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Are you nervous about squeezing into that dream wedding dress?
Are you worried about feeling heavy and bloated on your wedding day?
The answer is to starting eating better and exercising weeks before your wedding. Plus you don’t have to go down to the gym for a work out. You can work out in your living room, by doing sit ups, and using tins as weights, you can also go for brisk walks!
We caught up with Elle Jenkins from Nutritionist Resource, an online directory for qualified and registered nutritionists in the UK and Northern Ireland. Here she gives us an entertaining account of a dilemma many brides to be face in preparing for looking her best on her wedding day.
You can hardly believe it. Your dream man is in front of you. On one knee. With a beautiful engagement ring. Yes Yes YES!!! And in that split second, you succumb to ‘Bride Brain’. A terrible condition that means your brain is consumed in its entirety with thoughts of flowers, wedding favours, in- laws, wedding rings, DJ’s, cake tasting and invitations from the moment you get engaged up until the morning after the Big Day.
So far, things are going well. The venue was easy enough to book, you’ve come up with a beautiful colour scheme and it didn’t even cost that much to pay the Best Man not to mention your partners’ trip to Amsterdam before you got together… or the tattoo. And soon enough, it’s time to do the all-important dress shopping. How exciting! Your mind fills with images of trying on a dress that is ‘The One’. You will walk out of the dressing room in a misty haze, your mother will start crying tears of joy, the shop assistant will hand you a glass of champagne and your mother- in- law- to- be won’t make even one snide comment. But what’s this? Even after three sets of lycra granny pants and some serious elbow grease from a less than obliging shop assistant, that dress you have had your eye on for months DOESN’T FIT?! Back fat is not an urban myth and what’s worse is that all of a sudden, you have it! And what’s with the wings?! You don’t even play Bingo!!
After a “You won’t even be able to fit up the aisle” look from the assistant, tears of terror from your mother and a grand total of fourteen snide comments from your mother- in- law on the way home, all you want to do is climb under the duvet and start a sordid affair with two men named Ben and Jerry.
But hey, it’s not all bad! Lots of brides buy their dress between six and nine months before the Big Day but even if you decided to drag out the cake tasting for a few months longer than really necessary, you can still make small changes to your diet that will make a big difference in no time at all!
Living off lettuce and half a radish is not ideal and neither will it keep you motivated or give you the energy you need. Be cautious about what you are putting in to your food. For example: You may think you are being super healthy by having a stir fry with loads of vegetables, no oil and some lean chicken; but what sauce are you putting in? By switching your usual satay for a healthier alternative or better yet, a homemade sauce; you could save yourself a lot of salt, fat and those pesky unwanted calories. Have you considered a nutritionist? Not only would they help you completely change the way you look at food, but you could shed pounds and have more energy to take up some healthy hobbies like walking which would help you to clear your mind and lose inches from your body! Have a look here: http://www.nutritionist-resource.org.uk to find a nutritionist local to you.
It is important to be healthy when trying to lose weight so make sure you are getting enough to eat and drink plenty of water- fainting before you say ‘I Do’ would be most inconvenient.
Just remember that this your day. Go with your instinct and it will be just as you’d dreamed. Good luck, be happy and be healthy (once you’ve finished ‘testing’ the 56th wedding cake).