Healthy Wedding – Autumn Foods That’ll Help You Feel Great

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These healthy autumn foods will be perfect for giving you a little boost on your wedding day!

As the seasons change, so do our eating habits. And, as autumn takes hold, it’s easy to pick up a seasonal bug that can make you feel decidedly under the weather. Add in a little wedding planning and all the stresses of every day life and it’s more important than ever to eat well and focus on your healthy wedding. We spoke to wellness coach Jeannie Di Bon to find out more and to get her tips for healthy eating and healthy autumn food this season.

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Healthy eating to boost your immune system

Autumn can signal the start of cold and flu season but Jeannie has some great ideas for food and drink that can really help you fight back:

“Vitamins A and C are fantastic for maintaining a healthy immune system! Vitamin A can be found in carrots, watercress, melons, broccoli and pumpkins. Citrus fruits are known for containing lots of vitamin C, and rightly so; kiwis are also great for vitamin C. Red peppers are another immune system booster – and they contain double the amount of vitamin C as citrus fruits.”

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“It is important to stay hydrated when trying to protect yourself from colds and flu, so remember to drink plenty of water. Green tea and lemon and ginger tea have plenty of cold and flu-fighting benefits, and will help to keep you hydrated as well. Fresh ginger is great too. If you do catch a cold or flu, turmeric will help with a sore throat or lung infections – dried or fresh in a glass of milk. Try to avoid having too much caffeine.”

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Jeannie also recommends autumnal superfoods such as cauliflower and Brussels sprouts plus cabbage, celery, courgettes and marrows to further improve your immune function. Figs, apples, pears plus satsumas and tangerines are also great.

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Healthy autumn food to keep you alert and calm

As the days get shorter and the clocks change, it’s easy to feel sluggish in the darker mornings and evenings. A few dietary changes will keep you feeling alert and awake all day long:

“It is completely normal to feel a bit like you’re going into hibernation as the evenings draw in, but try not to reach for foods that are high in sugar when you’re craving comfort foods. Keeping your fluids up by having plenty to drink will help you feel energised. However, it is important to remember that too much caffeine could interfere with sleep.”

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“Eating heavily the night before will make it harder to get up in the morning. Foods to avoid are known as ‘C.R.A.P.’ foods (yes, really!) This stands for Carbonated drinks, Refined sugar, Artificial colours and flavourings, and Processed products. These will leave you feeling sluggish and tired, so do your best to steer clear of them.”

“B vitamins – especially vitamins B1, B3, B3, and B12 – are essential for energy production. These vitamins can be found in tuna, chicken, salmon, lamb and mackerel, as well as courgettes, squash, cauliflower, eggs and mushrooms. Try including these in your meals to help with overall energy levels.”

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Autumn and the build-up to Christmas PLUS wedding planning can equal stressful, busy times but not if you stick to your healthy eating plan as Jeannie recommends:

“Low levels of folic acid have been linked to anxiety, depression and tension, so make sure you are getting enough folic acid. Folic acid is found in most green vegetables, including broccoli, Brussels sprouts, asparagus, spinach, chickpeas and peas.”

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“Again, B vitamins will help with calmness as they are essential for balancing hormones. Another source of B vitamins is almonds – almond milk can be blended into a homemade smoothie, and almonds make a great snack.”

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However, when you choose healthy autumn food, you don’t need to forgo those all-important comfort foods, just take your inspiration from Jeannie:

“I love a pear or apple crumble as a comfort food – delicious and definitely doesn’t have to be unhealthy. Rolled oats are good alternative to the classic crumble mix; I also like to add spices and raisins to the fruit base. Coconut yogurt makes an exciting and healthy alternative to custard.”

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“Autumn is a great time for warming, healthy stews with autumnal vegetables like sweet potatoes and red peppers, although you can add pretty much any vegetables to a stew. I recommend adding cannellini beans, lentils or chickpeas, as well as serving with brown rice.”

“Hearty homemade soups also make fantastic comfort foods – roasted red pepper, celery, Tuscan bean and carrot and coriander are healthy favourites, but there are so many choices!”

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If you feel the need to snack, nuts and seeds are a great choice and Jeannie also suggests dried fruits too. Snack bars can be great if you’re on the go but make sure you opt for brands that contain raw ingredients without added sugar.

Eating for a healthy wedding day

Lastly, Jeannie also has some great ideas for food and drink just before your wedding. Follow her advice to feel fantastic on the big day:

“Avoid anything that will leave you feeling bloated or full, such as fried foods, rich foods in sauces or spicy foods, and definitely no takeaways or anything processed. Dairy is another one to steer clear of, as are strong flavours like onions or garlic. Stay hydrated by limiting alcohol and carbonated drinks, and make sure you have plenty of water before going to bed. My recommendation would be grilled chicken, green vegetables and brown rice, for an evening meal, which is gentle on the digestion.”

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Thank you Jeannie for that excellent advice and if you’d like more tips from Jeannie, take a look at this feature to guarantee you glowing skin on your wedding day.

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