We’ve all heard those worrying stories of brides fixated on ‘shedding for the wedding’ and, as the day approaches, an alarming number feel the pressure of looking perfect, resorting to extreme diets and strict exercise regimes to try and achieve often unrealistic results.
Instead, brides-to-be should make simple lifestyle changes in order to look and feel healthy, inside and out, for their special day.
Here’s our guide to the super foods that should be incorporated into every pre-wedding regime:
1. Sweet Potato
Sweet potato is full of beta-carotene, which may not sound like the most appetising ingredient, but is an organic compound which helps leave your skin feeling silky-soft. Think sweet jacket-potatoes, or sweet potato-wedges for a healthy, yet tasty, lunchtime dish.
We all know that a balanced diet is the key to healthy living and, not only is avocado delicious, but it contains the type of good fats that will be sure to fill you up. Avocado is great in salads, but is also a great fat substitute for baking; if you have a sweet-tooth, consider using avocado to bake some delicious dairy-free brownies!
Fish has long been a go-to ingredient for omega-3, but did you know Mackerel contains eicosapentaenonic and docosahexaenoic acid? No neither did we… but they are great for your skin and will fight away any blemishes in the run up to the big day! Try grilling mackerel in a light dressing for illuminous, blemish-free skin.
A fantastic fruit for breakfast, grapefruit will help to speed up your metabolism if you’re trying to lose those last stubborn couple of pounds. Not only is grapefruit a low-calorie, delicious solution but, as it is 90% water, it will leave you feeling fuller for longer.
5. Dark Chocolate
Although many wedding parties will deprive themselves of sweets and treats throughout the pre-wedding preparation, it’s important to enjoy everything in moderation – especially if those wedding plans are getting stressful! A small portion of dark chocolate will be sure to curtail those sugary cravings, and it contains plenty of soluble fibre and good fatty acids.
We’ve always been told to eat our greens, and asparagus is a delicious vegetable that can accompany a whole host of meals. The high-fibre content will leave you leaving fuller for longer, and asparagus is also known to help fight bloating.
Every bride-to-be wants beautiful, strong and healthy hair on their wedding day, and consuming vitamin C can help boost the collagen that supports the capillaries in the hair shafts. Blueberries are a great source of vitamin C, and are a delicious snack at any time of the day. Blueberries are also full of antioxidants which will leave your skin looking radiant.
Leafy green spinach is packed full of lutein, which is great for the health of your eyes. It is also loaded with iron, potassium and magnesium, and is a perfect healthy snack to boost your overall health. Try swapping your lettuce side salad for a bed of spinach, or add it to an omelette for a protein-rich meal.