A Nutritionist’s Guide For Brides-To-Be

Every bride-to-be wants to look her best on her big day. While many big and small things like make-up, perfect outfit, stress levels etc. can go into how you look that day, the most important is your diet. And diet is not a quick fix but something you must focus on for at least 12 weeks before your wedding.

While we may think that extreme diets to fit into a lehenga is the way to go, it will also show on your face. While many assume that makeup will take care of it, a healthy diet provides the glow and hydration to your face which will be necessary for your make up to shine. Remember that on dull skin makeup looks chalky and ashy.

  • Ditch sugary and processed foods: Eliminate sugar and processed foods from your diet as soon as possible and for as long as possible before your wedding. This will work wonders for your body as excess consumption of sugar in any form not only will cause acne, but also lead to hormonal imbalances. Refined and processed carbohydrates such as Maida also causes the same inflammatory and insulin raising response in the body. Moreover, processed foods are best to be avoided as they contain hidden carbohydrates.
  • Minimize your dairy consumption: Dairy products can often trigger or even worsen acne because milk contains precursors to testosterone and other androgens, which indirectly influence the hormone receptors.
  • Say no to alcohol: Alcoholic drinks contain glucocorticoids and adrenal androgens which are released during stress. It also stimulates the oil glands in the skin, causing rashes and acne. It can cause baggy eyes, ashy skin and dull hair making one look not so great on the wedding day.
  • Hydrate: Of course, hydration makes the list. Drink water, coconut water, lime juice or other nourishing drinks that can make you look glowing and dewy on the D-day.
  • Prioritise nutrients in your diet: Diets are associated with low food intake, but really no diet works without right food intake. Nutrition is most important for looking beautiful. Make sure you get your diet reviewed by a good practitioner a few weeks before the wedding.
  • Increase fiber in your diet: Including insoluble fiber such as oats bran or wheat bran and soluble fibres like salads and green leafy vegetables helps your digestive system function properly. Fiber doesn’t just help relive constipation, it also keeps hormones in balance, reduces belly fat and help fight acne.
  • Up your Vitamin E: Vitamin E is a very important fat-soluble compound, and works as an antioxidant. You can easily include Vitamin E in your diet by adding nuts such as almonds, peanuts and hazelnuts. Ensure controlled proportions as nuts can be easy to overeat.
  • No crash diets: While it is a well-known fact that crash diets only do more harm than good, it is also true that many people resort to crash dieting before their wedding under the erroneous belief that it can help them lose weight faster. However, a crash diet only puts a lot of stress on both the metabolism rate and immunity. It is also common for people to avoid salt therefore causing dehydration.

So, brides-to-be, remember what your body consumes, your face reflects. Keep nutrition as a primary concern 12 weeks before your wedding day and see yourself glow.

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Contributed by Dt. Shikha Mahajan, Holistic Nutritionist and Founder of Diet Podium