While it's unnecessary -- and unhealthy -- to obsess over every morsel of food you consume in the weeks leading up to your wedding, no one wants to be a bloated bride! It's important to know which foods and drinks could make or break the way you look and feel on the big day, and that includes the coveted mashed potato martini bar at the reception.
Since wedding day blahs are often a direct result of a bad mealtime decision, it's especially critical to watch what you eat during your final days as a bachelorette. So, as hard as it may be, resist another round of celebratory toasting with your maids, and avoid sugar until you cut the cake -- and lovingly smash it in your fiancé's face -- at the reception.
Make the right choices in your diet, and you're sure to arrive at the altar looking, feeling -- and dare we say, smelling? -- your absolute best. Here are 10 foods and drinks to avoid pre-wedding.
Beans are packed full of protein and are an excellent source of dietary fiber, but they're also synonymous with something else that's less than desirable: flatulence. Beans contain soluble fiber and raffinose, a sugar that isn't digestible. As the food enters the large intestine, bacteria attempts to break it down, often resulting in gas and a great deal of discomfort. To avoid bloating and belly pain before your wedding, swap beans for other foods high in protein, like poultry and fish.
Staying a safe distance away from the salt shaker is a good way to reduce the amount of sodium in your diet, but salt is a sneaky ingredient that hides in common foods, like hamburgers, canned soups, frozen meals and processed cheeses.
Consuming too much salt means you'll retain excess water, making you feel heavier -- a problem that no bride wants to deal with. Aim to stay under 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day throughout your engagement, and eat fresh vegetables and other organic foods as much as possible.
No matter whether you're into real sugar or artificial sweetener, neither is very good for you, especially in large quantities. Consuming too many sweets can alter blood sugar levels, not to mention add girth to your waistline. It's especially important to avoid sugar-free candy, diet soda and artificial sweeteners; the body has a difficult time digesting the sugar alcohol found in these foods, leaving your body bloated and uncomfortable. Satisfy any cravings for treats in moderation with natural alternatives like raw honey or maple syrup, and unleash your sweet tooth when you cut the cake at the reception!
Before you reach for the bread basket at your rehearsal dinner, consider this: Foods high in carbohydrates can give you intestinal gas, especially bread and cereal. Other starchy foods, such as corn, potatoes and pasta can be equally as tough on your digestive tract, and if you over-indulge, the added calories will go straight to your hips.
Limit your intake of starchy foods throughout your engagement, especially one to two days before your wedding takes place. When your body craves a bread or pasta, choose a cup of brown rice instead. This particular starch is a good source of many B vitamins, magnesium, and won't leave you with gas or belly pain.
Too much toasting before the wedding can leave you puffy, along with a sour stomach and pounding head, so steer clear of alcohol until the champagne toast at your reception. Most alcoholic beverages are high in calories and have the uncanny ability to increase your appetite, resulting in added pounds before you say, "I do." Avoid drinking alcohol in the two weeks leading up to the big day, but if you must, order a cocktail that's low calorie, like a gin and tonic, and resist partaking in a second round!
Eating red-hot foods like peppers before the wedding is a bad idea; spicy food can make you feel flushed, break you out in a sweat and give you heartburn, indigestion and bad breath. Curry is perhaps the worst offender -- a tasty ingredient found in many Indian-inspired dishes, curry is almost guaranteed to leave your pearly whites with a dingy, yellow tint.
And before you reach for a tall glass of milk to extinguish the fire in your mouth, think again; milk actually feeds oral bacteria, leaving you with breath that's anything but fresh. In the days before you tie the knot, nix spicy foods from your diet and save the heat for the honeymoon.
While fast food may be a quick, convenient meal for a busy bride on-the-go, it's important to stay away from the drive-thru window and super-size menus. Since the majority of fast food is processed, it's low in nutrients and high in sugar, salt and fat, which can slow digestion and add weight to your frame. Cut fast food from your diet in the months before the wedding as much as possible, and eat healthy foods high in monounsaturated fats instead, like avocados, peanut butter and raw nuts.
Dairy doesn't affect everyone in the same way, but it can give some people a terrible case of cramps and bad gas. To ensure you feel your best on the big day, steer clear of cheese, yogurt and milk, especially if your stomach is already tied in knots with nerves! Dairy products are likely to only make a sensitive tummy feel worse. However, before you turn your back on the dairy aisle at the grocery store, consider adding Greek yogurt to your diet; it contains active cultures known as probiotics that help digestion and boost your immune system.
The tiny bubbles in sparkling water, soda and champagne will fill your stomach with fizz and gas, and a stubborn case of the hiccups is not something you want to fight on your way to the altar! Not only can carbonated beverages make you feel bloated and uncomfortable, but the citric and phosphoric acid found in sodas can damage the enamel on your teeth, too. Eliminate all carbonated beverages as much as you can during your engagement, especially one to two weeks before the wedding. Instead, drink plenty of water to stay healthy and hydrated.
Onions are anti-inflammatory and fight bacteria and infection, and they're high in polyphenols, meaning onions could help prevent cancer and cardiovascular disease. Red onions are even believed to improve the memory because they contain flavonol quercetin, an antioxidant that benefits the brain.
However, even though onions are good for your health and lend salads, sandwiches and other foods a tasty kick, they can also leave you with an offensive odor and very bad breath. Avoid this potent vegetable two to three days before the wedding to ensure you walk down the aisle smelling like a rose -- with fresh breath in anticipation of your first blissful kiss as man and wife.
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