As the holidays draw near, it’s easy to start thinking: “How am I going to eat right? What about a frequent workout routine?”
At Farrell’s, we give you the training to remain on track. Focusing on nutrition and exercise will keep you accountable to your later goals.
You can start creating healthy habits today by trying a free week of fitness classes at FXB Waite Park. Here are a couple of other tips to help you navigate the upcoming season while still going after your goals.
4 Helpful Tips to Navigate the Holiday Season
1. Set Your Alarm Clock
Do your workout right away when you get up if your schedule permits it. The last few months of the year are busy, but it’s better to tick your workout off your to-do list—instead of telling yourself you’ll make it up later.
2. Plan Your Meals
It’s easier to plan your meals a few days in advance, instead of making poor decisions when you’re hungry and without a dinner plan. Our Simple Meal Plan makes grocery shopping and meal planning easy. Contact us to pick up your copy.
If you’re going out to eat during the weekend, modify your meals during the week to keep your nutrition proportioned.
Related: 6 Reasons Why Farrell’s Nutrition Works
Sample Weekday Meal Plan
Here’s an example of a daily meal plan you can customize:
- Breakfast: healthy protein shake
- Lunch: nutrient-dense salad with fresh veggies and protein
- Dinner: chicken with a salad, acorn squash or sweet potato
Here’s an easy-to-follow brined chicken recipe from AllSpice Culinarium in Des Moines.
You only need two ingredients:
- One whole chicken
- All Spice Brining Mix (half packet)
- Boil 3 cups of water in a small saucepan. Stir in a half packet of the brining mix and boil until the crystals dissolve.
- While you are waiting for the brine, rinse the chicken under cold water. Place the chicken in a large stockpot with cold water and ice until the chicken is fully underwater. Pour brine into the stockpot and stir to uniformly distribute.
- Cover with a lid and refrigerate overnight. The following day, rinse the chicken before baking it.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Put the chicken in a roasting pan, breast side up and brush olive oil or butter over the chicken. (Optional: Stuff with celery and onion.)
- Bake uncovered for 75 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 180 degrees. Toward the end of baking, broil your chicken if you prefer it browned.
- Remove from oven and let the chicken rest for 15-20 minutes.
You can also follow this recipe to cook your Thanksgiving turkey. If cooking turkey, use the complete packet of brining mix.
3. Take a Cozy Break
Grab your favorite blanket, find a cozy spot and take a nap. A 30-minute nap is rejuvenating and helps you remain healthy during the busy holiday season.
If you need help sleeping, check out the Calm app. You’ll rest soundly and wake to a pleasant chorus of birds, not an annoying phone alarm.
4. Enjoy the Season
Commit to find joy in the upcoming busy season.
- Schedule a supper with loved ones
- Lower your daily stress by spending time on Sundays meal planning
- Take a break when you need it
Build Healthy Habits Today with FXB
Now is the time to get going on making healthy habits to carry you through the holidays. At Farrell’s Waite Park, we’ll teach you about nutrition, exercise and more. Get started today by claiming your free week of classes with us.