As the holidays begin, it’s easy to start thinking: “How am I going to follow my nutrition plan? What about a consistent workout plan?”
At Farrell’s, we give you the training to stay on track. Staying focused on nutrition and exercise will keep you accountable to your future goals.
You can start creating healthy habits right away by trying a free week of fitness classes at FXB White Bear Township. Here are a few other ideas to help you make it through the coming season while still going after your goals.
4 Helpful Tips to Navigate the Holiday Season
1. Set Your Alarm Clock
Tackle your workout immediately when you get up if your schedule permits 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 another day.
2. Plan Your Meals
It’s easier to plan your meals a few days beforehand, 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 receive your copy.
If you’re going out to eat during the weekend, adjust your meals on weekdays to keep your nutrition proportioned.
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. 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. Place 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 evenly 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 make your Thanksgiving turkey. If cooking turkey, use the whole packet of brining mix.
3. Take a Cozy Break
Locate your favorite blanket, find a cozy spot and take a nap. A 30-minute nap is refreshing 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 soundly and wake to a pleasant chorus of birds, not an irritating phone alarm.
4. Enjoy the Season
Remember to find joy in the upcoming busy season.
- Schedule a meal with family
- Lower your everyday 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 begin creating healthy habits to carry you through the holidays. At Farrell’s White Bear Township, we’ll show you how to manage nutrition, exercise and more. Get started now by claiming your free week of classes with us.