Stress, anxiety, excitement...these are all emotions that can create abnormal eating habits. You want to fuel your body for the big day you have ahead, and eating the wrong foods can leave you waking up with blemishes, bloating, and body aches. Here's a quick guide on what to eat and what to avoid before your wedding.
A successful, healthy diet should be worked into your routine months prior to your wedding. Let’s face it, you won’t drop pounds by eating well just one day before your big day. Not to worry! We’re sharing our expertise on what to devour and what to dodge in order to look and feel your best.
The day before and day of “the” big day, you want to consume power foods. These give you energy, provide nutrients and vitamins, and can also help you stay refreshed. You can start simply by making smarter choices. For example, water-based fruits like melons and citrus will not only keep you full but also hydrated.
When eating eggs, choose egg whites to minimize your calorie intake. Or, when preparing meals, stick to light proteins and vegetables, but stay away from seasoning food with excess salts and sugars. The most important thing to remember is your water consumption. Try to have at least eight cups of water a day, throughout your day, and with every meal!
- Oatmeal and other whole grains
- Yogurt parfaits
- Fresh, tropical fruits
- Salad (skip the heavy, dairy-based dressings for a lighter olive oil and vinegar one)
- Grilled vegetables (avoid cruciferous vegetables, as they tend to make you gassy!)
- Grilled chicken or salmon
- Assorted nuts
- Trail Mix
- Celery and peanut butter
Experiencing pre-wedding jitters is normal. Experiencing caffeine-induced nervous shaking is not.
Being anxious can already make you queasy. Don’t add to the unrest eating the wrong foods before one of the happiest days of your life. You know that nasty sweating from spicy foods or those puffy fingers where your ring is almost too tight to take off? It doesn’t have to be that way if you avoid the foods on our “Dodge” list.
The most important thing to watch out for on the day before your wedding is your alcohol consumption, especially when hosting a rehearsal dinner. Limit yourself to 1-2 drinks maximum. You don’t want to wake up on your wedding day feeling tired, bloated, and puffy in your face.
- Artificial sweeteners
- Trans fat
- Processed foods
- Excessive amount of salt
- Heavy gluten and dairy
- Carbonated beverages
P.s. We’re not registered dietitians, and we know every body is different. This advice is just that! Advice based on our experience. If you want a comprehensive eating plan to keep you looking and feeling your best pre-wedding, please consult a professional!