Nutrition and Wellness: One Month Before Wedding
It’s a month before our wedding. The best way I can describe it is to compare it to a race. All the excitement, emotions, and prep! Just like before a race, the wedding dreams have started. Mostly it’s where a hairdresser, musician, or the dress is not to be found. Luckily in my dream, I’ve laughed it all off and smiled my way down the isle regardless. Because, if the programs don’t get ordered who really cares?! All I can think about is Jason’s smile and being surrounded with our nearest and dearest. And of course the amazing honeymoon we have carefully planned to follow.
You know those weeks before a big race where you feel tired, excited, and ready for it to just be here. You have crazy thoughts of “what if … ?” and those thoughts might even make you cry. I’ve had those. Questions roll through my brain like…
- Is my nutrition game strong?
- Is my day of outfit ready?
- Hairstyle on point?
- Which Shoes?
- Have I filtered through all the advice?
All of those translate to a wedding day as well as a few other things I’m paying attention to…
- (If you’ve planned a wedding you know the list goes on)
I’m thrilled for the day to come. Marriage to me, is about finding someone to do life with. Sharing our worlds together in order to build a stronger purpose. The bumps, bruises, and the big moments. I know marrying each other is meant for us. It’s clear God brought us together after years of praying for one another. Jason and I share in the joys and burdens of life and tackle each together so well.
I was asked recently about my current stress level and frankly, I now can see how brides could feel overwhelmed. It’s a lot of money, a lot of people, and a lot of opinions. Not to mention the countless details it takes to plan and organize it all. Just check my email box and Pinterest board.
This is where I believe being an older bride is a blessing. I def don’t feel stressed, but there is a level of concern and care I’m placing on it all. It’s very much like the feeling of a big race, big presentation, or any other big milestone you may face. When there is any type of memorable event you care about, there is a high level of emotion. Personally, I think that’s a good thing. It shows how much you value it.
Luckily for us, we have a fabulous team of vendors and support. My parents have been wonderful. From attending appointments, to running wedding errands they both have enjoyed the ride. The bridal party and groomsman have been fantastic. We each have had the opportunity to spend quality time with our groups from showers, Bach parties, to dude hikes. We are so blessed by our friends.
With all of that excitement, I’ve been pretty tired the past couple of weeks. I took a bit of a rest last week and allowed down time from exercise and normal nutrition. With just a few weeks to go, I’m ready to get back to it. I’m crafting a four week nutrition and wellness routine to help me feel more nourished, more energized, and overall the most wonderful, bridal, and beautiful ever. When you feel your best inside, you look your best outside!
***Note, this plan is perfect for anyone wanting to feel more radiant and raise their overall energy levels. It is manageable. It is realistic. It is sustainable. This is not a diet.***
Here’s how I’ll do it…beginning right after my current Netflix Saturday (because Dead To Me & Wine Country)
- I’ll be meal prepping per usual and incorporating lots of high energy, water rich foods. Keeping up my leaner proteins and amping up the veggies, especially fresh ones. I’ll also be mindful of my sodium intake and look to expand my use of spices.
Upcoming meals include:
- Sweet potato and local chicken sausage hash
- Beef & broccoli stir fry with coconut aminos and crushed red pepper
- Chef salad w protein of choice
- Zoodles or noodles and cashew cream sauce
- Broiled fish taco bowls, red cabbage, avocado, pico, red onion, cilantro, lime, corn
- Cauliflower fried rice w coconut aminos, mixed veggies, and scrambled tofu
- Sheet pan fajitas with peppers, onions, and seasoned chicken strips, with a Greek yogurt, rice wine vinegar, and lime sauce
2. I’ll add in daily inner reflection. That will be in the form of a daily devotional, themed with the Proverbs 31 Woman. When I need centering, I turn to God. Let’s let him handle it shall we? I’ll also spend time with these meditation books, two of my favs I’ve used for years.
3. I’ll stick to my sleep schedule. We are up before sunrise for work, so settling down early and keeping to routine is crucial. Even if my mind is racing, I will lay in bed and rest.
4. I’ll lower the alcohol intake and up the water. If I am sipping, I’ll stick to vodka and tequila with water. Lighter, no sugar options are smart to ensure that bridal glow and forgo any bloat.
5. I’ll exercise daily. A mixed routine of total body shredders, low slow cardio, weight training, and some targeting of arms, core and booty (honeymoon bikinis y’all).
The cool thing is Jason is on the same page. He has been drafting up his own plan. This is part of why we work. Him and I think about things the same way. We want to feel our best on the big day. We deserve to.
We drafted up a meal plan over the weekend and will hit the grocery together before the week starts to kick things into gear.
The difference for me between wedding planning and a race is that I feel like I’ve already won. At the end of the day, I am marrying my best friend.
Surprisingly, I’m not sweating the details. I’ve set a plan, I’ve made hundreds of decisions the past few weeks, and I’m trusting my vendors to work their magic. I’m turning it over and enjoying the final few weeks as a bride to be.
I’m not an expert, but I’ve learned a little during this process. My advice to future brides is this.
- Stay present.
- Remember to pray.
- Remember to keep perspective.
- Remember who you’re marrying.
- Think about why this wedding is occurring.
For us, it’s an opportunity for my family to host an epic celebration in honor of this amazing gift of love we’ve found. To acknowledge Gods work and his blessings and inspire other.