As the holidays begin, it’s easy to start thinking: “How am I going to eat right? What about a consistent fitness schedule?”
At Farrell’s, we equip you with the training to remain on track. Focusing on nutrition and exercise will keep you accountable to your later goals.
You can start building healthy habits now by trying a free week of fitness classes at FXB Minneapolis. Here are several other hints 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
Complete your workout immediately in the morning if your schedule permits 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 tomorrow.
2. Plan Your Meals
It’s easier to plan your meals a few days beforehand, instead of making unhealthy decisions when you’re hungry and without a dinner plan. Our Simple Meal Plan makes grocery shopping and meal planning easy. Contact us to get your copy.
If you’re eating at a restaurant 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-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. 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 consistently 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
Get your favorite blanket, find a comfortable spot and take a nap. A 30-minute nap is reinvigorating and helps you remain healthy during the busy holiday season.
If you need help sleeping, check out the Calm app. You’ll rest calmly and wake to a pleasant chorus of birds, not a loud phone alarm.
4. Enjoy the Season
Remember to find joy in the upcoming busy season.
- Schedule a supper with family
- Lower your weekday 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 building healthy habits to carry you through the holidays. At Farrell’s Minneapolis, we’ll show you how to manage nutrition, exercise and more. Get started today by claiming your free week of classes with us.