Just as you are planning out the entire day leading up to the minute you say “I do” it’s also important to have a game plan for meals and snacks. In order to look and feel your best and minimize bloat you’ll want to make sure your properly fueled the entire week with the right foods for you. Check out our top 5 tips below on what to eat before the big day!
1. Play it safe and stick with foods that you’re used to
The week before and day of your wedding is not a time to try anything unfamiliar which could upset your system. It’s important to eat the same types of foods you’ve been eating all along.
If you know you may have a nervous stomach stick to foods that are easy to digest such as eggs, chicken, cooked vegetables, brown rice, whole grain toast, and quinoa.
2. Do a practice run.
Use other events leading up to your wedding (such as your engagement party or bridal shower) to practice eating the same foods you plan to eat before your wedding.
Make sure to pay extra attention and listen to your body in order to figure out which foods suit you best!
3. Plan out meals and avoid skipping.
Skipping meals can lead to low blood sugar, which can in turn leave you feeling not only “hangry”, but faint. Feeling this way isn’t good for handling emotions the week of your wedding or for looking your best in photos the day of.
Schedule time in between your hair and makeup to make sure you eat your go-to breakfast and lunch.
Plus, keep extra familiar snacks on hand such as nuts, fruit or a protein bar as well!
4. Watch the salt.
The week before your wedding you will want to reduce your risk of bloat so you feel calm and your dress looks and feels perfect!
It’s best to stick to mostly unprocessed or home-cooked meals and snacks since most of the sodium in our diets comes from packaged, processed, and restaurant foods.
5. Drink up!
Make sure to stay hydrated and drink plenty of water the week of the wedding and to drink at least 8 ounces first thing that morning.
Continue to sip on water consistently throughout the day, but also be careful not to overdo it as the day progresses, to minimize having to go to the bathroom in your wedding dress.
If planning on drinking alcohol (some brides choose not to), make sure to spread out any alcoholic drinks throughout the different events of the day (getting ready with bridesmaids, cocktail hour, wedding reception) to minimize the effect the alcohol has on you.
It’s also a good rule of thumb to drink at least one cup of water in between each alcoholic drink. Stick to alcoholic beverages your body is familiar with to prevent any surprise reactions.
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