This is a guest post. If you’re wondering what kinds of food you should be eating to look your best before your wedding, this is the guide!
If you are anything like most brides, you’ll be experiencing stress just thinking about your big day, let alone how to look your best. We put ourselves under pressure to be our slimmest, happiest, most sparkling and glowing selves for the day that we walk down the aisle with friends and family looking on.
The food you choose to eat in the run-up to your wedding day can make all the difference in your skin tone, energy, stress levels, and shape.
Here are the top foods you should be eating to look the best on your big day.
Raw fruits and vegetables with high water content
Raw fruits and veggies high in water content are the number one best thing you can do to have glowing skin and improved overall health. Think cucumbers, carrots, peppers, kale, spinach, celery, papaya, oranges, lemons, strawberries, blueberries, guava are all top choices for healthy skin.
The water content in your food provides hydrating benefits for your skin.
Here are some ideas to get these foods into your diet in tasty ways:
• Fresh fruit salads
• Green salads with your favorite protein (grilled shrimp, chicken, tofu, tuna, etc.)
• Sticks of veggies with nut butter
• Green juices (juice a bit of ginger or lemon along with some cucumber and spinach or kale. The ginger or lemon will make the juice taste sweet!)
• Green smoothies (try mango and spinach. It tastes sweet!)
Lean protein combined with healthy fats
You need to keep your energy up, and protein helps keep you satisfied for longer, helping you to avoid overeating. Healthy fats help your skin glow and also help reduce cravings.
Consider not only fish or chicken, but also vegetable protein sources such as green leafy vegetables, tofu, and chia seeds (see below). Combine these with healthy fat sources such as nuts, seeds, and avocado.
Nuts have the added benefit of providing you with a healthy collagen boost, as well as antioxidants.
You could quickly cook up a chicken stew, tagine, or other one-pot meal to get your lean protein, healthy fats, and vegetables all in one go (visit this site for the perfect pots to get started.)
Foods rich in omega-3s
Omega-3s are not only great for the skin and your overall health, but they will help keep your digestion smooth. If you are someone who bloats quickly, try a chia seed pudding. Chia seeds (when soaked) are very gentle on the digestive tract, and not only do they taste delicious when made into a pudding with nut milk and a splash of vanilla extract, but they are a complete protein. Chia seeds have all of the essential amino acids, so if you’re a vegetarian or vegan, chia seeds are particularly helpful for you.
Chia seeds also provide long-chain carbohydrates, which means that they release energy over a long period. Perfect for breakfast before a busy day!
Other good sources of omega-3s are flax seeds, walnuts, and oily fish (salmon, sardines, tuna, herring, and seafood in general).
Healthy grains rather than refined carbs
If you want to prioritize your shape, eliminating refined carbs such as white bread, white rice, and pasta can go a long way towards your overall health and energy. When we eat refined carbs, we don’t stay full for long, and they often lead to an energy crash, as these foods aren’t designed to satiate us.
Choose oats, buckwheat, wholewheat pasta, quinoa, barley, and brown rice.
Alcohol has a dehydrating effect upon the skin, which is the last thing you want, as dehydration makes pores and blemishes more visible. The opposite of glowing! It takes about seven days to see your skin’s benefits once you eliminate alcohol from your diet.
However, you don’t need to deprive yourself. There are many non-alcoholic drinks available these days. Just be careful with carbonated beverages if you tend to bloat.
One caveat: If you want to drink alcohol during the festivities, you may not want to give it up altogether in the run-up to your big day. You don’t want to overindulge at the party and then spoil the honeymoon!
Some drinks can even help you achieve your goals faster. Green tea, for example, can help boost your metabolism, and it contains helpful antioxidants that many believe have anti-aging properties. Green tea also helps flush out toxins, which is excellent for clearing up your skin!
Eat well, look after yourself and your skin, and enjoy your big day!
This is a guest post.