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Offline PinkLotus

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Re: Cutting back on caffeïne & quit smoking
« Reply #15 on: September 29, 2011, 02:03:41 am »
True Monkey Mind, you search for a replacer. :socool:

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Re: Cutting back on caffeïne & quit smoking
« Reply #16 on: September 30, 2011, 02:49:15 am »
Congratulations of week one!  Keep it up you can do it  :clapping:

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Re: Cutting back on caffeïne & quit smoking
« Reply #17 on: September 30, 2011, 07:02:21 am »
Any tips?

Tip:  DO NOT, under any circumstance, have another cigarette.  Not even a hit off someone else's cig.

I was able to quit after about 40 years by using a combination of nicotine patches, wellbutrin and an e-cigarette.  Only used the e-cig for a month.  I've been nicotine free for just over a year.

Before quitting I asked a friend, who had some serious dependency issues but has been sober for 20 years what the trick was with breaking the dependency cycle.  She said, don't have another cigarette.  Period.  No matter what.

That was good advice.

Oh, and a meditation practice was also very helpful.

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Re: Cutting back on caffeïne & quit smoking
« Reply #18 on: September 30, 2011, 08:47:33 am »
Welcome back, GG. It is good to see you again.  ;D

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Re: Cutting back on caffeïne & quit smoking
« Reply #19 on: September 30, 2011, 08:59:30 pm »
Congrats on 1 week! They say the first 3 days are the hardest, it's all down hill from here.

Drink lots if water, and eat fresh fruit daily. Both will help with cravings and detox. If you have the means, consider acupuncture. It is rated highest among evidence-based treatments for addiction.

I disagree with advice that you should only quit one bad habit at a time. Addictive bad habits operate on the same neuro- cognitive- psychosocial pathways. If you allow yourself a special pet addiction, you leave the back door wide open for relapse with all addictions. Close the door, and be free.

excellent advice...  :spiderman:

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Re: Cutting back on caffeïne & quit smoking
« Reply #20 on: October 03, 2011, 09:06:08 am »
I saw a show about coffee yesterday.  It had an interesting note about caffeine.  Caffeine doesn't promote energy in your body or brain.  It inhibits the production of a hormone that affects the brain allowing you to relax and calm yourself, giving the illusion of more energy.

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Re: Cutting back on caffeïne & quit smoking
« Reply #21 on: October 03, 2011, 03:47:35 pm »
I saw a show about coffee yesterday.  It had an interesting note about caffeine.  Caffeine doesn't promote energy in your body or brain.  It inhibits the production of a hormone that affects the brain allowing you to relax and calm yourself, giving the illusion of more energy.

Interesting...

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Re: Cutting back on caffeïne & quit smoking
« Reply #22 on: October 04, 2011, 03:14:31 pm »
In rereading what I wrote there, it seems there is ample opportunity to misunderstand what I meant due to less than accurate wording.  It is the hormone that allows one to calm down and relax.  Caffeine inhibits this, subsequently inhibitting our ability to relax, promoting an illusion of energy.  I will try to be more precise in the future.

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Re: Cutting back on caffeïne & quit smoking
« Reply #23 on: October 05, 2011, 06:13:17 am »
I think you got your meaning across the first time LOTT!
Guess that's why I'm so relaxed! (no brain)
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Re: Cutting back on caffeïne & quit smoking
« Reply #24 on: November 16, 2011, 11:31:14 am »
No matter what you do with coffee you wind up in trouble:

1.  Caffeine constricts the arteries and veins thereby increasing blood pressure.
2.  Removing caffeine, so called decaffeinated coffee, increase cholesterol levels.
3.  Coffee grinds clog the sink drains.
4.  Hot coffee spilled into your crotch while driving can result in life altering collisions.
........etc.

There are some folks who cannot tolerate coffee simply because it creates severe gastrointestinal problems.  I have personally experienced this effect myself a few times after forgetting that and drinking coffee for breakfast and then trying to take a several mile wilderness hike.

Lately there have been articles, probably from the coffee lobbies, touting that coffee contains health benefits which cite "making you regular", which is the sunnyside of the above, and that coffee contains many different types of anti-oxidants which reduce cancer risk.  So, who is to say what is the right thing to do.

As a Buddhist I know that caffeine makes me nervous and jerky, and my wife thinks that I am already jerky enough.  Buddha would not approve of any substance which is mind-altering.

End of story.
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A head of gray hairs doesn't mean one's an elder. Advanced in years, one's called an old fool.
But one in whom there is truth, restraint, rectitude, gentleness,self-control, he's called an elder, his impurities disgorged, enlightened.
-Dhammpada, 19, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

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Re: Cutting back on caffeïne & quit smoking
« Reply #25 on: November 17, 2011, 04:58:20 am »
I think we all worry too much about our health and what we eat and drink.
Tea, coffee, alcohol..Don't eat any meat,
Don't smoke even one cigarette..

Do you suckers wanna live forever?  ;D
Well you won't!

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