You've juice-cleansed and kick-boxed your way into your best shape ever—the last thing you want to do is unravel all that hard work days before your wedding by noshing or sipping something that will puff you up. And surprise, surprise: Even healthy stuff like dried fruits and raw veggies can cause bloat. Another unexpected food fact? What you eat doesn't only effect your belly — it takes a toll on your skin and hair too!
Obviously on your big day, you want your skin to glow and your hair to shine as much as possible. Brides Live Wedding sponsor Neutrogena makeup artist Amy Oresman says there are two major things to avoid: sugar and sodium. "By reducing your intake of just these two things, you can improve your complexion dramatically in only a few weeks," said Orsenman. "That really translates to two simple things: drink water as your only beverage, and cut salt from your diet in the two to three weeks before your wedding." Neutrogena hairstylist Sam Leonardi also suggests avoiding grease. "Greasy foods can also make your hair harder to style, so swap sugars, refined and processed foods with healthier options."
Another good gastronomic tip? The brighter the produce the better, says Orsenman. "They're filled with antioxidants and are low in sodium. Even better, they'll fill you up, and contribute to a healthy complexion."
After chatting with three experts—a trainer, a nutrition guru and an integrative wellness doc—we've compiled this handy list of Big Day Food Don'ts. Consider yourself warned.