Don’t Be a Bloated Bride: 10 Foods to Avoid Before the Wedding
The dress is bought| the final fitting has happened u2014 the last thing you want is to feel puffy and bloated as you walk down the aisle. While you may have kept up with your already-healthy diet and lifestyle in the months leading up to the wedding| certain foods have been shown to leave the body feeling a little swollen around the seams. A good rule of thumb is to stick to a basic elimination diet during the two weeks before the wedding| but if that’s too much to ask| try cutting out a few of the following foods before your big day.
| Cruciferous Vegetables
Normally we’d be all about munching down on cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower| cabbage| brussels sprouts| and broccoli| but not if you are aiming for a flat belly. Like beans| these veggies contain a sugar that is broken down in the body by methane-producing bacteria. The result? A bloated belly and a not-so-sweet effect that will have guests remembering you for the wrong reason as you march down the aisle.
While we’re never ones to suggest cutting down on nutritionally-dense veggies| keep these to a minimum or eat them cooked rather than raw; this will help to break down the gas-producing sugar.
| Junk Food
Wedding planning may have you stressing| but a large pizza| jumbo fries| and a side of doughnuts are only going to give you a momentary lapse from the pressure. Since fatty foods slow digestion down| you’ll be left feeling a little tighter around the waist once the sugar high is long gone. These types of foods can also cause your blood sugar to spike| which can lead to sugary cravings levels and negatively affect energy levels.
While not everyone is sensitive to dairy| it is one of the more common food sensitivities out there| leading to bloating| gas| and cramps. Keep the odds in your favor by eliminating dairy products a week or two before the wedding. The one exception to this rule is having a small serving of plain Greek yogurt. The active cultures in Greek yogurt actually help the body digest more efficiently.
| Artifical Sweetener
You might think you’re doing a good thing by swapping out fake sugar for the real deal| but not so fast. Sugar alcohol| which is commonly found in diet soda| sugar-free candy| and artificial sweeteners| is hard to digest for many people| leading to bloating and discomfort. Before heading down the aisle| cut back on sweet stuff u2014u00a0whether real or fake u2014 and you’ll find yourself feeling lighter and more energized.
There’s a reason beans have earned the moniker “”magical fruit”” u2014u00a0 they contain a type of sugar not digestible by the body. When the sugar hits the large intestine| bacteria try to break it down| and the gas you produce is an unfortunate byproduct. To keep gas levels down before the big day| choose protein sources like chicken or fish instead.
| Salty Foods
A dash here| a sprinkle there| oh| oops u2014 there went an entire bag of chips! Salty foods are a definite no on the days leading up to your wedding. Since sodium causes you to retain water| try to stay under 2|300 mg per day.
Like dairy| gluten doesn’t affect everyone in a negative way| but it is another type of food known to cause bloating| cramps| and gas in many people. To be on the safe side| eliminate gluten one to two weeks before the wedding to see if it has any effect on your digestive system. Just be sure to find fiber in other places to keep your stomach happy!
Anyone who has tied one on can tell you how puffy they feel the next morning (even more so when too many beers or sugary cocktails are involved). From sulfur-bearing gases to weakening the digestive system| there are a few reasons why alcohol can have you feeling like the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man in your all-white dress. Save the toast for the day of and cut out alcohol during the two weeks leading up to the big day.
| Carbonated Beverages
Soda| sparkling water| champagne u2014u00a0basically| if it has bubbles| put it down. Those bubbles that give drinks that special fizz are doing the same thing to your body. By releasing all that carbon dioxide| you’re left feeling gassy and bloated all at once.
| Chewing Gum
The next time you need a fresh-breath fix| reach for a mint instead of a piece of gum. Counting out the fact that many varieties contain bloat-inducing sugar alcohol| chewing on gum causes you to swallow more often| including an excess amount of air that goes straight to your belly.