Best Places To Get Chewing Ice

For Anyone Else With Pica, Here Are The Top 5 Places To Get The Best Chewing Ice

Because we all know that all ice is NOT created equal...

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If you have Pica, you definitely know what it is without a definition. But for those of you who don't, Pica is defined as, "a tendency or craving to eat substances other than normal food (such as clay, plaster, or ashes), occurring during childhood or pregnancy, or as a symptom of disease".

One of the most common things that someone with Pica might crave, myself included, is ice. Although this is probably the healthiest option out of all of the things people with Pica could crave, it come with its challenges as well.

Not only is it super bad for your teeth, I'm ALWAYS thinking about where and how I'm going to get my hands on some ice. And not just any ice, because I definitely have my favorites. I will drive for miles and pay any amount to get a cup my favorite ice.

For all of my fellow ice chewers out there, here are the best drive-thru places to get the most chewable ice for when your next craving hits:

1. Sonic

My all time favorite ice comes from Sonic. This ice is definitely a treat for me because I don't have one close to school so I only have it when I go home. Their ice is shaped like nuggets and is super airy, making it easy on your teeth (and actually totally safe to chew).

My favorite way to eat Sonic ice is in a cup of Sprite. The ice soaks up the flavor perfectly!

2. Chick-fil-A

A close runner up to Sonic is definitely Chick-fil-A. Their ice is a very similar shape and texture to Sonic's, making it almost crushed and super easy to eat. The only downside is that Chick-fil-A ice is slightly larger than Sonic, but that does come in handy when you don't want it to melt.

My favorite way to eat Chick-fil-A ice is by itself!

3. McDonald's

It may not be my favorite, but the ice I find myself eating the most comes from McDonald's. Not only is there one on literally every other corner, a large soda is only a dollar!

My favorite way to eat McDonald's ice is with Sprite. However, the cubes are large so I wait 30-60 minutes for them to melt down to a smaller size.

4. Starbucks

As weird as it may sound, Starbucks has some of the best tasting ice (yes, they all do taste different). For being in a cubed shape, the ice is relatively soft and chewable.

My favorite way to eat Starbucks ice is in an iced chai latte. Just like with McDonald's, I drink the drink first to allow the cues time to get smaller.

5. Speedway

Certainly the best for your teeth, but also the least satisfying to chew, is Speedway's slushies. You lose the crunch of the ice, which is something I enjoy, but the smoothness of the crushed ice is unmatched.

My favorite way to eat Speedway ice is in a Mountain Dew slushee, with a spoon so I can actually chew it, of course.

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ASU Students Push For A Healthier Dining Hall To Counter 'Freshman 15' Fears

The freshman 15 is an avoidable curse, but many students will continue to follow into its trap.

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Arizona State University students are pushing for change within the downtown Phoenix dining hall as they strive to avoid the infamous freshman 15.

The downtown Phoenix campus offers fewer dining options than the Tempe campus and has a less appetizing dining hall. The freshman 15 is a common scare among students living in the dorms, who are often freshman.

The freshman 15 is defined as a student who gains 15 pounds or more in their first year of college. Studies prove the average freshman does not exercise the right amount, is sleep deprived, has a poor diet, increases their stress level, alcohol consumption, and fatty food intake, which is most likely causing their weight gain.

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Daniella Rudoy, a journalism major and fitness instructor at the SDFC, relived her freshman year as she provided tips for incoming freshman.

"There are a lot of workouts you can do in your dorm room as long as you have access to YouTube or a floor. You can go on a run, a walk, or do exercises that do not require equipment," Rudoy said in support of college fitness.

Rudoy said that mental health, fitness, and nutrition all correlate with one another.

"I follow the saying abs are made in the kitchen. So if you are working out day and night, but eating a giant pizza and chicken wings with a pack of beer when you come home you aren't doing yourself much good," Rudoy said.

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The main cause for weight gain is increased alcohol consumption. 80 percent of college students drink and this includes binge-drinking, which is unhealthy for many reasons.

Students who do not drink are most likely gaining weight because of their exposure to an all-you-can-eat dining hall. The downtown Phoenix campus offers a salad bar as their only consistent healthy option for students, therefore students are left eating hamburgers, fries, and pizza.

"I haven't been to the dining hall this semester. Last semester, I went because I had no other options. I am a vegetarian and the dining hall is not accommodating to those with allergies or food restrictions. I find it very difficult to find vegetarian options," Lexi Varrato, a journalism major said.

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Varrato explained that she believes the freshman 15 is "100% real" and that incoming freshmen should research their meal plans and ask their school how their dietary restrictions will be accommodated before purchasing a non-refundable meal plan.

Megan Tretter, a nursing major at Seattle University emphasized that not every dining hall is like ASU's and that the freshman 15 is "definitely not a problem" at her school.

"I always eat healthy at my dining hall. There are a lot of good and healthy options at Seattle University. I usually go to the smoothie line in the morning, have a salad for lunch, and make myself an acai bowl after work with avocado toast in our floor's kitchen," Tretter said in support of her school's strive for healthy options.

College students across the United States have healthier dining options than ASU, but many colleges still face the same problems that students here are facing.

Tara Shultz, a journalism major at ASU believes she has avoided the "very real" freshman 15 by living at home.

"I believe the freshman 15 targets dorm residence and first-year students who do not live at home as they do not have their parents as a guide and are forced to eat at a dining hall that only serves fatty foods," Shultz emphasized.

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The downtown Phoenix campus offers students access to the SDFC, YMCA, and Taylor Place gym, where students can take group fitness classes, run on a track, play basketball, or swim. Alternative options for students are purchasing a membership at Orangetheory or EOS Fitness.

Most students agreed with journalism major Vanessa Gonzalez that they have little time to work out due to their workload, but many students like Varrato, Tretter, and Rudoy explained that they try to work out every day as it is a stress reliever and it enriches their mental health.

Steve Fiorentino, the owner of Powered Up Nutrition encourages college students to learn what they are putting in their bodies.

"I think it starts with nutrition. Students believe they can outwork a bad diet and I believe that is their number one mistake. My advice is to stop eating fast foods and start eating whole and healthy foods along with supplements," Fiorentino stated.

The freshman 15 is an avoidable curse, but many students will continue to follow into its trap. The campus dining hall is not always the reason to blame as students have the option to decrease their meal plans, become active, and make healthy choices!

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Top 4 Best Herbal Tea Remedies You Need To Try ASAP

Discover natural ways to soothe those sore throats, upset stomachs, calm your nerves and much more!

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There's an herb for nearly everything, and they've been used for thousands of years. Drinking herbal tea is probably one of the easiest (and enjoyable) ways to get natural vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and other health benefits!!

I'm not here to tell you that any herbal tea or herbal supplement is going to cure any certain disease, however, they do nourish and help replenish the body of the nutrients it needs to heal and cleanse itself of any impurities. In simpler terms, herbs are a support system for the natural healing of our bodies.

As someone who struggles with depression and anxiety, I've always searched for natural ways to ease my worries and calm my mind. After a couple of years of my fascination, researching, and testing herbal tea remedies; I've narrowed it down to my 4 favorite herbal tea remedies.

Some of them may sound a bit crazy--just stay with me here.

1. Catnip Tea

I'll go ahead and start with one of the craziest herbal teas that I never thought would work until I tried it myself.

As it turns out, Catnip is kryptonite to cats, but a mild sedative with tons of medicinal uses to humans. This tea contains vitamins A, B and C; and a specific compound that has been proven to help with stress and anxiety. Catnip is also antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. Since it is an anti-inflammatory, catnip can be helpful in treating acid reflux, sore muscles, and cramps (I'm talking to you, ladies).

Try making a cup of catnip tea after a stressful day to relieve stress and calm your nerves. I'm telling you, it works. You can feel the calming effects before you've finished your cup.

2. Hops Tea

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Thats right! Hops aren't just used for making beer!

These little cones contain vitamins A, B-complex, and B3; along with minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium, and zinc. Hops also has antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial, and bitter properties. That means that this tea.....

1. Gets rid of uninvited toxins/detox in your body.

2. Boosts your immune system.

3. Calms your stomach.

4. Strengthens your nervous system.

5. Keeps skin naturally clean and healthy (when applied to the face).

It may take a bit longer to prepare, but Hops tea is perfect for a day that has left you feeling anxious and stressed! Hops are called "the goodnight flowers"; so try preparing Hops tea before bed to help you sleep. And if you feel like being a little extra--take the teabag out of your mug once it's done steeping and squeeze out the remaining tea to use as a face wash!

3. Ginger Tea

Ginger has been used for it's health benefits way before the medicine of today was even thought about. We can thank the ancient Indians and Chinese for the first cultivation of this powerful superfood.

Scientific studies have found this warming, anti-inflammatory tea to be useful in treating nausea, bloating, sore throats, colds, and the flu! Ginger tea is packed with vitamins C, and B6, as well as magnesium and potassium. The antioxidants and vitamin C in this particularly potent preparation help to boost your immune system.

If you begin feeling like you're coming down with a cold, grab some ginger tea! Even if you're not feeling sick, start your morning with a cup of Ginger tea to get your blood and energy flowing! You should consult with your doctor before consuming ginger tea while pregnant.

4. Chamomile + Lavender Tea

I saved the best my favorite for last.

Chamomile. What can I say about Chamomile? Honestly, there's too much. She's my personal favorite and go-to. It's mild sedative properties have rarely failed to calm my anxieties and stress. Chamomile tea isn't just for sleep, though! This amazing little daisy is also associated with lower cancer diagnosis's.

Lavender has always been a favorite of mine, but only as a scent, I had never thought of lavender as a tea. So I did some research.

It turns out, Lavender's active components and soothing effect make it a perfect tea addition for people suffering from chronic stress and anxiety. On top of that, essential oils and minerals that diffuse from the lavender buds have proven to help bloating, and cramps. Tired skin? Lavender has antioxidants for that.

Both of these herbs come together in perfect harmony to relax you before bed, calm your nerves, and settle your stomach.As a bonus, chamomile and lavender are both anti inflammatory; making this combo not only a tea, but (when applied to the face) a redness reducer!


With that being said:

If you're not too fond of the bitterness of some herbal teas, just add some honey!!! Go the extra mile and find some local honey at your next farmers market! If the honey isn't sweet enough for you. If you just can't stand herbal tea... That's okay! There are plenty of herbal supplements that you can find at your local pharmacy or amazon.com.

Disposable tea bags and store-bought teas are convenient when you're on the go...... but not so convenient for the environment. Try opting for an environmentally friendly, fair trade, loose-leaf tea, and a tea diffuser to reduce the amount of waste in landfills! You can even place the used tea leaves (and even tea bags) at the bottom of your flower pots to give your plants some extra nutrients!!

There is too much information on these super-herbs....(get it?) to fit into this article.

If you'd like to learn more about herbal remedies and benefits, you can click on the hyperlinks throughout this article!

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