Wedding Day Diet

cranberry drinkWhether it is the build up during the weeks before your wedding day or on the actual day, every bride and groom needs to think very carefully about what they are eating. 

A Few Weeks Before

Starting a regime of eating better and exercising weeks before your wedding will help you both to feel healthy and refreshed.  Following are some tips about what you should be eating in order to feel good, look healthy and enable you to enjoy your day to the fullest.

  • Avoid processed foods wherever possible.
  • Balance your meals with chicken, lean meats and fish.
  • Cut down on the fatty foods and the high fat dairy foods but still ensure that you have plenty of protein.
  • Drink plenty of water every day, carry a bottle around with you and top it up frequently.
  • Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables.
  • If you don't already do it, try to exercise regularly, at least two or three times a week.  Perhaps you and your partner could take dancing lessons?  Yoga is a great way to exercise and keep you calm and relaxed.
  • Introduce fibre into your diet such as whole grains and brown rice.
  • Make sure you eat a good breakfast every day.
  • Reduce the amount of alcohol you drink.
  • Reduce your salt and your sugar intake.
  • Start walking and try not to use your car if you don't really need to.

Enjoy the changes you are making, they will benefit you in the long run and do not be afraid to try something new, be it a food you have never had or an exercise that you did not think you would be good at such as hiking or cycling.



Power Foods

nutsThere are of course some foods that are great as a boost and these include:

  • Asparagus, cantaloupe, cucumber and watermelon - these are great anti bloating agents.
  • Avocados - these give you great young looking skin.
  • Brazil Nuts - are good for nails and skin.
  • Carrots - these are rich in vitamin C.
  • Grapes - claims to prevent wrinkles and sagging of skin.
  • Pomegranates - help to improve your skin tone.

Brides

Most brides feel the need to lose a few pounds before her big day.  If you are such a person then you should look at your diet carefully and not be tempted to go on a 'fad' diet which promises a large weight loss.  Crash dieting can result in repercussions including bad skin, bowel problems, tummy upsets and even bad breath.  No bride wants to feel puffy and bloated on her wedding day, nor does she want to have to take frequent trips to the bathroom as a result of eating too many eggs and grapefruits the week before.

grapesWork out how much you want to lose and work on the basis that you can lose about one to two pounds each week giving you a timescale to work with.  Changing your diet and eating correctly will ensure that your skin will be radiant and glowing as you walk down the aisle.

The best way to go about losing some weight is to start a few weeks before and eat sensibly with plenty of water. 

In addition to your new diet regime you should:

  • Add some small exercise moves into your daily routine such as bum clenches while sitting at your desk and perhaps get off your bus one stop before.
  • Don't rush your diet, do it slow and with moderation and you will get better results in the long term.

If you feel your diet slipping, just picture yourself in your white wedding dress and the photographs that will be taken on the day, they are going to be a constant reminder of how you looked.



Grooms

bake potatoeWhile no groom wants to be picking their bride up from the floor after fainting due to lack of eating on the day, no bride wants their groom falling over half way through their vows.  It is of vital importance that you remember to eat something on the day to sustain you throughout the whole event.   You will be greeting people and standing up for a long period of time before the bride even arrives to walk down the aisle so you need to keep your strength up.

You may be nervous and if this is the case and you really feel you cannot stomach anything, drink water and perhaps try to have a banana or a power bar.

Even as the groom you may feel the need to lose a few pounds before the big day, and why shouldn't you, the bride is not the only one that wants to shine.  In order for you to get into shape you should follow the tips given and perhaps add in a slightly more intensive training session at the gym.

If you feel you need to add a couple of pounds in order to look better and more filled out in your morning suit then eat more protein and carbs in order to build up your muscles and give you more energy for those workouts you will eventually begin to look forward to.

What Not to Eat the Day Before

curryWhat you eat the day before your wedding is of great importance as certain foods can make you feel lethargic and lacking in energy.  You want to feel full of beans but you don't want to eat them and offend your new in-laws!

  • Avoid spicy or rich foods.
  • Don't drink too much alcohol.
  • Don't eat a heavy meal; avoid steak and potatoes for instance.
  • Don't eat any garlic or onions.
  • Don't eat anything that you haven't had before in case it causes you to have an allergic reaction.
  • Don't go overboard on the vegetables or the baked beans.
  • Don't have too much salt the day before as this can cause bloating as well as water retention.
  • Don't snack late into the night.
  • Have a healthy dinner such as stir fry or salad.

On The Big Day

  • Be sure to eat a little something before you leave for the church, you don't want your stomach rumbling through the service.
  • Drink plenty of water.  By all means drink coffee but don't go overboard.
  • Make sure you have a good breakfast, nothing too big or heavy.
  • Take a few little snacks with you to nibble on but avoid anything crumbly or sticky.

Remember, on the day it is important to eat and drink something.  Lack of fluid can cause dehydration and the last thing you want to happen is one of you passing out during the photographs.

It is important that with your wedding day in mind, you are mindful about your fluid and calorie intake.  As long as you are both careful and plan sensibly you will look and feel wonderful on the biggest day of your lives.