In honor of my upcoming wedding on June 26th, I wanted to post a wedding related-blog!
Wedding season is in full bloom and worrying about the date, venue, flowers, food, invitations, hair, makeup, vendors, etc. is enough to stress out any soon-to-be bride! With all those tasks adding up on your wedding to-do list, trying to practice a healthy lifestyle in the months leading up to your wedding can be quite a challenge leaving you with minimal time to focus on yourself.
Your wedding day should be one of the most joyful days of your life. However, in order to feel great on that special day it is important that you take care of not only that laborious to-do list but also yourself. If you want to have that bridal glow and feel great on your special day follow these five “I DOs”!
1. I DO promise to consume a small meal or snack every few hours.
Busy brides-to-be need their energy! Consuming a small meal or snack every two to four hours will help keep your metabolism (energy burning system) going and allow you stay focused on the task at hand without turning into a Bridezilla. It is normally around or after that four hour mark without food that causes some individuals to become hangry. This is the point at which you are so hungry that you become angry, frustrated or worse…both. So, if you know you will be out finding a venue or interviewing photographers don’t forget to bring a snack with you.
Here are a few quick and easy snacks ideas:
- Small whole fruit (banana, peach, orange, apple)
- Multi-color vegetable snack bag (including cherry tomatoes, carrots, sugar snap peas, and yellow pepper strips)
- Three cups of air popped popcorn
- Three to four whole wheat crackers and one skim milk cheese stick
- Mini peanut butter sandwich (1 slice whole wheat bread, one tablespoon of peanut butter, and one to two teaspoons of jam)
- Homemade Trail Mix (¼ cup of raisins, ¼ cup of unsalted almonds, and ¼ cup of granola)
2. I DO promise to stay hydrated!
Water not only makes up about 60% of our bodies, but it also serves as an essential nutrient that regulates core body temperature, aids in cell function, assists in numerous other physiological processes, and keeps your skin looking great. A fluid loss of greater than two percent body weight can impair cognitive performance. Therefore, staying hydrated throughout the day can be crucial in helping you complete that wedding to-do list and prevent fatigue. According to The Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI), it is recommended that women consume 2.7 liters of water per day and for men to consume 3.7 liters per day.
3. I DO promise to exercise 60-90 minutes on most days of the week.
Staying active throughout the wedding planning process will not only help elevate some stress, but it will also help you feel beautiful in your wedding dress. The USDA Dietary Guidelines recommends about 60 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity activity most days of the week to help manage body weight and prevent gradual, unhealthy body-weight gain in adulthood. However, if your goal is weight loss the recommendation increases to 60 to 90 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity most days of the week.
4. I DO promise to get adequate sleep.
Adequate sleep will help any soon-to-be bride feel refreshed and energized! The National Sleep Foundation recommends that adults get between seven and nine hours of sleep each night. If wedding nightmares are an issue, try to relax before bed by reading a book, watching TV, or taking a bath. Make it a goal not to work on any wedding-related projects before bedtime…you need your beauty sleep!
5. I DO promise not to sweat the small stuff.
Stress causes wrinkles and no one wants to see a bride frown. The entrée selection, bad weather, a crazy bridesmaid, or drunk cousin shouldn’t deter you from enjoying one of the happiest days of your life. Just remember that at the end of all this planning madness you will be married to your best friend, partner in crime, and one true love.