If you, the bride-to-be, are trying to shape up, create a balanced bridal diet by including superfoods (After all, they’re called so for a reason). We all want a superb body but what most of us don’t realise is that it isn’t so hard to achieve. Consult your dietician on adding these superfoods in your meals and witness the magic yourself. Here are the ones that you should definitely consume.
Veggies to the rescue
The best diet tip is to have lots of green leafy vegetables in your diet. Eat out of your own kitchen instead of running after the attractive packaging of processed foods claiming to be of high dietary value. The dietary market foods will do more harm than good as they deprive you of many nutrients. Here are some of the must-have vegetables that you should be consuming as a part of your bridal diet.
Excellent superfood if you’re looking to reduce water retention in your body. It’s a rich source of protein, carbohydrates and dietary fibre that will help balance your body weight.
It is a low-calorie vegetable that has high vitamin A and fibre content. It can fill your stomach without getting deposited as excess fat. So cheer up, bride-to-be!
3. Bottle gourd
When cooked or juiced, it works well as a sedative and as an anti-bilious agent. It is low in calories, high in dietary fibre and has a high-water content making it easy to digest the food.
Fruits to make you fit
Don’t be under the myth of surviving on a salad diet, you don’t want to look fatigued on your D-day. Depriving yourself of the basic foods will actually harm your body instead of making it fit. A proper intake of fruits is required in combination with vegetables for you to achieve that smoking hot body. Some of the superfoods among fruits for your bridal diet are:
Apples are loaded with anti-oxidants and the skin contains two times more fibre than other common fruits. And all of these are a great help in fighting the battle of the bulge to get you in an attractive shape by the time of your wedding.
The superstar of superfoods, blueberry, among all the berries, contains the highest amount of anti-oxidants. It also works wonders for the skin through its anti-ageing properties and improves vision and brain function. After all, if offered freedom from the hassle of having to put on contact lenses on your D-day, who wouldn’t want it.
A strong contender of green tea in terms of anti-oxidants as it contains up to three times more of those. Long-term consumption of pomegranate juice will slow down your ageing process. Keep consuming it even after your diet for the big day is over.
Nuts to crack the diet
Include four servings of unsalted nuts in your weekly bridal diet plan to give yourself sufficient amount of proteins, polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats. When taken in moderation, nuts are the real superfoods. Here are the readily available and effective ones.
Adding almonds to your bridal diet will help in weight loss as the fibre and monounsaturated fats give the feeling of a full stomach thus preventing overeating. Their protein content can also bring shine to your hair and glow to your skin.
The naturally cholesterol free nut, pistachio, can provide you potassium content equivalent to that of one small banana. Rich in fibre and protein, their crunchy and salty flavour makes for a good snack.
More superfoods to add to your diet
9. Milk and milk products
Consuming a glass of milk before bed will ensure you don’t become an insomniac stressing about all the wedding preparations and fearing a cold feet (Also, if you can, hire a wedding planner to take some load off your chest). If you can’t consume milk, opt for curd. It will keep you cool and ensure that you don’t fall sick before the wedding.
10. Coconut water
If you want glowing skin, coconut water is a must for your bridal diet. This superfood will eliminate toxins from your body and reduce breakouts. Thus, making you shine from within.
11. Caffeine and Green Tea
Though it is advised to avoid the excess of both but on an empty stomach, they actually help in reducing water retention. Please do ensure that you take them in moderation.
And The Expert Ingredient - Sound Sleep!
Of course, this is the biggest 'superfood' of them all. Ample rest, not just in the days leading up to your wedding but past that as well, will ensure that you stay refreshed and calm. We all know, how cranky we used to get during the exam days when we tried skipping on the minimum of 6-7 hours of sleep. No one wants to be a bridezilla or have eye bags and dark circles showing on their wedding day. So get due rest each night.
It’s about changing lifestyle, and not crashing into it. Some soon-to-be brides try surviving on salads to get into shape. But post-wedding once you start binging during the numerous family dinners, your body tends to put on quickly, that too unhealthy weight gain. Avoid depriving your body of regular meals, avoid indulging in excess because everything should be consumed in moderation. Try and have four meals a day, at least, don’t skip any. Take all nutrients including carbs, fats and proteins. Drink lots of water and most importantly, remain stress-free!
Which of these superfoods do you agree with? Let us know in the comments section below.