There’s a lot of pressure when planning a wedding, but it’s essential that you don’t add to that by putting your body under tons of extra stress by crash dieting or exercising excessively. To ensure that gorgeous wedding day glow, it is really important to take care of you. I am so happy to be able to share with you these exclusive tips from Annabelle Matson, Health and Wellness Coach at AnnabelleMatson.com
Remember, it’s only one day. Don’t lose all the exciting days leading up to it, stressing about your weight. This is the perfect time to establish some healthy habits that will help keep you calm during the planning process, give you a beautiful wedding day glow and it’s a lifestyle you can carry into your life as a newlywed.
Try out these steps to get a beautiful wedding day glow from the inside, out:
Keep It Clean
I think we can all agree that whole, real foods offer much more by way of nutritional value and nourishment for the body than any processed food can. My No. 1 tip is to focus on consuming clean foods in the least processed state possible.
Pre-packaged and processed food items house a huge amount of artificial and refined ingredients and chemicals that will dampen your wedding day glow and interfere with any weight loss plan.
Fill your plate up with raw and cooked veges, beans and legumes, choose whole grains and keep this and meat to a side portion.
What you’re likely to find is that when your diet becomes all about real food, weight drops off effortlessly, skin clears up, moods level out and your body just finds its groove.
Embrace quality proteins and fats
Don’t be afraid of quality fats. We’ve become fat phobic, and consume a huge amount of low fat or fat free items, which are filled with sugar and other additives.
While saturated fat shouldn’t be consumed in excess, it is now widely understood that fat doesn’t make us fat, refined sugar and refined carbs do.
Eat quality proteins and fats at every meal. It adds satiety to the diet so you actually get that full feeling after a meal, it stays with you for longer and you’re less likely to overeat.
Fabulous protein and fat options include, raw nuts & seeds, avocado, nut butters, fish, high quality red meat, eggs, hummus and other bean dips, roasted chickpeas, bliss balls etc.
Don’t Starve Yourself
When you go hungry for long periods of time, you mess with your body’s metabolism and your blood sugar levels go crazy which can really interfere with your energy levels and weight.
When we don’t eat, or eat the wrong foods, our bodies aren’t able to process the glucose from our food as they like to, so we end up on a blood sugar rollercoaster, when means we battle with low energy and ultimately leads our body to store fat.
To keep your blood sugar levels at a lovely steady level, eat regularly (every 3 to 4 hours), include protein and fat at every meal (as above) and focus on complex carbs like quinoa, brown rice and buckwheat rather than “white” products like white bread, rice and pasta, biscuits and cakes.
To get a beautiful bridal complexion, make hydration a priority. Aim to drink at least 2 litres of water per day. If you find it difficult to drink plain water, try homemade vitamin waters with sliced fruit & veges and go for herbal teas over coffee. Carry a bottle so you always have water available.
Maintain A Happy Belly
When your belly’s happy you experience amazing benefits not just limited to perfect digestion, but also clear skin, buckets of energy, strong immunity, stable moods and balanced hormones and a beautiful healthy sparkle…just to name a few. Research continues to indicate that the gut is responsible for health in many ways in our body.
There’s never a good time to feel bloated, but one particularly bad time would be on your wedding day.
What you can do:
Not all food types suit everyone. Gain an awareness of any foods that may not agree with you. Common culprits include gluten, dairy, and nightshade vegetables. Try eliminating for 3 weeks and see how you feel.
Take a quality probiotic
Eat real foods in the least processed state
Avoid fizzy drinks and other carbonated drinks
Reduce stress. Stress and anxiety can really mess with our digestion, because the bowel is considered our “second brain. Which leads to the next point…(learn more about digestive health).
Research confirms that stress makes it hard to lose weight. This is one reason why some people just can’t seem to lose weight no matter how well they eat or how much they exercise.
Chronic stress raises cortisol levels in our body, which interferes with metabolic functions and promotes fat storage.
I often tell my clients, you can drink as many green smoothies as you like, but if you have too much stress in your life, it’s as physiologically damaging to your body as a bad diet.
Not only can stress sabotage weight loss efforts, it can have big impacts on our health in many ways. Essentially, too much stress means we lose our sparkle.
Regularly commit to activities to help you de-stress such as time out in nature, meditation, journaling, a warm bath, a creative hobby and breathing exercises.
Move Your Body
If exercise isn’t fun, we are less likely to stick with it, so create a balanced workout routine and exercise in a way that energises you, but doesn’t deplete you. Enlist a workout buddy to keep you accountable. Exercise also has many positive emotional benefits too which will help to keep you feeling balanced when things get busy.
Remove The Pressure
Although it is great to have an end goal of how you want to look on your big day, this pressure has the ability to de-rail us. Just aim to make mindful food choices everyday and at every meal. That’s it. When you eat something that falls outside of your own goals, recognise that it’s just one meal and aim to make the next meal different.
Just be you on your wedding day! Focus on developing a well balanced, healthy lifestyle that will allow you to show up as the best version of you – not someone completely different.
When you make the shift from focusing on weight to health – weight loss just becomes an added benefit to your vibrant health and wellbeing. By caring for yourself in all ways, you’ll have an undeniable wedding day glow!