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5 ways to stay healthy and fit before your wedding day (even with the cake tastings)

Karena Dawn and Katrina Scott are the founders of Tone It Up — a fitness and lifestyle brand. They are certified personal trainers, nutritional coaches and best friends. Karena and Katrina have taken the world by storm with their fun, qu...

Getting toned for your wedding is about eating smart and staying stress-free

Getting ready for your big day can be daunting. Cake tastings, dress fittings, seating charts, venue visits… it’s a lot! Plus, you want to look your absolute best when you take your stroll down the aisle. With so much going on, it’s easy to feel lost. With my wedding coming up in a matter of days, I’ve been following our new Wedding Program to take out all of the guesswork!

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Katrina and I made the Wedding Program as a part of the Tone It Up Nutrition Plan to help brides, bridesmaids and mothers of the bride reach their fitness and health goals before the big day. I put together some of the most important tips that I’ve been following for keeping my body happy and healthy while getting ready for one of the biggest days of my life.

1. Make everything as simple as possible

I’ve found that it’s important to enjoy every second of the process and not put too much on my plate. Yes, it would be amazing to create an inventive dinner each night using items found while casually strolling through the farmers market, but ultimately, this would just create unnecessary stress. I’ve been keeping my meals simple, buying pre-chopped veggies and eating leftovers. I'm focusing on easy to make, de-bloating foods to get ready for the big day while limiting the stress factor.

2. Meditate

Speaking of de-stressing, make sure to take a few minutes a day to meditate. I meditate every day before I do anything else. My mornings feel incomplete if I don’t do it. When you meditate, it helps decrease your cortisol levels, which helps decrease belly fat! Katrina and I always say you that have to take care of yourself before you can truly take care of others. So I’ve been putting my phone on do-not-disturb mode for five minutes and giving myself some Zen time.

3. Eat enough protein

A good rule of thumb for figuring out how much protein you need in a day is to multiply your weight in kilograms by .8. Protein and carbs both have 4 calories per gram, but protein is much more satiating. This means you’re less likely to get the munchies for unhealthy food when you include lean proteins in your meal. Our Double Decker Matcha Mango Chia Smoothie has been my personal favorite while prepping for the wedding. I also love a super easy, protein-filled breakfast for those busy mornings, such as our Lemon Honey Overnight Oats. I like to prep these in advance and just grab them on my way out!

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4. When headed to the caterers, go on a full stomach

Weddings are a celebration, which means you’re going to have celebratory food! But while planning the wedding menu and cake, it’s important to not overindulge. I’ve been making my meetings with the baker and caterer after I’ve eaten lunch. If you munch on some cake or other sugary treats for the wedding before you eat a meal, you may be more likely to make less healthy meal choices later in the day.

5. Set aside time for you and your future hubby

Bobby and I have made it a point not to forget about the whole reason we're getting married. It’s easy to get caught up in the details of wedding planning, but we've made sure to stop and enjoy date nights, even if that means simply cooking dinner together or spending a night at home watching the movie we saw on our first date. Our favorite evenings include Bobby and I making dinner, then taking a stroll. Appreciate the time you spend together, and your wedding will be that much more special.

For a four-week meal-by-meal guide plus a ton more tips, check out our Wedding Program of the Tone It Up Nutrition Plan!

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