your quit date can be helpful. Also avoid meats, coffee and alcohol.

Get moving. Moderate to vigorous exercise can help prevent smoking relapses, cravings and moodiness in those trying to kick the habit.

Consider acupuncture. Book a treatment the day you quit or within the first 72 hours to support serotonin production, which can become depleted during smoking cessation.

For 3 more tips, check out the page 55 of this month’s digital issue!


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