What to eat before your wedding
As I come up on my one year wedding anniversary, I have been reflecting on the chaos that was my life in the months, weeks and days leading up to my big day. Wedding planning was a marathon, not a sprint, although many days I felt like it was in a 100-meter dash against an Olympic athlete. It is important to set healthy habits that will keep you fueled and energized through the preparation and celebration of you and your future spouse. Here are my top tips to live healthfully ever after!
Power up with protein
Start and fuel your day with protein. Incorporate high-quality protein at meals and snacks to give your body the opportunity to get the most out of the protein all day long. Protein in the diet can induce satiety, or a feeling of fullness, after and between meals allowing you to tackle more items on your to-do list. Prioritize high-quality protein such as yogurt, cottage cheese, and eggs, which provide essential amino acids or “building blocks” that can’t be produced by your body.
Energize with B-vitamins
Energy is key to thriving throughout wedding planning. Good news – many of your favorite dairy products are a good source of B-vitamins. These B-vitamins help your body cells produce energy! Turn that afternoon coffee into a latte for an extra dose of B-vitamins providing energy to make it through your long evening of table assignments.
Hydration is important to look and feel our best not only on the wedding day but through all the events leading up to it.While it is important to drink water, milk is a smart choice, too. A fat-free or low-fat glass of milk is like a 2-for-1 sale at Sephora – hydration AND nine essential nutrients keep you glam, glowing and going.
It is important to eat even while on the move. Those long Saturdays packed with appointments and errands can be detrimental to your long-term success if you don’t stay fueled. Before you leave for an adventure-filled day at the craft store, dress shopping, and searching for the perfect hair accessory to match your belt, plan ahead by packing some easy, nutrient-rich snacks. Pack a cooler bag with an ice pack, yogurt, cheese stick and an apple, and throw some granola in a baggie and a spoonful of peanut butter into a snack container. Voila! You have snack options to keep you going all day long. Don’t forget to pack a spoon!
Yes, I said it! Treat yourself. You deserve it. Wind down at the end of a long day of checking off tasks on your to-do list with a glass of wine accompanied by cheese and strawberries. Craving something sweet? Try these delicious make-ahead frozen banana pops sprinkled with some chocolate chips. Or, a glass of chocolate milk or chocolate smoothie are simple, satisfying options. Whatever your vice, take a moment to relax.
All these tips are great to use on your wedding day, too! It’s just as important to plan your fuel for your wedding day as it is your hair and make-up. Be prepared to eat nutrient-rich foods and stay hydrated on your big day. There is a lot of dancing in your future and you don’t have time to lose steam now!
A former bride and wedding day survivor