As the holidays begin, it’s easy to start thinking: “How am I going to eat right? What about a regular exercise plan?”
At Farrell’s, we equip you with the training to keep on track. Focusing on nutrition and exercise will keep you accountable to your later goals.
You can start creating healthy habits now by trying a free week of fitness classes at FXB Eagan. Here are a few other ideas to help you get through the coming season while still pursuing your goals.
4 Helpful Tips to Navigate the Holiday Season
1. Set Your Alarm Clock
Tackle your workout first thing when you get up if your schedule has room for it. The last few months of the year are jam-packed, 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 beforehand, instead of making poor decisions when you’re hungry and without a dinner plan. Our Simple Meal Plan makes grocery shopping and meal planning straightforward. Contact us to pick up your copy.
If you’re eating out during the weekend, adjust 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-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. 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 submerged. Pour brine into the stockpot and stir to evenly distribute.
- Cover with a lid and refrigerate overnight. The following day, rinse the chicken before roasting 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 bake your Thanksgiving turkey. If cooking turkey, use the complete packet of brining mix.
3. Take a Cozy Break
Grab your favorite blanket, find a comfy spot and take a nap. A 30-minute nap is rejuvenating and helps you stay 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
Don’t forget to find joy in the upcoming busy season.
- Schedule a supper with friends
- Lower 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 Eagan, we’ll show you how to manage nutrition, exercise and more. Get started today by claiming your free week of classes with us.