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Molly Morgan, author of The Skinny rules: The 101 Secrets Every Skinny Girl Knows, gave us her skinny tips. Busy at work, lots to do at home and yet you’ve got to find time to exercise and eat right?

Slim down

Try these five skinny on-the-go tips to help you meet your nutrition and fitness goals even in the busiest of times.

Sneak it in

Getting a full 30 to 60 minutes of exercise in when the schedule gets crazy can seem impossible. Break up your fitness plan into digestible pieces like 10 minutes of yoga in the morning, a 10-minute brisk walk at lunch and 10 minutes of toning in the evening. Squeezing in these mini workouts can be just as effective as longer workout sessions.

Bring it with you

If you rely on convenience stores to fuel your body when you're on the go, you may be out of luck! As you're running out the door in the morning, grab a piece or two of fruit, like a banana or orange, to have as a snack. And in a mini container or bag place a small handful of roasted edamame or almonds. This will come in handy when you're stuck in traffic; you'll have something to snack on to keep your energy up without blowing your eating plan.

Slim down your cup of joe

When you're ordering a cup of coffee or latte, the calories can pile up in a hurry. It's no secret that a large latte-type drink can be more calories than a meal! Follow these simple strategies to save you 100 calories or more: Ask for black coffee; enjoy it black if you can or add cream and sugar yourself and control just how much is going into it. And when ordering a latte, choose the "skinny" version, which should be prepared with fat-free milk and sugar-free syrups.

Water bottleBeat fatigue with water

If you're sluggish every afternoon, it may be because you are on the road to dehydration. Keep a refillable bottle of water with you throughout the day: at meetings, play groups, in the car. The refillable bottle will help the environment and remind you to sip on water throughout the day.

Invest in yourself

Having the right tools makes any job easier, and that's certainly true for nutrition and fitness. Make a priority list of items that you need to add to your tool box to help you meet your goals: mini food processor, insulated lunch bag, stainless steel water bottle, jump rope, comfortable sneakers, exercise ball, yoga mat and fitness DVDs.

Check out an excerpt from The Skinny rules below: 

"You don't need a state-of-the-art kitchen to cook healthy foods, but having a few simple tools on hand will make food prep a breeze and aid in creating healthy dishes. Here are a few essential gadgets that must make their way into your kitchen (if they're not there already)." You can purchase the book here.

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