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Can you believe Easter is almost here?! I know I can’t. To get you in the Easter spirit, I have found a few fun and interesting facts about Easter.

  • Easter has been named after Eastre, an Anglo-Saxon goddess. The symbols of the goddess were the hare and the egg.
  • Right from ancient times, the egg has been regarded as a symbol of rebirth in most cultures.
  • Easter always falls between March 22nd and April 25th.
  • On Easter, 76% people bite off the chocolate bunny ears first, while 5% bite the feet first and 4% eat the tail first.
  • For Americans, Easter is the second most important candy-eating occasion of the year, after Halloween.
  • In the mid-20th century, it used to take as much as 27 hours to make a marshmallow peep. Today, the time has been reduced to six minutes.
  • Every year, Americans buy 700 million marshmallow Peeps!

If you are looking for Easter events, below are a few events happening in the Coachella Valley:

  • The Living Desert is holding its annual Eggstravaganza! The event will feature Easter egg hunts for both kids and adults, along with a variety of different activities and a visit from the Easter Bunny. The event will be held March 26-27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • If you're looking to celebrate Easter with a view, the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway's Mountain Station will be holding a sunrise service, breakfast and dinner Sunday, March 27. Click here for more information.
  • The annual Palm Springs Firemen's Association Easter Egg Hunt will kick off Saturday, March 26th with more than 3,000 strategically hidden eggs and a visit from the Easter Bunny on a fire engine.
  • The Desert Recreation District (DRD) has several activities and camps planned for kids as spring blossoms in the Coachella Valley. 3 Eggstravaganzas are set to be held at Mecca Community Park in Mecca, Indio Community Center Park in Indio, and Vietnam Veteran's Memorial Park in Coachella. The events are free, with kids divided into age groups. The events are scheduled for Saturday, March 26 at 11 a.m. with registration for egg hunts beginning at 10 a.m. Click here for more information about the Desert Recreation District.
  • The City of Indio is inviting the public out for a community Easter egg hunt. The event will be held at Indio Community Center Park Saturday, March 26 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and is open to kids of all ages and will feature all sorts of activities, including photos with the Easter Bunny free of charge. Click here for more information about the event.

Happy Easter!

One of our best sellers is the Nature-Kleen and it uses ozone to sanitize fruits, vegetables, seafood, poultry, and more. However, not many people really understand ozone and what it does. To better understand ozone I have included an excerpt from an article in Food Safety Magazine in today’s blog.

Ozone, a gas that is a triatomic form of oxygen, has been used for years in applications such as treatment of municipal water and bottled water. In fact, it has been used as a disinfectant in drinking water since 1893, as a food preservative for the cold storage of meats since 1909, and was found to prevent the growth of yeast and mold during the storage of fruits in 1939. Ozone has enjoyed a long history of use and is known as a broad-spectrum biocide against viruses, bacteria, biofilms, fungi and protozoa— none of which can build up a resistive tolerance to ozone, because ozone disinfects by oxidation processes. Ozone does not act as a systemic poison to microorganisms, but rather, destroys them by oxidation. Consequently, it is impossible for a microorganism to build up any resistance to oxidation. Today, ozone technology is beginning to be used effectively as an additional point of intervention in the food and beverage industry.

Since ozone readily reverts to oxygen, an end-product that leaves no residue on contact surfaces. Ozone-enriched water can be sprayed directly on floors, drains, walls, waterproof equipment, tanks (externally and internally), and clean rooms via mobile or centralized systems with hand-held or drop-down, low-pressure sprayers. Over time, the use of ozonated water for sanitation in food plants removes and/or prevents biofilm. In addition, resulting runoff water is extremely clean and, over time, will improve overall plant sanitation by reducing the overall microbial load.

To read the full article click here.

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The month of March is National Nutrition Month and today, March 9th, happens to be Registered Dietitian Day. Nutrition is not only important in March but all year long. Below 10 dietitians give us some advice on how they incorporate nutrition into their lives.

  1. Eat more whole plants. You can gain more health benefits by filling up your plate with at least three-fourths plant foods, such as beans, lentils, whole grains, like quinoa, brown rice, and farro; vegetables, and fruits. – Sharon Palmer (RDN)
  2. Combine your food. Combining foods such as carbohydrates and protein will make you feel fuller and more satisfied.  – Sarah Koszyk (MA, RDN)
  3. Make time to eat with those you love. It is important to make quality time for your loved ones so why not do it with a meal. –Toby Amidor (MS, RD)
  4. Have a plan of action. Have a meal plan for the week and stock your pantry accordingly. –Michelle Dudash (RDN)
  5. Plan, prepare, and store healthy meals for the week. Take 3 to 4 hours on a day that you have some extra time to cook 4-5 healthy meals for the week. Store those meals in the refrigerator so that you and your family can just reheat, eat and go. – Heather Mangieri (RDN, CSSD)
  6. Get real with your food. Don't diet, don't cleanse, and don't hop on any bandwagon of the moment. Just get real with your food and find your way into the kitchen and garden. – Robyn Webb (MS)
  7. Get to know your body. You can start by using your body's physiological responses to learn what is helping or hurting you (hunger, stress level, energy levels, digestion, etc.) Assess your sleep, daily routines, and environment and how it affects your eating. Stop and ask yourself, 'why am I eating this?'" –Jim White (RD, ACSM, EP)
  8. One meal won’t make or break your health but trends in your diet will. For the majority of the week choose to fill half your plate with plant-based fresh foods and less of the plate with meat. Choose whole grains, beans and fish over highly processed foods. –Christy Wilson (RD)
  9. Punch up your fiber. Fiber has a ton of health benefits and it keeps us full. –Shelly Marie Redmond (MS, RD, LDN)
  10. Quality over quantity. Focus on eating whole foods that are prepared simply. –Marjorie Nolan Cohn (MS, RDN, CSSD, CEDRD)

Last week’s blog was about recycling items such as plastic, so I thought this week should be all about food. Food waste is a big problem here in the US. We waste over 20lbs of food per person per month. When we reduce, reuse, and recycle we mostly think about plastic, glass, and aluminum products; however, this can be applied to food as well.

Reduce

First you need to know what food you already have in your house. Then try to make some meals with the food you have or incorporate them into future meals. Also when shopping, create a grocery list based off of a meal plan for the week and make sure not to buy something you already have.

Reuse

If you have any leftovers make sure to use them. You can take them for lunch, reheat them for a quick dinner, or incorporate them into a new meal. You can also donate any food that you won’t eat.

Recycle

Any food you have left after you reduce and reuse can be made into compost. The nutrients of the compost improve the quality of the soil, making it more drought resistant and reducing the need for other fertilizers.

These simple steps can save money and the planet.

Over the weekend I went to our county fair. I’ve gone to this fair every year for as long as I can remember, but this year was the first time I noticed that they had recycling bins. This got me thinking about how much of a difference recycling can make. I came across an app called iWARM that was created by the EPA to show how much energy you save when you recycle. For example if you recycled one aluminum can, the energy saved would power a laptop for 5.2 hours. This app is a great way to show people how recycling can make a difference. 

Aqua Sun Ozone is proud to say we reduce, reuse, and recycle.

Are you one of the many people that can’t go without your daily coffee fix? The next time you order you may want to think twice. Hot flavored drinks from chains like Starbuck, McDonald’s, and Dunkin’ Donuts can contain up to 25 teaspoons of sugar per serving. That is more than three times the recommended daily amount of sugar for adults. The American Heart Association’s daily recommended added sugar intake is 6 teaspoons for women and 9 teaspoons for men. Two popular Starbucks drinks, the vanilla latte and caramel macchiato, contain more than eight teaspoons of sugar each. A medium Dunkin' Donuts vanilla chai has over 11 teaspoons of sugar, while a hot macchiato includes 7 teaspoons, and a large mocha at McDonald’s contains 11 teaspoons of sugar. Below are a few alternatives to those sugary coffee drinks:

  • Coffee with milk and some vanilla extract for sweetness.
  • Tea with lemon
  • Water infused with fruit
  • Homemade smoothies
  • Homemade fruit and vegetable juices

These little changes can lead to a healthier lifestyle in the long run.

 

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Valentine’s Day is almost here! Valentine’s Day is a holiday that everyone celebrates but we don’t know much about it. So In honor of the holiday here a few fun facts and superstitions about Valentine’s Day:

  • A priest named Valentine secretly married young couples and was executed for his defiance on February 14 about 270 A.D.
  • Richard Cadbury invented the first Valentine's Day candy box.
  • The type of bird you see on Valentine’s Day will predict the type of man you will marry. See picture below.
  • We all have heard the phrase "wearing your heart on your sleeve", but the phrase has actually come from Middle Ages, when according to a popular tradition, young men and women would draw tabs from a bowl, to know the names of their valentines and then, would wear that name on their sleeve for the entire week.
  • The girls during medieval times used to eat strange food items, as it was believed that by doing so they would dream of their future spouse or lover.
  • The gift of roses can be attributed to Venus. The Roman goddess of love and beauty preferred roses.
  • The US is expected to spend $19.7 billion on Valentine’s Day this year.

Happy Valentine’s Day from Aqua Sun Ozone!

 

The first month of the New Year is almost over. Some of us have given up on our new year’s resolution while others are still sticking to it. Living a healthier lifestyle is one of the most common resolutions and getting through the first month is always the toughest. If you’re feeling like giving up, these tips from fitness experts might be just what you need to get that motivation back.

  1. Take a new class. Switching up your routine in the gym will keep you from getting bored.
  2. Treat yourself every day. A piece of chocolate or a glass of wine here or there will keep you from binging later on.
  3. Create a workout playlist. Some good workout music can really improve your workout and mood.
  4. Give yourself a pep talk. Having a motto or mantra can really increase your confidence and determination.
  5. Plan a post-workout meal. Having food in mind will motivate you to workout extra hard.
  6. Connect with friends. Having a workout partner will hold you accountable to your workout.
  7. Scroll through your news feed. Seeing other people on social media at the gym can motivate you to go to the gym also.
  8. Think about how you’ll feel after. Even simple activities are said to reduce stress, boost your mood, and improve self-esteem.
  9. Take a breather. Make sure to take rest days and give your body time to recover.
  10. Set attainable goals. Create long-term goals that will form a healthy lifestyle from here on out.

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This weekend is wellness weekend here in Palm Springs. We have the Tour de Palm Springs on Saturday, January 23 and The Mayor’s Race and Wellness Festival on Sunday, January 24.

The 18th annual Tour de Palm Springs is expected to attract 8,000 riders. The online registration has closed but you can still register the day of the event at 6am. There is something for everyone with options of a 100-mile ride, 50-mile ride, 25-mile ride, 10-mile ride, 1-mile walk, 2-mile walk, or 3-mile walk. For more information on the Tour de Palm Springs click here.

The Mayor’s Race, now in its 5th year, offers something for all fitness levels with 10K, 5K, and 1K Kids Run options. Registration for The Mayor’s Race is still open and every registrant receives a hot breakfast, tee shirt and finisher’s medal (including all the kids in the 1K race)! For more information on The Mayor’s Race and to register for the event click here.

Check with your local community to find out what wellness activities are offered in your area.