Even if you planned out your menu for Yom Tov, it’s easy to overlook Chol Hamoed. Don’t forget — you need to eat on Chol Hamoed too! You don’t want to go back on all the hard work it took to be careful to plan out a healthy Yom Tov menu.

To help you out, we did some research, and came up with a list of healthy, easy Chol Hamoed lunch/dinner ideas, hyperlinked to the recipes for your convenience.

You’re welcome. ?

We hope you have a happy, healthy Yom Tov!

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After a long, extended winter, Pesach is finally here!

Maintaining a healthy diet can be very tricky over Jewish holidays, because so much of the holiday revolves around family meals and food. Pesach can be particularly difficult, as there are foods that aren’t particularly healthy that we are accustomed to eat in abundance. But don’t despair! As daunting as this may seem, with a few tricks and a touch of self-discipline, you can get you through virtually unscathed.

The biggest trap that people fall into is saying – “I’ll start my diet after Pesach”.  (Yes – we’re looking at you. ?)

We’ve all said that at some point or another. But don’t leave it all for after the holidays! If you plan well, you can maintain a healthy diet throughout the entire eight days.

Below is a list of tips compiled by lifestyle coach, Alan Freishtat, published by the Orthodox Union for the Pesach season:

  1. Don’t skip meals – especially right before the Seder. Remember, the meal on seder night is much later than you would normally eat a meal, and the resulting hunger could lead to overeating.
  2. Plan a healthy Pesach meal ahead of time. Make sure there are healthy alternatives to your favorite dishes, so you won’t be tempted into eating something you shouldn’t.
  3. Avoid the “All or Nothing” approach to eating. If you overate at a meal, move on and start making healthy, balanced choices again. 
  4. If you don’t use canola oil because of kitniyos, choose walnut oil instead of palm oil, which is high in saturated fat. Your health is worth the slightly higher price.
  5. Make sure to have healthy snack foods handy. Overeating or eating too much of an unhealthy food often occurs because you are too hungry to make wise decisions, or there are no healthy alternatives. Keep cut up veggies, nuts, and cheese available for snacking and….
  6. PLAN, PLAN, PLAN! Just as you are planning the Seder and your Pesach cleaning in advance, you can also plan your meals so that you are not left hungry. Plan you daily menus, shopping, and snacks so that you have plenty of healthy options and you don’t skip meals.

Read the full article here: https://www.ou.org/life/health/physical-health/avoid-pesach-weight-gain-with-these-tips/

Have a Chag Sameach, and happy planning!

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Healthcare and Politics – Are You Following?

It’s no secret — healthcare has been the topic of many a debate in the political arena. There are numerous problems with the traditional healthcare system, and every political candidate believes they have the solution.

According to USNews.com, “The issue was key for Democrats in 2018 and looks to re-emerge in the pivotal 2020 races.  After Democrats took back the House in 2018 with a campaign that hinged on health care, the re-emergence of the battle over the Affordable Care Act virtually guarantees that the issue will again be in the spotlight in 2020.

Both sides of the political divide have their own answer to all the issues plaguing America’s healthcare system. But, the issue is far too complex for any one person to tackle.

At United Refuah HealthShare, we have a simpler solution. And if you’re reading this, it means you’ve found the answer as well. Health-sharing!

Health-sharing is the straightforward way for a health-conscious, community-minded individual to pay for and receive the healthcare they need. No unnecessary costs, no hidden fees. With United Refuah, the process is smooth and almost ridiculously simple.

Read more here.

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