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While every bride-to-be's approach to prepping for her big day is going to be different, we think it's pretty safe to assume that no bride wants thoughts about food or body image to prevent her from enjoying her journey to the altar. So to help you navigate the tricky world of non-stop celebrating combined with endless dress fittings, we asked top health experts to weigh in on the question, how does one attempt to follow a healthy diet (and/or reach any weight loss goals one might have) while also fully enjoying their engagement? (The toasts! The cake tasting!) Here's what we uncovered.
Indulge, But Don't Go Overboard
"Special occasions should be seen as just that — special occasions. What you don't want to do is to treat the entire engagement period as one long party — that could get you into a heap of trouble. If you have a lot of special occasions to deal with, some things that can help include: 1) Not arriving at the event hungry — have a protein-rich snack or small meal before you go; 2) Be careful at buffets — take a quick cruise around the table first to decide what you'll have, then serve yourself and walk away; 3) If alcohol is involved, alternate alcoholic beverages with non-alcoholic ones." — Susan Bowerman, MS, RD, CSSD, FAND
But Also, Don't Go Underboard
"Simply remembering to eat while undergoing the stress of planning a wedding is perhaps more important than what you try and restrict yourself from eating. Eating balanced meals and snacks with quality protein and fiber about every three hours throughout the day will help keep your metabolism moving and stave off any binge urges later in the day after skipping meals. Be sure to incorporate a lot of water, about eight cups per day, and healthy routine of physical activity about three days per week for 60 minutes, which will help you keep the pounds off and your anxiety at bay." — Beth Warren, MS RD CDN
Focus on the Bigger Picture
"I like to work with brides as early as possible before their big day with at least a few weeks of my Nutritious Life 'boot camp' before the event. That way we can also focus on stress, exercise, sleep and the bigger picture — those things support the food work and can really make a big difference when she's walking down the aisle!" — Keri Glassman, MS, RD, CDN