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How to Stay on Track During the Holidays in Chicago

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As the holidays draw near, it’s easy to start thinking: “How am I going to stay on track with nutrition? What about a consistent workout schedule?”

At Farrell’s, we equip you with the tools to remain on track. Staying focused 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 Chicago. Here are a few other tips to help you navigate the upcoming 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 has room for it. The last few months of the year are busy, but it’s better to cross your workout off your to-do list—instead of telling yourself you’ll make it up later.

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 nearly effortless. Contact us to pick up your copy.

If you’re eating out during the weekend, adjust 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-dense 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. 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. Rest 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 remain healthy during the busy holiday season.

If you need help falling asleep, 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 dinner with loved ones
  • Reduce your weekday 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 creating healthy habits to carry you through the holidays. At Farrell’s Chicago, 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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