I had the great pleasure to meet and photograph the gorgeous ladies from Midwell Dietitians a few weeks ago. René and Chandré needed a few images for their new website and social media profiles and was kind enough to share a few tips on how nutrition can help brides to look and feel great on their wedding day.
1. What nutrition tips can you give brides to ensure they will have a glowing complexion on their wedding day?
First of all, hydrate. Our bodies consist of 80% water… so ensure you drink enough water and herbal teas especially green tea, stay away from caffeine and alcohol and fizzy cold drinks.
Why green tea? It contains polyphenols and antioxidants which will help your skin look younger and healthier overall. The week before your big day, up your intake to 4 cups per day.
Secondly, look at your diet. Stay away from junk food, fatty foods and high sugar intake as this can undo all your effort in the salon! Here are a few foods that are proven to help you glow like the beautiful bride you are:
- Eggs – full of protein to help repair cells that suffered free radical damage, but also high in biotin, an essential vitamin that protects against dry skin.
- Tomatoes – the best source of the anti-ageing antioxidant lycopene. Any tomato-based food may help clear up acne.
- Berries – blueberries, cherries, raspberries are loaded with antioxidants that help your body to fight of pigmentation, blemishes and spots.
- Fish – no not the fried type but salmon, sardines, pilchards, tuna… all high in omega-3 fatty acids has shown to slow down the ageing and the wrinkling process by keeping your skin supple and soft. Specifically salmon, so go for sushi or grill your own salmon steak!
- Walnuts – if you’re not a fan of fish, this is an alternative to omega-3 fatty acids. It has shown to put shine in your hair and make your skin smoother and younger looking.
- Kiwi’s – loaded with Vitamin C and antioxidants and helps to protect against cancer and heart disease
- Dark chocolate – can you belief, this wonder food helps to keep skin hydrated, protects again sun damage and contrary to popular belief, chocolate does not cause acne. But, it should be the high flavonol content which is at least 60% cacao.
Breakfast: Cup of green tea; Yoghurt, handful of berries and walnuts or an omelette
Snack: Water with lemon; 2 kiwi’s
Lunch: Water with lemon; Salad with plenty of tomatoes
Snack: Cup of green tea; Handful of nuts and berries
Dinner: Sushi with the focus on salmon
Snack: Green tea; Dark chocolate (but only a few blocks… you still need to fit into your wedding dress!)
2. What can a bride do the week before her wedding to avoid feeling or looking bloated?
Avoid all foods that tend to form gas. This is different for everyone, but the usual culprits include:
- Beans & Legumes
- Green beans
- Fizzy drinks
If you are intolerant to wheat/lactose/eggs, then avoid it at all cost.
Cut down your salt intake by eating more fresh fruit and veggies and avoiding foods that come out of a packet or box or tin. And remember, if it tastes salty… it is salt!
3. What should you eat on your wedding day to feel your best?
Wake up: Cup of green tea or rooibos tea (no milk or sugar, add lemon juice)
Breakfast: Papaya and strawberry fruit salad and plain natural yoghurt with honey
Snack: As you get ready for the day, sip plenty of water with lemon juice, stay away from coffee and cola drinks (although you’ll feel like grabbing one cup after the other for your nerves), but coffee won’t only dehydrate you, it also stains your teeth. If you want to drink something alcoholic while getting dressed, sip on a little bit of vodka and fresh orange juice.
Lunch: Butternut salad: steam butternut, add roasted seeds, feta and chopped tomato with tuna. Butternut is an excellent source of soluble fibre; it keeps your energy levels up, while the protein will help to keep your sugar levels balanced.
Enjoy, relax and remember, the most beautiful brides are the ones who glow from the inside!
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082 314 3752 or firstname.lastname@example.org.