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How to Stay on Track During the Holidays in Waterloo

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As the holidays begin, it’s easy to start thinking: “How am I going to eat right? What about a regular workout plan?”

At Farrell’s, we equip you with the training to remain on track. Focusing on nutrition and exercise will keep you accountable to your future goals.

You can start developing healthy habits now by trying a free week of fitness classes at FXB Waterloo. Here are a couple of other tips to help you get through the coming season while still going after your goals.

4 Helpful Tips to Navigate the Holiday Season

1. Set Your Alarm Clock

Tackle your workout immediately when you get up if your schedule has room for it. The last few months of the year are busy, but it’s better to tick your workout off your to-do list—instead of telling yourself you’ll make it up another day.

2. Plan Your Meals

It’s easier to plan your meals a few days ahead of time, instead of making poor decisions when you’re hungry and without a dinner plan. Our Simple Meal Plan makes grocery shopping and meal planning nearly effortless. Contact us to receive your copy.

If you’re eating out during the weekend, change 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 an everyday 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. 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 consistently 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. 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.)
  7. 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.
  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 whole packet of brining mix.

3. Take a Cozy Break

Get your favorite blanket, find a comfy spot and take a nap. A 30-minute nap is reinvigorating and helps you keep 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 an irritating phone alarm.

4. Enjoy the Season

Remember to find joy in the upcoming busy season.

  • Schedule a meal with family
  • Lower your everyday 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 making healthy habits to carry you through the holidays. At Farrell’s Waterloo, 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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