There is some evidence that smokers who eat plenty of fruit and
vegetables have a better chance of quitting.
High-fibre foods (most
fruits and vegetables fall into this category) may also help you feel
fuller, which can help both with cigarette cravings and with the
temptation to indulge in unhealthy snacking that people often struggle
with when giving up tobacco. Sometimes, wanting a cigarette and wanting a
snack can get confused in our minds.
Research also suggests
that fruit and vegetables, non-caffeinated beverages, and milk and other
dairy products, may make cigarettes taste worse. So having a glass of
milk and an apple could be a good strategy when you feel the urge to
reach for a cigarette!
Foods commonly reported to make
cigarettes taste better - and that you therefore may want to avoid if
you're trying to quit smoking - are caffeinated and alcoholic beverages,
and meat products. Many smokers habitually have a cup of coffee or a
drink when they smoke, and these can often trigger cravings for a
cigarette. Experiment with this and see what works for you and what
might potentially sabotage your quit attempt. It doesn't mean you
necessarily have to give up coffee or wine completely if you're trying
to give up smoking, but it may be very helpful to cut down, especially
in the first few weeks of going smoke-free.
Read more: Smoking and diet.