Smoking decreases cravings for food but increase weak blood vessels. THink tiny blood vessels giving you eye sight are the ones to go first… then think about the blood vessels traveling to your heart. All weaken by smoking. Here is an awesome plan from the YOU doctors, Dr. Rozien and Dr. Oz. They write analogies that help bring life to nutrition information.
I also read a cute analogy somewhere that went like this… Smoking is like a cute baby dragon. It’s fun for a little while until one day it grows up and burns your house down!
A good snack instead of smoking:
Keylime greek yogurt with All-Bran buds
or delight in a savory mini meal-
Rye Krisps with laughing cow cheese
I’ve been spoted eating leftovers for snack. Snacks are just mini meals!
YOU: Staying Young
Quit Smoking Plan
As a reminder, always consult your doctor for medical advice and treatment before starting any program.
Start walking 30 minutes every day—no excuses, every day. Start this on Day 1, one month before quitting.
Talk to your doctor about getting prescriptions for bupropion* 100-milligram tablets and nicotine patches (21- or
22-milligram patches if you have a one-pack-a-day habit). Ask your doctor for adjustments if you smoke more than
one pack a day. Fill prescriptions.
On Day 30 (two days before you plan to stop smoking), take one bupropion.
Next two days, take one bupropion each morning.
On Day 32 (stop day), place one patch on your arm, chest, or thigh (do so daily), in addition to your morning
bupropion. (Take it off every day).
On all subsequent days, take one buproprion each morning and evening, and place on patch on your arm, chest, or
Continue walking 30 to 45 minutes each day. Feel free to drink as much coffee or water as you wish.
List your daily activities.
Phone or email a support person daily to discuss your progress.
Begin weight lifting on Day 62. Do not increase your physical activities by more than10 percent a week.
Decrease patch size by one-third every two months until at six months you are patch free.
Decrease to one bupropion in the evening after six months, and eliminate that one at 12 months.
Carry one bupropion tablet with you at all times to take if you feel a craving. If the craving hits, take the bupropion,
wait 30 minutes before you light up, and call your support person.
I am preveliged to have 1 mo vacation a year at Denver Health Hospital. I wonder how our society would work as a whole with more vacation days to be taken maditory each year for personal health. Over and over again, I hear if we can take care of ourselves we can take care of others… in my life, it’s my family, friends, and people I counsel. That is a lot of people! I feel like a month isn’t enough!
As a human being (not human doer) I find being active and productive a necessity, almost bragging rights at the end of a week. While a body in motion stays in motion, I feel if I remember to give myself my time, I’m more of a creative and focused human being.
So I’m trying to sit back and decompress on Facebook. Or watch an Episode of How I met your Mother without feeling guilty. Perhaps a taking a day off or a couple PTO hours to yoga in the morning before work. This you time adds up!
"To all who desire longer life so they can serve more." the book dedication from YOU Staying Younger.
While staying younger, I’d say reverse the years even more with coconut oil. I hear coconut oil is the best lotion/antibacterial for the skin.
Coconut oil is my favorite oil to not only bake and cook with but as my own skin saver/moisturizer. I use some expensive washes, toners, and lotions from Nars and Artistry, but this by far is what works best for my face, neck, etc.No oily residue in this Colorado winter.