A recent study showed that certain food can make cigarettes taste terrible thus making you smoke less. I don't know how true that is, but I do know that certain foods or drinks and certain activities stimulate the use of cigarettes. For me anyway.
Ever since I got that cold and dropped smoking, I decided to continue with the non-smoking even as my cold and coughing abated. It has been a little over three weeks since I stopped, and it actually hasn't been that bad. I don't think I've been irritable as others who are quitting smoking claim to be when nicotine deprived. I did notice that I've been eating more especially at night time, after dinner, when I usually had my ritual smoke on the patio or the porch. Now, I start looking for dessert or something sweet to eat immediately after dinner which isn't helping my other problem with sugar.
I also noticed that when I stopped smoking, my coffee drinking also dropped to almost nothing. Coffee just doesn't taste as good to me anymore. I used to drink a cup of black coffee and have a cigarette before I could even start getting ready in the morning. Now, I stay in bed an extra thirty minutes then go straight in the shower without my morning victual. And yes, I was one of those people who claimed I NEED my black coffee and cigarettes to get me started. That is why I didn't really understand how my taste or my need to taste suddenly changed. Now I suppose this article explains some of these changes.
Now the eating more vegetables part, I am glad to hear it. Eating vegetables to quit smoking, I have to problems with that. That part is easy. Another weird thing since I stopped smoking, and I hadn't noticed this until I read this article, is that I have been eating more vegetables lately. I thought it was just part of the craving to munch that came with quitting smoking, but I suppose it must be something intrinsic in our body that switches on when something triggers it, like lack of nicotine. I thought that was pretty interesting.
So eat your vegetables, whether you're trying to quit smoking or not!