Almost all women want to lose weight before their wedding, so they eat right and exercise for months to ensure they look their best for their soon-to-be hubby and fit into their dream dress. Most brides, though, aren’t aware that what they choose to eat on their wedding day is just as important as what they choose to eat for the months leading up to it. Certain foods leave you feeling bloated, energy-less and fatigued, all feelings you dread having on your wedding day. Learn what foods you should be eating — and which ones you should be avoiding — on the day you’ve been dreaming of your whole life.
What to eat…
First, do not make the mistake of not eating. We understand you’ll be nervous and food will probably be the last thing on your mind, but eating right on your wedding day is a must. If you skip breakfast and lunch and head straight for the Champagne, you’ll wind up more buzzed than normal. You also may feel dizzy and light-headed due to skipped meals. Foods that will fill you up without leaving you feeling bloated include:
- Oatmeal. Oatmeal is the power food — it will give you energy that lasts all day plus help keep you full. We recommend waking up to a hearty bowl loaded with blueberries for antioxidants.
- Asparagus. If you can, have some fresh asparagus stalks in your room for munching on while you’re getting ready. Asparagus greatly reduces bloating and is filling — a win-win!
- Fresh fruit. Fruit keeps you hydrated and is refreshing, plus it’s loaded with vitamins and minerals. Skip the berries and fruits with seeds, though, as they can get stuck in your teeth. Stick with apples, bananas, mangos and melons.
- Chia seeds. Finally, to get that sun-kissed bridal glow, add chia seeds to your morning oatmeal on the big day. Chia seeds contain omega-3s, which are responsible for giving your skin that natural, healthy glow.
What not to eat…
On your wedding day, you want to avoid feeling sluggish, having bad breath or feeling bloated. To make sure this doesn’t happen to you, you’ll want to avoid the following foods like the plague:
- Lattes. Unfortunately, you’ll want to skip your morning vanilla latte from Starbucks. Caffeine dehydrates you, which in turn can make your breath less than pleasant. The milk and sugar doesn’t help, either. If you have to have caffeine, we suggest plain, black coffee. Drink plenty of water afterward and make sure to brush your teeth!
- Diet soda. Diet Coke is what gets most women through the day, right? Well, on your wedding day, you’ll want to think twice about sipping on this carbonated beverage. Both the carbonation and the artificial sweeteners will leave you feeling bloated. Instead, reach for herbal tea.
- Chips. Chips — or anything salty — make your body retain water, or in other words, cause bloating. Reach for fresh veggies if you’re looking for something crunchy instead of the Lay’s.
- Gum. Due to the sugar alcohols, gum causes bloating. If your breath seems less than minty fresh, either brush your teeth or reach for a mint.
A final tiP
Finally, you’ll want to watch your alcohol intake both the day of and the night before your wedding. Drinking the night before can leave you feeling tired, bloated and with unsightly bags under your eyes. The day of may make you embarrass yourself or — even worse — forget important details about the day. Limit yourself to 1-2 glasses of Champagne after the ceremony.