Many smaller events precede the actual ceremony and reception. At each of these important functions, you want to look and feel your best. If you are what you eat, then you might like to take heed of these recommendations—and cautions—when approaching these essential wedding happenings.
Perhaps, before you even consider what to wear, consider what to eat to help you become the glowing bride you are and wish to remain.
Let’s begin with the biggest Biggie. Reduce the stress of dress shopping, and your weight in the meantime, by eating right. This doesn’t mean you must make DRASTIC changes to accommodate a healthy lifestyle. Consider this: You definitely want to avoid being bloated, which will not give you a true fit of your dream gown. The first caution is to limit your salt (sodium) intake. One of the best ways to achieve this goal is to avoid packaged and restaurant food preceding Wedding Dress Day. But what should you eat? One noted nutritionist recommends low-fat Greek yoghurt with berries to balance fiber and protein. However, don’t just dive into a double-helping bowl. Eating too much of anything (even a high-fiber cereal) can fill you up, making you feel bloated and heavy.
Probiotics aid digestion, helping you feel less full and cumbersome. If you chew your food well before you swallow, this can also help the stomach achieve better digestion. Research at the Mayo Clinic revealed that chewing gum burns about 11 calories an hour (approximately 19 percent more than the average person would expend by sitting in a chair for the same amount of time). You heard it at the dining table as a child. It’s true. Chew!
For those wedding dress fittings, your aim should be to maintain your weight and figure, thereby avoiding expensive and time-consuming alterations. If you want to achieve this goal, don’t go on a crash diet or eliminate whole food groups from your diet. Abide by that healthy eating resolution you made at the beginning of this journey. A radical diet that causes you to lose weight dramatically between fittings can add up to $$ deducted from the wedding budget, and may need to be covered from another line item. After a crash diet, people often binge eat, gain the weight back, and sometimes even more. Moderation in all things, as Ralph Waldo Emerson said.
Rather than the saltine and broth diet, try eating a maximum of five different food groups at each meal. You’d like to circumvent overcrowding your meals with too many different items, wouldn’t you? A salad topped with everything isn’t necessarily all that good for you. Think of a balanced plate and boldly go.
For your engagement photo shoot, you want glowing skin and glossy hair. For this, nutrient-rich foods full of antioxidants, phytochemicals and healthy fats are ideal. Suggestions range from fresh fruits and vegetables—oranges, bell peppers, broccoli, cantaloupe (Vitamin C)—to foods like salmon, sardines, walnuts, and flaxseed for omega-3. Don’t eliminate fats altogether. Fats are needed to make us feel satisfied and to metabolize the nutrients in our food, but stick with healthy fat sources like avocado, olives, fatty fish, whole eggs, and even coconut.
It is essential to drink plenty of water to remain hydrated and flush toxins from the system. Start the day with a large glass of water. This is especially helpful for your Bachelorette Party, where there might be a few margaritas consumed. The day before your big party, try starting out with a fluffy omelet stuffed with green peppers, onions and tomatoes. You need the nourishment before the event. After, gear up for detox with a nice spinach and kale salad. Dark greens naturally detox the effects of the night before.
Most important is the WEDDING DAY (Do you hear Mendelsohn’s Wedding March in your dreams?)! While you’re dreaming, plan your menu for the morning of the wedding. Your goal is to be calm and bloat-free, reducing the prospect of the dress not fitting, and of you becoming everyone’s worse stressed-out nightmare. Try some milk and an assortment of fresh fruits that tempt your palate.
Remember, your food choices can make or break your journey, from the fit of your dream dress, the night after your “girls’ night out”, and your big day. Good habits started now will follow you throughout your “happily ever after.”
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