After the 42 days and finally completing The Big Cold Turkey Programme, there was a huge temptation to celebrate with a night out of lots of drink and cigarettes, but after all I had gone through to get so far why start smoking again now?To this day I have never touched a cigarette since and have started another Cold Turkey Programme on Alcohol and junk food. I shed some weight, my health massively improved and I saved so much money! I found that introducing new good habits at the same time as The Big Cold Turkey like going to the gym and rewarding myself with new (smaller) clothes with the money I saved gives me the incentive to keep going. The Big Cold Turkey is now so addictive for me I can see one day I may have to The Big Cold Turkey The Big Cold Turkey Programme!!"
Action: Gave up smoking
Model (Coca-Cola, Microsoft, Disney, Action Man)
Action: Gave up 'a hell of a lot of stuff'
"5 months ago I gave up my unhealthy lifestyle and went Cold Turkey. Prior to that I ate meat three times a day, aswell as fry ups, cappuccinos, cakes, biscuits and pudding all just for breakfast. Then it would be french style, creamy sauces with lunches and dinners. Late at night it was pannatonne, panacotta, brioche, chocolate or crème brulee or a combination of the above with wine, beer, scotch, vodka or champagne. To top it all I also had chocolate bars every time I stopped at petrol stations. I was pretty much sedentary and I thought I was getting away with it because I wasn't fat (yet!)
But it did come at a cost. For 2.5 years, I had been on prescription medication for acid reflux. My resting pulse was in the mid 70's and my blood pressure was high (not too bad yet but I have never - EVER - had this before) I had dark circles under my bloodshot eyes and I felt crap most of the time.
It was time to go Cold Turkey. Overnight I gave it all up: meat, dairy, eggs (yep, all animal products), coffee, tea, alcohol, almost all sugars (and sweet stuff), all fatty foods and almost all added fat (e.g. no olive oil on your salad), almost all refined and processed foods and anything remotely salty and I started running like Forrest Gump - 60 to 70 km's a week. I still eat HEAPS, but now days, it's mostly fruit and veggies and other whole foods.
The results were instant. I have been off the medication (with no symptoms) since day one (this is something 5 GP's and 4 specialists could not achieve). I lost 10 kilos (22lb) in the first month. I now need about 2 hrs less sleep a night and have buckets more energy. My skin is clear and I look at feel at least 5 years younger. It's good to cut down on stuff, but going Cold Turkey really made a big difference to me straight away."
Lord Simon Reading
Marquess of Reading
Action: Gave up smoking