“I’m trying to quit smoking”…. a phrase we all hear left and right! I, personally, have never smoked, so I would have no idea how hard it is to quit, but I heard it said once “it’s easy to quit….the hard part is not starting again!” 😉 I think as long as someone has a strong enough determination or “Why” to make it happen, they can do it! It won’t be easy, but it’s definitely possible. My mother is a prime example of that. She started smoking at about the age of 16 and made the decision to quit at about the age of 38. This was easier said than done. I remember her trying on her own many times, with no success and then something interesting happened.
She was invited to check out a smokers anonymous support group which would help her with the process (for a fee, of course). I’ll never forget how angry she was that night after coming home from checking out this group. She was blown away at the idea that they wanted to charge her, if I remember correctly, $150.00 to sign up and participate. And then these words flew out of her mouth, “$150.00….that’s ridiculous! I can just never pick up another cigarette and do it for FREE!” And I’m here to tell you…for her, that’s all it took! She was so determined to show them that she could do it for FREE, that she NEVER picked up another cigarette! I still recall her being very ill for the next 4-5 weeks as her body detoxed. I hated to see her go through this, but we all knew it was for the best! And I remember thinking later, I should send this particular organization a letter thanking them for having such a high participation fee, because I believe if they had just charged like $50.00, she would have joined and perhaps not had the success she had, doing it the “I’ll show them” way! Anyway, that’s my experience and in her case she found a strong enough “Why” to make it happen! It’s been 36 years and she never once started up again!
Ever since our kids were about 6 or 7 years old, we’ve had the “smoking is bad for your body conversation”, and we are pleased to announce that neither one of our kids (who are now adults) smoke! But I remember emphasizing one thing to them numerous times. I explained that when there grandmother, for instance (or that generation) decided to start smoking, nobody knew how harmful it was for your body, and sadly so many people of that era started smoking only to find out later what a horrible decision it was! And then those people have had to go through the torture of trying to quit! So we said to our kids how lucky they are to be of a generation that already KNOWS how harmful it is, and therefore they should strongly consider NOT smoking. And we explained that for some people it can become an addiction very quickly, so why be one of those people who starts (even if your plan is to only try it a few cigarettes) but then has to worry about becoming addicted and later go through the turmoil of trying to quit (like SO MANY people do)!
I was discussing this recently with a friend and I recalled reading about a very old-fashioned method of using cream of tartar to help you stop smoking! Here’s a link to the article I found explaining how it works and the 6 easy steps to doing it. I found it interesting that the use of the orange juice is important for helping the body’s immune system stay strong, which helps with the detoxing. If anyone decides to try this process and is interested in keeping their immune system has strong as possible, you might want to consider adding Shaklee’s Vitamin C supplement to the process. You see, just one of Shaklee’s Sustained Release Vitamin C tablets contain 500 mg of Vitamin C, but it’s slow release process, releases 100 mg of Vitamin C every hour for the next 5 hours, which is the equivalent Vitamin C as you’d get by eating 1 1/2 oranges every hour for 5 hours!! Amazing, huh?!!! Just something to keep in mind, because I feel it could be extremely helpful in the detox process!!!
Also, if any of my readers decide to do the Cream of Tartar method, I’d love to hear back from you as to how it worked! Best of luck to you! And I hope everyone out there is doing their best to educate our youngsters on the dangers of smoking, so that we might see a drop in the numbers of people who smoke, in the future!
Editor’s Note: The contents of this blog post are an expression of my own personal opinion and experiences, including any mention of Shaklee’s products, and none of the contents and/or claims herein are endorsed by the Shaklee Corporation.