“I’m so tired all the time!”
Because smoking makes your veins and arteries smaller, not allowing the blood to flow freely, inhibiting the oxygen getting to your brain!!
“I’m treated like a second class citizen”
There’s not many places left for smokers, legislation and public opinion has made it so smoking is no longer the “in” thing. Fitness & health are! We have personal trainers to help with your individual goals.
“Smoking is so expensive now”
If you smoke an average of 1 pack per day, at a cost of $10 per pack, in ONE MONTH you have spent more than 1 treatment with us!
Some helpful tips for the “new” non-smoker
Good for you! You’ve decided to quit smoking!
If you’re going to break one habit and start another try to find something productive, NOT destructive. Don’t turn to sweets, Don’t start biting your nails, Don’t start playing with your hair, try carrots and calorie-wise dip, try dusting, laundry, make a bed, bake, cook, take a walk, join the gym, think about things you’ve always wanted to try, or clubs you could join, learn to play the guitar….. You get the idea, take this 3 hours and spend it in a way that makes YOU happy, because you deserve it!!
- Pay close attention to the difference between the smoking habit and the smoking addiction. Your LaserQuit treatment is eliminating your physical addiction to nicotine. However, your habit has to be dealt with. Every time you have a craving, ask yourself why? Look around the situation and find why it is being desired, you’ll more often than not, if you analyze your craving there’s a trigger around you, triggers cause natural human response, which you have turned into your habit. Then you will find that it’s out of habit, and this allows you to process through the moment as it passes, this is a great way to deal with those moments.
- Keep in mind, if you smoked one pack of cigarettes per day, spending 7 minutes smoking each cigarette, you spend 3 hours per day performing a hand to mouth action. This is the major habit that you will have to break. To deal with this habit, you must ask yourself “what should I do in place of this hand to mouth action?” You will need to be conscious of these times. Here are a few suggestions:
- Try altering your schedule slightly. If you used to have a cigarette with your coffee or orange juice immediately after getting out of bed in the morning, try taking your shower immediately when you get up instead.
- If you cannot manage to change your schedule, at least substitute something productive in place of smoking. Try eating carrots, drinking water, doodling on paper, fiddling with a pencil or pen, chew gum, clean, work, go for a walk, learn to knit or crochet, or whatever else suits you.
- If you haven’t already done so, dispose of any cigarettes or cigarette paraphernalia in your possession (at home, work, car, etc). Throw (or give) away all ashtrays in your possession.
- Launder clothes and other materials to eliminate the smell of cigarettes that accumulates over time.
- Make every attempt to avoid second hand smoke by distancing yourself until you are comfortable in knowing your habit is broken (28 days to break a habit minimum).
- Try to avoid caffeine, alcohol, and all other drugs. Water is also an ideal substitute at these times, or try herbal teas or soup broths.
- Increase water consumption to at least 6 to 8 (8oz) glasses of water per day, preferably between meals. Keep a glass on hand at all times throughout the day, both at home and at work. This will not only help when you’re feeling fidgety but also help cleanse and detox the nicotine from your system.
- Increase the amount of exercise you do. This can be done as simple as a brisk 30-40 minute walk on your lunch break or an evening stroll. We have personal trainers who can teach you correct form in the gym, help keep you motivated, and reach and set new goals for yourself. (Ask about our Life Coaching)
- To overcome a case of the fidgets, carry a pocket sized gadget (ie: marble, dice, something soft) to distract you during these very brief moments.
- Brush your teeth after all meals, and if possible, when u feel any type of desire .
- If the snacking urge hits, confine food items to raw vegetables and/or fresh fruits. The urge to “taste” can be satisfied in a low-calorie way. Check out “finger foods” on Google and see what you can find! There are tons of simple finger foods you can prepare ahead of time and enjoy whenever you feel the need.
- Try OIL PULLINGHow to do oil pulling:
Put 1-2 teaspoons of oil into thescoop it out as a solid and let it melt before swishing.
Swish for 20 minutes. Apparently the timing is key, according to Dr. Bruce Fife, author of Oil Pulling Therapy, as this is long enough to break through plaque and bacteria but not long enough that the body starts re-absorbing the toxins and bacteria. The oil will get thicker and milky as it mixed with saliva during this time and it should be creamy-white when spit out.
Spit oil into the trash can. Don’t spit into the sink! Do not swallow the oil as it is hopefully full of bacteria, toxins and pus that are now not in the mouth!
Rinse well with warm water. Warm water seems to clean the mouth better. Brush well.
- You won’t NEED to avoid smokers after your treatment as most people find the smell & such disgusting afterwards, most people find avoiding smokers for the first month very helpful as you have now successfully broken the habit and will no longer have the desire for a cigarette. Some people don’t have the will power to not smoke, so being around smokers is a terrible idea, others are have no problem being near or around smokers, so decide what will be the best option for you!