I tend to get up when I have to, which can be anywhere between 5am to 9am, depending on what I’m doing that day. The first thing I drink is coffee made in my French press. I limit myself to two cups a day and I’m currently loving New Ground coffee – my favourite is the ‘Gutiti’ blend.
Eggs are my go-to breakfast item! If I have time, I’ll scramble them in a frying pan with some butter, turmeric, black pepper and spinach. At the weekends, I’ll indulge in a Waitrose almond croissant and latte.
Snacking can be my downfall if I’m not prepared. If I’m hungry, tired or stressed and there’s sugar within my grasp, I’ll reach for it. So, I always keep apples and nuts in my bag to snack on.
I love having Poke bowls for lunch – they’re tastier than a standard salad and more substantial than sushi.
I often feel the need for a snack if I’m going to the gym before heading home. It’s become a bit of a challenge to scope out healthy emergency snacks when out. The best ones are sugar snap pea bags, egg protein pots and Hippeas.
I really enjoy cooking and making meals that are quick, healthy and tasty. I’ve mostly stopped cooking meat at home. It started as a conscious decision with meat-free Mondays and it has now become a routine habit that I base meals mostly on veggies. I still eat meat if I’m eating out, and sometimes I cook fish at home, and I’ll have meat if I want it.
I’m a night owl and love staying up late. In fact, I’m most productive late at night. It’s a great time for me to get work done. I try to be in bed no later than midnight.
The low down
Nutritional therapist and author of The Balance Plan, Angelique Panagos (angeliquepanagos.com), gives her insight into Zoe’s day.
Zoe’s breakfast sounds delicious. It is protein rich, high in fibre and nutrient dense, thanks to the extra vegetables – all essential for good health, digestion and balanced hormones. I recommend making a proteinrich choice when grabbing an on-the-go breakfast from Waitrose – maybe an egg and smoked salmon pot? Or, as Zoe is a self-confessed night owl, she could prepare overnight oats in the evening, with flaxseed or chia seeds, for extra good fats. Zoe is getting a good range of fibre and antioxidants from the rainbow of fruit and vegetables. There are plenty of healthy fats for hormone balancing, too. Eating a plant-based meal in the evenings can have wonderful health benefits but she needs to ensure she’s still getting plenty of vegan protein. This could easily be done by adding in some beans and pulses, an egg and possibly some tempeh or organic GMO-free tofu to her lunch. I know how easy it can be to get caught up in work and emails in the evenings when your days are busy and you’re in the habit of staying up late, but Zoe would really benefit from prioritising her sleep.