The wedding season is almost upon us! With all the hustle bustle, it’s easy to let your diet slip away from you. Worry not, we’ve got the perfect three-month bridal fitness countdown that will not just see you flaunting a hot bod but glowing skin and glossy hair as well. We spoke to nutritionist Naini Setalvad on the ideal way to maintain energy levels, lose oodles of weight and get glowing skin. Here goes!
Time to stock up on Beauty Vitamins! Magic pills that promise longer, shinier hair and glowing skin. Don’t know where to start? Your safest bet is taking a Biotin enriched vitamin that reduces hair loss and strengthens nails. Also pop a Vitamin C daily for healthy glowing skin and sparkly eyes. Nykaa recommends Wow Biotin Healthy Hair & Strong Nails (60 capsules) and Morpheme Remedies Amla Capsules Vitamin C & Anti Oxidant – 500mg Extract. It’s a good idea to also up your intake of beauty foods like peanuts, almonds, bananas and spinach.
Start a regular fitness regime if you haven’t already. “Exercise tightens the skin, creates muscle tone and stimulates mood enhancers which make us feel good,” says Setalvad. No need to spend moolah on pricey gyms, a brisk daily walk is enough.
Expert tips: Drink coconut water every day for glowing skin. Also gulp down chia seeds soaked in water before dinner. They’re loaded with nutrients and fill you up so no more dinner binges.
It’s time to kick your fitness regimen into full gear. Add an extra 30 minutes of gym time every day. Hate running on a treadmill? Take your pick of Bollywood dancing, Zumba or water aerobics, anything that gets your heart racing. “This is also the time to get strict with your diet. No caffeine, alcohol, sugar, dairy or processed foods. Instead load up on high fibre veggies that help circulation and, support skin elasticity. Also don’t forget to drink at least two litres of water every day, more if you sweat a lot.
A sample diet would like this:
Your entire day’s meals should be cooked in two teaspoons each of cow’s ghee and cold pressed oil. You can add a glass of vegetable juice made with raw carrot, beetroot and leafy greens to satisfy mid-meal time hunger pangs.
Expert tip: Be happy! A fit body plus an unhappy mind is not equal to a beautiful bride. Make a special effort to feel cheerful inside you head. One of the easiest ways to do this is to write down five things you’re grateful for every single morning. Then breeze through the days bef0re your wedding with a big smile on your face!
A re-mineralizing salt scrub is absolutely divine the week before the big day. Use a good quality, organic salt scrub like Ananda Wild Rose Salt Scrub / Bath Salt to invigorate the body, slough off dead surface skin cells, and rev up circulation for super glowing skin. Here comes the bride!