Wedding season is well and truly here.
Right around the middle of November men with diamond rings start practicing their best romantic lunge and Moet&Chandon shares sky rocket. It’s a wonderful time to celebrate love and family, and new brides-to-be everywhere are mentally planning the most expensive party of their life. So before you start getting caught up in colour palettes, menu planning, budget reshuffling and family politics here are my top nutrition tips for affianced women to look their best on their big day:
Don’t wait until the wedding is a month away to start losing weight and then embark on a panic-stricken crash diet (see this post about detox teas for more information). The last thing you want to be doing is stressing about fitting into your dress or making important decisions in a haze of carb-deprivation induced hanger and brain fog. Make a healthy, slow and sustainable weight-loss plan as soon as you get engaged that aims to have you at your goal weight at least 1-2 months before the wedding, so that when final dress fittings roll around a few weeks out from the wedding day you’re just maintaining your new healthy body.
Enlist the help of your future hubby
If your partner is a great cook – power to ya! If not you can still ask for his help to support you through the next few months of your pre-wedding weight loss. Simple things like not putting loads of unhealthy food into the shopping trolley, suggesting some healthy meals he likes to eat and splitting the work of a once-a-week meal prep to give you loads of nutrient-dense choices when you’re tired and stressed will not only make your life easier but is a great way to strengthen your relationship through the engagement period. Support and encourage each other to make healthy choices and you’ll find it can bring you closer as well as help you shed those kilos.
Make simple changes
Sustainable weight loss is all about creating a nutrition plan that you can follow for the rest of your life. You don’t need to banish all carbs, sugars, takeaway dinners and booze the moment the ring is on your finger – just focus on making a couple of realistic changes each month. Start planning out your meals so you’re not relying on takeaway, do a meal prep at the beginning of the week so you can throw a healthy lunch or dinner together in just a few minutes, aim to eat the recommended servings of fruit and vegetables each day, swap fizzy drinks for water. Over time your small changes will add up to one big lifestyle overhaul without any extreme deprivation.
Don’t stress eat
Let’s face it – planning a wedding can be stressful. It’s all too easy to let your emotions overcome you and turn to a tub of ice-cream to help manage your stress levels. If you’re the sort of person (and even if you’re not – weddings somehow make even ordinarily level-headed people turn crazy…) likely to start eating nutella straight from the jar when you just can’t get the seating chart to work start working on some strategies to deal with those feelings. Don’t bring junk food into the house, take a walk around the block, have a big drink of water and practice some deep breathing – ANYTHING to stop you binge-eating every time you’re overwhelmed.
Start the big with a healthy breakfast
When the wedding day finally rolls around make sure you’ve planned a nutritionally balanced breakfast. You don’t have to ditch the champagne, just make sure there are lots of healthy choices to help keep you full and energised .Focus on lean protein, fresh fruit and veg, wholegrain carbs and a heart-healthy fats : try fresh fruit with yoghurt, healthy granola, an omelette with lots of veggies or protein-packed smoothie. Maybe avoid the baked beans though, no-one wants to be remember as the bride who farted her way through her wedding day…
Plan healthy nibbles for between ceremony and reception
There’s usually at least a few hours between the ceremony ending and the reception starting. And while this time is often filled with professional photography it’s SO important to cater for this time with healthy snacks. I know on my wedding day I was too nervous and excited to eat lunch, so that when 4:30 rolled around the ceremony was finished I was freaking STARVING. Veggie sticks, fruit, cold meats, frittatas and mini sandwiches are all nutritious options that won’t see you ruining your make-up or risking spilling something on your gown. They will also make sure there’s something in your stomach before you get the reception and start downing the celebratory drinks, so you’re not rip roaring drunk by dinner time.
There are lots of ways to help make your wedding day as stress-free as possible - what are your favourite wedding day tips and hints?
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