As the holidays approach, it’s easy to start thinking: “How am I going to eat right? What about a regular fitness routine?”
At Farrell’s, we give you the tools to keep on track. Focusing on nutrition and exercise will keep you accountable to your future goals.
You can start developing healthy habits now by trying a free week of fitness classes at FXB Maple Grove. Here are several other hints to help you make it through the coming season while still working toward your goals.
4 Helpful Tips to Navigate the Holiday Season
1. Set Your Alarm Clock
Complete your workout immediately in the morning 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 tomorrow.
2. Plan Your Meals
It’s easier to plan your meals a few days ahead of time, instead of making bad decisions when you’re hungry and without a dinner plan. Our Simple Meal Plan makes grocery shopping and meal planning nearly effortless. Contact us to pick up your copy.
If you’re eating out during the weekend, change your meals the other days to keep your nutrition in check.
Related: 6 Reasons Why Farrell’s Nutrition Works
Sample Weekday Meal Plan
Here’s an example of a weekly meal plan you can customize:
- Breakfast: healthy protein shake
- Lunch: nutrient-rich 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. Drop 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.
- Place 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 want it browned.
- Remove from oven and let the chicken rest for 15-20 minutes.
You can also follow this recipe to make your Thanksgiving turkey. If cooking turkey, use the whole packet of brining mix.
3. Take a Cozy Break
Get 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 getting to sleep, check out the Calm app. You’ll rest calmly and wake to a pleasant chorus of birds, not an irritating phone alarm.
4. Enjoy the Season
Commit to find joy in the upcoming busy season.
- Schedule a dinner with family
- Decrease your everyday stress by spending time on Sundays meal planning
- Rest when you need it
Build Healthy Habits Today with FXB
Now is the time to start building healthy habits to carry you through the holidays. At Farrell’s Maple Grove, we’ll teach you about nutrition, exercise and more. Get started now by claiming your free week of classes with us.