Guest Blog Series: by Jeanne Reilly, Registered Dietitian, Nutrition Coach, and Consultant.
We all want to look and feel our best at our wedding. For some, that means perfect hair, makeup, and dress. For others it might mean doing some work in the months leading up to the big day to find that weight where you’re really comfortable and confident in your body, you’re eating foods that help your skin look radiant, and you know you’ll be feeling fantastic when you’re walking down that aisle and dancing the night away. So if you’re one of the majority of brides who wants to make some improvements in their diet and shed some extra weight before the big day, where should you get started?
#1 Eat slowly, until just satisfied:
Before you think about trying the latest fad diet or living on the treadmill for months, try something completely natural and more effective than most diets out there. Eat intuitively. We’re so used to eating quickly, eating whatever is available, and eating when and how others eat. Instead, tune into your own internal hunger. Pay attention to the signals your body sends you. Wait until you feel true, physical hunger to eat. Eat slowly, and eat just enough to feel satisfied, not full. The Japanese practice Hara Hachi Bu, or eating to 80% full. If you eat slowly enough (taking 15-20 minutes or more per meal), it’s much easier to recognize when you hit that 80% full point. You should no longer feel hungry, and you should not feel full. This takes practice to recognize and get comfortable with, so get started today - the very next time you eat!
#2 Eat whole foods:
This tip will help with #1 as well, and it’s sure to get you that incredible satin glow we all want. Eat whole foods. Whole, nutritious foods have just one ingredient. They don’t need a nutrition label to tell you what’s in them. Think fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and lean proteins. No cleanses or detoxes necessary! Whole foods are so nutrient-rich, they ensure the outside of your body reflects the inside. When all systems in your body are getting all the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients they need to operate like a well-oiled machine, your skin, the largest organ on your body, will do the same. Making sure you’re well hydrated every day is essential as well.
#3 Eat what makes you feel your best
When your wedding day arrives, nerves and emotions will be running wild. It will be easy to forget to eat. Or if you do eat, you may worry about your stomach doing somersaults. Instead of starving all day and risking the possibility of feeling your worst, feel your best by keeping things simple in the nutrition department. Those whole foods we talked about will help you feel satisfied and maintain your energy throughout the day as well as prevent any bloat or stomach upset. Consider starting your big day with a breakfast of oatmeal with nuts and a couple boiled eggs. The fiber, protein, and healthy fats will fill you up with steady energy all morning long.
Jeanne Reilly is a Registered Dietitian, nutrition coach, and consultant. She works with individuals and parents to inspire and help themselves and their families develop lifelong healthy relationships with food, their bodies, and themselves. As a consultant, she provides nutrition expertise in product development, content and educational tool creation, and acts as spokesperson talent for brands she supports and simultaneously serve her audience.
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