Here are some other tips that may help!
Why is it important to eat before your wedding?
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 or looking your best in photos. Make sure to start the day with a balanced breakfast with a serving of a protein-rich food such as eggs or plain greek yogurt with fresh fruit. To keep your energy levels up, try mini meals (like banana with peanut butter or a protein bar that your body is familiar with) since a bigger meal may not seem as doable once the jitters start creeping in.
Most brides want to avoid anything that causes bloating or gassy symptoms. Which foods are most likely to be the culprits, and why?
It’s important to eat the same types of foods you’ve been eating before the big day. A new way of eating or eating foods your body may not be used to is unwise on this important day.
That being said, if your diet is already high in cruciferous vegetables (like broccoli, cauliflower) and beans, and these foods don’t normally give you gastrointestinal discomfort, they’re fine to eat the day of your wedding.
However, if your diet is not generally comprised of many foods high in fiber, like cruciferous vegetables, beans, and whole grains, it would not be advisable to eat these types of foods the day of. These foods can cause some bloating and gas in some people, especially if they’re not generally present in the diet.
Also, make sure to stay hydrated and drink plenty of fluids the day before and first thing in the 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. It also may be wise to avoid carbonated beverages since they can lead to bloating.
Can a bride safely consume caffeine and alcohol before her wedding? If so, how much would you recommend?
Caffeine: Along the same lines, if caffeine is a part of your normal day, it’s definitely fine to have on the day of the wedding in amounts similar to what you’re used to.
Alcohol: 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.
Are there any foods you suggest eating before walking down the aisle?
It’s good to stick with foods you’re used to, and not to change things up drastically on this day. However, foods that don’t generally cause bloat and are easy to eat on queasiness generally include eggs, chicken, cooked vegetables, brown rice, whole grain toast, and quinoa.
Are there any other foods brides should avoid before her big day?
This really varies by person and her dietetic needs, but generally, a diet low in processed foods and high in whole foods is best.
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