Eating the right food can be a tonic for body and mind. Here, the team from Detox Kitchen suggest smart and manageable ways for brides to eat for good health and to beat stress in the run up to their wedding
Your wedding day is not only one of the most memorable times of your life, it’s also one of the most documented, so it is only natural to want to look and feel amazing. But the pressure some brides feel to look a certain way is designed to be anything but good for mind and body.
Then there are the daily issues with modern life. From pesticides and fertilisers in food to over-eager medicine prescribing, the modern world is a bit of a minefield for our bodies. Add in the mental and physical stresses of coping with normal working life alongside wedding planning and this can all play havoc with blood sugar levels, leading to tiredness, a weakened immune system and bad eating habits that can be difficult to break. Thankfully, there are sustainable, and enjoyable, changes that will make you feel less stressed, more energised and healthier.
Make whole foods the foundation of meals and try to avoid additive-filled packaged foods. Also put naturally power-packed foods into your diet. For instance, aim to consume oily fish (salmon/mackerel) at least twice a week. If you don’t eat fish take a fish-oil supplement. Full of Omega-3 fatty acids and B vitamins, these are all vital for collagen and elastin production and provide trace minerals for repair, protection and cell regeneration.
Embrace superfoods for a healthy gut. Lemon water, leafy greens, beets and berries are a great starting point. Alternatively, try adding in some chlorella supplements or adding wheatgrass powder to juice. Also consider ditching any food that you think you may be intolerant to for a few weeks. Soy, gluten, peanuts, eggs, corn, shellfish and dairy are all common culprits. If you don’t what is disagreeing with you, keep a food diary so you can monitor your daily diet and how it makes you feel.
It’s always a good idea to take a break from alcohol – which your body processes as a toxin – and instead increase your water intake to boost your skin and improve energy levels. We also recommend a healthy morning drink using simple ingredients. Make a paste using the juice of one lemon, a half-teaspoon each of turmeric and honey, and a teaspoon of coconut oil. Add hot water and sip slowly before your breakfast
Adhering to this simple framework should make a real improvement in the way you feel. You may not be able to change the world we live in that easily or the pressures in the run up to your wedding, but you can certainly help your body deal with daily stresses more effectively.
About Detox Kitchen
Detox Kitchen delivers nutritionist-approved daily packages (breakfast, lunch and dinner) across London with a balanced menu of fresh and healthy ingredients. These include the Green Package (from £31.45 a day), a more filling alternative to the traditional detox. For information and healthy food tips, visit detoxkitchen.co.uk
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