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How to Minimize Weight Gain When You Quit Smoking

Most people who quit smoking worry about gaining weight. While a small gain is normal, excessive weight gain when you quit smoking can create new health problems and erode your determination to stay off cigarettes. Carole will teach you what you can do to keep your weight under control as you go through the process of recovery from nicotine addiction

Herbs to help with Nicotine Withdrawal

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After a comprehensive consultation Carole will prepare you a unique herbal blend, containing herbs to:

  • Reduce food and nicotine cravings.
  • Help with detoxification
  • Nourish and calm the nervous system
  • Reduce the tension and stress associated with withdrawing from nicotine.

Carole will include the herb Lobelia in your prescription. It is a restricted herb that can only be prescribed by a medical herbalist.

Lobelia lessens cravings as it blocks the same receptor sites as nicotine. It also helps to clear the lungs and has a calming effect.

Why do people gain weight when they quit smoking?

  • Smoking affects a person's metabolism and also burns calories.
  • Smoking burns up to 200 calories a day in a heavy smoker.
  • Metabolism is slightly raised in smokers.
  • Nicotine is an appetite suppressant
  • Nicotine contains molasses and other sugar substances.

Why do I want to eat more?
Smoking cessation throws our bodies into shock initially. Increased appetite is a side effect of quitting tobacco for most people. One or more of the following reasons may be at play:

  • Smokers often avoid between meals snacking by lighting up.
  • Nicotine is a stimulant, and may also interfere with the release of the hormone insulin. Insulin controls glucose levels in the blood. When this function is blocked, a person will become slightly hyperglycemic, and as a result, the body and brain may slow down the hormones and other signals that trigger feelings of hunger.
  • Food is often used as a nicotine/sugar replacement. Not only does it fill the void left by the cigarette, food can be an emotional comfort, easing the pain of withdrawal.
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What can I do to avoid gaining weight when I quit smoking?
There are a number of choices you can make to minimize weight gain:

  • Exercise regularly.
  • Eat right and snack right for your individual type.
  • Have healthy snacks on hand.
  • Drink lots of pure clean water.
  • Drink frequent cups of green tea
  • Don’t have high sugar, high carbohydrate snacks in the office or home.
  • Chew liquorice sticks (not if you suffer from high blood pressure)
  • Avoid alcohol in the first few months. Alcohol is high in empty, pure carbohydrate calories and alcohol and smoking go hand in hand, can dull the senses and your commitment to remain smoke free.

Snacks should be prepared in advance and right for your individual genetic type. Some examples of healthy snacks are:

  • Organic raw vegetable sticks-celery and carrot
  • Apple and pear slices with small amounts of almonds or walnuts
  • A trail mix of goji berries, almonds, walnuts, chopped prunes or figs
  • Protein bars that are right for all types such as Uni Bar (see links)

Carole will teach you how to eat and supplement right for your individual genetic type. This combined with your unique herbal prescription will rebalance insulin levels, help you optimize your metabolism, feel less tense and stressed, reduce cravings lose or maintain weight, and change your genetic destiny to live the longest, fullest and healthiest life possible.

Weight can be lost, lungs cannot.

Carole runs non-smoking packages with her NLP/hypnotherapy colleague Gloria Thomas at www.gloriathomas.co.uk.

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We can all live a more healthy, happy, active life. We just need to learn how!

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