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6 Things You Must Know to Avoid Pre-Wedding Weight Gain

Wedding planning is stressful! There always seems to be too much to do and too little time to get it done. Though everyone deals with stress differently, weight gain is a commonly reported issue amongst stressed out folks like busy brides-to-be.

Here are the top 6 Things You Must Know to Avoid Pre-Wedding Weight Gain:

  1. Evaluate Your Options & Build a Balanced Plate

Whether you are at a buffet, celebration, or on the run there are usually several food options available for you to choose from; some healthier than others. Though making an occasional exception to indulge might usually be fine, the closer you get to your wedding day the more important it is to be extra vigilant of your intake.

The best way to balance out calories and nutrition is to aim for a healthy plate, which features ¼ protein + ¼ carbohydrates + ½ vegetables.

  • Go for lean proteins such as beans, lentils, tofu, poultry, and lean cuts of meat
  • Choose complex carbohydrates such as brown rice, whole grain bread or pasta, buckwheat, quinoa, barley, oatmeal; stay away from white & refined grains
  • Load up on vegetables—two handfuls worth at lunch & dinner—of various colours that are served fresh, steamed, grilled, or lightly sautéed

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  1. Use Smaller Plates

The eyes are often hungrier than the stomach, especially when we are famished. Most people fill their plates to the brim and consume larger portions than are needed to satisfy hunger. As visual queues are an important aspect of satiety, it is important to understand how to use them to your advantage.

Using smaller plates will help you feel fuller with a smaller amount of food. This is particularly important if you have a habit of finishing everything on your plate. Eating an identical portion of food from a filled small plate will actually make you feel fuller than eating the same amount of food from a partly empty larger plate. Think of it as an optical food illusion that you can use to control your weight without changing the foods you eat.

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  1. Limit “Sometimes Foods”

Between engagement parties, bridal showers, and wedding food tastings there is sure to be a fair share of “sometimes foods”—sugary, fried, and generally unhealthy food options.

Though it will likely be impossible to avoid these entirely, it is important to try and limit them. They can wreak havoc not only on your waistline, but also on your skin and overall mood.

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  1. Be Mindful of liquid calories

Though watching our calories often focuses on the foods we eat, it is important to also be mindful of the liquid calories one may be consuming. Both non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages can have quite the caloric kick.

Consider the following:

  • A medium white hot chocolate from Tim Horton’s is 380 calories. If you have 2 a week for 1 year, this adds up to just over 10 lbs.
  • Alcohol contains 7 calories per gram, which is almost as much a gram of fat, with some varieties—like liqueurs—adding calories to that with sugars. A shot of Bailey’s Irish Cream is about 121 calories. If you have 3 shots per week for a year, that adds up to just over 5 lbs.

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  1. Work in a Workout Plan

Though nutrition is a huge part of the weight control pie, we cannot discount the importance of exercise. Being physically active can help burn off those extra calories, as well as improve overall health and mood. However, it’s important not to give yourself permission to eat extra because you exercised a little, as calories are much harder to work off than consume.

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  1. Review Your Intake with a Registered Dietitian

Tried all of the above and still gaining weight or not losing it fast enough? Do you feel stuck and unsure about what you’re doing wrong or how to eat healthy? Best for Bride’s personal nutrition consultant—Anna Gofeld, RD, M.A.N.—can help answer all of your food related questions.

Getting advice from a registered dietitian (RD) is the best way to make sure you’re on the right track with your eating. As the only nutrition professionals accredited by a provincial regulatory body, RDs use evidence-based knowledge and skills to promote good health. Since dietitian services are included in many employers’ health insurance plans, you may be able to access Anna’s services for free or at a low out-of-pocket cost. Most importantly, an RD will help you make changes that are sustainable for life, which is more than what any fad diet can offer. Investing in professional nutrition counsel is investing in your health for year to come.

And for a LIMITED TIME, Best for Bride customers receive a 10% discount* on services from Eat Well Anna Nutrition Consulting

Wishing you great health and good food,

Anna Gofeld, RD, M.A.N., BASc

Owner of Eat Well Anna Nutrition Consulting – annagofeld.com
Registered Dietitian
Masters of Applied Nutrition
BASc Nutrition and Food

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5 Reasons for Newlyweds to Adopt Healthy Habits

It’s no secret that good nutrition and lifestyle habits are important to living a long and healthy life. We often make New Year’s resolutions or “I’ll start on Monday” goals, but lack the motivation to begin or maintain the changes.

However, as you make the transition into married life, it is more important than ever to adopt healthy habits. Here are 5 reasons why:

  1. New chapter brings change

Getting married brings a lot of changes into your life. New extended family, new ring, perhaps a new last name or house—there are many ways in which a wedding changes your life.

It is important to use this time of transition to bring as many positive changes into your life as possible, using this momentum as motivation. This is a great time to change your health habits for the better, such as improving your eating and exercise routines.

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  1. Eating for two

The food choices you make now will affect at least two people—you and your spouse—as well as anyone else who may be joining you.

Considering that each food choice you make will have at least double the impact than before—on both your short-term and long-term health—it is a worthwhile investment to make sure you’re doing it right.

Getting advice from a registered dietitian (RD) is the best way to make sure you’re on the right track with your eating. As the only nutrition professionals accredited by a provincial regulatory body, RDs use evidence-based knowledge and skills to promote good health. Since registered dietitian services are included in many employers’ health insurance plans, they can often be access for free or at low out-of-pocket cost. Most importantly, an RD will help you make changes that are sustainable for life, which is more than what any fad diet can offer. Investing in their professional counsel is investing in your health for year to come.

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  1. You have an ally

Now that you’re married and living together, you both have a new ally, by your side to support you through the easy and difficult aspects of change. Take advantage of this and make health improvements a team effort.

People seeking to make positive health changes often reported that having a gym buddy or healthy eating friend has helped to keep them motivated to reach their goals. Cooking or being active together is also a great bonding opportunity. Getting healthy together will allow you to strengthen your bodies, but also your new bond as you find more activities you enjoy doing together.

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  1. You have someone to be healthy for

You’re no longer on your own. The health choices you make impact your spouse, but have an even greater impact on your kids, both current and future.

We learn eating habits at an early age and often maintain them for life. As the rate of childhood obesity continues to rise, it serves as a reminder to the importance of setting a good example and building good nutrition habits early in life. Obesity often starts in childhood and continues into later life, so it’s important to prevent the problem before it begins.

Parental attitudes toward health usually transfer over to their kids, as they take queues from what they observe in their environment to form their own preferences. Parents and caregivers are the gatekeepers to good nutrition and healthy habits. If children can only choose between several healthy options, they have no opportunity to make unhealthy choices.

Start by building your own good eating habits now, so that when kids come along it will be one less thing you have to worry about.

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  1. Stay beautiful for years to come

Many couples will set a “wedding body” goal as motivation to lose weight and start exercising. It’s a shame that these positive changes are often abandoned after the big day.

However, your wedding should be a checkpoint instead of an endpoint to your healthy habits. Who doesn’t want to look as good for the rest of their lives as they did on their big day—or even better!

Instead of reverting to your old unhealthy lifestyle and nutrition habits, adopt those improvements into your new union. Use your anniversary as a way to assess your progress in the last year and since your wedding, as well as identify what else you need to work on. This will help you both look good and feel great for life, not just for one day.

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Wishing you great health and good food,

Anna Gofeld, RD, M.A.N., BASc

Owner of Eat Well Anna Nutrition Consulting – annagofeld.com
Registered Dietitian
Masters of Applied Nutrition
BASc Nutrition and Food

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The Best Wedding Gowns For Curvy Brides-To-Be

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Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life – in order to feel special and beautiful during your walk down the aisle, you need to find a gown that flatters your voluptuous curves.

Some of history’s most beautiful women, including Marilyn Monroe and Ava Gardner, were blessed with  curvy hourglass figures that really stopped traffic. Today, actresses such as Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) and Salma Hayek (Ugly Betty) flaunt their assets in formfitting gowns that make the most of their generous proportions.

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When you choose classic, plus-size wedding dresses designed for your body type, you’ll feel more confident and relaxed as you prepare to be the center of attention. Luckily, many of today’s best bridal gown designers know that every woman isn’t a size 0 – they understand that many women need special tailoring and embellishments created especially for curvy builds.

To help you narrow down some excellent choices for your wedding day, we’ve put together a wonderful short list of high-style wedding gowns that are just your type. Here is a look at some stunning plus size wedding gowns for your special day:

Accentuate Your Sexy Curves With A Dazzling Wedding Gown

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You’ll feel like a goddess when you drape your classic curves in light-as-air chiffon. The dress shown above is a perfect and traditional choice that also offers a touch of true Hollywood glamor.  Subtle embellishments add sparkle to this lovely draped and tucked design.

Styled with a flattering deep-V neckline and substantial straps, this white wedding dress will balance your curves perfectly, and it need little accessorizing. The strong silhouette of this grown-up and womanly gown will give you the confidence you need to shine on your wedding day! A veil or headpiece, such as a crystal tiara, will add chic to this bridal dress; however, you’re still be stunning if you decide to go without. A great pair of strappy sandals or satin pumps and gorgeous bridal rings will really be all you need to make the most of this unforgettable design…

Use Embellishments To Draw The Eye To Your Beautiful Face

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Elegant embellishments on a glam strapless bodice will make you feel like a queen – they’ll also draw the eye upward, adding a glow to your skin, eyes, and hair. Use intricate, feminine beading and embroidery to look your most devastating as you walk down the aisle. With plus size wedding dresses like the one pictured above, you’ll really make the most of your voluptuous figure.

Corset styling offers plenty of support, and this type of wedding gown can be worn with a long-line strapless bra that offers plenty of comfort and shape as it holds everything in place. The hourglass silhouette created by a fitted bodice and full skirt is one of the best designs for plus size brides – it’s also a traditional and romantic shape that is perfect for this special occasion. Accessorize with a modern, sleek bouquet, high heels, and sexy underpinnings!

This Wedding Gown Is So Flattering, You Won’t Want To Take It Off

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Making the most of your curves means finding a design that hugs the body, without being too tight. The daring and dazzling gown shown above fits snugly until it hits the top of your thighs, creating a dramatic, curvy silhouette that is truly stunning. This bridal dress features a lovely and elegant skirt; it isn’t too full, or too puffy. If you prefer more restrained glamor with a hint of old-world elegance, you’ll really appreciate the subtle fishtail design of this pure white wedding dress.

Celebrate Your Beauty – Best For Bride Is Here To Help!

Your curves are beautiful, womanly, and appealing; show them off to their best advantage by choosing a dress that really flatters your body. Hiding behind baggy shapes or old-fashioned design elements isn’t necessary. This is your time to shine, so make the most of it by picking out a bridal dress that fulfills every expectation.

At Best For Bride, our specialists know exactly which styles will work for you. Our bridal shop is filled with perfect wedding dresses for your body type. If you like, you can even order your gown from our online bridal store, without leaving the comfort of your own home. We’re here to make sure you get the design of your dreams!

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Southern Belle Romance For Your Wedding Day

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Romantic period films, such as Gone With The Wind, celebrate the femininity of full, frothy ball gowns. Scarlett O’Hara’s dresses (as worn by the stunning Vivien Leigh) have gone down in history… from the green-and-white muslin “afternoon” dress she wore to entice Ashley Wilkes at a county barbecue, to the scarlet creation Rhett forced her to wear when she was caught hugging Ashley at her saw mill. Today, these classic gowns even appear on a collection of Gone With The Wind Barbie dolls designed to look just like Scarlett.

If you’re a fan of the film – and Margaret Mitchell’s classic novel – you may be interested in capturing the spirit of Southern-style romance on your own wedding day. Luckily, this is easily achieved with stunning, princess-line bridal gowns that features crinolines, fitted bodices, and lots of embellishments. Here are some easy ways to feel like a true Southern Belle as you walk down the aisle:

Flaunt Your Curves

 

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Scarlett wasn’t known for her subtlety – she believed in making the most of her figure by accenting her tiny waistline. However, you don’t need a 17-inch waist to show off a big, beautiful bridal gown. All you really need is confidence. This sort of style is quite flattering to almost any body type – the full skirt balances the shoulders, giving the whole body a desirable hourglass silhouette. If you’re looking for plus size wedding dresses, you may find this style exceptionally flattering – the classic femininity of the dress shown above is a perfect example…

Accessorize

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Adding a faux-fur shawl (such as the one pictured above) or a lacy jacket to your outfit can be a great way to give modern wedding dresses a vintage feel. If you don’t have antique lace or similar items, you can fake it with new designs that have a timeless quality. This sort of fashionable cover-up will be perfect for an outdoor wedding, since weather can change at a moment’s notice. If you want to add style and uniqueness to your wedding photos, this sort of detail can become a memorable one…

Embrace Romance

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Wedding romance is about embracing your womanliness with a wedding dress that pulls out all the stops. Scarlett would be proud to wear the filmy, frothy confection shown above. Designed to create a stunning, curvy effect, while also casting a creamy glow over the skin, this bridal gown and over-jacket can be the ideal choice for a Southern-inspired wedding outfit. When you go for wedding dresses this classic and glamorous, you won’t need a lot of other accessories. A tiny cluster of flowers in your hair will be enough to highlight your beauty.

Makeup And Hair Tips

Since you’re unlikely to wear a bonnet or picture hat, like Scarlett did, you’ll need to consider your hairstyle, as well as the right makeup look for these types of bridal dresses. Silky hair in tidy, controlled waves or braids will give you the right effect. Back in Scarlett’s day, hair wasn’t flat ironed or moussed – it was dried naturally and then pinned into place with hairpins. For a decorative effect, choose a jeweled barrette or comb with jet, pearl, or garnet adornments. Keep the volume low at the crown – below the ears, you can experiment with finger curls or other creative extras.

Vivien Leigh’s look was all about reddened lips, sultry eyes, and clean, well-tended skin. Any woman can mimic this effect – you don’t need to be ivory-pale. Simply find a good matte foundation that matches your skin, and apply it only where needed. Dust with a matching powder to remove shine. Some gel blush on the cheeks will give you a glow and resemble the “rouge” of yesteryear. Make sure your eyebrows are expertly groomed, with a nice arch, to get a true Old Hollywood effect. Coat your lips in a layer of rich, ruby red (such as Revlon’s Cherries In The Snow), and then blot with a tissue to remove excess.

Don’t go too crazy with shimmer powders and lip glosses – these modern products won’t really work with Southern-style wedding dresses; a fake tan will also clash with the overall look.

To choose the right bouquet and wedding flowers for your white wedding dress, go for magnolias or pink rosebuds…