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Re: Vitamin D, Smoking and Dopamine...

Posted by moomin68 on August 3, 2011, at 13:58:36

In reply to Re: Vitamin D, Smoking and Dopamine..., posted by brionk on August 3, 2011, at 13:48:14

In response to your comment (quoted below at the end of my post...)

It's interesting, I posted that over a year ago in June 2010. I have since quit smoking successfully, cold turkey. And you are absolutely right in everything you say. I was procrastinating, rationalizing and looking for a magic bullet.

I used to wait for that magic moment when the heavens would open, a bright light would shine on me and a voice say... "it's your day to quit today!!!"

Yeah, didn't happen. In the end, when I realized the games I was playing with myself... I just quit. And it was BY FAR the hardest thing I've EVER done. I disagree about the withdrawal, yes the physical part is gone in a week -- but the emotional dependence goes on for months. It's a journey.

I now don't smoke, don't drink, don't take any meds, eat great, and exercise every day. I feel amazing. All I take is Vitamin D, and Astaxanthin every day. The combination I think helps me a lot.

Sometimes I get bored. Then I realize that I have lived the life of an emotionally stunted addict since I was about 14 years old, and it's not that I'm "bored" I'm just not yet familiar with something as simple, and hard for many... as choosing to love myself.

I am currently saying the same things you just wrote to me, to a friend who wants to quit smoking. And she's giving me all the same story. You are right. Cold turkey is the ONLY way. And getting real with oneself about the games and BS we play.

> You seem to be saying that your smoking is inevitable because you haven't found the right "aid" to make quitting easier. Smoking is a powerful addiction that takes on a life of its own once you start (or re-start, as in your case). How do you know that your struggle with quitting is any more difficult than other smokers? The quickest, and ultimately "easiest" way to quit is cold turkey. Severe withdrawal diminishes rather rapidly, day by day, and in a matter of weeks, or a month or two it's relatively easy to manage. Not quitting, procrastinating, rationalizing, looking for a magic bullet just take you farther down the path to a likely miserable and premature death from lung cancer. It really is that simple, I believe.




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