I was looking for something else and came upon your post/question.
First off, I am still nicotine free.
Yeah me! Yeah us!
I am not gaining anymore weight.
Still need to lose!! LOL
I recognized the folly of the beer substitution and put a stop to that.
I used to drink alot of tea but when I quit nicotine, my tea drinking almost went away.
My body didn't need the large amounts to meet my caffeine requirements.
Nicotine had been neutralizing most of the caffeine in my bloodstream.
Knowing that nicotine releases stored fat we are told to eat the same amount of calories but more often and in smaller amounts. So one day I said I used to receive a small amount of calories from the sugar in the tea I drank all day so I will try to return to my tea drinking. I think part of my added eating was me misreading my need for more water.
I really believe that nicotine messes up our ability to read the natural needs of our bodies. There is a post on this topic.
So I guess I am still re-learning my body. A big one for me was hydrating my body.
I do know that my body is much happier and relaxed being nicotine free.
I also feel I am making some better life choices as well. Probably a part of that improved self-esteem thing that so many oldbies talk about.
Yikes......when they used to say smoking will stunt your growth, who knew that went beyond the physical.
Arresting their nicotine addiction has been the beginning of some really big life influencing events for some people. Improved self-esteem
ie. returning to school, becoming physically active, relationship and career changes.
For sure, nobody regrets arresting their nicotine addiction.
So in closing, now I drink coffee every day, sometimes more than once(weekends).
No other substitutions that I am aware of.
Sometimes I think about self-soothing LOL, with a large bottle of diet pop, chips, etc but I recognize it for what it is and just let the thought keep on going.
I don't latch onto the thought.
Again, there is a post dealing with this as well.
The post is about thoughts of nicotine but the premise applies to any addictive type of thinking.
The intelligent quitter's strategy combines an understanding of the Law of Addiction
with well-protected core motivations.
Nobody ever graduates from Addiction
[Quit April 10, 2009]