You now have all your wedding details in order, including your perfect dress. With just weeks to go before you say “I do,” we’ve compiled a list of 10 foods to avoid before your wedding to help you look your absolute best on your wedding day!
1. Dairy: Studies show that regular milk, cheese, and yogurt consumption is linked with moderate to severe skin breakouts. If you are sensitive to dairy products, you may experience bloating and cramps. Stay clear of dairy close to your wedding with the exception of greek yogurt, which will actually aid your digestion and is packed with protein to keep you feeling full longer.
2. Salty Foods: Foods that are high in sodium cause your body to retain water. Try to stay under 2,000mg per day.
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3. Beans: Raffinose, the type of sugar in beans, isn’t digestible in the human body; once this sugar hits the intestine, bacteria try to break it down, and produce gas as a result.
4. Cruciferous Vegetables: Although high in nutrients and low in calories, vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and brussels sprouts contain raffinose (just like beans) and fiber, causing possible bloating and gas. Eat them cooked rather than raw to help break down this gas-producing sugar before all of your wedding celebrations.
5. Carbonated Beverages: Anything from soda to champagne—if it has bubbles, stay away. As innocent as drinks like sparkling water may seem, they release carbon dioxide, making you feel bloated and gassy.
6. Artificial Sweetener: Sweeteners like sugar alcohol (such as xylitol or sorbitol) are commonly found in chewing gum, diet drinks, and energy bars. You can usually recognize this ingredient by the -ol ending. These sweeteners hard to digest for many people, leading to bloating and discomfort.
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7. Alcohol: Alcohol can make your skin look red by dilating your blood vessels. Additionally, it can make you appear puffy due to its sulfur-bearing gases and other qualities that weaken your immune system. Stay and look healthy by reducing or cutting out your alcohol intake weeks before your wedding.
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8. Junk food: Junk food, especially processed foods, tends to be high in sugar and salt content. These foods will slow down digestion and make you feel lethargic after your sugar high has faded.
9. Caffeine: Caffeine is a stimulant and an irritant, especially to the nervous system. Caffeine is also dehydrating, which can contribute to dark circles around your eyes. Put down any caffeinated beverage packed with heavy cream and loaded with excess sugar.
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10. Juice Cleanses: Juice cleanses are high in sugar and spike your blood sugar without filling you up. Remember that food is fuel; you will need energy to get through all of your wedding planning and events. This is not the time to stop fully nourishing yourself.
Replace the unhealthy options above with plenty of fruits and vegetables (except the cruciferous ones), lean cuts of meat for protein, and whole grains. Drink plenty of water and make sure you get at least 8 hours of sleep every night. When you wake up on your wedding day, you’ll feel refreshed, radiant, and have plenty of energy to enjoy your entire celebration!