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Healthy Bride, Not Skinny Bride with Rachel Hollis’ “Five To Thrive”

Healthy Bride, Not Skinny Bride with Rachel Hollis’ “Five To Thrive”

We live in a diet culture. There are hundreds of diets claiming to shrink your body. Women are constantly criticized for being too big, too small, too short, too tall, too (fill in the blank). Enter Rachel Hollis, author, motivational speaker, and fierce equality and female empowerment advocate. Rachel Hollis encourages her followers to do her “Five To Thrive” to become the healthiest, best version of themselves. Your fiance is marrying you, as you are, beautifully and wonderfully imperfect. Therefore, let’s make healthy your goal, not skinny. Here are Rachel Hollis’ “Five To Thrive” and examples on how it will help you prepare for your wedding, the healthy way!

1.) Drink Water

Most of our body is comprised of water. In order for your skin, joints, digestion, hair, and cells to regenerate and do their job, you need to drink water. Drinking water is the simplest way to get healthy. Rachel’s recommendation is to drink half your body weigh in ounces of water every day. I have tried it and I can honestly tell you it makes a huge difference in my energy levels and skin health. Fun fact: Coffee, iced tea, & lemonade do not count. It has to be water. But never fear, you can drink coffee as long as you drink your water.

2.) Exercising at least 30 minutes per day.

Exercise is imperative on your journey to get healthy. If you are not usually an active person you need to reset your habits a bit, but trust me, it will be worth it. Exercise helps increase endorphins, the happy hormone. Elle Woods, anyone? This means 30 minutes of exercise can decrease your wedding stress, big time! Exercise also gives you more energy. Wedding planning can feel like a stressful part time job. An extra boost of energy will give you the energy you need to balance work, wedding planning, relaxation, & fun time. Most importantly, exercise prevents health issues such as: heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, anxiety, and depression. What’s not to like? Build it into your schedule every day and you will feel amazing.

3.) Give up one category of food that is not good for you.

Okay friends, put down the cookies. This is not to say you cannot treat yourself every once in a while, but the old adage ‘you are what you eat’ is a real thing. Aside from drinking water and exercise, what you eat has the greatest effect on your health. Examples of junk foods we love that are bad for us are: Cookies, cola drinks, juice, cheese crackers, chocolate, sour candy, ice cream, cake, chips, & pretzels. Long story short, these foods cause a craving in your brain making you want them more and more. If we cut junk food for 30 days the odds of our bodies craving what is bad for us decreases drastically. You’ll be amazed how good your body feels. We recommend you replace whatever food you cut with something delicious and actually healthy for you. There are plenty of easy, Pinterest-worthy recipes that you and your body will love far more than the cookies.

4. Wake up on hour earlier every day and do something for yourself.

This means going to bed earlier, instead of sitting on your phone for an hour before you go to sleep. Fun fact: The blue light emitted from phones and computers keeps you awake, bad idea before bed. “You’re telling me to wake up earlier?!” Yes! This means you get to drink your coffee in peace, read a book you’ve wanted to read for a while, and/or eat a real breakfast to start your day off right. We are always rushing from one thing to the next, especially in the morning. A little relaxation time is important and healthy! Waking up an hour earlier starts the focus of your day on you and your health.

5. Write down 10 things you are grateful for every day.

Did you know, according to science, focusing on what you are grateful for everyday wires your brain to be more positive? The more you count your blessings and focus on what you are grateful for, the more your brain is trained to look for the good in every day. Multiple studies have shown people who practice gratitude every day have more life satisfaction and less stress. What’s to lose? Commit to doing it every day you will feel healthy and happier.



We can’t wait for you to look and, most importantly, feel your healthiest on your wedding day! You and your fiance showing up as your healthiest, best selves for each other will ensure your marriage will start strong, and continue happily ever after. Get ready to ‘thrive!’


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The Wedding Diet

The Wedding Diet

So you’ve got the groom, save the dates and started to look into venues and vendors. What next? For most brides, it’s a wedding diet. Many women are not happy with their bodies, but that doesn’t have to be you! The wedding diet isn’t a fad or quick fix. What we propose is almost a life style change if you’re willing.

Everyone knows that staying hydrated is key to any diet and healthy lifestyle. On a wedding diet that still holds true as well. We recommend eight glasses of eight ounces of water a day. You may need more or less depending on the exercise routine you plan to follow. A wedding diet isn’t just a quick fix, it’s a life change. Staying hydrated will also improve your general mood because when you’re hydrated you are able to think clearly and focus on those little wedding details. If you can’t stand plain water think about adding sugar free mixes, fruits or veggies to give it a splash of flavor!

Another key to the wedding diet is avoiding processed foods. This means anything in a box, package and of course fast food. We think it’s fine to indulge once in a while, but on a wedding diet you can and should be pretty strict. Just think about how the results will make you so happy you stuck with it. You also may find once you avoid these foods it’ll become easier to do and you’ll make it a life style change.

The next thing to keep in mind while on a wedding diet is to limit your sugar intake. You should be sure to look at labels now! You’d be surprised by how much added sugar things have in them – yogurt and cereal are culprits that people don’t realize have a lot of sugar. It might be hard to avoid sugar right now, but just think of the delicious cake you’ll eat on your wedding day! Keeping your diet simple is also key. You can pick up easy foods like vegetables and fruits and have them readily available so you don’t reach for chips or cookies instead.

Another possible hard thing to eliminate, at least while you’re on a wedding diet, is alcohol. We suggest limiting your intake to less than 7 drinks a week if you can. You can let loose on the big day if you’d like! Alcohol dehydrates you more than you think.

The best thing about a wedding diet is you CAN have a cheat meal once in a while – not a cheat day – but give yourself permission to eat something you really want once a week or once every other week.

Cleanse Diets

Cleanse Diets
Cleanses: we’ve all heard of them– Blue Print Cleanse, the Master Cleanse, Repair & Restore, etc.. It’s no secret that the idea of a “quick fix” is super appealing, especially when you’re trying to get ready for a big event or restart your system after a period of bad eating habits.
The cleanse diets operate under the assumption that toxins from food preservatives, pesticides, and our body’s own
natural waste are stored in our bodies, and that the right combination of food or elimination of food can eliminate these toxins from our bodies to give us a clean start. Here are some of the pros and cons of cleansing diets.
Pros:
1. Cleansed palate
One of the most interesting but less thought of pros of a cleanse or cleansing diet is the fact that when you don’t eat any processed foods for several days or weeks, you lose your taste for them. When you’ve finished with the diet, you no longer crave the processed foods you once did. Twinkies and fast food burgers are no longer appealing.
2. Cleaned out toxins
While this isn’t scientifically proven, many believe that toxins are indeed cleaned out of your body when you go on a cleansing diet. If this is true, then this is certainly a significant benefit to your overall health.
3. Temporary weight loss
Most cleansing diets result in weight loss. The weight loss varies by type of diet and duration; a two day fast will not result in as much weight loss as you might imagine. Some people choose to go on a cleansing diet right before an important event where they want to look particularly good, like a wedding.
4. More energy
The majority of people who are fans of cleansing diets will tell you that one of the major benefits of a cleansing diet is the increase in energy you feel.
Cons:
1. Unpleasant symptoms
There are a number of unpleasant side effects people feel when on a cleansing diet. You may suffer from:
• Fatigue
•Insomnia
•Feeling weak
•Headaches
•Digestive distress
•Feeling dizzy
•Feeling irritable
Proponents of cleansing diets will remind you that these side effects are only temporary and you’ll feel much better after.
2. Temporary weight loss
The weight loss you’re likely to see from a cleansing diet is most often temporary. As soon as your diet ends, the weight is put back on. The goal of these types of diets is not to lose weight but to eliminate toxins.
3. Difficult to do correctly
Cleansing diets can be difficult to do correctly and can be unsafe. It is recommended that you do a lot of research on your chosen diet and see a doctor before undertaking any extreme changes in your diet. Take the time to research, and visit your doctor before you make a decision.

Wedding Diet

Doing it the Right Way vs. Crash Diets
So, you are officially on your wedding diet. Congrats! Successful weight loss takes hard work and commitment, but there is no lack of fad or crash diets on the market that claim to promote fast weight loss. With the rising trend of obesity around the globe, fad diets,which are diets that trigger fast weight loss, have become increasingly popular. Not all weight loss diets arefad diets. There are also healthy well-balanced diets used to promote weight loss.
Healthy lifestyle habits, as the name suggests, include and means eating a balanced diet and ensuring proper amount of exercise on a regular basis. Eating healthy means that you eat everything in the right portions. In other words, with these kinds of diet plans, you eat everything, but limit your intake of relatively unhealthy foods. A healthy lifestyle habit is realistic as it’s based on long-term goals and is phased out. In other words, when opting for a healthy lifestyle, you are in for the long haul, promising to follow its principles, irrespective of whatever temptation you may face. The perks far out weight simply being on a wedding diet for only five months.
Crash diets, on the other hand, are diets wherein you avoid certain kinds of food while eating certain others. There are several such diet plans available today from which you can take your pick depending on your preferences, requirements, and needs. This is usually coupled with intense workouts, where your body is pushed beyond limits right from the outset.
It is important to understand that both methods have their own advantages and disadvantages.
Pro
Common practices for weight loss and fitness include healthy diet plans, as well as lifestyle habits on one hand.
Con
Research suggests rapid weight loss can slow your metabolism, leading to future weight gain, and deprive your body of essential nutrients. What’s more, crash diets can weaken your immune system and increase your risk of dehydration, heart palpitations, and cardiac stress.
Pro
Fitness builds muscles, increases energy levels, and can increase your mood because hormones are released during workouts that cause happiness, energy, and sex-drive.
Con
Many fad or crash diets are programs that last for just a few weeks, and they often do not promote regular exercise. These types of plans do not offer long-term solutions to weight loss. Fad diets or quick fixes cannot replace a lifetime of healthy eating and regular physical activity.
In a world where weight gain is easy and weight loss is difficult, it is hardly surprising that there are several options and choices available for ultimate fitness. Being on a wedding diet can be good long term for you if you find the benefits rewarding.
Wedding Weight Loss and Fitness

Wedding Weight Loss and Fitness

Wedding Weight Loss and Fitness

The dreaded weight loss goal set by every bride fast approaches the final day as the months wane on. As a bride you’ve tried everything from a juicing cleanse, pills, paleo- diet and even considered liposuction. Anything’s got to be easier that resisting that dessert after a long, stressful day at work right?

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Wedding Weight Loss and Fitness

We’ve got a few ideas how to make burning calories fun and exciting! Try getting out of the mindset that you need a rigorous, set routine for working out. Actually branching out and trying new work outs is great for your body so you don’t plateau. These could be exploring a new running trail, relaxing yoga or simply setting a goal to go further and harder (more reps, one more mile). A little competition between you and your groom couldn’t hurt either.

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Wedding Weight Loss and Fitness

We love the idea of couples working out together. What better way to bond with your fiancé than to sweat together? If you and your man are up for adventure, we recommend rock climbing! If you’re new to the sport or have that distant memory from high school, it doesn’t matter when you start. The best part is that a partner is almost mandatory. Locally, we recommend Vertical Endeavors in Warrenville, IL. The large indoor climbing facility is located inside a Lifetime fitness gym and offers a basic safety introduction for two hours. It’s the perfect combination of burning calories and having fun with your fiancé. You will get to stay after the class as well to practice! We can’t think of a better way to symbolize marriage than by the skinny bride being able to safely belay her groom down a cliff wall.

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Wedding Weight Loss and FitnessVertical Endeavors

 

Dealing With Wedding Stress

Dealing With Wedding Stress

Dealing With Wedding Stress

Let’s be honest. You will experience ebbs and flows of the wedding process. And, stress will definitely be a five letter word you will experience. You will have so many details that consume your life, it can be quite stressful. However, it’s important to “not sweat the small stuff.” It sounds a lot easier than it is.

From bad etiquette to breached contracts to drama in your wedding party….it’s possible you may experience all or some of these situations. I could say grin and bear it, but that will only make you want to tear your hair out. There are some ways that you can unwind and naturally have some breathing room.

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Dealing With Wedding StressVia Story Mix Media

1. Assign roles and responsibilities to family members and bridal party

Everyone could use a little help here and there. Know your limits. If you don’t think you can handle a certain task, do not be afraid to ask your family and or bridesmaids. That is what they are there for. Remember when you asked them to stand by you on your wedding day? Well, they don’t just get to wear a pretty dress and smile. They should get their hands a little dirty too. They may not know you need help and you can’t assume someone will ask you. Don’t be a martyr.

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Dealing With Wedding StressBrad Ross Photography

2. Make sure to have fun

You’re getting married! You’re not planning a funeral. This is supposed to be a happy time filled with wonderful memories not nervous breakdowns and tears. Plan regular dates with your mate, and don’t forget your friends! A wine night with girlfriends or a fun night out of dancing may just be the remedy!

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Dealing With Wedding Stressvia Travis’ I-Search Blog

3. Do not let it consume your life

Don’t be obsessed with your wedding planning such that you only eat, sleep and breathe “the big day.” Remember you still have yourself, friends, and families to mingle with. Spend a day or two each month to hang out with your friends! Set aside every Friday to have a date with your prince and don’t talk about your wedding planning. Just like good old days. Free to chat about anything, except your wedding.

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Dealing With Wedding Stress

4. Exercise often and regularly

Not only will this help with toning up for your day, but also give you some “me time” and clear your head. There are many benefits to being physically fit both mentally and physically.

How to Lose Weight Before Your Wedding

I recently saw a story on the news about women using a feeding tube diet to get in shape fast for their wedding. I was shocked that so many brides-to-be would go to such extremes. Not only is this diet inconvenient, but it doesn’t sound safe. Even if you lose weight, quick fad diets like this almost always result in regaining the pounds. Here are five tips for getting that hot body for your big day the healthy way.

Start Early

Losing weight takes time. Sorry, all those magic shakes and pills lie. Healthy, sustainable weight loss doesn’t happen overnight. For many people, losing one to two pounds a week is considered a healthy, achievable goal.

Eat Right

Unfortunately, most of us can’t lose weight while living on cheese puffs and ice cream. Not only are these foods full of empty calories, excessive sugar, and bad fats, they also lack the nutrients and vitamins your body needs to run efficiently. The body needs protein, healthy carbs, and fruits and vegetables. If you don’t know what any of those words are, rush out and buy a healthy eating cook book right now!

Pump Some Iron

Many women focus only on cardio, but strength training is essential for weight loss. Lean muscle burns more calories than fat, so adding strength training to your routine actually helps you burn more calories during the day.

Keep Up the Cardio

Cardio, think running, walking, dancing, swimming, etc., burns fat. If you only strength train, you will build sexy curves, but they will be hidden under gross fat. Aim for three to five cardio sessions for thirty to sixty minutes every week.

Think About Allergies

Food allergies cause inflammation in your body and can make you bloated. Many women are allergic to dairy or gluten and don’t know it. If you have an allergy, eliminating the culprit can help you lose weight.

We know you want to look beautiful on your wedding day and we want you to feel gorgeous as you walk down the aisle, but don’t torture your body with unhealthy diets. Healthy weight loss is possible. All you have to do is follow the tips above and start making changes to your lifestyle. You may also want to consult with a doctor or personal trainer.