If you’re looking to make some lifestyle changes to ensure you’re feeling your best for the big day, these tips are a must read! Nutritional therapist and health coach Neringa Kasaciuniene, owner of Kensington Nutrition London, shares her advice…
It can be really stressful planning a wedding with all this pressure on you to get everything perfect, as well as trying to lose weight and exist with perfect skin, hair, nails.
If you want to lose weight – time is a key factor – the further ahead you can start – the more likely you are to reach your goal weight for your big day.
If you are thinking “I need to go on a diet”, please don’t. I know it can be tempting to dive into overly restrictive fad diets to lose weight quickly, but diets don’t work! Diets create digestive, eating and emotional disorders.
Consider working with a nutritionist who can tailor a diet plan specifically to your needs.
Here are my top tips to get you started:
- Focus on a whole foods diet that provides optimal protein, healthy fats, a rainbow of different coloured vegetables and “complex” carbohydrates such as quinoa, brown rice and avoid “naked” carbohydrates such as white bread, white pasta, cereals.
- Increase water consumption. Most of us don’t drink enough. Drinking enough water is important for overall good health because water aids in digestion, circulation, absorption and excretion.
- Refined sugar, processed foods, alcohol, and “fat – free” are not your friends. Sugar is metabolised rapidly, which causes a sudden rise of glucose and insulin levels within the bloodstream. Many products marketed as “fat – free” and “all natural” are in fact packed with refined sugars. This is because by removing the fat from foods e.g. yoghurt removes much of the flavour. The flavour then needs to be artificially replaced – and this is often done using refined sugar.
- Reduce your stress. Stress can impact our diets in several ways, and if you are trying to lose weight or improve your diet ahead of your wedding, stress has the potential to get in the way of this. Increased levels of the stress hormone cortisol have been linked to increase fat storage around your middle.
- Get 8 hours of sleep. A good night’s sleep is vital to our physical health and emotional wellbeing. Proper rest on a regular basis is essential! Sleep helps control our metabolism and weight, promotes stable moods, helps prevent cardiovascular diseases, boosts our immune system. Sleep is essential for brain functioning.
Plus, here’s 5 simple things every bride should be doing to glow inside out.
- Drink a glass of lemon water each morning. This boosts your metabolism right when you wake up, and gets your body detoxing first thing in the morning. It’s also alkaline, so it helps balance the pH levels in your body, reducing skin inflammation and flare-ups. Rich in vitamin C, this citrus fruit will help your body purge excess water weight and balance the sodium and potassium levels in your cells. Add a slice of lemon to a mug of warm water in the morning to encourage digestion or squeeze onto your salad when dining out.
- Don’t skimp on your healthy fats. Avocados are your best friends. Avocados, full of moisturizing monounsaturated fats, are a great source of antioxidant carotenoids like alpha-carotene, beta carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin, zeaxanthin and lutein that provide significant protection for your skin from the environmental damage that leads to fine lines and wrinkles. Put them in your smoothies and add into salad.
- Add leafy greens to each meal. There’s no denying that the vitamins and minerals in leafy greens like kale, spinach, parsley and cilantro are essential. I recommend boosting your smoothies and salads with extra kale because the beta-carotene delivers a youthful glow and neutralizes free radicals. Load up on spinach too. It’s a good source of omega-3s, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, and vitamins B, C, and E.
- Cut out all refined sugar. Refined sugar spikes your insulin levels, causing a burst of inflammation in the body (and on your skin). In case you didn’t know, inflammation is responsible for breaking down collagen and elastin, which keep your skin tight and wrinkle-free. In short, cut out all candy, sweets and sodas.
- Reach for a snack that works for you not against you, I recommend having sliced cucumbers, carrots and celery on hand to eat with healthy dips like hummus and almond butter. Cucumbers are especially good for your skin: they contain hydrating, nourishing and astringent properties that are very good for skin both from the inside and topically. The enzymes in them help digest damaged skin cells, removing dead skin cells safely and adding a fresh glow.
Our thanks to Nearing Kasaciuniene for these wonderful tips.