Many brides-to-be look forward to looking their absolute best on their wedding day and want the ‘perfect wedding photo’. Well, here’s a little secret… by harvesting healthy habits on a day-to-day, moment-to-moment basis, you create a healthy version of yourself that feels AMAZING. And when you feel amazing, you are going to look amazing.
There are many symptomatic treatments that help disguise yourself form-shaping undergarments to super intense diets. These are obviously temporary fixes, and don’t even come close to the real empowerment you are seeking. Here are some top tips to enhance your current wellbeing and cultivate an aura of wholeness and beauty, empowering yourself to be a beautiful and glowing bride.
- Gentle Detox
It is advised that before following a drastic detox, you seek professional guidance. Here are some healthier, more moderate tips to release any build up of toxins. You can choose one day a week where you follow a detox (eating only fresh, raw foods and drinking lots of water or herbal tea).
A glass of warm water, with a slice of lemon. This warm water assists natural bowel function, which gets rid of the toxins in our body.
Enjoy a low-GI (glycemic index) breakfast. Fruits like oranges, pears, apples and grapes are fantastic. The glucose gets released slowly and gently into the blood, this acts as a stabilizer for your blood sugar. Stabilized blood sugar levels means your body has less reason to dish out all those annoying food cravings.
For lunch and dinner, keep it light and fresh. Include more salad and steamed vegetables in your daily ingestion.
- Fat holds beautiful potential
We are gently arising out of an era where something had to be completely fat free in order to be considered healthy. The downside to this zero tolerance for fat is that the healthy fats that our bodies require to be a shining example of health are ignored. Brittle nails and dry skin are two common symptoms of the body not receiving enough healthy fat.
Some healthy fat alternatives include replacing thick sauces like mayonnaise with avocado.
Choose to snack on nuts instead of chips.
When baking, opt for Greek yogurt instead of butter. Or in cooking, use olive oil instead of butter.
Simple and educated choices like these can dramatically shift your fat paradigm. You will be sure to witness the shift in your glowing skin and healthy hair as a starting point.
- Slow and steady wins the race
When you are eating, do you goggle as much down as possible or do you enjoy the lingering taste, each mouthful being chewed and consciously ingested? This can be a great and super easy way to lose a little unnecessary that may be stored. By eating, chewing and swallowing slow and deliberately, we are purposefully sending signals to our brains that we are receive adequate nutrition. This will help to curb any emotional eating while still providing the same comfort.
If your day is a hectic schedule and this is unrealistic, then create a time in the evenings where you can light some candles, set some relaxing music in the background and enjoy a luxurious dinner.
- The best advise? Go green.
Green, leafy vegetables (the freshest you can find) have plenty of fiber, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Our bodies love these, even if you tell yourself your taste buds don’t. Well, your time for excuses is up and there are literally thousands of ways to prepare and enjoy these delightful bites of health.
Try a smoothie: Get yourself some Greek yoghurt, some nuts, berries and other combinations of fruit your body loves. Then throw in some spinach leaves and voila! You have a super simple and easy way to eat one of the most power-packed foods on offer.
As a final note, ensure you are drinking enough water. There are many rules that recommend a generalized daily amount, the truth is that you know best how much your body needs, no one else can tell you this (sure, a professional can offer advise- but only you know yourself so intimately)
Here’s to being an empowered and beautifully healthy bride!