How to keep in shape when super busy

Our experts explains how healthy eating goes a long way

I’m keen to get in shape for my summer holiday, but long hours mean I struggle to eat well. Help!

– Alice Johnstone, Dubai Marina

Even with a busy schedule, it’s perfectly possible to eliminate food that can lure you off track and instead, put yourself in complete control of what you consume throughout the day. Be mindful to drink plenty of water: first thing in the morning, at work, in the evening. If you aren’t a massive fan of plain water, try infusing it with fruit and herbs to make it more exciting and appealing (or trade it for super-hydrating coconut water).

On the subject of mornings, don’t skip breakfast; it really does set you up for the day. As you sound like someone who spends a lot of time at their desk, portable brekkies like layered granola pots (or even a piece of fruit) will be your best bet. But on weekends, treat yourself to a plate of nutritious and filling eggs (a great option as they don’t take long to cook). A good breakfast will mean you’re much less likely to succumb to that midday urge to snack unhealthily.

As far as dinners are concerned, I find it easiest to stick to a plan when I’ve done one big shop on the weekend and forced myself into buying well, with a list and meal plan in hand. I then spend some time cooking, portioning and freezing meals for the week ahead because I know if I have food in the freezer, it takes me that crucial step further away from the post-work temptation to order food. Plus it helps saves a bit of cash too, a very welcome bonus with holidays on the way…

Expert: Emily Shardlow-Price

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