As a bride-to-be, we do our best in the weeks and months leading up to the big day to move and eat well. But what about the big day itself? The way you fuel your body on your wedding day is just as important as the preparation you’ve put in during the planning process. And it can be challenging – you’ll be excited, nervous, and BUSY. It’s easy to reach for sugary sweets brought in by your granny, champagne with your girls – or for some brides, nothing at all due to nerves. But in order to feel and look your absolute best when you walk down the aisle, it’s essential to eat.
The plan is to enjoy clean foods – mainly fruits, lean protein and veggies – but not too much of anything. A big bowl of salad, for example, may actually lead to bloat. It’s best to eat real, whole foods – in small amounts – to avoid bloat and dehydration, and to boost that bridal glow. Here’s what this bride plans to eat on her wedding day:
PRE BREAKFAST: Upon waking, sip warm water with the juice of one lemon squeezed into it – add some fresh ginger, too! Lemon and ginger are detoxifying on the liver and prepare the digestive system for the food to come. As tempting as a mimosa might be, it can cause a blood sugar spike on an empty stomach.
BREAKFAST: For a bride who loves her java (like me!) one cup of black coffee – no milk or sugar added – is good. Too much more could cause extra jitters, and there’s no time for that on your big day! Enjoy fresh papaya, which contains an amazing enzyme that soothes the digestive system, or grapefruit with a drizzle of lime juice.
LUNCH: A piece of grilled fresh white fish with lots of herbs and spices and a small green salad, or some steamed greens drizzled with lemon juice – no salt added – are great options for a light lunch. Be sure to use herbs and spices instead of salt to avoid fluid retention. Bonus – herbs and spices are anti-inflammatory and natural detoxifiers.
SNACK: Having a light snack before the festivities begin is a great way to keep your blood sugar in balance – but what you choose to nibble on is key to avoid a sugar crash. Rather than rely on sugary treats or packaged snacks from a vending machine, munch on fresh celery and cucumber sticks. They are natural anti-diuretics, which means they help rid the body of excess fluids. And add a small handful of raw almonds or walnuts. The healthy fats give skin an amazing glow!
DINNER: For most brides, this will be at the wedding. It depends on your wedding menu, of course, but lean protein with veggies will give you major energy to dance the night away with your groom. And feeding each other wedding cake? Go for it! Bloating will no longer be an issue, and you deserve to celebrate.
Note on water: I encourage brides-to-be to drink lots and lots of water on the days leading up to the wedding – but on the big day it’s best to stick to small sips. This will prevent bloating and extra fluid retention – and will also mean fewer trips to the bathroom! While there will likely be bubbly flowing all day, try to stick with one or two glasses after the ceremony, and be sure you’re staying well-hydrated out on the dance floor so that you can thoroughly enjoy your wedding night with your groom.
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