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How to Stay on Track During the Holidays in Des Moines

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As the holidays approach, it’s easy to start thinking: “How am I going to eat right? What about a frequent exercise schedule?”

At Farrell’s, we provide you with the tools to keep on track. Staying focused on nutrition and exercise will keep you accountable to your later goals.

You can start creating healthy habits right away by trying a free week of fitness classes at FXB Des Moines. Here are several other tips to help you get through the approaching 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 wake up 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 in advance, instead of making unhealthy decisions when you’re hungry and without a dinner plan. Our Simple Meal Plan makes grocery shopping and meal planning straightforward. Contact us to receive your copy.

If you’re going out to eat during the weekend, modify 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-filled salad with fresh veggies and protein
  • Dinner: chicken with a salad, acorn squash or sweet potato

Here’s an easy brined chicken recipe from AllSpice Culinarium in Des Moines.

Chicken recipe with brining spice

You only need two ingredients:

  1. One whole chicken
  2. All Spice Brining Mix (half packet)

Directions:

  1. Boil 3 cups of water in a small saucepan. Sprinkle in a half packet of the brining mix and boil until the crystals dissolve.
  2. 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 uniformly distribute.
  3. Cover with a lid and refrigerate overnight.
  4. The following day, rinse the chicken before roasting it.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  6. 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.)
  7. 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.
  8. 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 complete packet of brining mix.

3. Take a Cozy Break

Locate your favorite blanket, find a comfortable spot and take a nap. A 30-minute nap is rejuvenating and helps you keep healthy during the busy holiday season.

If you need help falling asleep, 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 dinner with friends
  • Decrease your weekday stress by spending time on Sundays meal planning
  • Relax when you need it

Build Healthy Habits Today with FXB

Now is the time to get going on creating healthy habits to carry you through the holidays. At Farrell’s Des Moines, we’ll teach you about nutrition, exercise and more. Get started right away by claiming your free week of classes with us.

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