How to Get a NEW START for the New Year Free of Bad Habits & Addictions

Summary: Billions of people could start the New Year free of addiction with these physiologic tips that work better than drugs or hypnosis that can be harmful.
Most Americans celebrate their freedom to choose some form of bondage. We can do better and in 2018, let’s have real freedom!
Freedom is priceless—let’s not accept substitutes. Freedom from pain while enslaved by drugs that relieve pain which often comes from some food or drink is not freedom. Drugs cure symptoms and often perpetuate a bad-habit lifestyle.
At the core of any addiction are physiologic principles that can help us as millions who have already quit. NEW START is an acronym for Nutrition, Exercise, Water, Sunlight, Temperance, Air, Rest and Trust in Nature and God.
Timing is important. Start your break for freedom on Thursday evening, January 4. Have a light early supper and go for a long walk. Take some deep breaths and think of your choice to quit and if you believe in God ask Him to help you. This even works for some who aren’t sure!
Take a warmish hot soak in the tub to relax muscle tension and take an herbal sleep aid if you anticipate trouble sleeping. Good sleep is a key to a good start for Friday and set the alarm 20 minutes early.
In the morning, take a 5-min fresh air walk, and 10 min for a hot shower, but cut the hot water off first for 10-20 seconds of cold as you rub your body with a cold wash cloth!
This will wake your body up without caffeine that Dr. Pavlov said is ‘bad-habit glue.’ We need to break all addictions, not just our worst one. They will drop off easier with no caffeine that triggers a craving for smoke or drink and for this first day we want to skip breakfast that triggers craving for a smoke. Your willpower will be stronger without food in your stomach.
The craving for any addiction is physiologic and it can be helped stalling it off with the following strategy every time you get the urge or craving.
#1. Repeat your choice—I have chosen not to (smoke/drink)this day. Snap a rubber band on your wrist to associate urge and pain
#2. Take 5 deep breaths, sucking the air in till you can’t get any more and keep doing it for 5 seconds, squeeze it all out till you can’t get any more out and hold it for 5 seconds. Do it 5 times.
#3. Take 5 ounces of water (full mouth) — think of it as flushing nicotine or other drugs out of your kidneys to cleanse the blood.
#4. Take a 5 minute walk around the block or to the corner.
The fresh air, sunlight and exercise will help cut the craving.
#5. Ask God as you believe in Him to take the urge away. Call a spouse or buddy who is sympathetic with your quitting (not your drinking partner or someone with the habit.)
Do these five things every time you get the urge which will peak on the third day and you will be over the hump by day 4 or 5.
It is best to fast with no food the first day. Eat fresh fruit to help the body initiate the cleansing process on the 2nd day.
The third day, have a good breakfast with fruit, whole grain cereal or toast. Avoid fried foods, meat and any spicy foods.
Avoid the easy chair where you usually sit to enjoy a smoke. Think of everything you do as part of your strategy for quitting. If your buddies have the habit you are quitting, avoid them for now until you get stabilized in your new habit of non-usage, etc.
Think of 5 things every day to thank God for—including your freedom from addictions and natural remedies for NEW START Be cautious about everything related to your former habits, even if it means making new friends and leaving some behind. Read this online chapter that supports your new habits and choices, Html
Dr. Richard Ruhling is a physician who has helped hundreds to quit. Please share this article or YouTube link on quitting with friends who may appreciate it. He offers more information on NEW START at

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