Stews: Vegetables, lentils, potatoes, chickpeas, various trimmings and seasonings can be combined in many ways and are easy to prepare. Tip: use a large pan, even in a single household, portion the stew and freeze. With creativity, you can eat healthy and varied food for several days, saving money and time, such as tofu, salad or hummus side dishes. For instance, cauliflower can be prepared in many different ways. Inspirations at stirnrunzler.com. Cauliflower gently cooked in the oven or cauliflower pizza.
Anyone who has once experienced pain or traumatic experiences in life can be, to some degree, "grateful". This can strengthen one's will. I, as a smoker, had reached my personal pain threshold. Instinctively I knew that smoking places the body and mind under extreme stress. Thankfully, I was able to make myself see what was causing my burning desire to stop smoking.
The idea of "saying no" has a lot to do with mindfulness and an unwavering determination to, for example, prioritize the recovery process. For many years I smoked, ate sugary foods, watched moderately interesting TV shows etc. Thankfully, alcohol was not an issue.