As the holidays approach, it’s easy to start thinking: “How am I going to eat right? What about a consistent workout schedule?”
At Farrell’s, we give you the tools to keep 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 Omaha. Here are a couple of other tips to help you get 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 first thing in the morning if your schedule has room for it. The last few months of the year are busy, but it’s better to check 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 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 easy. Contact us to pick up your copy.
If you’re eating at a restaurant during the weekend, modify your meals on weekdays to keep your nutrition in check.
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. Put 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 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 want 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 comfy spot and take a nap. A 30-minute nap is refreshing 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 meal with loved ones
- 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 creating healthy habits to carry you through the holidays. At Farrell’s Omaha, we’ll teach you about nutrition, exercise and more. Get started now by claiming your free week of classes with us.