The Best Wedding Diet (It's Not What You Think)

Posted on 16-Sep-2019 by Kripa Jalan

You’re engaged - Congratulations!

Now in between the planning, pinning up wedding inspiration, and gushing about your happy day - you’ve probably hopped onto the internet, googled “Wedding diets”, and seen a hundred million articles promising you flawless skin, luscious hair and a paper-thin waistline. Quickly.

One of the happiest times of your life becomes plagued with stress, negativity, and guilt - over and above dictating terms about how you can be the best bride/partner/wife/superhuman when you’re probably already there. Let’s face it, nobody makes money when you actually feel good about yourself. What matters most is showing up for yourself through nourishing food, a positive outlook, adequate movement and all the other pillars that support good health.

So ask yourself - is it really worth sacrificing 95% of your life to weigh 5% less really worth it?

The Best Wedding Diet

Is not a 7 day cleanse. It’s not a 10-pound fat-blasting regime. It’s not a miracle aid to blemish-free skin and bulletproof hair. It’s not about how little you eat and how much more you move.  

It’s a lifestyle change that stems from a change in your mindset. One that trades in quick fixes for longevity. One that looks at your health as a forever situation - not just as a protocol implemented during emergency situations. One that values your health, happiness, and sanity. It’s really what you do every day that counts for more than what you do every once in a while. The small acts of self - love, be it moving, eating well, meditating and prioritizing yourself have a profound effect on your wellbeing. Focusing on your wellbeing, rather than your weight is not only extremely liberating - but is also the greatest gift you can give to your loved ones. The fact of the matter is that you may not love every single part of your body. What’s important is that you love it as a whole.

Taking care of yourself doesn’t call for extravagant massages or manicures every week — though, those are nice too. It means checking in with yourself daily and making sure you’re getting what you need to be your best self — mentally, physically and spiritually.

8 Things to Do Instead of Starting a Wedding Diet

1. Prioritize Sleep: A good night's sleep helps lower hunger, cravings, and balances blood sugar, decreasing the risk of pre-diabetes, high blood pressure and even sleep apnea, which is serious. Sleep is a major cornerstone for an energetic, joyful, healthy life.⠀Unfortunately, it’s usually the first thing we compromise when life gets busy. Shifting that mindset and realizing your sleep schedule is just as important as everything else on your calendar will have immense payoffs for your physical, mental, and emotional well-being.⠀

2. Stress Less: It’s easy for us to equate good health to working out and eating right. They’re tangible. But your mental wellbeing is just as, if not more important. We tend to slip down on our own priority lists, living the fast-paced lives we do. We care for others - but what if we invested the same amount in ourselves? Take care of yourself. Whether it’s therapy, journaling or even meditation. It’s important for you to carve out that space and hold on to it - because you deserve that wholehearted happiness

3. Nourish Yourself: Focus on eating quality, real, whole foods instead of processed, industrial food, sugar, flour, dairy, and meat. At least 75% of your plate, by volume, should be filled with colorful plant foods. Keeping more nature-made and less man-made foods around you always helps, because when it comes to deciding between ice-cream and veggies at 2 am - it’s a no brainer as to which one you’ll choose. It’s just that simple, it doesn’t have to be a macro calculated comprehensive meal plan. The basics of healthy eating are enough. Also sometimes doing less, can help you get more.

4. Move Mindfully : Yes training is extremely important. It helps you condition your heart, helps you get stronger, betters your Insulin sensitivity and that endorphin rush? Yeah, it’s bloody amazing. But there’s another part to the story - one that doesn’t treat exercise as a punishment.  Do not be afraid to give your body the rest it deserves (resting out of need/respect, not laziness) to rebuild and repair itself. Focus on empowering your body not driving it to the ground with overwork and exhaustion. 

5. Check in With Your Thoughts : Out of all the people in the world, you spend the most time with yourself - so the way you speak to yourself matters the most. Ditch the negative self-talk, guilt and stress to embrace joy, positivity and hope. You ultimately decide what energy you bring to the table.

6. Progress, Not Perfection: That B+ you get every day, counts for far more than that A+ you got for a single day. With regard to nutrition, it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. It doesn’t have to be as extreme as boiled chicken and veggies, or pepperoni pizza. There is a mid-ground, and that mid-ground is where sustainability, your sanity, and your happiness resides. Find yours!

7. Hydrate: This is one of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to look and feel your best. Water is responsible for every process in the human body. Plus, staying hydrated not only keeps your hunger cues more accurate, but you’re also more likely to not mistake thirst for hunger. Without sufficient water, you deprive your body of the fuel it needs to combat stress, banish fatigue, keep your digestion moving, metabolism efficient, and nourish your skin.

8.Get Support : Negative relationships don’t necessarily mean abuse - they can involve less clear signs like constant anxiety and fear of upsetting them, the lack of respect or even feeling unwanted. Sometimes we can work through these when both the people and willing to heal what’s broken. Other times, we realize we’re better off walking away and prioritizing ourselves. Surround yourself with people that lift you up, help you be present, keep you grounded and celebrate every day, and make the most of this time in your life.

Hope this helps! What are some measures you’re taking before your big day to look and feel your best? Let us know in the comments below or tag us on Instagram @kripajalan or #BurgersToBeasts


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