How to Stay on Track During the Holidays in Ankeny

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As the holidays begin, it’s easy to start thinking: “How am I going to follow my nutrition plan? What about a frequent fitness routine?”

At Farrell’s, we give you the tools to remain on track. Focusing on nutrition and exercise will keep you accountable to your long-term goals.

You can start developing healthy habits right away by trying a free week of fitness classes at FXB Ankeny. Here are several other hints to help you make it through the approaching season while still pursuing 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 permits 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 another day.

2. Plan Your Meals

It’s easier to plan your meals a few days in advance, 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 get your copy.

If you’re eating at a restaurant during the weekend, modify your meals the other days to keep your nutrition as balanced as possible.

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-filled 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.

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. Drop 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 consistently distribute.
  3. Cover with a lid and refrigerate overnight.
  4. The following day, rinse the chicken before cooking 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 cook your Thanksgiving turkey. If cooking turkey, use the complete packet of brining mix.

3. Take a Cozy Break

Get your favorite blanket, find a comfortable spot and take a nap. A 30-minute nap is rejuvenating and helps you remain 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 loved ones
  • Decrease your everyday stress by spending time on Sundays meal planning
  • Rest 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 Ankeny, 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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