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Today I saw an article Fitness magazine posted on Facebook about foods that reduce bloating, and I thought it would be great to share since I know how focused brides are about looking their best when they walk down the aisle. Here is a link to the article:

After months of travel (and, consequently, terrible eating) Matt and I are about to do a mini cleanse for the rest of May. We follow the rules for the Daniel Fast, which we do at the beginning of every year. It’s a lot of work to prepare the recipes and almost impossible to stay on if you are on the road, so that’s why we’re doing it when our schedule allows. Here are the things we avoid during our cleanse:

All meat and animal products including but not limited to beef, lamb, pork, poultry, and fish.

All dairy products including but not limited to milk, cheese, cream, butter, and eggs.

All sweeteners including but not limited to sugar, raw sugar, honey, syrups, molasses, and cane juice.

All leavened bread including Ezekiel Bread (it contains yeast and honey) and baked goods.

All refined and processed food products including but not limited to artificial flavorings, food additives, chemicals, white rice, white flour, and foods that contain artificial preservatives.

All deep fried foods including but not limited to potato chips, French fries, corn chips.

All solid fats including shortening, margarine, lard and foods high in fat.

Beverages including but not limited to coffee, tea, herbal teas, carbonated beverages, energy drinks, and alcohol.

You might be thinking – so what do you eat? The simple answer is tons of fresh veggies and fruits. Fresh juices, salads made with homemade (and preferably non-oil based) dressings, vegan dinners, and raw desserts. The first time we tried it, we thought we would never make it. Now that we’ve seen how good we feel (and we’ve found things we enjoy eating) it’s a lot easier to do. The longest we’ve been able to do this at one time is 3 months and the health benefits were amazing. Matt dropped 100 points off his cholesterol and 30 pounds! Maybe some day we’ll be able to commit to this full time, but it would be a huge lifestyle change. For now we can only commit to it for set periods of time.

But the biggest thing is exercising, and I know so many of our brides are pretty hardcore about working out leading up to the wedding! It’s not necessarily about shedding weight, but about toning up for those strapless dresses. We had a personal trainer leading up to our wedding, and she kicked our butts! I learned some great things from her, like the absolutely best exercise for toning arms (in those stubborn target areas). Exercising bores me to death, so I needed someone yelling at – er, motivating – me to keep going. It was worth it, because by the time the wedding came I went down by another dress size!


If you don’t mind exercising, we have a giveaway with some effective (and fairly simple) exercises that will help you look wedding perfect! It’s the book Buff Brides by Sue Fleming. A lot of these are exercises that our trainer had me doing, so I know they work. If you’re interested in winning the book (for yourself or for another bride to be that you know) just let us know your best fitness tip! It can be a favorite recipe, exercise, or an idea (like how to not get bored with your routine). Since this is a physical prize, you have to be in the U.S. to win.


2 Responses to “Wedding Wednesday | Countdown to the Dress | Temecula Wedding Photographers”

  1. My favorite way to exercise involves doing high intensity workouts, like lifting weights and adding in high intensity cardio inbetween my sets of lifting…keeps me going, motivated and getting my cardio done while lifting! :)

  2. That’s a great idea! Strangely enough, I actually like lifting but it’s cardio that bores me. Throwing in some quick jumping jacks or something in between reps would probably mix things up a bit!

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