Hi friends! I’m Amy, a registered dietitian, owner of Satisfy Nutrition, and former Manda Renee bride (click here to see my August wedding at Windows on Washington)! I’m so excited that Amanda asked me to come guest post today about pre-wedding health and nutrition, because I know it’s something that Pinterest plants in our minds just after engagement! 😉 Let’s dive into my tips for pre-wedding health! Scroll down to the bottom of the post to see how you can work with me and how you can get a discount on nutrition coaching services!
Yep, you heard me. If you take one thing to heart from this post, I hope it’s this: you absolutely do not need to diet for your wedding day, or for any other reason. Getting engaged can be a trigger for us to think more about our health – and for the most part, I think that can be a positive thing! If wedding planning encourages you to try a new kind of movement, drink more water, or try new foods, that’s great! However, we know that 95% of people who diet regain the weight (or more) within five years – plus, yo-yo dieting can affect your health and metabolism. So, what can you do instead of dieting?
I practice a philosophy called intuitive eating, a non-diet, non-restrictive way of eating that considers hunger, fullness, and the pleasure we get from food. Intuitive eating also employee a concept called “gentle nutrition,” meaning that physical benefits of food are considered, but they’re not the only factor in choosing food. Instead of focusing on calories, macros, or how “clean” a food is, here’s some alternatives:
…including the food at them! Chances are, your family/friends considered you when picking the food and desserts for your shower or party. I had a waffle bar at a brunch shower (my mama knows me well)! If you avoid certain foods at your bridal shower out of concern for your weight, you may end up obsessing over those food and not being able to enjoy other aspects of the day.
Exercise is always high on the list of “concerns” when we talk pre-wedding health! But the thing is, you don’t have to forece yourself to do things you don’t like! It’s really easy to find ourselves in a “keeping up with the Joneses” mindset when it comes to exercise. Everybody is different, and enjoys and benefits from different kinds of movement. I encourage you to explore several kinds of movement and evaluate them based on how much you liked them – not how many calories they burned!
One of the best things you can do for your pre-wedding health is to plan for the day of as well! One thing I was sure of when wedding planning was that I wanted time to enjoy our food. We scheduled in plenty of time to settle in and eat our meal while our maid of honor, best man, and fathers gave toasts – and there was definitely plenty of time. The only problem was: I didn’t feel like eating! My dress was well-fitted and comfortable, but still pretty snug – so I had room to dance but not room in my stomach for more than about 3 bites of food. Even though we’d planned in 20 minutes dedicated to my husband and I getting to eat, I had no appetite and no room due to my dress.
Remember: at the end of the day, your wedding is about the beginning of a beautiful marriage! It’s not about your body, the food you eat, or how you exercise! Enjoy this season of life! And of course, congratulations on your engagement!
Worried about pre-wedding health or want to learn how to nourish your body well? Contact Amy to schedule a 1:1 appointment!
Amy Hanneke, RDN, LD, CLT is a registered dietitian and former Manda Renee Bride! She is passionate about teaching with a non-diet approach through her private practice. To read more about the services Amy provides, click here. When scheduling your nutrition coaching appointment, make sure to mention that you heard about Satisfy Nutrition via Manda Renee Photography! You’ll get a 15% discount on your initial sessions + up to 3 followup sessions!