About eashaffe

Senior at UCSD. Studying: Biochem/Chem and Global Health

Avoiding Dehydration

Never forget your hydration! I try to always keep a water bottle with me– it encourages you to sip on h2o throughout the day without even thinking about it!


Light and healthy snacking



When you have the urge to snack, try to keep it healthy with something light and filling. Popcorn is high in fiber and has very few calories per serving! Pop it yourself with a smidgen of olive oil and salt, or try trader joes delicious options– this flavor is my favorite!

Yes to fresh food! Read this if you suffer from acid reflux!


Sooner or later many of us start suffering from acid reflux. It is probably because of the food we chose, not because of our age…

A very good solution for this problem (or for preventing it) is eating fresh and alkaline food. At least 50% or the meals we eat a day, should be alkaline ones.

For coffee lovers: bad news. Caffeine is causing too much trouble, so make sure you have eaten something before having your morning coffee!

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We really need to rethink taking pills as a fix for mental disorders. No, I am not a psychiatrist, however, many people let that stop them from doing their own research. I’m not saying that pills are a no-no 100% of the time, but you MUST do your own reading on what you take! Many have shown absolutely no link to improvement and in fact show stronger connections to increased suicidal thoughts or medical conditions.


orange_medication_bottle_blue_white_pills_1600_wht_1953I’ve previously written about the fact that prescriptions for depression, anxiety and sleeping problems had increased dramatically over the last few years.

I’ve also posted about psychotherapy or talking therapies being as effective as medication (see original post below).

Now there’s more evidence that that is true. See this post “Psychotherapy just as effective at beating the blues”

Original post from August 2012

According to data from the NHS Health and Social Care Information Centre more than 43 million prescriptions were dispensed in 2010, a 28% increase from the previous 3 years. Prescriptions for anxiety were also up by 8% and up 3% for sleeping problems.

And things haven’t improved. Last year total prescriptions for anti-depressants alone increased to around 47 million, almost 10% up on the previous year, at a cost of £2 billion.

The NorthWest has the highest use of anti-depressants and sleeping medication. It…

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I love these ideas for getting kids to eat vegetables– I know how hard it can be to convince kids to eat what’s best for them, but here are some tips and tricks!

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  Reblogged:from grandparents.com

     I stumbled upon this site taking a survey and I must say I truly enjoyed It.  They have a lot of great stuff so all you grandparents out there should check this out.                                                                                                                                                                    5 ways to finally stop the food fights and create kid-friendly meals.                                                                                                                                                                  You’ve had the fight a thousand times: You serve up veggies with dinner, and your grandchild crosses her arms and says “no way.” Believe it or not, these struggles often don’t get kids to eat more healthfully. In fact, a Ohio State study of more than 6,000 kids and teens found that about a third of the vegetables kids ate was in the form of fried potatoes (as in potato chips and French fries). And almost 80% of high schoolers don’t eat five or more servings of fruits and vegetables per day, the guideline recommended…

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In a fast paced world no one thinks have time to change their lifestyle and appreciate home grown food and cooking– but I urge you to if you value your health! It’s not a matter of not having enough time–it’e about making the time with no excuses, to lead to a healthier, more sustainable lifestyle.

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Give a bowl of rice to a man and you will feed him for a day, teach him how to grow his own rice and you will save his life

This quotation by Confucius is more relevant today than perhaps ever before. One of the fundamental issues facing modern, western society is the proliferation of processed fast food and the resulting obesity, diabetes, and heart disease epidemics. Sadly, there is also an accompanying loss of knowledge in regard to traditionally prepared food and even basic cooking skills. I have seen the results of this first hand, working with clients with MBA degrees who live on micro-waved processed junk the majority of the time. Needless to say, their health and overall quality of life suffer badly.

There are, however, signs of a fight back. In 1986, Carlo Petrini began what is known as the ‘slow food’ movement, in response to McDonalds…

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Quick and easy meals!



While I always recommend cooking fresh if possible, these are some awesome items that I use as staples when I am busy! Amy’s soups are delicious, packed with vegetables and nutrients, and make you feel extremely satisfied! Whole foods sells packaged foods like this rice pilaf that are delicious grain sides to pair with veggies and a protein dish!