Is it true that three weeks in the crave starts again?

Not sure if it's true or a bit of misinformation, but, I've always struggled just after the third week (which is where I'm at now) . . . I'm feeling like the craving has stepped up again and I'm trying not to eat everything in sight.

Don't know if it's psychological based on having struggled at this stage before or if it's legitimate. Any ideas?

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  • Hi Jo,

    It's hard to say, as everyone is different with their quit. I think it is just a mental change happening, because the nicotine is no longer in your system. At least it was for me, at my week three, I realy struggled with my emotions/etc. - Thankfully, it passed.

    You are a trooper though. You got this! ;)

  • I dunno, I found after the 3rd week was when I started getting angry and had 2 days of that, like outbursts then feeling awful and teary. So I'm right there with ya!! Maybe not everyone feels like that but looking around on here it seems pretty common.

  • It sounds about right Jo. I had the same so it must be part of the deal. it does balance out though.

    Mash x

  • Almost like clockwork it seams Jo. Im right there with you if it makes you feel any better. Stay strong

  • Terrible threes

    Have a read of this....

    It might shed some light on the reason behind why the craves seem worse.

  • Hey jon , how did u put that red button that sats read here onyor page, i want one ,in fact i want to know how i properly put links on my signature

    Cheers Mash x

  • Hey jon , how did u put that red button that sats read here onyor page, i want one ,in fact i want to know how i properly put links on my signature

    Cheers Mash x

    I think the explanation Cavalier gives here explains it better than I can, presuming I am understanding what you are trying to do!!!!

  • Not sure if it's true or a bit of misinformation, but, I've always struggled just after the third week (which is where I'm at now) . . . I'm feeling like the craving has stepped up again and I'm trying not to eat everything in sight.

    Don't know if it's psychological based on having struggled at this stage before or if it's legitimate. Any ideas?

    It's generally accepted that after three days the withdrawal pangs decrease in frequency and intensity, however it takes approximately three weeks for 99% of nicotine to leave the body. I suspect you might be experiencing chemical withdrawal which obviously triggers your psychological dependency. If you've gone three weeks without taking nicotine in any form you are over the worst of it, however I recommend reading Allen Carr's Easy Way To Stop Smoking he removes the brainwashing which will enable you to live your life not with a feeling of deprivation and moping for a ciggy but with an enormous sense of relief and satisfaction that you are giving up ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. I am re-reading the book over the weekend since I fell back in to the trap, yes I know what you're thinking but I have explained myself in my first post. Good luck matey :)

  • Macready . . thanks so much for that reply . . I think it's time to read Allen Carrs book . . not read it yet but I think I should do . . I'm struggling a bit and not a clue why. I know I don't want a cigarette . . I know I will hate how it tastes and that it wont taste like my brain keeps telling me it will taste. But I'm still feeling the need to eat to substitute for the lack of smoking. It's really annoying me . . I'm 4 weeks in now and think that the book may well boost my quit. Jo

  • I havnt put a pound on since I quit. Which is good as that was what I didn't want. And allen carrs how to stop smoking without gaining weight for women deffo helped with that. 'We don't need to smoke and we don't need anything in its place'

    Deffo true. We are a bit brainwashed into the fact that when we stop smoking we need a substitute like food to keep the hand to mouth action at bay.

    In my opinion you arnt going to lose anything by reading the book, so give it a go. Xx

  • please please...

    ...can someone tell me how to start a new thread on this site? I can't seem to find the link...d'oh, am I just being extraordinarily think?!:)

  • please please...

    ...can someone tell me how to start a new thread on this site? I can't seem to find the link...d'oh, am I just being extraordinarily thick?!:)

  • ta

    thank you!

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