The big day has come. All the hard work you put into making everything perfect on your wedding day is finally coming to fruition. From the guest list, to the ceremony, and everything in-between, the months and sometimes years that went into planning your wedding are about to be recognized and celebrated.

As a holistic health and fitness coach, a lot of the women I work with are preparing for their wedding day. Amping up their workouts, dialing in their nutrition and staving off stress are some key components we focus on in the months leading up to the big day. But what about the day of?

Even though you want nothing more than to fit into the perfect dress on your wedding day, eating should be priority number one. Yep, I said it, priority numero uno. Food is one of the most important things to incorporate before you say “I do”, and sadly, it’s often overlooked.

A lot of bride-to-be’s think that eating will only make them bloated, puffy and lackluster in front of the camera. Some just forget about food amongst the chaos of the big day. But without the right nutrients, there will be more harm than good done to your body, such as energy levels, stress response and attitude. And trust me, no one likes a “hangry” bride.

Before you walk down the aisle, there are some key things to remember when it comes to your day-of nutrition.  So I’ve compiled my top three tips as well as a fool-proof wedding day meal plan that any bride can follow in order to beat the bloat, stay energized, and make sure the best day of your life lives up to its name.

Tip 1: Hydrate!

…and no, I’m not talking about champagne and mini vodka shots (that comes later). I’m talking about water ……for a whole week leading up to your wedding. Aim for at least half of your bodyweight in ounces of water per day. As for the day of, sip your water throughout the day in order to beat a bloated belly.

Tip 2: Don’t Skip Breakfast

They weren’t lying when they said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Make sure to eat a light breakfast within an hour or two of waking up. this will keep the nerves at bay and help your energy levels throughout the crazy morning.

Tip 3: Fat is Your Friend

Fat is a belly friendly food…the right kind that is. As one of the most nutritionally dense nutrients, healthy fats will balance your blood sugar levels, regulate hormones, and give you lasting, sustained energy (aka bridezilla no more). Make sure to consume a healthy fat at every meal/snack such as avocado, chia seed, hemp seed, sprouted nuts/nut butter, and olive oil.

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Beat The Bloat: Wedding Day Meal Plan

Upon Waking: Detox Water, helps immune system + reduces inflammation

-8-12 oz warm water

-½ lemon squeezed

-1 tsp raw honey

Breakfast: Pineapple + Mint Smoothie, helps digestion + sustained energy

-½ c fresh pineapple

-½ frozen banana

– ½ c unsweetened coconut milk

-3 mint leaves

-½ avocado

-dash vanilla extract

-water or ice to thin/thicken

Light LunchOvernight Oats, energy boost + balance blood sugar + reduce inflammation

-1 packet plain oatmeal

-1 tbsp chia seed

-1 tsp cinnamon

-1 tsp shredded coconut

-1 tbsp almond butter

-fill jar halfway with unsweetened coconut milk

Snacks: walnuts, almonds, fresh celery or cucumbers, peppermint or ginger tea, bananas, chia pudding, unsweetened coconut/almond milk.

Pro Tip: All of these meals can be made the day before. Make the smoothie and freeze it in a mason jar. Place it in fridge the night before and it will be thawed for morning. Make the overnight oats in a mason jar and place in the fridge to be ready for the wedding day.

In order to feel and look your best on the big day, nutrition should be priority number one. These tips and meal plan will easily help you reduce bloat, manage stress and feel your absolute best because saying, “I do” should be done on a full (and happy) stomach J

XO, Cass

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About Cass:

Hi, I’m Cass! I’m a self-dubbed “Wellness Rookie” who’s got a serious obsession for green smoothies and good eyebrows. I’m an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, ITN Holistic Health Coach and Blogger living in beautiful Bozeman, Montana. I help clients online and in-person change their relationship with food, fitness and themselves by giving them the rookie advice they need from the wellness expert they can relate to.

When I’m not helping clients smash their goals or writing about all things health, you can usually find me trail running the Bridgers, testing out new recipes or flowing to some hip-hop yoga. To learn more about me check out my blog over at The Wellness Rookie or follow me on Instagram @thewellnessrookie_ to see more!

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