For 30 years I rarely eat breakfast and my lunch don't start till 1 or 2pm. Now into my 7th day of quitting and I'm constantly have to find something to eat to fight the effect that low blood sugar have on me. Lucky I saw that post about low blood sugar, if not I may not have make it this far. Now I'm love to know when do my body adjust to the "new" me and let me live live with 3 normal meals and give me none of those low blood sugar symptoms? Before my life is revolve around ciggarrette. Now it is revolve around food. I have to constantly remind myself to eat and drink this and that or I'm going to pass out. Thanks for any input.
suffering in Baltimore
Advice for new members - The 1st 72 hours and more
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This is Post# 3 in this article by John Polito, the founder of WhyQuit and one of the founders of Freedom From Nicotine:
Did you ever notice how as nicotine users we could skip breakfast or even lunch and not experience hunger pains? It's because each puff of nicotine acted as a spoon, releasing adrenaline which in turn instantly pumped stored fats and sugars into our bloodstream. All we needed to do was eat an extra big meal at the end of each day and then use nicotine to release those stored calories back into our body.
Now, stop and think what happens when you end nicotine use. Yes, if we fail to eat breakfast and lunch we may add many of the symptoms of low blood sugar (inability to concentrate, shakes, irritability, anxiety, cravings) to our nicotine withdrawal experience, making it far far more challenging than it needed to be. We don't need to eat any additional calories but instead learn to spread our normal daily calorie intake out more evenly over our entire day. The more stable we keep our blood sugar the calmer we'll be.
Eat little, healthy and often. Fruits and vegetables are excellent recovery companions. In fact, unless diabetic or your physician counsels otherwise, we recommend some form of natural fruit juice for the first three days to help stabilize blood sugar and accelerate removal of nicotine from the bloodstream (nicotine is an alkaloid and juices are highly acidic). Cranberry juice is excellent. But be sure and trade juices for raw fruits after the first 72 hours as juices are highly concentrated doses of natural fruit and can quickly add extra pounds.
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