Foods to Avoid As Your Wedding Day Approaches
You did it! You worked impeccably hard during your nightly workouts and made a vast and successful effort to clean up your diet. (Oh, and not to mention the 10 pounds you lost over the past five months!) And since you almost made it to the altar... Alter these 14 foods to avoid bloating and discomfort before your wedding.
14 Foods to Avoid Before Your Wedding
1. High Salt Snacks
Don't let the high stress or busy days leading up to your wedding drive you to those convenient high-salt snacks... Chips and other salty snacks can cause fluid retention predominately around the abdomen. Steer clear of salty foods to avoid bloating and opt for cucumber slices and hummus, berries and Greek yogurt, or a banana and peanut butter.
2. Fried Foods
The high fat content in fried foods not only supplies extra calories, but can even cause indigestion and bloating. High fat foods tend to take longer to digest compared to others, while the added salt can exacerbate fluid retention.
3. Spicy Foods
That spicy Mexican food you grabbed with your friends that flew in for the big day may have tasted good in the moment, but it may aggravate heartburn and cause discomfort.
And those beans you decided to add to your spicy tacos at Mexican night? Well, you can probably guess how this story unfolds... It goes without saying beans are notoriously known for their high fiber content, so go for leaner (and non-gas-forming) proteins such as fish and chicken.
5. Cruciferous Veggies
Speaking of gas... Although veggies are generally not placed in the "avoid" category, cruciferous veggies before the big day are a slightly different tale. Cruciferous veggies, such as broccoli and cauliflower, may cause bloating and gas, so consider switching to water-rich vegetables like celery, cucumber, and asparagus before the wedding. Their diuretic properties can keep water weight at bay, along with hydrating the skin for added glow and radiance.
Rethink that blueberry muffin you quickly grabbed at the gas station this morning... Hefty doses of carbs and sugar can cause blood sugars to spike, which can interestingly heighten more sugar cravings and negatively affect energy levels.
7. Granola Bars
While granola bars appear as a healthy breakfast option, they may not be much better than that morning pastry... So rather than filling the body with sugar, keep hunger and energy levels at bay with more nutritious options, including eggs, oatmeal, and Greek yogurt.
While not everyone is sensitive to dairy, those who are should be cautious of milk, cheese, and other dairy products to reduce the risk of gas, bloat, and cramps.
Similarly to dairy, not all experience negative consequences of gluten. However, individuals with Celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity should cut out gluten sources such as breads and pastas produced with barley, rye, and wheat.
10. Garlic and Onion
From kissing your new spouse to mingling with all your guests, the last thing you want to gift is garlic and onion breath... Even with the save of mouthwash or a piece of gum, the smell of garlic can actually resurface through the bloodstream. Nonetheless, save your breath by avoiding those pungent food odors altogether.
Although drinking a cup of joe may keep your energy tank full, it may just end up leaving you jittery, anxious, and dehydrated for your big wedding day. If you are to drink coffee, go for a cup or two in the morning then switch to water.
12. Carbonated Drinks
Carbonated drinks can lead to uncomfortable gas and since they are loaded with sugar, their limitation is encouraged across the board. And even with its healthful connotation, you may be wondering "Does diet soda make you bloated?" Well, diet soda is no exception to the rule and may cause the greatest bloat related to its carbonation and use of artificial sweeteners.
13. Sugar-Free Anything
Along with avoiding diet soda, skip out on sugar-free anything. Artificial sweeteners in gums, candies, and cookies are difficult for the body to break down, subsequently increasing the odds of uncomfortable bloating and indigestion. If tempted with sugar-free gum or other products, go for a naturally-sweetened or refreshing option, including frozen grapes or mint tea.
Whether to take the "edge off" or kick off the celebration, alcohol is generally pouring, though it also pours with calories and may cause dehydration and an unpleasant hangover. While it is certainly okay to cheers at your rehearsal dinner, keep alcohol moderated, as a bloating and a pounding headache is not exactly ideal during the big day...