Health Republic Insurance of New York Offers Five Simple Tips to Eat Healthy During the Holidays

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Maintaining Health During the Festive Season

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The holidays are here, and with the wonderful activities that are a staple of the season. Many may be thinking about how to enjoy these events without gaining ten pounds in a span of a few weeks. Health Republic Insurance of New York has compiled some simple tips with the help of Registered Dietitian, Andrea Chernus, to provide some smart ideas to enjoy the holiday festivities while finding ways to eat and stay healthy.

1)    Avoid arriving at a holiday gathering over-hungry
Have a light meal or snack beforehand, such as a small bowl of soup, a salad with protein, or even an apple. This can help you avoid overeating at the event.

2)    Become a picky eater
Choose items you really love, not everything that is offered. Don’t expect to cut out all holiday favorites. Instead, take smaller amounts of higher-calorie foods you can’t resist balanced by some healthier choices.

3)    Browse the buffet before getting in line
Instead of loading up on everything, be sure to choose some favorite items, but also leave room for salad or vegetables. Make only one trip to the buffet and take only one plate.

4)    Focus on friends & family
Shift your attention towards socializing with others rather than eating and drinking. Move the conversation away from the food and bar areas to make this easier.

5)    Not every day is a party day
Unless you’re ultra-popular, there are many days throughout the holiday season that don’t involve a celebration. On those occasions, eat healthfully and fit in a workout. Maximize the opportunities to make sound choices around eating and exercise.

Health Republic Insurance of New York is a not-for-profit and New York’s only Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP). CO-OPs are private, member-governed health plans created under the Affordable Care Act to inject competition into the healthcare market. In 2014, Health Republic became the largest individual health plan on the New York State of Health Marketplace, as well as on the State’s Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Marketplace. Health Republic’s network of providers is one of the largest in New York. Health Republic members have access to more than 70,000 providers and 200 of the leading hospitals in the Tri-State area.

Andrea Chernus, MS, RD, CDE, CSSD, is a Registered Dietitian, consulting at NYU Langone Medical Center and in private practice on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Ms. Chernus is also a Certified Diabetes Educator and Certified Specialist in Sport Dietetics within the Health Republic provider network. In addition, Ms. Chernus is the co-author of Nutrient Timing for Peak Performance (Human Kinetics, June 2010).

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Health Republic Insurance of New York is a true not-for-profit organization and New York’s only Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP). CO-OPs are private, member-governed health insurance companies created across the country as part of the Affordable Care Act’s effort to increase competition in the healthcare market. Health Republic Insurance of New York is the largest of the 23 CO-OPs nationally and has the largest health market share on the New York State of Health Marketplace. We’re not for profit, so you can keep more of yours.

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