What should be the colour of my wedding dress? Which make-up artist should I choose? Which shoes will I wear that look perfect but not hurt? What about the accessories? When am I going to be able to go for a trial of my outfit? As a bride-to-be all these thoughts and perhaps a dozen more are racing through your mind. Not only does the wedding play a mental havoc but also the long hours of shopping and running for trails and the trousseau shopping leads to skipping of meals or making do with any junk that’s available when you are hungry. All this eventually takes a toll on your skin, hair and over-all health.
As a bride-to-be, to be able to look at your best is first to be able to feel at your best. And for that, above all concerns and chaos, comes eating correctly. After all you are as beautiful on the outside as you are from within. A well-nourished body reflects and spells beauty. So a bride must promise herself, to give as much importance to herself as much as her bridal dress.
Correct eating and a well-balanced diet is not only essential a few days prior to the D-day but this change should be brought about at least a few weeks prior to nourish every cell from within such that it reflects in every inch of beauty later.
For that Glowing Complexion
A good amount of vitamins and mineral in potent form is extremely essential on a daily basis for a healthy glowing skin. This comes from a glass of veggie juice that you should drink every day. Some combinations of these juices are recommended in the box alongside. What is important to remember while making these juices is that it should contain a minimum of three different coloured vegetables e.g. Tomato + Carrot + Spinach, thus giving you maximum benefit as different colour vegetables contain different vitamins and anti- oxidants. Mixing them daily gives you a variety of nourishment daily which should reflect on your skin. Ideally you should notice a marked improvement in the skin quality and glow within 2-3 weeks of having this juice daily. Also time of the day you consume it is not important, it could be had anytime of the day. But what’s important to note is that it should be had immediately as it is prepared so that there is no loss of vitamins and you get full benefit from the magic glass of juice.
Shiny Strong Healthy Manes
Lustrous hair and that sparkle in your eyes can all be accomplished with a correct amount of proteins in your diet. If you are a vegetarian then inclusion of dals and pulses, soyabean and tofu, sprouts, low fat cottage cheese and milk are the sources we need to concentrate on. At least 2 serving of the above mentioned items should be made a must. For the non-vegetarians egg whites, fish and chicken are also good sources of proteins. In most cases if we are having packed meals outside home, either if you are working or you are on the go shopping, this category of food is usually ignored. Since carrying dals or yogurt becomes a messy affair it is usually excluded from the diet. This should be rectified as proteins are extremely important source of nourishment. Lack of proteins in our daily meals leads to symptoms such as fatigue, anger, irritability, hair fall to name a few. Thus please ensure that you include proteins as an integral part of your daily menu.
High Energy Levels
Long gaps between meals due to busy shopping schedules can lead to acidity, fatigue, lethargy and headaches. So please ensure that along with three main meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) you eat something every 2-3hours. For example, you could eat a fruit or a biscuit, a seeded flatbread, some roasted chickpeas or a veg sandwich. All these choices are freely available or are easy to carry as well. Eating frequently will eliminate acidity which in turn will also help energy levels and prevent skin damage too.
Last but not to forget, ample amounts of fluids is extremely important aspect one must never ignore. Water, fruit juices, vegetable juices, coconut water, fresh lime soda/water, buttermilk should be had freely and frequently through the day to ensure correct hydration on the cells from within and prevent any toxin accumulation, which again will reflect in healthy skin, hair and mind.
Dietician, Pooja Makhija gives us some indispensable tips to keep you charged all day long:
- Eat within an hour of waking. Blood glucose levels need a boost for brain to function well.
- Drink at least 8-12 glasses of water daily. Sometimes, we can mistake hunger for what actually is thirst.
- Don’t drink caffeinated beverages for a boost. They have a dehydrating effect & can rev you up initially only to lead to a crash.
- Dodge food hangovers. Do not eat high-fat foods within 2 hrs of going to bed, it may disrupt sleep & cause sluggishness first thing in the morning.
- Getting nutrition from the plate and not a pill. Food is almost always your best choice.
- Variety and moderation in diet is still the rule you can take to the bank. That way, you won’t overdose on anything and when the next new thing is discovered to improve health you will have been eating it.
Remember how you look on your special day is what everyone in your family and you will always cherish. A little effort made to regulate eating habits will come a long way to glorify these special memories!