jlud007 Posted December 30, 2014 Share Posted December 30, 2014 Hi Everyone! I have been lurking around health sites and reading for too long so it's time to take action. I have a question for the community and hopefully someone has experience with this situation. I was a heavy smokeless tobacco user for 23 years, finally in July 2013 I found an online community that helped me beat that demon. I was thrilled as time went on at how much better I felt, I knew it was a bad "habit" but no idea just how terrible the damage nicotine can do to our bodies. Freedom from that addiction has been the catalyst for more change, I have come to believe that i must continue to make changes and grow as a person. My question is in my 530+ days of tobacco freedom I do occasionally use candy and sugar free gum to satisfy the occasional oral craving. I would love some suggestions or substitutions that would be Whole30 approved, anyone that has quit nicotine knows it can creep up on you when your not expecting it so I like to always have a plan for when it rears it's ugly head. I was diagnosed as Type 2 diabetic a few years ago and have been heavy since got out of High School. My heaviest was 360 pounds in the Spring of 2009. The shock of seeing that number (had not been on a scale in years before that) was enough to make small changes and over the course of 2 years I got down around 325-330. When I quit tobacco in 2013 I was 325 pounds and since then have continued to make small changes to get where I am now which is right around 300-305. I feel I'm ready to take the next bigger step and really change my life. I look forward to finding some new friends and support here, my experience with the tobacco quit community has really primed me for leaping into this community I hope. I have friendships from that experience that I will maintain forever so I know just how powerful this kind of support can be. I am still working on my "official start date" but began my "mostly" whole30 plan this past Sunday, which constisted mostly of cutting out Diet Soda and Sugar Free Monster Energy drinks. These frankendrinks seem to stimulate binge eating, specifically of the pizza variety and so far I am already feeling better this week. I need to clean out some cabinets and go shopping so I expect to start my Whole 30 full force on Friday, Jan 2 or Sat, Jan 3. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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