As the holidays draw near, it’s easy to start thinking: “How am I going to stay on track with nutrition? What about a frequent workout schedule?”
At Farrell’s, we give you the training to keep on track. Concentrating on nutrition and exercise will keep you accountable to your long-term goals.
You can start developing healthy habits now by trying a free week of fitness classes at FXB Shoreview. Here are several other ideas to help you get through the approaching season while still going after your goals.
4 Helpful Tips to Navigate the Holiday Season
1. Set Your Alarm Clock
Tackle your workout right away when you get up if your schedule allows it. The last few months of the year are jam-packed, but it’s better to check 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 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 straightforward. Contact us to get your copy.
If you’re going out to eat during the weekend, adjust your meals during the week to keep your nutrition as balanced as possible.
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-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. Sprinkle 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 covered. Pour brine into the stockpot and stir to consistently distribute.
- Cover with a lid and refrigerate overnight. The following day, rinse the chicken before cooking it.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Rest 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 entire packet of brining mix.
3. Take a Cozy Break
Grab your favorite blanket, find a comfortable spot and take a nap. A 30-minute nap is rejuvenating and helps you keep 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
Don’t forget to find joy in the upcoming busy season.
- Schedule a meal with friends
- Reduce your weekday stress by spending time on Sundays meal planning
- Relax when you need it
Build Healthy Habits Today with FXB
Now is the time to start making healthy habits to carry you through the holidays. At Farrell’s Shoreview, we’ll teach you about nutrition, exercise and more. Get started now by claiming your free week of classes with us.