Your eating habits can affect the way you feel and how well you deal with anything life throws at you—even a seating-chart disaster. "Eating well doesn’t have to be boring, and can actually help you function better in everyday life," says Santa Monica, CA–based nutritionist Matt Mahowald. That means setting up healthy habits months before the big day, not as a drastic measure in the last six weeks. Mahowald recommends eating a small meal or snack every three hours to avoid the low-blood-sugar dips that make you want to hide in bed with Ben & Jerry or seriously vent to your fiancé.
- Eat breakfast within 30 minutes of waking. Mahowald likes oatmeal or bran flakes, paired with protein like eggs or yogurt.
- Keep your body humming with two snacks a day. Try an apple with peanut butter or a cup of berries with a few almonds.
- Eat a light supper to get a better night’s rest, limiting yourself to protein and veggies. Fish and turkey both contain calming tryptophan, which will help you sleep.
- Don’t skip a meal if you veer off track (or after a calorie-rich tasting with the caterer). "Starving yourself will only make you more stressed, emotional and irritable," says Mahowald.