jenna lee, quit coach
28 Jun 2018
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29 Dec 2018
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Yes some people like yourself definitely prefer to get the 'suffering' over with quickly doing 'smart turkey'. Others who choose to use NRT may have no suffering at all or minimal because of the NRT. At the end of the day, there is no 1 way to quit for sure, but new ideas are always welcome, as long as they are safe and there is some evidence to support it.
With regard to caffeine, that is correct. Some people may attribute not feeling well to quitting, but is it really from caffeine working better in our systems when we quit. Same with any other medications people may be taken. Quitting can also affect the metabolism or absorption of certain medications, which is why we always recommend people let their healthcare providers about their quit, in case medication doses need to be adjusted either up or down. So the point here is, that it may not be withdrawal at all, it may be the effects of caffeine or other meds.
In regard to your point about withdrawal being the same for 'heavier' or 'lighter' smokers, I would like to add that withdrawal is not merely from the absence of nicotine. It is also from your body getting rid of the thousands of other chemicals built up in our systems over the years we have smoked. Therefore, someone who smokes more and for longer may, in fact, experience worse withdrawal than someone who is a lighter smoker if they both quit the same way.
Lastly, you are right, breakfast and hydration are key!
Thanks again Shazzan,
Last modified on 29 Dec 2018 15:05 by jenna lee, quit coach