Fortify Yourself and Quit Smoking!

Hey everyone!

Today I have an important Motivational Monday for you… I am going to discuss a key habit that you need to overcome in order to begin walking the path to health, and that is quitting smoking.

Smoking is an addictive and tenacious habit. In fact, it might surprise you to know that I myself gave up smoking more than 24 years ago! And it was the single best thing I have ever done to contribute to my overall sense of well-being and happiness.

Like all addictions, smoking pulls you away from your core and your greatest wish for your health and longevity. It can leave you feeling vulnerable, essentially a slave to your preferences and addictions. This is why it is so difficult to stop.

On today’s video, I am going to share with you 7 important habits you can embrace to help you get a handle on your cigarette cravings so that you can quit smoking!

These are some key tips that will make the path to quitting so much easier. If you have a cigarette habit you are eager to leave behind, you will not want to miss today’s Motivational Monday.

Once you have watched the video, I would love to hear from you! How did you quit smoking? Did you use any of the suggestions mentioned in today’s video or did you try something different? Are you a “cold turkey” person or did you taper off? I would love to hear what worked for you, and I am sure our other viewers would benefit from hearing about your experience.

As always, it is a great privilege to share Monday mornings with all of you! I hope you today’s tips help you move closer to your healthiest self!

Have a great week!

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12 comments on “Fortify Yourself and Quit Smoking!

  1. AvatarM.Siddique

    Wish u a Delightful day ahead, Awesome TIPS on motivations Monday, Will and
    Self determinations, Healthy and Happy life and Financial Savings to quit Smoking are the benefits. I hope her TIPS reaches all Smokers. Thanks Barbara Mendez.

    Mohammad Siddique

  2. AvatarKaren

    Hi Barbara, I found your videos about a month ago and I love, love love them.
    I have always worked at being healthy and am always seeking new thoughts on what that means and how to achieve it.
    I find your advice sound and extremely well put. You are never pushy with your ideas, but instead present them as a suggestion. Very Refreshing !!!
    About quiting smoking, I celebrated 33 yrs. free of it this March and am so very thankful that my children begged me daily to stop before it killed me, (as they were learning about this in school ) . It took 3 good trys, but by the 3rd try I made it.
    One thing that really helped me was I knew that the firt 2-3 days would be the hardest so I asked my family for help.
    I asked if they could not ask to much of me for the first few days and asked my hubby to pick up the slack. He agreed wholeheartedly .
    The other thing tht really helped was I in advance like you suggested. (be ready) made plans to paint and wallpaper my kitchen / dining area in my home. I had everything ready to go for THE DAY ! I kept myself busy until I had to go to bed. I drank lots of water and last but definetly not least I prayed many times for help. Free Free Free !
    It was tough, but I DID IT !!!
    Thanks so much for all that you do. You’re awesome and sssssssssso very inspiring .


    1. AvatarBarbara Mendez, RPh, MS Post author

      Thanks Karen and good for you and being able to overcome such a difficult habit to break! It is a tough one indeed.
      I love how you kept yourself busy and engaged as you went through it…distractions can be so useful in moments like that.

      And thank you for your wonderful comments about my blog. It is a labor of love and it’s lovely to know it’s appreciated. Stay well!

  3. AvatarCatherine Boyer. MA. LCSW

    Hi, Barbara,

    Terrific Motivational Monday video!

    I have one question. Just this morning one of my neurofeedback clients told me that her new health care practitioner took her off three of the vitamin supplements she’s been taking for years because he felt they were problematic with her history of smoking. The only one she remembered was folic acid. I’m curious if you have thoughts on this?


    1. AvatarBarbara Mendez, RPh, MS Post author

      Hey Catherine,
      Thanks for your post! There are some nutrients, when taken alone in isolation that can act as pro-oxidants and make the carcinogens in smoke worse for the smoker. But I would need to know more about what this doctor had to say. And again, it would pertain to isolated nutrients not necessarily multi-vitamins.

  4. AvatarGeorge

    I was a smoker for 25 years and subjected my wife to secondhand smoke she was so tolerant but encouraged me to stop I didn’t want to because I like to smoke but my love for her was greater than my desire to smoke so after a year of looking at the bottle I tried it. Smoke effortless beyond imagination 100%hundred percent moneyback guarantee if it doesn’t work for you ,under 75 bucks 7days and that’s it. Taking it worked for me and at least 20 other people I know ranging from a mahjong group of ladies six in all 90 years old to 60 years old and smoking all their life is a combination of herbs I don’t know what else to say it’s unbelievable I kept on waiting for anxiety attacks etc. etc. and all the horror stories ! nothing to lose except your smoking habit it’s a combination of Chinese herbs including Lobelia and a multivitamin and all I can say is it is the bomb. Hi Barbara I love your video with the exception of number 4 cutting out Sugars and sweets and junk food for most people is more difficult than cigarettes. Otherwise thank you for your positive inspirational Videos …
    Stay strong, Love G~~~~~

    1. AvatarBarbara Mendez, RPh, MS Post author

      That is awesome George! Thanks for sharing that info~ I hope others read it and look into whether or not that would be an appropriate supplement for them~ I appreciate you posting that~
      As for the sugar… well, what can I say. It’s the entry drug 🙂

  5. AvatarIraida Mendez

    Great video! It would be wonderful if it reaches as many people as possible.
    As you well know I used to be a very heavy smoker until 20 years ago, except for a few years when you were a child when you actually cried every time you saw me smoking a cigarette.
    Without a doubt it was the most difficult thing I have done in my life, but I finally did it, and to this day I feel like an idiot for not quitting sooner.
    Your tips on how to achieve this goal are all wonderful. For myself, the breathing exercises was very helpful as well as exercising. Also going on a health kick, eating right and being good to your body, is paramount.
    Keep up the good work,


  6. Avatarmoira casadei

    Argh! It is so rationally described yet so powerful to retract. I’ve been trying to quit since January, one month success, then a gradual climb back to 1/2 pack a day. Presently I have all mentioned steps in order and practice except Lobelia. What is the recommended source for a pure and honest manufacturer and what would the dosage be????
    p.s. tried the Patch, tried the Gum, side effects of sleepless nights with sweats and nightmares led me away from crutches.

    1. AvatarBarbara Mendez, RPh, MS Post author

      Hi Moira. Keep trying. I heard it sometimes takes as many as 5 times before you’re successul. After you’ve okeyed the use of Lobelia with your doctor, get the tincture by Herb Pharm and every time you feel like you are having a craving put a few drops under the tongue. This will serve two purposes: the lobelia will help with noctine craving but also the taste of the herb isn’t necessarily pleasant and what will happen over time is a Pavlovian response between craving and bitterness. It works. Pick a day in the future and then reward yourself with something special as a way of honoring your commitment. Good luck to you!


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