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How to Stay on Track During the Holidays in Andover

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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 plan?”

At Farrell’s, we give you the skill set to keep on track. Staying focused on nutrition and exercise will keep you accountable to your future goals.

You can start developing healthy habits right away by trying a free week of fitness classes at FXB Andover. Here are a couple of other ideas 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

Do your workout right away when you wake up if your schedule has room for it. The last few months of the year are jam-packed, but it’s better to cross 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 bad 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 pick up 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-dense 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. 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 uniformly 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 want it browned.
  8. Remove from oven and let the chicken rest for 15-20 minutes.

You can also follow this recipe to make your Thanksgiving turkey. If cooking turkey, use the entire packet of brining mix.

3. Take a Cozy Break

Get your favorite blanket, find a cozy spot and take a nap. A 30-minute nap is reinvigorating and helps you remain healthy during the busy holiday season.

If you need help getting to sleep, 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 family
  • Reduce 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 begin building healthy habits to carry you through the holidays. At Farrell’s Andover, we’ll instruct you on nutrition, exercise and more. Get started today by claiming your free week of classes with us.

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