The Two Week Pre-Wedding Diet and Wellness Plan
Preparing for your wedding in every way is very important. You will likely be busy making plans and detailed preparations for your wedding, but you also need to take care of your health and body. Of course you will want to look and feel your very best for your special wedding day, and fit into your dress perfectly.
By using the following advice, you will be able to slim down, increase your energy, have glowing skin and feel great. Others will wonder what you have been doing to be able to accomplish all that you have, and to be able to look absolutely fabulous at your wedding.
How to Stay Fit Throughout Wedding Preparations
If you are starting to prepare your body two weeks before your wedding, you still have time to tone up and slim down. You will want to make fruits and vegetables that are brightly colored the basis of your daily diet. Make sure that you eat 4-6 times per day and include healthy carbohydrates, proteins and fats with every meal.
Eating regularly will ensure that you rev your metabolism and stay energized. Fresh fruits and vegetables will help to draw toxins out of your body and create glowing skin. They will also help to fill you up with fibre and nutrients while keeping your calorie count low. Healthful whole foods should be all that is on your diet as they will nourish you and keep you feeling your best. By dividing your plate into 4 quarter sections you can easily divide the portions of each type of food that you are eating. Fill half of your plate with fruits and vegetables and each other quarter with one section of protein and one section of carbohydrate.
Tips for Food Selections
Whole Grains: Oatmeal, brown rice, quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat, whole wheat
Proteins: Lean meats such as chicken, turkey, fish
Fats: Olive oil, nuts and seeds, fats in fatty fishes
How to Keep Your Energy Level High
You will notice that your energy levels increase as you start to eat healthy foods. The reason for this is that the body is receiving optimal nourishment without having to expend extra energy digesting foods that are not able to be used by the body. If you are not accustomed to eating healthfully, it is possible that the first few days of the diet may cause a detoxification reaction. This can cause you to feel a little more tired than normal. However, after this period, you will start to notice that your energy levels go up and you require less sleep. You will also want to incorporate exercise into your day, at least five times per week. Choose to do exercises that are fun for you and that you feel comfortable doing. The mental break that exercise provides will also help you to focus on the tasks that you need to accomplish before your wedding day. Remember it is better to do some exercise than none at all, it all adds up!
Incorporate cardio and strength training exercises into your workout routines according to what your body needs. If you need to lose weight, you will want to focus primarily on cardiovascular and aerobic exercises. If you need to gain weight, try more muscle building and weight bearing types of exercises. Both forms of exercise are important for the body, but on a limited time schedule you may need to choose to spend more time on one than the other.
You also need to rest properly in order to keep your energy levels high. Make sure that you get at least 7-8 hours of sleep per night and try to go to bed before midnight. The hours you spend sleeping before midnight are more valuable to your body in terms of its ability to rejuvenate and repair itself. Use relaxation techniques such as listening to soft music, drinking herbal sleepy time teas, or having Epson salts baths before bed in order to help your body distress and wind down for a restful night of sleep. Adequate Sleep is critical in order to look and feel great.
Facts About Exercise
- Exercise done early in the day helps your body to burn additional calories
- It promotes better sleep and mental clarity during the day
- It helps to detoxify the body (for example: by sweating)
- It reduces stress naturally
Types of Food to Avoid on Your Wedding Day
There are some foods that you should avoid on your wedding day for certain reasons. You may or may not be prone to blushing, but the consumption of spicy foods on your wedding day can cause your face to look red. This is something that you will want to avoid if you are having wedding pictures. You will also want to refrain from eating spicy foods if you are worried about having bad breath when you speak with your guests or dance close with your partner. Some people are prone to stomach upset from eating spicy foods, especially if you are eating sweet foods like wedding cake and drinking alcohol as well. You will want to avoid very heavy and fatty foods. These foods may cause you to feel tired and bloated, and this is not how you want to feel on your wedding day. They may also cause to have to take unexpected trips to the washroom. Try to limit the amount of alcohol and sweets that you eat on your wedding day as this will leave you prone to blood sugar swings, Also, neither of these substances are good for your health. Alcohol can also create a reddening effect in the face.
Tips to Feel and Look Better on Your Wedding Day
- Watch out for spicy foods
- Limit Alcohol, sweets and fatty foods
What to Eat on Your Wedding Day
On your wedding day, you will likely be up early and be in a rush. You should eat something that is nourishing and light, in order to provide you with the energy that you need to get through the day. Opt for a bowl of fruit and a protein shake, fresh green juice and protein or some type of whole grain cereal with a protein source.
Eat foods that you know will leave you feeling light and not bloated. Some people will not be able to eat fruit if it causes bloating due to the natural sugars they contain. You will be having food later, so just eat lightly enough to get through the first part of your day without blood sugar swings.
You may want to prepare some small snacks ahead of time that you will be able to have during the day, if you are worried about eating too much at dinner because you were hungry earlier. Carry a small snack bag of nuts and seeds, a healthful snack bar, or a protein shake package that adds to water if you need to have something during the day. The protein portion of your meals will help to keep your blood sugar balanced and fill you up as well. Make sure that you drink enough early in the day, in case you forget to drink later. You will have released your morning couple of cups of water by the time you change into your dress hours later, so you don’t need to worry about being too full of liquid to fit into your wedding dress.
When it comes to the wedding meal, you have hopefully chosen foods that are familiar to you and that you know will not upset your stomach. The last thing that you need to have happen is to eat something that you didn’t know that you were allergic to, or that might upset your stomach. Eat enough to enjoy yourself but don’t overeat. Pace yourself as you eat, take the time to chew properly, and thoroughly enjoy your food. You may need to avoid carbonated drinks on your wedding day if they cause you to feel bloated and gassy.
By preparing your body and your mind before the wedding, you are going to feel better about yourself. You will also have the energy that you need to get through a sometimes overly busy and stressful time. By eating healthfully and getting proper rest and exercise you are sure to look and feel your best and have the best wedding day possible!