Wedding planning is an exciting time, from choosing the theme to your wedding bands. The experience usually happens once in a lifetime. But amid unending color swatches, piled up Pinterest boards, and trying to understand the difference between a peony and a ranunculus – it can be a challenge to take care of your health and prioritize your wellbeing.
Here are some wedding wellness tips to help busy and stressed brides like you from being burned out.
Create a health and wellness commitment schedule
When you are working and wedding planning, there are just not enough hours in the day. However, you have to commit during this incredible time to invest in your physical and emotional health. It may be through meal planning, a workout program, or just taking time to do things other than wedding planning.
You can go grocery shopping every Sunday or go to the gym three times per week. Make a wedding planning calendar and take a couple of minutes each week to mark your wedding wellness items in it and stick to it. Make it a point to invest in yourself.
Plan your meals the easy way
It’s usually at dinner time when we tend to end up in the drive-thru line, at take-outs, or on the phone with the pizza place. But if you have a meal plan set out, you’ll be less likely to resort to unhealthy choices when you don’t have much time for meal prep. Try meal planning by listing down healthy options for just 3-4 dinners, and include leftovers into your plan.
If you’re feeling stressed, boost your endorphins by exercising and munching on your favorite veggies.
Physical activities can help reduce stress. Likewise, eating whole foods and less processed foods can help you maintain a very anti-inflammatory diet. Keep in mind that stress is inflammatory in the body, so the more you eat your fruits and veggies, the less stressed you will be!
Make your fiancé join in the fun
Life is often more fun with a partner, and that applies to healthy eating and exercising too. Discuss with your fiancé about engaging on a path to wellness together as a couple. They may want to go to the same gym as you, train for a race with you, or help you with meal planning and grocery shopping. More than having an accountability partner, it’s also a way to ensure that the results you want to see before you say “I do!” will last long after the wedding.
Drinking water throughout the day not only keeps your skin glowing, but staying hydrated will also help you fight stress, keep your metabolism high, and combat fatigue. Try drinking at least 10 glasses of water every day. Carrying a cute and handy water bottle around with you will help you stay hydrated throughout the day.
Keep healthy snacks on hand to avoid skipping meals
Planning for a wedding often means staying up late at night, which is also the time when the hormones responsible for our hunger are at their peak, and our fullness hormones are at their lowest. Aim to eat a healthy meal or snack every 3-4 hours, and avoid skipping meals to ensure you are well-fueled for a whole night of wedding planning.
Look for an exercise that you enjoy
There are a lot of exercise programs that brides can sign up for, including a half marathon, a HIIT workout, barre, or yoga. The best you can do, however, is to choose one exercise you love the most! There are so many boutique fitness studios out there nowadays, and many offer wedding wellness packages at discounted rates. Exercise is a great way to relieve stress, so take it all out on the treadmill or in the weight room, and you will feel so much better afterward.
Have a realistic expectation of what a healthy body looks like and avoid any crash diets
The best way to diet for your wedding is not by detoxing or cleansing. It should be a healthy lifestyle change that you can carry over into your married life. Be cautious of wedding diets that promise you rapid, unrealistic results, and bear in mind that a healthy weight loss is at a rate of 0.5-1 pound per week for women, and 1-2 pounds per week for men. You wouldn’t want to gain back all the weight after the wedding.
Consider the ‘cheat days’ for the big celebrations coming up
The engagement party, the wedding shower, the bachelorette/bachelor parties are all being thrown in your honor, so don’t avoid all the fun foods and drinks by just eating vegetables. Utilize the 80/20 rule. Focus on your functional foods 80% of the time, but give yourself 20% of the time to enjoy what your friends and family prepared. This balance will help you achieve your goal without having to deprive yourself.
Limit dining out
Cutting back on dining out not only helps you stick to your budget, but it will also help ensure that you can stick with your healthy meal plan! Dining out even for only a couple of times per week can add up in expenses and excess calories, and keep in mind that eating a dish too high in salt can also make you feel and look bloated.
Block out time for “me time” in your calendar
The best tip to combat the stress of wedding preparation is writing it down and planning it out, including your “me time”. Making time to focus on yourself and not just the wedding day can significantly help decrease your stress.
Wedding planning is an exciting time that is meant to be savored and enjoyed, and remember that a healthy lifestyle balance is possible if you take time to make it a priority.
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