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Escaping Nicotine Cravings While Trying To Quit Smoking

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Craig Nabat

Trying to quit smoking is tough! Especially the first ten days!

A FitPerez reader looking to ditch their nicotine habit wrote smoking counselor Craig Nabat for advice on beating cravings during the process, asking:

"I am a long time smoker and I currently attempted to quit (AGAIN, LOL). I am actually beginning my 3rd smoke free day today. My problem is that after today is usually when I start smoking again, almost EVERYTIME. Usually the first 3 days smoke free are the hardest but its usually a breeze for me and day 4-5 are usually when i break…WHY is this?!?!? I am feeling great but I am very nervous about the next 2 days…any advice/tips? Thanks so much for your time!"

According to Craig:

Congratulations on making it to your 3rd day of no smoking. Look at quitting smoking as a ten day process. Three days to get through the crucial detoxification period where your mind and body are coming off nicotine. It takes another 7 days to rid the body of all the toxins from cigarettes. After 10 days have passed you are only dealing with the psychological aspects of the addiction. Unfortunately, the psychological aspects can last for life, but they do substantially diminish overtime. You can compare the ongoing experience to how a person gets over a lost love.

Over the next few days force yourself to exercise, get a massage, and take 10 deep breaths if an urge for smoking comes along, all smoking urges pass within 3 minutes. Also, if you can refrain from caffeine and alcohol during this time, it would be helpful. Drink water as much as possible for the next 10 days. The pain and anguish of quitting is short compared to being a lifelong smoker. You can do it!

For more tips to quit smoking, feel free to tweet Craig questions @freedomlaser or write to tips@fitperez.com!

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Massages Ease Chronic Back Pain In The Short Term

Filed under: Health

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What a wonderful excuse to get massages once a week! Well, not wonderful, it would be a better situation if you weren't experiencing chronic back pain.

But if you are, at least a massage is a great add-on.

It turns out in a new study that those who get weekly massages used less pain medication and spent less time in bed than those who didn't.

In the new study, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, 401 people were randomly assigned to usual care or one of two kinds of massage therapy: either so-called structural massage, or relaxation massage (also called Swedish massage).

After 10 weeks the massage group had improved considerably compared to the other patients.

For instance, about 30 percent of those getting massages had used painkillers in the past week, compared to 40 percent of those getting usual care. And twice as many in the usual care group — seven percent — had stayed in bed at least one day in the past month.

The problem is that after half a year, the benefits vanished. Maybe people were getting used to the treatments, or perhaps they should switch up massage styles, but in the short-term the 10% drop in meds sounds worth it to us.

Still, it's great to have options, and there could be worse choices!

[Image via AP Images.]

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Scream 5 Is A Go…But Not For A Bit! Wes Craven Giving Himself A Summer Break!

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Just like grade school!

Last week, we were thrilled to hear that Scream 5 is almost 100% definitely going to happen!

Looks like we're gonna have to try to contain ourselves for a bit though, because Wes Craven won't be giving any thought to Scream 5, or any other movies, until fall rolls around.

Here's Wes on his summer break plans:

“I’m taking the summer off. I directed and produced, and my wife [Iya Labunka] produced, both Scream 4 and the previous film, My Soul to Take, and they were both very difficult films. So we just decided, ‘You know what? We’re going to spend the summer someplace nice and not think about film for a while.’”

It's cool, it's cool! Take your time, Wes! Relax!

…But come fall, we'll def be expecting look forward to some Scream 5 updates!

AND of course, if you WANNA talk Scream while on vacay, feel free to give us a call! Most cell phones work on the beach!

Ha!

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Massachusetts Mayors Seek To Ban Sleep Inducing Brownie

Filed under: Wacky, Tacky & TrueFood

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Two Massachusetts mayors are attempting to ban Lazy Cakes, melatonin-laced brownies that melt in your mouth, then help you pass out.

The company behind the product describes them as "a dietary supplement to aid adults who lead a stressful, energy drink fueled lifestyle to wind down and relax."

Although intended for adults, mayors of of Fall River and New Bedford believe the snack is intentionally marketed to children.

By looking at the mascot, we can see why. That's one COOL brownie! Ha!

Each Lazy Cake contains eight milligrams of melatonin, an unregulated sleep-inducing supplement. Considering there are about 5,000 melatonin related emergencies a year, there is some legitimate cause for concern.

Dr. Caroline Apovian, director of the Nutrition and Weight Management Center at Boston Medical Center, says that if two more milligrams of the supplement were added, an adult would "abruptly fall asleep".

That's pret-ty potent! Sounds like nobody should be eating these before they operate a vehicle.

Children should DEFINITELY not be able to get their hands on these sleepy treats either. A 2-year-old boy from Arizona fell into a deep sleep and had to be hospitalized after he took a few bites from one.

Scary! Although not life-threatening, melatonin overdoses in children are associated with nausea, gastrointestinal problems, changes in mood, headaches and other effects.

In the products defense, the Lazy Cakes website specifically warns:

"Lazy Cakes are recommended for adults only! Although perfectly safe for adults, these are NOT a snack for children…As with any product, it is highly recommended that you read the labels."

While we don't think snack food labels should be required reading material, anyone buying a brownie to help them fall asleep should know better than to feed it to a small child.

Our verdict? Eat these at your own risk and keep them out of the kiddies reach!

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Stress Reducing Drinks On The Rise

Filed under: Wacky, Tacky & TrueDietsFood

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First, we wanted an energy drink to stay alert and focused, but now consumers are seeking beverages to do the opposite and help them chill out.

"Relaxation" drinks may be the newest bottled phenomenon with an estimated $100 million market.

Similar to those little bottles of 5-Hour Energy, beverage makers are now marketing 2 oz. shots to 12 oz. cans that go by mellow names like Unwind, iChill, Be Happy.

Ingredients inside these "stress reducers" vary from the amino acid L-theanine, which is found in green tea, to melatonin, used in sleep aids. The real question, however, is do they work?

Alice Lichtenstein, professor of nutrition at Tufts University, doesn't seem to think so, explaining:

"I don't think there's any mainstream research that would support any of this. If you want to relax, drink chamomile tea."

We're not scientists, but we'd probably have to agree.

However, ask us in a couple years after we've been bombarded with television, radio, and print marketing campaigns (plus lots of free samples being handed out from the trunks of decorated Mini-Coopers) and we MAY have changed our minds.

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Music To Your Pooches Ears!

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Question - What kind of music does your dog like?

Answer - Not that Ke$ha CD you insist on playing nonstop.

Actually, according to the Teikyo University of Science Department of Animal Science, dogs prefer classical music with a twist!

After 18 months of research, scientists found that the best form of soothing sounds for dogs is a mixture of classical music infused with ambient noise, such as human conversations and other dog's barking.

And, your in luck because the researchers have joined forces with music label Hats Unlimited to bring you a full music CD called Dreams For Dogs for just $26.

Or you could save your money, tune the radio to a classical music station and call your BFF for a quick convo.

Money saved…and hopefully not spent on Ke$ha's next album!

We kid. We kid.

She's not going to have another album.

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