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What To Eat Before Your Wedding, According To Experts

ELLE logo ELLE 6/02/2019 Kristina Rodulfo
a woman wearing a wedding dress: Here are the best and worst foods you should be eating before your wedding day according to leading nutritionists. With these expert tips clean up your diet so you can look and feel amazing on your big day. © Provided by Bauer Media Pty Ltd Here are the best and worst foods you should be eating before your wedding day according to leading nutritionists. With these expert tips clean up your diet so you can look and feel amazing on your big day.

You've got the dress, the venue, the guests, and all the little details set for your wedding–all that's left to do is walk down the aisle.

Eating well may be the last thing on your mind, but it's stressful moments like these where substantive fuel is essential. Heartburn, nausea, sluggishness, bloating–you don't want any of that to get in the way of The Big Day.

"Your digestive tract is often called your second brain as it is so intricately tied to your nervous system. That nervous tummy is no figment of your imagination," says Dr. Brooke Kalanick, a naturopathic physician, "Stress completely hijacks digestion, sending all of your fuel to your muscles to 'fight or flight' and away from vital organs–like those responsible for digestion."

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Based on the following experts' suggestions, we whipped up an ideal menu for the days leading up to your wedding.

Dietitian Erin Palinski-Wade suggests eating whole, unprocessed food, "Get plenty of whole fruits and vegetables, lean proteins–fatty fish is a great choice since the omega-3 fatty acids help lower stress hormones in the body–whole grains, nuts, and seeds."

As for fruits, oranges in particular are great for vitamin C, which according to Kalanick has been shown to lower cortisol levels responsible for stress.

Nutritionist Amy Shapiro also suggests omega-3 rich sources like salmon, walnuts, and chia seeds which "have been shown to decrease anxiety and prevent inflammation in the body stress creates."

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Meanwhile, nutritionist Sara Vance encourages brides to welcome antioxidant-packed food like berries, broccoli, and spinach along with probiotic rich food to "boost digestion, mood, and help keep from being bloated."

For the day of, Shapiro emphasizes eating a breakfast balanced in protein and carbs like a veggie omelet, or oatmeal with walnuts, which "keep you full throughout the morning, preventing headaches and 'shakes' you don't need on that day."

It's also smart to keep some healthy bars like Health Warrior's on hand, or easy snacks like turkey roll-ups since turkey "has natural tryptophan in it which helps to make us feel calm."

Here are 11 foods to eat the week of your wedding.

1. Vegetables

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2. Oranges

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3. Green Tea

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4. Salmon

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5. Chia Seeds

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6. Whole Grains

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7. Walnuts and Oatmeal

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8. Veggie Omelet

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9. Healthy Bars

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10. Turkey Rollups

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11. Probiotic-Rich Foods

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Half of eating well is avoiding junk, a task all too difficult when you're spread thin and looking for a quick fix. It's easy to reach for sweets for a boost of energy and comfort but Vance advises brides to keep away.

"Sugary food and drinks can backfire because they cause a spike in our blood sugar, which then leads to a crash," she says, explaining you'd turn into a major Bridezilla, "I call this the sugar roller coaster, and the longer we are on it, the more unstable our mood, energy, and brain function."

Palinski-Wade adds that excessive sodium leads to unwanted bloating and caffeine should also be off-limits to help brides get proper "beauty sleep."

As for an alternative to coffee, green tea is your best bet. Kalanick says it contains L-theanine a chemical that has "a calming action" that also "boosts focus and concentration" so you can live in the moment, worry-free.

Here are 4 foods to avoid the week of your wedding.

1. Excessive sodium

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2. Sugar

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3. Trans Fat

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4. Processed Foods

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