A wedding comes with a string of concerns – the venue, the dress, the guest list and, of course, the cake. As a result of the heightened stress levels during this transition, your health can often take a backseat and before you know it, your big day arrives and the only thing looking out of place is you.
Heightened stress levels can be detrimental for both your health and skin. Luckily, the right foods won’t only ease your stress levels but they’ll also leave you with glowing skin for your big day.
Healthy Pre-Wedding Day Foods
A great source of healthy fats, the monounsaturated fats found in avocados can help to enhance your skin’s appearance on your wedding day. Not only do they hydrate the skin, but they supply more ceramides to the skin and this helps to keep it firm and supple.
In addition to skin health, avocados can also ensure that you have healthy tresses on your big day. The oil found in avocados contains amino acids and proteins – both of which cater to the scalp and encourage strong, healthy hair growth. If you’re looking to naturally treat your hair a week or so before the wedding, try out this avocado hair mask.
The omega-3 content found in these little brown seeds is exactly why you need to be snacking on them in the days leading up to your wedding.
According to a study published in the International Journal of Dermatology, omega-3 fats found in flaxseeds – EPA – work to protect the skin against the aging effects of sun damage. These fats also help to nourish and strengthen the cell membrane, which then keeps the skin soft and hydrated.
If you’re looking to manage your weight during your wedding planning, adding flaxseeds to your morning oatmeal or smoothie shake can help with satiety as the fiber content found in flaxseeds helps to prevent one from overeating. Additionally, eating a few of these seeds on your wedding day can also help to ease anxiety and decrease stress levels, thanks to their omega-3 content (1).
A cup of warm lemon water is exactly how every bride-to-be should start her day.
If you’re worried about being bloated on your wedding day, lemon water helps to support digestion. In addition to supporting the digestive system, lemon water is also a natural diuretic, which means that it helps the body to flush out liquids and other toxins.
Lastly, vitamin C found in lemons encourages a youthful appearance by stimulating the production of the skin-enriching protein that is collagen.
Rich in both magnesium and biotin, pumpkin seeds are set to maintain the health of your nails and ease your stress levels.
Chipped nails are the last thing a blushing bride wants to deal with on her wedding day, yet biotin can help. A nutrient found in pumpkin seeds and biotin can help to strengthen nails and lower the risk of them breaking.
In regards to stress levels, magnesium is often viewed as a natural tranquilizer. In fact, magnesium deficiency can cause severe anxiety thus eating more pumpkin seeds (and a block of dark chocolate) can help to alleviate any anxiety symptoms (2).
When it comes to improving the appearance of your skin, sweet potatoes are the food of choice due to them containing both vitamin A and vitamin C.
Both vitamin A and C contain antioxidant properties which allow them to fight against the aging effects of free radicals. Also, vitamin A encourages cell regeneration which then leaves your skin with a much more youthful and fresh appearance. Furthermore, like pumpkin seeds, sweet potatoes also contain biotin which means that they’ll help ensure your manicure is flawless on your big day.
Vitamin C – rich foods
Collagen is a protein found in the body that helps to keep the skin firm, supple and radiant. Unfortunately, it decreases as we age yet we can encourage its production through the food that we eat.
Vitamin C helps to encourage the production of collagen as well as repair the loss of it. In addition, vitamin C is incredibly capable of helping to diminish the appearance of wrinkles and dull, aged skin. Foods rich in vitamin C include red bell peppers. strawberries, broccoli, and citrus fruits.
Food A Bride Should Avoid
While there are foods that a bride should make sure she includes in her diet, there are also foods that she should stay well clear of.
Fizzy drinks and salty foods can cause bloating and processed foods high in sugar can cause a sugar crash, thus it is advisable that you avoid these foods on the days leading up to your wedding. Don’t shy away from asking your husband-to-be to join you as he’s probably as stressed as you are and emotional eating is an easy escape.
The Bottom Line
The impending changes in your life can be stressful and this can often lead to a loss of appetite. However, that is not an excuse to let your health backslide and to forget about eating a healthy diet. A healthy diet is incredibly important, regardless of whatever stage you are in your life, and you shouldn’t prioritize a two-size smaller wedding dress over it.
Pie Mulumba is a beauty and wellness writer, who has a passion for poetry, natural hair, and skin care.
With a journalism degree from Pearson’s Institute of Higher Education, and identifiable by either her large afro or colorful locs, Pie aspires to continuously provide the latest information, be it beauty or wellness, on how one can adopt a healthy lifestyle on a day to day basis.