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From: Cristina (
Subject: I quit cold turkey 3 years ago
Date: September 2, 2004 at 5:52 am PST

In Reply to: Any tips for NOT gaining weight when you quit? posted by Jenevieve on August 30, 2004 at 7:45 am:

First of all, congrats on deciding to quit! It's not an easy habit to break and you made a good choice setting a "quit date".
Because cigarettes are a natural appetite supressant, it's inevitable that you'll gain a LITTLE bit of wieght. But there are things you can do to help. One thing that worked as a miracle for me was going vegan. If you aren't already vegetarian or vegan, I highly reccommend you become one, at least until the heavy craving period is over (so maybe 4 or 5 weeks). My original plan was to become a vegan until I quit (although I'm still one today), for two reasons: First, you really don't think "hey, a cigarette would hit the spot" after a salad, or a dish of millet and veggies. But after a greasy cheese pizza it's delicious! Or even better after a steak, right?
Secondly, vegan food tends to be filling without a lot of empty calories. (Provided you don't snack on vegan "junk"). You may not like carrying around bags of bell peppers to munch on but to overcome smoking it's worth it. And you can tell yourself it will only be for a few weeks. Also that will give your body time to adjust to more frequent eatings.
I don't want to sound like I'm trying to campaign for my eating beliefs, but from personal experience I can say that changing my dietary habits played a major factor in helping to curb my cravings while I quit.
Best of luck to you!

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