Feeling your absolute best on your wedding day is non-negotiable. We asked Loredana Loots, an integrative nutrition and holistic health coach, for her advice on what to eat before and on your wedding day:
“With only a few days to go and a whirlwind of emotions, arrangements and final prep, you may (understandably) not give much thought about what you are eating and drinking. What you consume actually has a major impact on how feel – physically, mentally and emotionally. Every couple deserves to look and feel like a million bucks on their special day. These handy food secrets are a must!
Plan in advance
Shop, prepare and store meals for the days leading up to the wedding to make sure you are not left feeling overwhelmed or forced to reach for greasy and sugary foods.
Squeeze the day
Energise your mornings with a glass of warm water and the juice of half a lemon. Add fresh or dried ginger for an extra kick. This boosts your immune system, aids digestion and naturally detoxes the body.
Prevent added nerves, excessive sweating and dehydration
Don’t overdo the caffeine – stick to 1-2 cups of coffee in the morning only. Avoid energy drinks completely, and stay hydrated with classic h2o and herbal teas. Brazil nuts, salmon, dark chocolate, oatmeal, eggs and leafy greens are known to induce a calming effect as well.
Beauty starts from within
For gorgeous hair, clear skin and a natural, camera-ready glow, incorporate more friendly fats such as walnuts, chia seeds, avocados, fatty fish and virgin olive oil into your diet well in advance.
Boost your collagen by incorporating more foods with vitamin C (grapefruit, lemons, peppers, guavas, green veg) and protein-rich foods (eggs, fish, organic meat, nuts and seeds), and up your antioxidant intake with berries, leafy greens, beetroot, green and rooibos teas and turmeric.
Soda and fizzy drinks, dairy, beans, excess caffeine and alcohol can all cause gas, nausea and bloating. Cruciferous veggies like broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower, and foods containing wheat often lead to bloating too.
Sugar, deep-fried and processed foods can lead to inflammation and fatigue. This will affect your overall mood and wellbeing, so avoid these as well.
Instead, incorportae these foods into your diet if you want to avoid bloating and nausea:
Asparagus, papaya, lemon, mint, ginger, cucumber, celery, brown rice, rolled oats, quinoa, grilled or steamed chicken and fish. Drink lots of water (but avoid sparkling) and herbal teas like peppermint and chamomile. Eat cooked instead of raw veggies for easier digestion, and take a good probiotic daily for extra gut support.
Steer clear of any new, exotic or spicy foods- it may lead to indigestion, heartburn or an allergic reaction. Stick with what you know.
ON THE DAY
It is often one hectic marathon on the day of the wedding and you may not even get a chance to think about eating. However, breakfast is extremely important. This will give you the energy to meet and greet, avoid fatigue and stay cool, calm and collected for most of the day. Opt for something along the lines of: Oatmeal topped with fruit and nuts, eggs with sautéd veggies and avo, or a smoothie consisting of oats, banana/berries, almond milk, spinach, chia seeds and protein powder.
It is important to stay well-hydrated as well, but rather sip on a little water at a time to avoid bloating and the constant need to run to the bathroom. Furthermore, ask your bride tribe to arrange a light lunch or to keep some snacks (such as nuts, biltong and salad bites) on hand for just before the ceremony and pre-reception.
With the right fuel, you will look and feel your absolute best, with the energy, glow and confidence to enjoy every single precious moment of your big day!”