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Old 03-08-2014, 12:03 PM   #1
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Craving non-food stuff after starting LC?

I quit smoking about 2 months before I started low-carbing.

The strange thing is that ever since then the 2nd month was probably the easiest. I would have thought it would get better and better with time.

Now that I look back it looks like the craving went up again couple of weeks after I started low-carbing.

It's kinda like I just want to be addicted to something and being able to satisfy the need as a way of comfort.

Anyone had similar experience? It sucks that so many months go by and the thoughts of wanting to buy a pack visit me every day. Will this go down again in the coming months? So frustrating.
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Old 03-08-2014, 12:47 PM   #2
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I quit smoking about 2 months before I started low-carbing.

The strange thing is that ever since then the 2nd month was probably the easiest. I would have thought it would get better and better with time.

Now that I look back it looks like the craving went up again couple of weeks after I started low-carbing.

It's kinda like I just want to be addicted to something and being able to satisfy the need as a way of comfort.

Anyone had similar experience? It sucks that so many months go by and the thoughts of wanting to buy a pack visit me every day. Will this go down again in the coming months? So frustrating.
Hang in there...the more you hold off the easier it gets to resist the craving.
When I started low carbing I found it easier to resist cravings for cookies, (my 'crack' sadly) It actually went away and I thought I could just try one just to see. Once I did, its now a daily struggle to not eat 'em.
I've now realised that the more often I give in...the harder it is to resist when the craving comes calling.
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Old 03-08-2014, 02:04 PM   #3
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Yes - for me, too. It's something to put in my mouth that doesn't make me gain weight .

Seriously, though, I'm being more social, which makes me a little anxious, plus "fun Leeloo" has always smoked. It's hard to socialize, have a couple drinks or what have you and not smoke.

I'm strongly considering buying an e-cig apperatus. I've tried the cheapo e-cigs, and it's not as good as smoking but it doesn't stink or make me short of breath the next day. And if I have some nicotine vie the e-cig, I won't pick up a pack.
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Old 03-08-2014, 02:37 PM   #4
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Both times I quit I did it close to cold turkey (cut down the number of cigarettes for couple of weeks and then stopped).

I tend to become more addicted to the nicotine products and yes I actually end up spending more money on them. So in general I would like to stay away from nicotine.

When will they invent a pleasurable harmless drug?
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When will they invent a pleasurable harmless drug?
Have you not heard of marijuana?
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Old 03-08-2014, 03:06 PM   #6
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Wouldn't call it harmless but sure I'll agree that it's much less harmful
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Wouldn't call it harmless but sure I'll agree that it's much less harmful
Depends how you imbibe. You could vape it or bake with it (cut out the carcinogens).

Just sayin'...

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I think its harmless, but the munchies and lowcarb are not a good mix.

As for cigs, the cravings do get easier as time goes by (its been 2 1/2 yrs for me) You can use the ecigs without nicotine. I have one and its good for oral fixation.
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