Follow this wellness guide to quit smoking, drinking

Follow this wellness guide to quit smoking, drinking

New Delhi, April 2 (IANS) Most lifestyle advice tells you to give that glass of wine or cigarette a miss. Serving as a reminder, a new book on healthy living reiterates the advice we know too well, topped off with practical tips that finally help you say ‘No.

“Live Well To 101”, a wellness guide by doctor and television presenter Dawn Harper, lists useful tips to quit smoking:

  • Cigarettes don’t contain just nicotine but a range of toxic, carcinogenic chemicals you wouldn’t want near your body. Next time you reach for a cigarette that looks quite appealing, imagine yourself licking tarmac, chewing on rubber cement or drinking a cocktail of battery acid, lighter fuel and nail varnish remover. 
  • If you get the opportunity to talk to a smoker who has developed diseases as a result of smoking, knowing their stories might help put off your habit.
  • To quit, go public! Telling everyone will keep you motivated. Also put aside cigarette money for something special, like a personal reward or charity.
  • It’s easier never to start than it is to quit. Spread the message.For alcohol, Dr Harper says:
  • Don’t wait for warning signs. They may not come. Be honest with yourself about your consumption and start putting in dry days in your diary.
  • Recognise your triggers and work on them. For instance, if you reach for the bottle when your kids are asleep, find ways to keep yourself occupied and not be tempted.
  • Offer to drive when you go out — it gives you the perfect excuse to not drink.
  • Understand your alcohol intake. Beers and wines have become stronger over the years so you may be taking in more units than you should, as well as more calories.The 280-page book is published by Hachette India and is priced at Rs 399.