Written with love, by Kathy Patalsky
Every bride wants to be on top of her wellness game for her big day. Here are five tips to help get you glowing and feeling amazing by the time you walk down the aisle .. and beyond!
Add a Smoothie-a-Day.
Most brides struggle to juggle work, friends, family, and all the tasks that go along with planning a wedding. Don’t let your nutrition suffer because of your hectic schedule. One easy solution: Add a smoothie a day! Try a green smoothie for breakfast, or a berry protein smoothie for lunch, or even a delicious protein chocolate shake for dessert. This is an easy, fast and delicious way to boost your nutrition so you’re in tip top shape for your big day.
Pro Tip: Add super foods like chia seeds, maca powder, protein powder, cacao powder, spirulina and more to supercharge your blend. My book 365 Vegan Smoothies has some great recipes!
Workout to Soothe Stress.
Working out is a great way to soothe your wedding planning stress. Cardiovascular exercise, strength training and even activities like stretching and yoga not only help you combat stress, but may also help you with any pre-wedding weight loss or tone-up goals. If you are not used to working out, schedule an appointment at a local gym with a personal trainer who can, even in just one session, give you some tips on how to work out to prep for your big day.
Pro Tip: Be sure to try yoga - it can help keep you calm, focused and limber in the midst of stress!
Wedding Day Nutrition.
Start your wedding day with something light and revitalizing, like fresh fruit. But do not try any new foods, keep in simple with your personal faves. Berries, melon or bananas are great options.
Also, drink plenty of water early-on in the day to help with hydration for the rest of the day. Hydrated skin appears more glowing, supple and radiant, so you don’t want to risk being dehydrated.
Be sure to eat something moderate in the middle of your day, a light meal with some protein, maybe a whole grain salad with tempeh bacon, light greens or even a protein shake. The best tip I can give is to listen to your body, if you are hungry: eat. Just practice portion control. Small meals throughout the day will keep you from being ravenous at any point.
Pro Tip: You might want to skip that first thing in the morning cup of coffee and replace it with water, coconut water, herbal tea or a tall hydrating smoothie.
Prepping for a wedding requires a lot of energy. Be sure to practice smart snacking. Again, listen to your body...when it is hungry, eat. Some brides suppress their hunger cues and turn into starvation queens, hoping to drop a few pounds before the wedding. But skipping meals is not the answer. Restrictive eating will lead to ravenous hunger, mood swings and fatigue, hindering your precious productivity!
Pro Tip: A few fave healthy snacks include nut butter, hummus, fresh veggies, fresh fruit, bean salads, avocado toast, smoothie bowls and smoothie sips, healthy raw nuts, oatmeal, grain salads, healthy homemade muffins, light soups and more. My website lunchboxbunch.com has plenty of healthy recipe ideas!
Keep it Going!
I see a lot of brides acquire healthy new habits while they are prepping for their big day. Well, after the day is done, this is your opportunity to keep the wellness going. Keep up those healthy habits you acquired. This is the perfect opportunity to embark on your new journey in life with a healthy happy spirit.