Beat those no-smoking cravings

If you’re planning to give up smoking on Wednesday 12 March for National No Smoking Day but are worried you’ll pile on the pounds here’s our advice to keep the weight at bay.

462834231Cravings are mainly caused by emotional triggers such as boredom, stress, or anxiety rather than physical deficiency. Remind yourself that you don’t want to replace one habit – smoking – with another – snacking!

  • Distract yourself for half an hour and see if the craving wave passes.
  • Are you hungry or just thirsty? Try a glass of water first.
  • Eat little and often to manage your blood sugar levels.
  • Plan ahead and prepare quick to grab healthy snacks like vegetable crudités (celery, sweet peppers and cucumber) with hummus, a handful of olives or fruit.
  • Swap chocolate for nuts or mixed seeds, which are packed with protein and minerals. Aim for about 90g a day.
  • Fancy a slice of cake? Try fruit loaf instead.
  • Desperately want a biscuit? Opt for oat biscuits for slow-release energy. Add low-sugar nut butters, cottage cheese or hummus.
  • Check the sugar content in energy bars. Read the label – above 10g per 100g carbohydrates, of which sugars, is high!
  • Swap crisps for popcorn. They’re lower in fat, carbohydrates and calories but have more fibre, which helps keep your gut healthy
  • Got a sweet tooth? Frozen yoghurt lollies can hit the spot. If you are really craving chocolate, choose a couple of squares of dark/high cocoa varieties – and give the rest of the bar away. That way you won’t be tempted to eat it all – and will earn brownie points too.

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