By: Jessica Bouchard, RD
Registered Dietitian & Founder of Wellness Provision
During wedding planning, many brides naturally form a desire to look and feel radiant on their special day. Some brides aim to lose weight while others try to include healthier foods that will create that glow. Whatever the desire is, a wedding is the perfect time to re-evaluate your well-being and commit to a healthier lifestyle. These healthy eating tips can jumpstart your wellness journey for not only your wedding day but also for your happily ever after!
Ditch the Fad Diets
Detoxes and restrictive diets may produce initial weight loss but are not effective for long term health. Frequently, dieting can lead to feelings of deprivation, which than leads to cravings and out of control eating. Instead, focus on saying good-bye to the latest diet and strategize on how you can make gradual, lifestyle changes that will be nourishing and healthy for your mind and body. Examples could include, “I will choose water over soda” or “I will take the stairs at work.”
Choose Whole Foods
Processed foods with many ingredients can have higher amounts of sugar, saturated fat and salt, and may be low in fiber. Whole foods such as fruits, vegetables, lean protein, healthy fats and whole grains offer more nutrients. A balance of lean protein, whole grains and healthy fats at meal and snack time can help stabilize blood sugar levels and improve satiety.
Concentrate on hydration
We’ve all heard it, drink plenty of water! Not only is water essential for our bodies but choosing it instead of sugary drinks can decrease calories, improve energy, reduce bloating and aid in skin health. Try carrying a water bottle with you when running errands. If you’re not a water fan, try adding fresh fruit, cucumbers or mint for added flavor!
Include Omega-3 containing foods
Speaking of healthy skin – increasing your intake of omega-3 containing foods can be advantageous for a healthier complexion. Our bodies cannot make omega-3 fatty acids and so we must get this important nutrient through food. Include fatty fish such as salmon, grass-fed meats, omega-3-enriched eggs, flaxseed, chia seeds and walnuts to increase your intake.
Wedding planning can bring many events that include food. Whether you’re celebrating your engagement or at a tasting, try to pay attention to your hunger and fullness cues. Take a moment to reflect on why you’re eating. This can decrease emotional and mindless eating and help us realize what our bodies really need.
For more nutrition and wellness tips, schedule a visit with Jessica Bouchard, RD, at Wellness Provision. Jessica is a Registered Dietitian in Denver who provides one-on-one counseling to brides. She enjoys creating personalized nutrition plans and helping others live healthier!