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smoking vs. soda

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created February 06, 2013 at 10:29 AM

Bad idea?

I just went pale about five days ago. Up until then I drank redbulls and soda constantly. Figured I would quit the beverages first and then my pack a day habit. It seems like nicotine cravings have some sort of connection with blood sugar drops.

I've tried going paleo before but gave in to the combined sugar and nicotine cravings. It's a year later and I wanna have a go again. Think kicking the addictions separately makes sense? Am I doing it in the right order?

BTW I don't believe in nicotine replacement or cessation. Kinda the Allen Carr kinda quitter.

Thanks for any input you may have.

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on February 06, 2013
at 03:03 PM

for me, it seems easy to quit a whole bunch of things at once. then it's like one big battle and when i win, it's done. otherwise it's like one fight after another and i'm like "crap, when will i get to chill out!"

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on February 06, 2013
at 02:22 PM

That is what guess hoping to hear. For me soda has always been the most frustrating addiction I've ever tried to beat (the others being tobacco and the psychological addiction of marijuana).I was hoping to hear from someone who could relate.

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at 10:58 AM

I suppose some info on me would be helpful. I'm 6'2" and 155lbs. Not trying to lose weight. I'm pretty well knowledgeable about the diet but not very knowledgeable about the science behind it. I work nightsift and my job involves constant manual labor. I appreciate the advice but I guess I'm fishing for a slightly more in-depth answer.

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on February 06, 2013
at 01:22 PM

From my own experience as a soda junkie, and from seeing my mother trying to quit smoking like 50 times already, here's a more in-depth answer.

First off, addiction is not a piece of cake (pun intended?) so like the previous person said, you should start with making a long term plan. Here's a suggestion: Your own intuition is pretty good, first quit the sodas. For me quitting soda cold-turkey was hard, but I found it the best, because then I knew I wasn't allowing myself to relapse. If you ever find yourself challenged, I recommend seltzer water with lots of lemon, maybe a bit of Stevia if you're ok with it or if you squeeze an orange with seltzer water that's also a good combination. I found out I was more attracted to the bubbles and acid from the water than the taste.

Second off the smoking. You totally 100% have to be off the soda's first. It's really hard to quit 2 or more bad habits at the same time. But how to do it... I've seen people quit cold-turkey and never relapsing, I've also seen people who gave up eventually. I suppose from example, the best way for people to quit smoking was 1. a good motivator like a scary cough or trying for a baby (good for both men and women) or a partner that can't stand the smoking. 2. slowly quitting, like say counting how many you get per day, and then next week going for 2 less per day, etc until you're left with only one.

Nevertheless, I think it's really great of you to be doing so much for your own health, the world needs more people like you. I wish you good luck in finding your way!

Ow one more thing. People tend to be an all or nothing kinda people. Don't be that person. Just because you had a glass of soda once when you thought you were done doesn't mean all is lost and for nothing, just get back on the horse and mind your business. 99% healthy is better then 2%healthy.

A83848dfff3363c53f93831f2e03710c

(50)

on February 06, 2013
at 03:03 PM

for me, it seems easy to quit a whole bunch of things at once. then it's like one big battle and when i win, it's done. otherwise it's like one fight after another and i'm like "crap, when will i get to chill out!"

71576e66a840c15639a2b3de448d5376

(15)

on February 06, 2013
at 02:22 PM

That is what guess hoping to hear. For me soda has always been the most frustrating addiction I've ever tried to beat (the others being tobacco and the psychological addiction of marijuana).I was hoping to hear from someone who could relate.

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on February 06, 2013
at 02:52 PM

I'd like to elaborate on my previous comment because I do not wish to come off as a jerk. I think Roxana is unintentionally feeding him false hope.

First, the OP has an addictive history. Pot, smokes, soda. He has attempted to quit both vices. He has failed in both. He has already tried Paleo and failed.

He has a nighttime job that requires constant physical work. And overnight shifts are stressful on the body. It's presumably not high-status job, and that is another source of stress. The stress and possibly the tedium of graveyard shift is one source of cravings.

Moreover, his body has real needs. He needs sugar to help stay awake. He does manual work so he has caloric needs. He'd like a few calories to keep blood sugar level between meals.

It's better to redirect both addictions and very real needs into one healthy, non-fattening snack like grapes, blueberries, or strawberries. Once he has done that, then let him quit the fruit if he wishes or is able to. The reality is most people can't quit their addictions, which have some genuine basis, so let them substitute a healthy behavior instead (and maybe is what the body actually wanted in the first place).

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on February 07, 2013
at 12:59 AM

He's not Paleo, but often his advice is good - In one of Dr. Mercola's plans to better health, he says in the first lesson if you smoke, don't try quitting until you've cut sugar out of your diet.

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on February 06, 2013
at 01:58 PM

I believe in Churchill's saying that any virile man should be allowed one vice, albeit minor. You have two vices. WTF? J/K. But really, people usually relieve their nervous behavior/cravings via ONE VICE.

For you, I'd suggest redirecting your cravings to some sort of delicious healthy food. Like fresh grapes. Blueberries. Have them around always and indulge in those. Knock yourself out. Because honestly I don't think you'll ever quit both your addictions cold turkey.

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on February 06, 2013
at 10:49 AM

Think of this all as a long term plan of improving your health rather than trying to make a bunch of changes all at the same time. I really believe our ability to make changes is affected by diet, sleep and movement, so focus on those primarily and the other things will fall into place in time.

  • Concentrate on the eating bit first. Start thinking about what you would like to eat over the weekdays, buy the groceries and get stuck in. It may be a couple of months, but you will probably find your attraction to soda might start to wane and your ability to say no to a cigarette might increase.

  • Choose a bedtime and stick to it. Get into bed 15 minutes before you intend to fall asleep, and keep out of bright light for an hour before you go to bed.

  • If you see stairs always use them.

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on February 06, 2013
at 10:58 AM

I suppose some info on me would be helpful. I'm 6'2" and 155lbs. Not trying to lose weight. I'm pretty well knowledgeable about the diet but not very knowledgeable about the science behind it. I work nightsift and my job involves constant manual labor. I appreciate the advice but I guess I'm fishing for a slightly more in-depth answer.

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