The wedding season is in full bloom and every bride wishes to look ravishing, and gorgeous on the D-day. Yes, of course, the bride is the centre of focus on that day! This is the most fascinating and happiest phase of life, but wedding planning takes a toll on the family and the bride-to-be.
Planning a wedding of your dreams is a tedious task and months before the big day may pose a huge must-to-do list like shopping, parlour visits, get-togethers, preparations, dress, invitations, and the list is never-ending.
Amid all this, eating healthy takes a back seat, hence it is essential for the bride-to-be to have a sustainable and healthy meal plan with all chaos. A few weeks before the wedding is when one should start eating clean and nutritious, so that your skin and hair look their best, thus it is vital to pay attention on what goes inside the system.
From setting off on a stringent diet to following a skincare, and haircare regimen, brides must concentrate on their look’s weeks in advance before their wedding. Experts suggest that what your body takes in, reflects on your overall beauty. Diet is not an easy fix, but something one must sincerely focus on for at least 12 weeks before the wedding.
In today’s article, we will be bringing you the right diet practice to be followed months before the wedding for all brides to be to look stunning on D-Day.
Pre-wedding Dietary Guidelines
Hydration Is the Key
This is the simple mantra we often neglect. It is quintessential to drink at least two to three litres of water daily to replenish fluid loss and improve skin health. It is best to carry a sipper or a water bottle and always keep it handy. Well, you can also guzzle up lemon-infused water without sugar, tender coconut, water-loaded fruits, and vegetable juices to maintain hydration levels.
The best part of staying hydrated is that it helps the system detox the toxins, which confer flawless skin, lustrous hair, and shiny nails and also aids in shedding extra kilos.
Bowl Full Of Nutrients
Restricting refined carbs and adding complex sources of carbs such as whole grain wheat, ragi, oats, brown bread, quinoa, etc is the ideal way to keep you satiated. Include an adequate amount of legumes, lentils, and lean meat that confer proteins, minerals, and vitamins boost collagen production, and maintain skin texture and tone.
Regularly consuming a rich array of colourful veggies as part of your meal plan supplies you with skin-nourishing nutrients. Packed with antioxidants, vitamin C, A these wholesome foods combat free radical damage, prevent acne breakouts, promotes hair growth, improve gut health, and make your skin glow from the inside out.
Include Healthy Fats
Avocados, nuts, and seeds are key healthy fat sources in your skincare diet regimen. Essential fatty acids like omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids are building blocks of cell membranes. Almonds, walnuts, flaxseeds, chia seeds, and sesame seeds imbued with polyunsaturated fats produce skin’s oil barrier, thus maintaining the skin hydrated, suppler, and hair shiner and thicker. Besides these, include 2 to 3 teaspoons of desi ghee with every meal to reduce portion size, improve digestion, and for a flawless skin complexion.
A bowl of fruit salad or fruit smoothie is a sure-shot remedy for enhancing skin and hair health. Fruits are a treasure trove of essential vitamins and minerals that keep the skin brighter, firmer, and plumper. Brimming with powerful antioxidants fruits are vital for improving blood circulation on the scalp, stimulating hair growth, and volumizes mane.
How you snack can surely impact your overall health goal and status. So, when you crave something crispy and sweet, reach for nuts, seeds, and fruits instead of junk and sugar-loaded ones. More importantly, it is a big no to snacking post-dinner.
Keep Gut Happier
A bloated tummy is a wedding day nightmare, instead of popping a pill for remedy, have a glass of buttermilk with hing and Kala namak right after a meal. Humble buttermilk is a great source of probiotics and vitamins that will combat bloating, and flatulence, and avert other digestive woes. Well, keeping your gut happy assures flat abs.
No Crash Diets
It is a common belief that a crash diet offers quick results, and most brides-to-be go for it to shed extra kilos and stay fit in their wedding outfits. But experts state that it is unhealthy, and you are easily prone to regain the lost weight in no time. Well, the key goal is to maintain a healthy lifestyle by practicing mindful eating behaviour, getting sound sleep, and workout regularly as you step into the most beautiful phase of life.
Healthy Guidelines To Follow
- Complete your dinner every day before 7.30 p.m., which helps to promote sleep, and gut health, boost metabolism, and stay in your pink of health
- Get regular workouts for at least 45 minutes. Include a 30-minute brisk walk in your schedule to strengthen your core and improve stamina
- Eat small frequent meals every 3 hours, to avoid overeating and control unwanted hunger pangs
- Ensure to drink 8-10 glasses of water daily
- Avoid alcohol and aerated beverages
- Stay calm, relaxed, and happy
A Sample Vegetarian Meal Plan
This meal plan is to be followed 1 month prior to the wedding:
Early morning: Detox drink (ginger, lemon & raw honey) – 1 glass
Breakfast: Green smoothie (pineapple, spinach leaves, mint leaves, basil leaves, almonds, oats, & bananas)
Or Bowl of mixed fruits
Midmorning: Sprouts salad -1 bowl
Lunch: Quinoa kichadi -1/2 cup & raita or Dal chilas-2 & salad 1cup
Mid noon: Handful of nuts and Tender coconut water
Evening: Herbal tea -1 cup & makhanas or sweet potatoes- ½ cup
Dinner: Carrot Soup-1 bowl, Paneer paratha -1 & stir fry vegetables or
Ragma khichdi ½ cup and stir fry vegetables- 1 cup