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What cravings might I experience while quitting smoking?

Ximena Jimenez
Ximena Jimenez on behalf of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Nutrition & Dietetics
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A great number of ex-smoker may crave junk food or sweets. A good idea is to maintain yourself busy with hobbies that you enjoy like arts and crafts or home repairs. If the cravings for sweets is challenging, keep crunchy fruits and vegetables on hands (carrots, grapes and apples). Going for a walk or exercising will help with the withdrawal symptoms and food cravings.
Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
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Cravings are part of quitting smoking for just about everyone. You may feel strong cravings for sweet foods. Give in, in moderation, especially if you need to watch your blood sugar. Try sugar-free gum, jelly beans, hard candies, low-fat frozen yogurt, diet soda, a handful of raisins or a piece of fruit. You'll also have moments when you just have to put something in your mouth. Keep a stash of sugar-free mints, candies or gum handy. You can often satisfy the craving with something crunchy, such as a carrot stick or handful of nuts. In an emergency, try crunching on an ice cube.

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