Many brides to be can really feel the strain when planning a wedding. Not only are you under pressure to plan the perfect day, and pull it all together within a certain time limit, but you also want to look and feel your best. However, when paying and planning a wedding, you might not have the time or money to get to a gym or meet a personal trainer to figure out a fitness plan. Bearing this in mind, we’ve compiled a list of things you can do cheaply and easily to make sure you look and feel better in the run up to your wedding.
- Reduce your salt intake. Try not to exceed 3g a day. This can easily be achieved by avoiding unhealthy takeaways and ready meals, which tend to be high in salt content. Also avoid processed food. Make meals from scratch and try not to over-season. If you don’t have time to do this, just make sure you check the salt content in everything you do buy, to make sure it’s not too excessive. This will help keep your weight down and can reduce high blood pressure.
- If you have a serious caffeine habit, now is the time to kick it. Not only will mug after mug of coffee stain your teeth over time, but it can affect your sleep pattern. Caffeine can also dehydrate you, leaving you with dry skin and bad breath. It can even heighten anxiety and stress, which is the last thing you need when planning a wedding! Swap coffee for a mug of decaffeinated green tea (sweeten with honey or sweeteners, or flavour with lemon if the taste doesn’t appeal) and watch your skin improve!
- Swap white bread, pasta and rice for brown. The brown varieties contain more fibre and vitamins, as they’re less processed. These will leave you feeling fuller for longer, and will give you more energy, as well as being more nutritious. Perfect for a bride watching what she eats. Team them with plenty of fresh vegetables and lean meat such as chicken, or a piece of fish, for a truly healthy meal.
- Talking of fresh vegetables...try to eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day, to make sure you’re getting as many nutrients and vitamins as you need. If you like to graze and snack, replace unhealthy snacks with carrot sticks and a healthy dip, or dried fruit and nuts. Incorporate fruit into your breakfast by having a banana with wholemeal toast, or a fruit salad. Graze on fruit or raw veggie snacks, and then aim to serve up two portions of vegetables or salad with an evening meal. Have fruit for dessert, and resist the urge for any sweet treats. You should notice a considerable difference in both your emotional and physical well being!
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Make sure you eat three solid meals a day, as this will keep your metabolism running and will give you enough energy to last throughout the day. Skipping meals can make you feel sluggish, and then you will crave caffeine, or sweet and savoury snacks to perk you up.
- Exercise when you can. You might not be able to make it to a gym, but that doesn’t mean you can’t work out. Go for a run when you can, or arrange to do a fitness DVD a couple of times a week. Do sit ups, lunges, star jumps and crunches in the privacy of your own home, when you can. This saves time and gym membership, just as long as you make sure you do them!