You’ve finally set a date for your wedding and the pressure to be the healthiest you has begun. Fret not, whether you have a year, a few months or just weeks to go, you can make changes to your lifestyle to help you be a happy and healthy bride on your wedding day.
Alexis Poole, nutritionist for Spoon Guru gave us her top tips to help you get healthy for your wedding day.
Eat a balanced diet – high in fibre and antioxidants
In the lead-up to your wedding, aim to eat a balanced diet full of antioxidant and fibre rich fruit and vegetables such as berries, nuts, legumes and green leafy veg like broccoli or kale. It’s also important to eat omega-3 fatty acids from fatty fish such as salmon and mackerel, as well as flaxseeds, walnuts and canola oil. Omega-3 fatty acids will do wonders for your skin by helping to prevent inflammation, and keep your skin glowing, it is also an essential for an overall healthy body.
Avoid processed high-sugar and high-fat foods
Avoid eating processed foods that are high in saturated fats and sugars, that means ready meals, takeaways, sweets and sugary drinks may have to go on hold for a while. They can contribute to skin inflammation, which can potentially lead to skin outbreaks. Additionally, these foods are also higher in calories than healthier alternatives therefore over consumption might lead to weight gain. Instead choose complex carbohydrate foods such as whole grain pasta, rice, bread and oats. Their high fibre content will help keep you fuller for longer and keep you healthy in the lead up to your wedding day. Aim to replace saturated fats, which can increase risk of heart disease, with unsaturated fats found in olive oil, avocados and nuts.
The benefits of exercise extend beyond weight loss. Exercise is imperative for overall fitness and health. In addition to this, exercise is great for stress management, which you may need to resort to need if wedding planning gets too overwhelming. Exercise needn’t be an hour-long gym session, you can be more active by making lifestyle modifications such as getting of the bus two stops early or taking the stairs instead of the lift.
Beat the bloat on the day to look your best
On your wedding day, reduce the likelihood of feeling bloated by avoiding foods which are known to contribute to excess gas production. High fibre foods such as legumes, whole-grains and fruit may be incredibly beneficial for your health, but are notorious for excess gas production which can lead to bloating. Another way to prevent bloating, is to avoid prosecco and fizzy drinks as these contain bubbles, which release gas in your stomach and cause you to bloat.