As the holidays begin, it’s easy to start thinking: “How am I going to follow my nutrition plan? What about a regular workout plan?”
At Farrell’s, we provide you with the skill set to remain on track. Focusing on nutrition and exercise will keep you accountable to your later goals.
You can start developing healthy habits today by trying a free week of fitness classes at FXB Bloomington. Here are several other ideas to help you make it through the upcoming season while still going after your goals.
4 Helpful Tips to Navigate the Holiday Season
1. Set Your Alarm Clock
Do your workout immediately when you wake up if your schedule allows 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 receive your copy.
If you’re eating at a restaurant 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 daily 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 a simple 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 submerged. Pour brine into the stockpot and stir to uniformly distribute.
- Cover with a lid and refrigerate overnight. The following day, rinse the chicken before cooking 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 like 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 entire 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 reinvigorating and helps you stay healthy during the busy holiday season.
If you need help sleeping, check out the Calm app. You’ll rest peacefully and wake to a pleasant chorus of birds, not an annoying phone alarm.
4. Enjoy the Season
Remember to find joy in the upcoming busy season.
- Schedule a dinner with family
- Reduce your daily 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 making healthy habits to carry you through the holidays. At Farrell’s Bloomington, we’ll teach you about nutrition, exercise and more. Get started today by claiming your free week of classes with us.