Welcome to HCB’s Spring Break “Blogiday” (as in a blogging holiday!). Everyone needs a little break now and then, and I am taking a week off for Spring Break. Instead of leaving all of you hanging for a week, I decided to share some entries that are great for revisiting. Enjoy, and I hope that you have (or had!) a wonderful Spring Break week, too! The first time this was posted, Tonya was happily living in Lynchburg, but now she and her family have moved due to her husband’s job … I wish the Prices the best, and Lynchburg misses you!!
Your health is important for your wedding and beyond. I am pleased to have Registered Dietitian, Tonya Price of TCP Nutrition as a monthly columnist helping brides to look and feel their best (and above all be healthy) on their wedding day.
Don’t Faint at the Altar!
You know the scene … the bride and groom look longingly into each other’s eyes as the officiate says, “Let’s bow our heads.” Then the flutter of the moment is interrupted by a fainting bride or groom caught on video to be forever replayed and poked fun at!
In the hustle and bustle of the wedding day, it is easy to forget to eat and drink. Dehydration and low blood sugars are a horrible combination for the blessed event. Here are some ideas for wedding day nutrition to prevent a potentially embarrassing moment:
1. Eat a good breakfast. I know you are nervous! I was too, but a breakfast such as oatmeal with walnuts and apple bits, a fruit smoothie including protein powder, or a turkey sausage, egg and cheese sandwich on a whole wheat English muffin can lift your spirits and give you the stamina for all that lies ahead.
2. No skipping lunch if you have an evening wedding! Not eating can lead to low blood sugars and result in an emotional Bridezilla. Small things are blown even more out proportion when you are stressed and undernourished.
3. Pack a pretty basket full of individually wrapped snacks for quick “pick me ups”. Graham crackers with nut butter spreads, celery with spreadable cheese, homemade trail mix with nuts, dried fruit, and yogurt with crunchy granola all make easy grab and go selections for the bridal party.
4. Fill a cooler with bottled water, seltzer with lemon, or clear fruit waters to have available during the hair and make-up festivities. No one wants a stain on their dress, but avoiding fluids is not the answer either!
5. Ask a member of the bridal party to be in charge of reminding you to eat and hydrate. Let’s face it, with so much going on it is very easy to get consumed with the day’s event and forget something as simple as eating!
Your special day requires a lot of planning. Do not forget to take care of your nutritional needs as well!
Thank you again, Tonya, for your sage advice! Readers, be sure to visit her site at TCP Nutrition for more information on being your best on your wedding day.