Grandma's Doodle Bug

I am a very blessed grandma. Recently I was able to visit with my daughter, son-in-law and my beautiful grandchildren. I love them all, but the little one is such a loving child and to hear him say granny for the first time just melted my heart. We bonded like we never had before. The feelings I felt during that visit made me realize that I want to be here and I want to be healthy to be able to be a part of their lives. Make memories of me and grandma. So it inspired me to quit smoking and change my lifestyle and I have had some stressful events since, but I have remained strong in my decision to be smoke free. How could those smiles not keep you motivated!!!

Thinking about quitting? Your body will thank you.

It's fall and change is in the air. It's the perfect time to embrace the spirit of the season and start your quit. When you stop smoking you may find that you're feeling more energized. So enjoy all the sights and flavors of the season and make this SELFtember the time you take care of you.

Here are some ways you may feel better when you quit.

Heart

Just 20 minutes after quitting, your heart rate starts to drop. After 2 hours, your blood pressure returns to normal levels. So head outside for an invigorating fall walk –it's also a great distraction for cravings.

Here are some other ways to fight the urge to smoke.

Improved Taste

Many people find their sense of taste soon returns after quitting. So enjoy all the incredible fare of the fall season, even autumn's most divisive treat– the infamous pumpkin-spice latte.

Check out how foodie Christina found her motivation to quit.

Rejuvenated Sense of Smell

Your sense of smell could be on its way to getting back to full strength not long after you quit. So enjoy the earthy ambience of the season–your nose is already benefiting from your quit.

When cravings hit, here are some great swaps to keep your nose happy.

Easier breathing

Your lung function begins to improve between two weeks and three months after you quit. Take a deep breath of the crisp fall air. And then another. You're on your way.

See how Adam quit smoking and turbocharged his running and his sense of adventure.

4 healthy foods to eat while quitting smoking

Discover the right foods to eat—and their benefits—while quitting smoking. Turn to these satisfying and healthy snacks that contain protein and vitamins, replenish lost sugar, and keep idle hands and mouths occupied—and avoid picking up another cigarette.


Hand-held foods that replace your cigarette

Nicotine suppresses hunger. When your appetite returns, you'll have an impulse to snack. Choose healthy finger foods (roasted nuts, dried fruit, sliced veggies) to satisfy the habit of holding something in place of a cigarette.


Filling, fatigue-fighting proteins

To satiate a craving, you might find yourself eating more—and gaining weight. Opt for lean, filling proteins like fish, beans, poultry and egg whites so you won't overeat.


Vitamin-rich foods

Instead of reaching for a cigarette, eat something that contains the vitamins smoking depletes.(1) Take back Vitamin C with fruits and veggies, Vitamin D with fish, egg yolks and milk, and Vitamin E with nut and seed oils and popcorn.(2,3)


Sources of slow-releasing, natural sugars

Your taste buds are back in business. Instead of binging on artificially processed sweets and snacks, replace with sugars found naturally in fruits, brown bread, whole wheat and yogurt.(4)


Nicotine Gum or Lozenge for oral stimulation

Similar to the sensation of idle hands after you quit, you may feel like your mouth is "missing" a cigarette.(5) An oral nicotine replacement like Nicorette Gum or Nicorette Lozenge gives you something to keep your mouth occupied to help distract you from smoking.


1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1349925/ (4/26)
2. http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/HealthyEating/Nutrition/The-American-Heart-Associations-Diet-and-Lifestyle-Recommendations_UCM_305855_Article.jsp#.WuI6_dPwYWo (4/26/18)
3. http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/QuitSmoking/Urges/Food-and-Quitting-Smoking_UCM_307851_Article.jsp#.WuI7OtPwYWp (4/26/18)
4. http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/QuitSmoking/Urges/Food-and-Quitting-Smoking_UCM_307851_Article.jsp#.WuI7OtPwYWp (4/26/18)
5. https://smokefree.gov/challenges-when-quitting/cravings-triggers/know-your-smoking-triggers (4/26/18)

Father’s Day inspirations: quit smoking stories from dads

For all the car rides, belly laughs, and life advice, dads everywhere deserve to be thanked. Especially, when they've committed to quit smoking. To celebrate these everyday supermen, read on for some of our favorite stories supporting What's Your Why?™

"My 'why' is my wife and son. They are the reason I do anything. And they are the reason I need to quit smoking, as well, so that I can be here for them for many more years. My health is everything to them and they are everything to me. They make it worth it."

— Dustin, Age 25

"My 'why' is my kids. After years of smoking, I have realized that I want to be around to see my children succeed in their future and maybe see some grandkids."

— Robert, Age 50

"My why is that my 7-year-old son spent 7 days before Christmas in the children's ward…due to a super bad asthma attack. His asthma was aggravated by my wife and I smoking. I owe it to my family to live a happy, healthy, and smoke free life."

— Steven, Age 48

"I want to have a healthy son and be a dad my son can be proud of and look up to!"

— Brent, Age 35

"18 years ago, when I found out I was going to be a dad and have a son, I quit cold turkey and haven't had one since. I wanted to make sure I was around when he graduated high school!"

— Jeff, Age 49

"About a year and a half ago, my 6-year-old boy came to me with tears in his eyes, saying he didn't want me to die from smoking. Just like that, 21 years of smoking was done. Nobody means more to me than my son, nobody!"

— David, Age 43

Mother's Day inspirations: quit smoking stories from moms*

Moms deserve to be celebrated for everything they do—quitting smoking included. For our part, we are sharing our favorite stories from moms supporting What's Your Why?™ Read on to see their dedication to family and their powerful reasons for being smoke-free.

"My 'why' is my 9-month-old son. He is a very smart little guy and doesn't miss a thing, so when he SEES me with a cigarette, he stares at me very hard. I do not want him to see me smoking and to think that it is normal and okay to do."

— Stacie, Age 26

"My oldest daughter, who is 9 years old, is my reason. She was born at 25 weeks and seeing someone so small fighting to stay alive meanwhile I was killing myself made me snap back into reality."

— Stephanie, Age 29

"I quit smoking because I became a mom to a wonderful son who had a rough childhood. His freshman year of high school, I watched him take the football field in his first high school football game and I said to myself I need to quit smoking because this kid needs me around. Smoke free going on 3 years and I am so glad I quit!!"

— Cynthia, Age 46

"I quit smoking over a year ago. My reason was my son. He barely wanted to hug me because he smelled the cigarettes on me and in my clothes. After I quit, he started hugging me again. Best reason ever!"

— Christine, Age 39

"I have two young children. My son is five and my daughter is five months. I need to be their example. I do not ever want them to see me smoking as they might think it's okay, and it's not…Every day my kids are my motivation, and my reason to never light up again…Quitting is hard but worth it, you'll feel amazing."

— Stephanie, Age 37

"My why is my adorable pure-hearted little 7-year-old boy, who tells me every day to stop smoking. I need to do this, not just for him, but to prove to myself that I really actually can take on something of this magnitude and succeed. I'm just so scared to take that first jump and actually say, 'I'm quitting.'"

— Kelly, Age 40

*Images for illustration purposes only.

Quitting smoking takes teamwork

When you're quitting smoking, knowing you're not alone is a huge psychological advantage. So don't be afraid to ask for help.

Here are some potential members for your support team.

Family and friends

Tell the ones you're closest to that you're planning to quit smoking and ask for their help.

  • A Spouse, Partner, or Anyone You Live With. They're going to be on the frontlines with you when cravings hit. They can also help you prepare your home for your quit.
  • Your Kids. They're great for emotional support and cheerleading. Kids also serve as a constant reminder of why you want to quit smoking.
  • Your Friends. They can offer emotional support and distract you from smoking.
  • Your Coworkers. Let them know that they shouldn't invite you to go outside and smoke with them.

Successful quitters

Receive guidance from former smokers with firsthand experience.

  • They can share unique tips that may also work for you.
  • They understand how difficult quitting can be and can help keep you motivated.
  • They provide a role model to look up to.

Behavioral support

Get advice from people with experience helping smokers quit.

  • Psychologists. They can help with the emotional side of your quit.
  • Doctors. They can advise you on the best ways to quit, and let you know what you'll experience as you go through your quit.
  • Pharmacists. They can help you select the right form of nicotine replacement therapy for you.
  • Smoking-Cessation Coaches. They can explain the details of quitting and help you create coping strategies.

Online team

The web is a great resource for quit support anytime.

  • Blogs. Some of the best are from nonprofits, like the American Lung Association.
  • Websites. They're a great place to find facts and tips on quitting.
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