Happy Friday, friends! I have a special treat for you today...remember when I introduced Alison Gold as our bride-to-be and Registered Dietitian guest blogger? If not, check it out here.
Well, she's here with her first post....AND she's getting married next weekend, so please help me in congratulating her and wishing her all the best for a happy wedding day and lifetime of bliss.
Now, without further adieu, I give you Alison:
I got engaged a little over a year ago and after the excitement wore off, I realized I had absolutely no idea how to plan a wedding. I started to scour wedding blogs for guidance and inspiration. I signed up for just about every list-serv you could imagine and started getting a barrage of emails. After reading email after email, I realized one very important thing. The diet advice out there for brides is awful! So I started thinking, as a dietitian and bride-to-be, I could do something about it. I’m here to give advice about all things diet and weight loss, using my knowledge as a professional but also my real life experiences while planning a wedding. Everyone wants to look their absolute best on their wedding day and fit into that perfect dress. I want to help make sure that you reach that goal, but do it in a healthy way.
It’s easy to let your stress overwhelm you as you are planning your wedding. So here’s the first order of business: relax. I know this sounds like a tall order, but it’s the best thing you can do for yourself. During times of stress, your body produces a hormone called cortisol. Cortisol is a diet’s worst nightmare. In the short term, cortisol does lead to fat break down. When cortisol is first released, your body breaks down fat to use for energy, expecting to use the energy to fight, physically, whatever is stressing you out. BUT, as you know, wedding stress is not short term stress; it is stretched out over many, many months. When your cortisol level is consistently elevated it can lead to increased appetite and fat storage. Among the best things you can do to make sure that your healthy lifestyle leads to weight loss is to try to relax. Set aside a few minutes every day to unwind. It could be taking a hot bath, cuddling up with a good book, watching your favorite TV show or stretching. Among all the things I’ll talk about, this may be the most important and it’s good for you, I promise!
I’ll be giving out healthy weight loss advice, but I want to hear from you too. Feel free to leave a comment or question for me here, and I'll pop back to respond.