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Pre-wedding foods that will either make you comfy or miserable

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Pre-wedding food plan

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Pre-wedding food plan

You've scrimped, saved and sat through multiple dress fittings and now it's almost time for the big day. The last thing you want? To feel bloated, uncomfortable or downright sick on your wedding day. You want to feel your best while you're smiling for pictures and dancing all night long.

The foods you eat in the week leading up to the wedding can have a lot to do with how you feel when it's time to say "I do." Let's break down the foods you need — and the ones to avoid at all costs.

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Alcohol

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Alcohol

You might want a drink to deal with all the wedding stress, but try to avoid it before your wedding. The reason: Alcohol can dehydrate you, leaving you looking puffy. It's also shown to cause bloating and stomach upset (thanks to artificial flavorings), so it's best to celebrate with a strong drink after you've said your vows.

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Dairy

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Dairy

The majority of us have some sort of sensitivity to dairy — over 65 percent according to the National Institutes of Health. The sensitivity can manifest as bloating, gas, diarrhea and indigestion, all things that can put a damper on your wedding festivities. 

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Soda & carbonated drinks

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Soda & carbonated drinks

The same carbon dioxide that gives soda, sparkling water and Champagne its bubbles causes bloating when you drink it, so stay away before the wedding. Plus, the artificial sweeteners found in many carbonated drinks don't always sit well in the stomach, leading to gas and, you guessed it, more bloating.

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Potato chips

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Potato chips

Salty snacks like potato chips can cause fluid retention, leading to unwanted puffiness and bloating. The reason: The kidneys aren't always able to keep up with the extra sodium being thrown at them, so the body holds on to more water in order to process it. The result? It looks like you've gained a pound or two.

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Beans

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Beans

Beans are a good source of plant-based protein, but they're also notorious for making you, ahem, fart. The reason: They're comprised of sugars known as oligosaccharides that the small intestine can't process, so they move to the large intestine where they mix with the bacteria and produce gasses that slip out during the most inopportune times (like during your vows). Soaking them is shown to reduce the problem, but it's better to avoid them altogether in the days before the big one.

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Broccoli & cauliflower

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Broccoli & cauliflower

We're not ones to recommend not eating healthy veggies, but these crunchy little guys should be limited in the days before your wedding. Like beans, cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower contain oligosaccharides that can lead to gas. Cauliflower also contains sulfur compounds, which can take your gas to smelly new levels. 

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Bread

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Bread

Bread, especially white bread, is made of simple carbohydrates that are digested quickly, spiking your blood sugar, which crashes soon after. This means you'll be hungry again soon, and overeating is not in the plan when you have a dress to fit into. Many breads also contain gluten, a glue-like protein that causes bloating, digestive issues and fatigue in people with Celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. 

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What you should eat

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What you should eat

Wanna glow as you walk down the aisle? Load up on these nutrient-rich foods in the days before.

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Green tea

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Green tea

Green tea is one healthy drink with a whole bunch of important benefits. The most important? Drinking it can help reduce bloating and even body fat, though it's unlikely you'll lose a significant amount from drinking it a week before. Even better: Green tea contains caffeine, giving you that extra boost to power through the final days of wedding preparation, and L-theanine, which helps you keep your cool.

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Oranges

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Oranges

The vitamin C found in citrus fruits like oranges can do a lot to keep your skin looking healthy and firm for your wedding thanks to its ability to block free radicals and stimulate collagen growth.

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Salmon

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Salmon

Protein and heart-healthy omega-3s are the main reasons to love salmon, but you should eat it before your wedding for all the micronutrients it contains, like the energy-boosting vitamin B-12 and the brain-boosting selenium.

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Spinach

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Spinach

Spinach might just look like leaves, but there's a whole lot of nutrition packed into that small package. One of the antioxidants found in spinach, quercetin, can help keep inflammation at bay — an important thing to consider given that the stress of wedding planning can cause inflammation and pain.

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Walnuts

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Walnuts

Walnuts might not be your first choice for a pre-wedding snack, but it should be. Walnuts are rich in good fats like omega-3s that can help boost energy and brain power. Plus, walnuts have about 12 grams of protein per cup, making it a solid way to keep your energy up as you power through last-minute details.

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Turkey

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Turkey

Turkey contains plenty of protein, but that's not the only reason it should be on your pre-wedding diet. It also contains tryptophan, an amino acid needed for balancing serotonin levels, leaving you with a much-needed calm feeling with the wedding chaos going on around you.

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Yogurt

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Yogurt

Yogurts, especially low-sugar options like Greek yogurt, are full of gut-friendly probiotics that have been shown to help alleviate tummy troubles like bloating, gas and diarrhea.

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Foods to get wedding-ready

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Foods to get wedding-ready

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