Eating for Special Occasions: Foods to Eat for Your Best Performance
If you're the bride, you probably spent the last six months starving yourself to fit into that expensive, one-time-only dress, so ideally you need a diet that will not send you into a tailspin and will help you feel calm and collected on your Big Day. You'll have plenty of time to hang out later with your husband and your good friends Ben and Jerry while sitting around watching American Idol. (Research shows that people gain an average of 6 to 8 pounds during the first two years of marriage.)
Objective: For the actual wedding day, you need to eat something that will be easy on your stomach. Lots of nervousness and emotion can build up when you're about to make that lifelong commitment.
Pick these foods: Dr. Wurtman suggests eating a substantial breakfast, such as scrambled eggs, toast, and juice; or yogurt and cereal; or fresh fruit, yogurt, and a low-fat muffin. Then, while you're getting ready, eat foods that are easily digested and bland: a banana or melon, plain crackers, cereal and milk, a nibble of some plain chicken and maybe a small roll. Drink water so you will not be dehydrated.
Why? Breakfast may be the only meal you get to sit down and eat, and your body will appreciate having those calories. Once you start getting ready for the wedding, eat small snacks because you do not want to upset your stomach or feel bloated. The water is good because you may not have time to drink much once the wedding celebration begins.
When should you eat it? "Try to fit in your snacks during the preparation time, when your hair and makeup are being done," says Wurtman. Then have a member of your wedding party bring you something to eat after the ceremony while you are having your pictures taken. If you are too busy to eat, have some juice to get a few calories into yourself; you probably won't eat anything during the reception.
How much should you eat? Only what feels comfortable, says Wurtman.
Avoid these foods: Alcohol before you eat.
Why? Alcohol on an empty stomach may make it even harder to control your emotions on this very emotional day.
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