How to Stay on Track During the Holidays in Little Elm

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As the holidays approach, 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 give you the training to keep on track. Staying focused 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 Little Elm. Here are a few other ideas to help you navigate the approaching season while still going after your goals.

4 Helpful Tips to Navigate the Holiday Season

1. Set Your Alarm Clock

Complete your workout right away in the morning 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 ahead of time, 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 get your copy.

If you’re eating at a restaurant during the weekend, adjust 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 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 a simple 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. Stir 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. Drop 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 evenly 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 prefer it browned.
  8. 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 entire packet of brining mix.

3. Take a Cozy Break

Grab your favorite blanket, find a cozy 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 getting to sleep, check out the Calm app. You’ll rest calmly and wake to a pleasant chorus of birds, not an annoying phone alarm.

4. Enjoy the Season

Commit to find joy in the upcoming busy season.

  • Schedule a meal with loved ones
  • Reduce 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 Little Elm, we’ll show you how to manage nutrition, exercise and more. Get started now by claiming your free week of classes with us.

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