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How to Stay on Track During the Holidays in Des Moines

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

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

You can start building healthy habits right away by trying a free week of fitness classes at FXB Des Moines. Here are a couple of other hints 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

Do your workout immediately when you wake up if your schedule allows it. The last few months of the year are hectic, but it’s better to cross 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 straightforward. Contact us to pick up your copy.

If you’re eating at a restaurant during the weekend, adjust your meals the other days 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-rich 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 covered. 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 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 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 reinvigorating and helps you keep healthy during the busy holiday season.

If you need help getting to sleep, 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

Don’t forget to find joy in the upcoming busy season.

  • Schedule a meal with friends
  • Lower 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 begin making 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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