Eating healthily leading up to your big day

We welcome Elaine Marsh to the blog! Elaine is a hypnotherapist and has been practicing for over 15 years. For further info, visit, hypno-health.co.uk

Keeping healthy leading up to the special day

With so much on your mind in the run-up to the big day, it’s so easy to forget about taking care of yourself and eating properly. Here are a few tips to help you keep your energy up, feel vibrant, keep your skin glowing and clear and your body at its peak. And very importantly that you are able to fit into your amazing dress comfortably.

Healthy eating… you are worth it

Firstly, during this time it important to keep your diet as healthy as you can, which I know is easier said than done. When you are short on time, feeling tired or stressed you may be drawn to the carbs as a quick fix. This is a good time to avoid the grains and gluten, carbs are not your friend. Just avoiding them from lunch-time will help.

If you are worried about carrying a few extra pounds remember the way to make your body a fat-burning machine is to avoid or lessen starchy carbs. When you restrict the carbohydrates you will always burn fat and shed weight. Eating protein will also help you burn fat. So the ideal solution for a busy lady is to carry a little fast food with her so she won’t grab the wrong food when time is short. A tin of tuna, an avocado, hard-boiled egg, a few berries, some almonds or red pepper as a snack. Then there is no excuse to grab the starch. Remember one slice of bread has three teaspoons of sugar! Anything over this will go into fat storage.

If you want another option you can try intermittent fasting and either fast for 24 hours or stick to an eight-hour window of eating healthy nutritious vegetables, protein and fats. With fasting its free, convenient, simple, it’s actually something that requires nothing for you to do! This will switch your body to fat burning mode, listen to your body and do what works best for you.

Pack a punch of nutrients by adding juicing to your diet. Preferably using organic vegetables and fruit, it will help to boost your immune system, increase your energy levels and maintain healthy skin, essential at this important time. You can start with cucumber, celery, spinach, apple, avocado and some grated lemon peel. You can change your juicy ingredients by adding into the mix some beetroot, watercress, pineapple, pear, sprouted seeds, ginger to add variety.

H2O… hydrate

It’s easy to forget to keep drinking. If you do, you will notice the benefits. Aim for a good filtered water which will hydrate you adequately, your body will love you for it. You will eat less, your skin will glow, any headaches will vanish and it will increase your energy levels.

Exercise… and praise

A great way of getting a little ‘me time’ and restore balance is to get out for a walk in nature, it can restore balance, enhance your mood and your body can get the much needed full spectrum light, provide vital vitamin D and increase serotonin levels.

Use this time to praise yourself, something we rarely do, the best praise we can ever receive is self-praise, tell yourself how amazing you are, how beautiful, loveable and enough you are, every cell in your body is listening and loving it!

Sleep… you deserve it

Don’t stint on sleep, try and make sure you are getting at least 8 hours sleep at night, it’s natures restorer. It will improve your immune system, your mood, aid weight reduction and improve your health and well-being.