yesterday i read a little blurb about some research on drinking black tea. participants in the study drank either 4 cups of tea for six weeks, or four cups of another drink (i don't know what). the tea-drinkers were found to have 20% lower levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, than the non-tea-drinkers, at the end. i'm going to try it out on myself. i thought i'd post this information, too, since i can't think of anyone on my flist who wouldn't benefit from a reduction in stress. this message is especially for you, you, you, and you, and you all know who you are. you can get decaf black tea, if caffeine is an issue for you, and btw, tea is also good for heart health.
i also read that people who were trying to quit smoking had a much higher success rate if they did cardio exercise four times a week during the period that they were quitting, compared to non-exercisers. these were people who were using a gradually tapering nicotine-replacement system, so i'm not sure how this would apply for all of the smoking-quitters i know, but i thought i'd throw it out there.
and, in general, always taper off gradually when quitting anything physically, or even psychologically, addictive! it's easier and much more comfortable to make gradual changes.