Nutrition Tips For Quitting

Nutrition Tips For Quitting

Eat regularly to control cravings

  • Eat a meal within a couple hours of waking up.
  • Don’t skip meals.
  • Eat three meals a day.
  • If you get hungry between meals, eat a small snack.

Focus on a well-balanced meal and country food

  • Each meal should have at least three of the four food groups.
  • Each snack should have at least two food groups.

Keep your mouth busy

  • Try chewing on something. Good options are mint toothpicks, plastic straws or sugar-free gum. You can also suck on ice cubes and frozen fruit.
  • Enjoy each bite! Food tastes and smells better once you quit smoking. But, this makes it easier to overeat. Take your time to eat slowly.
  • Serve snack foods in a dish; it can help you eat less.

Stock up on healthy snacks like:

  • apple slices,
  • grapes,
  • berries,
  • carrot sticks,
  • cherry tomatoes,
  • boiled eggs,
  • baked bannock
  • dry, non-sugary cereal,
  • dried meat or fish,
  • popcorn (low fat, air pop),
  • pretzels,
  • rice crackers/cakes
  • slightly frozen country meats,
  • unsalted nuts,
  • whole grain crackers topped with canned tuna or salmon; or
  • yogurt cup or fruit sauce.

Make water your main drink

  • Drink eight cups of water or more each day. This is especially important on the day you quit.
  • Don’t drink too many caffeine drinks, as they can make it hard to stay tobacco-free. Slowly cut down on coffee, tea, energy drinks and pop.
  • Adults should have no more than three cups of caffeinated drinks per day.
  • Pregnant women should drink no more than two cups each day.