Congratulations on your engagement! And now the wedding planning and preparation starts from here. Believe it or not, there is a lot to be done in all these months until D-Day. Besides arranging and finalizing your wedding venue, wedding invitations, wedding outfits, wedding seating chart, wedding jewelry and everything else in between, the other important thing is your health and beauty regime. Of course, every bride needs to look her best on her wedding. After all, it’s her day and she deserves to look gorgeous while walking down the aisle.
Mostly brides to-be indulge themselves too much in wedding planning things that they tend to forget this part of their wedding, which is not a good sign. Of course, you must have booked the best bridal make-up artist in the town. But, do you know that only having the best bridal make-up artist won’t do the needful.
You need to look your best in your wedding gown and for that curvaceous body and stunning glow, you really need to work hard. And when I say work hard does not mean to be harsh on yourself. So, brides-to-be, it’s not just your venue, invitations, wedding dress, and seating chart that need your attention. But, you have something very important to take care before you set to say “I do” to your partner. You need to spare time for yourself, to practice self-care, to de-stress yourself so that you can look your best at your wedding.
Remember, your wedding photos last forever, make sure you look your best in your photos. And, to look glamorous without losing the glow here is our perfect bridal diet chart and nutrition guide for you! So, keeping your wedding day as a deadline, you need to start your regime now as the clock has already started ticking…
Where to start from?
Wedding planning is quite a stressful task, and the months leading up to your wedding are quite often stressful. From finding the right vendors to finalizing right wedding outfit, a bride goes through a lot of stress. And in the process, there is a pressure of look perfect on your wedding day, to look gorgeous in every photo amidst all the anxiety that a bride goes through. Whether you know or not, but other than beauty products, it is the food you eat that plays an important role to help you have a perfect glowing and radiant skin. Food not only provides us with energy, but also it gives us proper nourishment a well.
Well, before you start your regime, make sure you give up all the junk and fried food items and fizzy drinks. And include only the right foods in your diet. As it is often said, you become what you eat. For a healthy and glowing skin, here’s the perfect bridal diet chart for getting a glowing skin and to stay in shape on your wedding day. Add these super foods to your diet:
1. Stay Hydrated
Yeah, believe it or not, but water plays an important role when it comes to have a beautiful and radiant skin. It’s crucial to keep yourself hydrated all the time, especially in summers as the summer heat sucks a lot out of your body. Drink around 2.5 to 3 liters of water or at least 8 glasses of water every day. Water flushes out the toxins out of your body and help in cleansing and removing toxins from the body. These toxins if unattended can lead to pimples. Besides, water has multiple health benefits.
2. Raw Veggies
Eating raw veggies such as, beetroot, carrots, tomatoes, cucumber and Indian gooseberries daily, will provide nourishment to your skin and help you have a natural rosy pink glow. Eat them raw either in form of salad or blend them together and make a smoothie and gulp it down directly. Believe it or not, these veggies are seriously super foods when it comes to get a perfect skin tone.
Blueberries are loaded with antioxidant properties. Blueberries not only help one to have improved immune system, but also help to have perfect skin tone. Blueberries contain anthocyanins, a type of flavonoid that has antioxidant properties.
4. Green Tea
Green tea provides you with multiple health benefits. It not only boosts metabolism and aid in weight loss, but also it comes loaded with powerful antioxidants that fight premature ageing. Antioxidants present in green tea nullify the damage caused by the sun to a great extent. Also, it aids in skin rejuvenation and regeneration that heals your pimple scars, or acne marks, or blemishes quickly. Anti-inflammatory properties of Green Tea help keep pimples and acne at bay. Green tea aids in flushing out toxins, because of which the skin texture and complexion improves. Also, it is considered as one of the best Anti-Anxiety foods these days.
5. Dark chocolate
Dark chocolate contains an antioxidant called theobromine that protect the body’s cells from free radicals. And, it contains flavonoids that help in diminishing stress hormones that entails less collagen breakdown, and lesser wrinkles. Free radicals are actually molecules that our body produces when it breaks down food or comes into contact with pollutants. Free radicals are considered very harmful that can even damage the body’s cells and may contribute to disease.
In all, dark chocolates boost the immune system, however, should be taken in moderation as they are high in calories and saturated fat.
A natural anti-ageing food, Yogurt is best-known dietary source of pro-biotics, which can easily improve your immune system. Also, yogurt contains high protein, a bit of vitamin A, vitamin D, and zinc. Yoghurt aids in removing wrinkles, fades tanning and combats acne. Most importantly, yogurt helps to get rid of dark circles and help you make your beautiful luscious eyes pop. Have a cup of yoghurt everyday it will keep your skin clear. However, when choosing yogurt make sure you choose the one that have “live and active cultures.”
Nuts such as Cashew, Almonds, Walnuts, Pistachio, Figs, etc. are called the powerhouse as they are loaded with fiber, antioxidants, healthy fat, calcium, vitamins, and minerals, such as vitamin A, C, E, zinc and copper, and many other benefits. Nuts naturally boost healthy collagen that in turn keeps your skin healthy and youthful. Eating nuts every day helps you get that ultimate glow on your face, but eat in moderation as they are high in fat.
Papaya is the main ingredient found in most skin creams, why not directly consume it to have fantastic results. Papaya contains enzymes like chymopapain and papain that provides multiple skin benefits. For instance, Chymopapain helps soothe skin inflammation while papain helps in fading of scars and blemishes. To have best results east papaya daily and besides, you can also apply mashed papaya on your face as a mask. You will be amazed to see the results.
Turmeric is known to enhance the complexion and provide radiating glow to the skin. Also, turmeric comes with anti-inflammatory properties that help protect the skin from damage by free radicals and is one of the best bridal beauty tips for glowing skin. In India, turmeric is typically used in almost every dish prepared here, in powdered form. You can also add turmeric to your diet in several ways – you can add a pinch of turmeric to your veggies, smoothies, scrambled eggs, or any other food you eat. Alternatively, you can apply turmeric pack (mix it with yogurt) on your skin to have beautiful skin. Apply it twice a week.
10. Sunflower seeds
Sunflower seeds are a rich source of vitamin E, and contain anti-oxidative properties. Sunflower seeds not only make a tasty addition to salads or breakfast bowls, but also they are helpful in boosting the immune system and getting beautiful skin tone. Vitamin E present in Sunflower seeds help fight off free radicals that can damage cells.
Almonds are a great source of vitamin E and act as an antioxidant, which helps the immune system function. Also, they are high in iron, manganese, proteins, magnesium, and fiber. Together all these nutrients are helpful in boosting the immune system. Vitamin E present in almonds promotes cell regeneration, thereby providing aids in the healing of wounds, lightening of scars, acne, blemishes, and improving the skin texture. Also, it helps in building the skin’s defense against sun damage. Applying almond oil can help remove dark circles. Adding a handful of almonds to your diet makes for a healthful snack. Have them either soaked overnight, or by mixing it with your food or smoothies.
Whether you like it or not, this leafy green vegetable is known for its high iron content that helps to have an improved skin texture. Spinach is loaded with many essential nutrients and antioxidants, which includes, flavonoids, carotenoids, vitamin C, iron, vitamin E. Iron is essential for the production and circulation of hemoglobin.
All these essential nutrients and antioxidants are helpful in boosting the immune system and prevents your skin from getting pale and maintain blood circulation that gives you a healthy rosy glow. You can use spinach in your sandwiches, or you can cook a vegetable, or maybe you can use in salad. The leafy veggie is not only healthy, but also tasty.
Most fruits are however high in carbohydrates and sugar, avocado, also known as butter fruit is loaded with healthy fats. The monounsaturated fats that are present in avocado not only keeps your skin soft and supple, but also help your body absorb fat-soluble vitamins such as vitamins A, D, E and K. You can have avocado as a whole fruit, or in the form of juice or add in salads.
Tomatoes contain Lycopene, which is a phytochemical, or plant chemical. Lycopene present in this bright red fruit or veggie spikes collagen production that keeps your skin supple, toned, and youthful. Collagen is actually a protein that forms the main texture and structure of your skin. Also, it helps in delaying the ageing process. Tomatoes also contain antioxidants that speed up the cell renewal process in the skin, thereby leaving it healthy and glowing.
You’ll be surprised to know the benefits that a whole egg brings with it are more than the traces of cholesterol it contains. Amongst all the benefits, the most important is – egg yolks contain Biotin or Vitamin B7 that plays a major role to have a healthy skin, nails and hair. Also known as the “beauty vitamin”, biotin helps you keep your skin free from rashes, acne and other breakouts and strengthens your nails and hair.
16. Flax seed
One of the best bridal tips for having glowing and healthy skin is using flax seed oil. Flax seed is a rich source of healthy omega 3 fatty acids. A healthy dose of omega 3 fatty acids on a daily basis will keep your skin hydrated and glowing. Also, it also reduces fine lines and prevents new ones from forming. Omega 3 fatty acids improve your body’s ability to heal scars and spots. You can eat flax seeds directly or grind them and mix them in your food or salads. Also, you can choose to buy flax seed oil and use it to cook your meal. Ground flax seed will add the necessary fiber to your diet.
Some other bridal beauty tips for glowing skin
Get Good Night Sleep
“Sleep is the best meditation.” ~ Dalai Lama
It’s a very famous quote, sleep is the best meditation and it is true to all extents. Research shows that sleep has emerged as the third pillar of health—along with a healthy diet and exercise. Sleep is very important for many reasons such as while in sleep, we produce the highest amounts of natural human growth hormone (HGH) that is responsible for creating and regenerating new cells of all our body tissues including hair, muscles, and skin. Moreover, the only time our brain can repair and reorganize itself is when we are asleep.
Our breath is relaxed during sleep, which reduces stress by calming our central nervous system. Of course, we all know less stress means less production of cortisol. I am sure you now know all the benefits of sleeping, so it’s time to change your habits completely and get more and more good night sleep. It is essential that you sleep at least 7-8 hours to get best results. This process you should start at least one year ahead of your wedding. Not getting enough sleep can leave you with dark circles, and believe you me it will ruin your wedding pictures completely. So, leave your phone aside and start hitting your bed dot on time. Sleeping too late at night is as good as not sleeping at all.
Do Not Trust Crash Diets
Some brides immediately after getting their wedding dates in hand start dieting to get into the perfect shape. However, they do not particularly possess any knowledge about those diet plans, they kind of starve themselves to get that perfect body shape, which is not good at all. I am sorry to say. Eating healthy is very important step to not only have a perfect skin, but also the perfect shape to fit into the most beautiful gown in the world on the day of your wedding. Remember, when I say eat healthy it does not mean you have to compromise on food. You don’t have to look skinny on your wedding. If you starve yourself in the name of eating healthy, you will basically be breaking down and binge, regaining the weight which you lose like this as soon as you stop dieting and end up feeling bad about yourself.
To get into that perfect shape you need to follow a fitness regime, which can include exercise, walking, cycling, swimming, yoga, gyming, power yoga etc. However, if you’re lucky enough to have a trainer on the wedding payroll besides your wedding planner, caterer, florist, it will be easy. Basically, here you have to try and test for initial week which one works well you have. You should have your diet plan along with an exercise plan. Moreover, if you are a person who get bored of routine exercises then its better you try a combination of exercise + yoga + swimming + running + cycling for a week. Make specific strategies and follow them. The most important thing is to be disciplined, meaning you have to follow means follow without breaking your routine.
Work on Your Upper Body
Your upper body is equally important part of the whole system as when you will wear your wedding gown whether a backless or strapless, you would want every wedding photo to be wonderful and flattering. That is why it is important to incorporate upper-body strength training into your workouts. Working out your upper back and chest is not only for muscle-defining, but also it will help your posture. For upper body try out rows, cable pull-downs, push-ups, triceps, low-seated rows etc. Start working on your upper body at least 6 months before your wedding to look your best in your wedding gown.
Limit Your Sugar Intake
It is not going to be easy though, especially when you’ve got a major sweet tooth. But the fact remains, removing sugar will help brides-to-be lose weight and keep their skin clearer, plump, and fresh-looking, and these are the things they want on their wedding day. No matter how hard it is to control your pangs for sugar, you have to control. And most importantly, limiting sugar intake also controls stress levels and help you have a clear mind. The practice you should start before 6 month of your wedding.
Say No to Booze
Now is the time to say no to alcohol. Once you ban booze, you’ll automatically start to de-bloat, which means you are all set to look beautiful in your wedding gown. If you think it doesn’t make sense to you then let me tell you that the top areas are for sugar and the lower body is for alcohol storage. Because alcohol metabolizes as estrogen, which settle themselves in our lower abdominal area. Also, alcohol affects your skin adversely, which is not at all wise!
Pranayama is an excellent breathing exercise for overall health. It helps you release any kind of anxiety and strengthens your energy positively. Pranayama is a great way of energizing the body and mind simultaneously. Doing pranayama daily will help you stay de-stressed, staying de-stressed is crucial for the months leading to your wedding.
Do Pranayama in series: Bhastrika Pranayama (It increases the level of oxygen in the blood), Kapalbhati Pranayama (good to expel carbon-di-oxide from the blood), Anulom Vilom Pranayama (Good to have a calm mind and balance Tridoshas in the body namely Vata, Pitta and Kapha), Bhramari Pranayama (It calms the nerves and soothes them), Ujjayi Pranayama (It helps in removing toxins from the body), Udgeet Pranayama (Great for having improved focus and concentration), DIrgha Pranayama (For calming the nervous system and the mind), and Sheetali Pranayama (For cooling the body, tranquilizing the mind, and concurrently expelling toxins from the body).
Meditate for at least 10 minutes daily. Meditation is the most common practice which is used to calm down the mind and retain the energy. There are various techniques used for meditation – such as mindfulness, or focusing on a particular object, or on a thought or on an activity or on one’s breath, etc. You can practice any technique of meditation to train attention and awareness, to achieve calm and stable state of mind. A calm and stable mind is the greatest asset.
Last but not least, stay happy. Have a healthy and happy mind. Believe it or not, a happy person naturally looks beautiful. If you have any doubt you can compare people who are happy with those who are always whining and complaining. You will see the difference all by yourself. Staying happy is throughout the wedding planning and at the day of your wedding even after that also will help you have a great wedding and the most wonderful life.
Inculcate these foods in your diet and do as mentioned above and you are sure to get the most stunning and gorgeous skin and fabulous body on the day of your wedding.
Thanks for reading!!