Thursday, July 9, 2015

Pre-Wedding Diet – 10 Foods to Avoid 1 Week before Your Wedding

Your big day is one week away! The catering is set, hair appointments are scheduled, but more importantly, you’ve been fitted for the final time. Your wedding dress fits like a glove because, more than likely, you’ve been eating clean and maintaining a healthy lifestyle for the past few months. The last thing you want to be worried about is feeling bloated or looking puffy on one of the most anticipated days of your life!
Ward off any fear of not fitting into your beautiful wedding gown by hunkering down and avoiding the top 10 culprits that cause the body to retain water and bloat.
Broccoli, Cabbage, & Kale Yes, vegetables are an amazing source of vitamins and nutrients, but certain cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, kale and Brussel sprouts contain a sugar that remains undigested for some time in your belly, causing gas and bloating. Don’t cut out all vegetables, but avoid these three known offenders to maintain a flat tummy.
Apples, Pears, & Peaches Now you may be thinking, “I can’t eat fruits either?!” You can definitely eat fruits but apples, pears, peaches and prunes should be avoided one week before your nuptials because they contain a high amount of fiber. While fiber is great for you any other week of the year, it tends to cause digestive discomfort that leads to a puffy gut.
Cereal If you enjoy the convenience of cereal and milk in the morning, you might want to rethink your breakfast routine before your wedding. Processed cereals contain a high amount of sugar, which studies have pointed out is akin to eating a bowl of cookies! This causes your blood sugar to quickly spike and just as quickly crash leaving you tired, hungry and craving more empty calorie sugary foods. Surprisingly, cereals also contain a significant amount of sodium, which causes your body to retain water.
Dairy Avoiding dairy is a great idea even if you’re not lactose intolerant. The main sugar in dairy is called lactose, which can be hard for your body to break down, causing GI discomfort and bloating. Steer clear of milk, cheese, yogurt and ice cream.
Soups While soups seem like a great lunch idea, most soups are actually loaded with sodium. High levels of salt can be found in most canned soups and soups served in restaurants. All this salt can actually lead your body to retain 1-2 pounds of water weight the morning after you eat soup! If you have a hankering for soup, try making it yourself at home so you can control the amount of salt.
Legumes Beans, lentils and peas are all part of the legume family and should be left of your menu to avoid any uncomfortable gas before you’re set to tie the knot. These pod foods actually contain certain sugars and fibers that our bodies can’t fully absorb causing your belly to gas and bloat up.
Starches Pasta, bread and potatoes are all high-starch foods that you’re best skipping on at dinner. Because they contain a high amount of carbohydrates, intestinal gas is a common side effect of overindulging on them. Quinoa and brown rice are much better choices.
Sodas & Carbonated Beverages Do you see bubbles in your drink? If you do, put it down immediately! The fizz in soda and other carbonated beverages like sparkling water and champagne actually release carbon dioxide into your digestive system that causes your tummy to feel puffed. Save the champagne toasts until the reception!
Drinking from Straws While on the subject of beverages, avoid drinking anything from a straw. When you use a straw, you’re actually bringing in extra air into your body. This air can linger around your intestines leaving you feeling gassy, burpy and uncomfortable.
Gum Speaking of air, spit out that chewing gum! As you chew, you swallow an excess amount of air that travels all the way to your belly. Many brands of gum also contain an artificial sweetener called aspartame which causes adverse gastrointestinal symptoms.
Focus on and tighten up your diet one week prior to saying “I do” so you will feel your absolute best on your wedding day. Be sure to drink plenty of water and focus on eating clean, unprocessed foods like lean proteins (chicken, eggs and fish are great choices!), and fresh, organic fruits and veggies.
PRO TIP: Add cucumber slices to your drinking water. Cucumbers are a natural diuretic, so as you hydrate and remove toxins from your body, the cucumbers will help your body rid itself of excess fluids!
Do you have any tips that worked well for you? Please share with us in the comments!

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