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- Bridal Nutrition Program
We recently (within the last few months) had the pleasure of meeting with a brand new bride from Qatar who was looking for a wedding diet meal plan.
We were assigned to help her create one for the event and to help her understand the key concepts around fat, protein and carbohydrates in a healthy diet.
It turned out that she’d been working very hard on her own and knew more about nutrition than we ever would have guessed. She had taken courses in nutrition, she read blogs, watched videos and even had an app developed to help her track calories, macros and net carbs (which is relevant because it is not possible to track these things effectively on your phone).
She has also been involved in her own research which is all about understanding what makes certain food taste good, what foods you should avoid (and why), and how much protein, fat or carbohydrates each food should contain. It’s fascinating stuff. So when we asked, “how do you eat on a daily basis?” we were expecting an answer like “I don’t really have a plan; I just try to get enough food so I’m not hungry all day long.”
But we were pleasantly surprised at how she answered: “I don’t really have any plans – I just try to get enough food so I don’t feel like I’m starving all day long. I cook most of my meals at home so it doesn’t matter where I sit (I cook on my laptop). And when people ask me what kind of diet plan I follow for myself, my answer is always ‘weirdly enough! – A wedding diet meal plan! It seems weird to me but it works for me! My favorite food is pasta with broccoli or carrots – it tastes great…and then there is bacon and eggs too…but this way if something goes wrong with cooking them at home then no one knows! And if you add some butter or cheese on top you can still enjoy them as regular foods (this way they are usually better than eating them plain)…but if you eat pizza instead it might be bad for your health because of extra sugar or salt – which is why we choose pasta instead!). We also love legumes – but only real legumes which are not processed so they are cheaper than conventional ones…like green beans or peas! But there are some things that are important: low-fat
- The Bridal Nutrition Program is a comprehensive plan to help brides-to-be maintain a healthy lifestyle
We’re going to be talking about nutrition and weight loss in a lot of detail, so here is the short version: I’ve written a book, read tons of books and blogged about this topic. It’s important because dieting while pregnant is dangerous and can be devastating to your baby.
In the last few months I’ve been that person who writes blog posts about nutrition without having done any research whatsoever. I am also the person who spends an hour each day on Facebook trying to convince people that eating specific foods is bad for their health. And it turns out these beliefs are widespread! This can make me look like an idiot – but it’s important that we know how the statistics are going, so we can make informed decisions (as well as whatever else we need to do).
I have tried to include all of this information in one place, but it has become impossible because there are so many conflicting opinions about what constitutes healthy eating for expectant mothers. So, instead of a book where I present all of my thoughts on the subject, I have written a mini-course which will take you through all of what you need to know about nutrition when you are expecting and postpartum.
The course will focus on the general principles involved in pregnancy (healthy food choices, water intake, exercise), but will also include sections on specific maternal nutrition (fat intake during pregnancy, healthy food choices at birth).
To summarize quickly – there is a lot more than just calories in food! For example:
- Fat: The quantity and quality of fat should be determined by your body type and level of activity (which should be 1/3 harder than if you were pregnant before)
- Protein: Pregnant women should aim for 8-10 grams daily (less if you do yoga or pilates)
- Carbohydrates: The quality and quantity of carbohydrates should be determined by your body type and level of activity (which should be 1/3 harder than if you were pregnant before)
- Vitamins and minerals: There are several vitamins that are unique to motherhood and must be carefully balanced throughout pregnancy (to avoid toxicity)
- Fiber: Fiber helps bacteria in your colon produce bile which helps with digestion; however too little fiber can also cause constipation or diarrhea which results in bloating which causes nausea or vomiting which makes it hard to eat or drink certain
- Bridal nutrition is an important aspect of wedding planning.
The source of your nutrition should be a topic of great interest to you. Should you want to go with a buffet or a sit-down meal? Should you want to choose from lower-calorie options or higher-calorie options? What about dairy, gluten and sugar content? Will you have to make special adjustments because of allergies or sensitivities? Should you eat at specific times, such as breakfast, lunch or dinner?
No one will be able to tell you in advance what the right answer is. In fact, there is no right answer; the only true way is through research and trial and error.
The truth is that nobody can give you an answer because they are not actually experts in any context. For example, if I were planning a wedding banquet I would ask those who had been successful in preparing for their wedding banquet: did they use all three food groups (protein, carbohydrates and fats) for the meals and snacks?
I wouldn’t necessarily ask them which foods were most important and which were least important; but it is much more likely that they would have chosen protein as a main course and carbohydrate as an accompaniment. The same goes for your diet: it’s likely that your diet will differ depending on whether you are having a sit-down meal with friends or attending a cocktail party hosted by someone else. This means that it would be extremely difficult for me to give you absolute answers on this issue if I was speaking in person.
What I can do though is provide some general guidance on the topic since we are going to need it at some point:
- You should eat proteins (meat, fish, eggs), carbohydrates (breads, fruits) and fats (fatty fish). But don’t rely too much on any one type — too much protein can cause constipation due to excess nitrogen waste products in the body; too little fat can lead to obesity; cold drinks may put pressure on your body temperature at night so don’t drink too much alcohol; too little fat can lead to digestive problems so don’t feel bloated when feeling full after eating more than usual; too much carbohydrate leads to bloating so avoid sugary foods like fruit; too little fat leads to weight gain so avoid sweets like cake etc.; etc.
Mixing carbs with protein will lead to excess weight gain if your insulin level drops during exercise because if glucose is not used during exercise then there will be no glycogen stores
This is a good example of the point that I made earlier about how you need to think about your business differently than you do if you are looking for a position in a large, established market.
The wedding diet plan I am describing here is all about creating an attractive and attractive-to-the-eye menu that will connect with your target audience. It’s not going to be “healthy” in any way and the only thing that it is going to have in common with the typical diet plan of other companies is its name: it is “bridal nutrition program.”
In reality, this program would be far more successful if it took into account the fact that your values are different and so should your marketing strategy. You really can’t expect people who are searching for food on vacation to be interested in what tastes best, but if you want them to be curious about what is good and why, a nutrition program can be very powerful.
You want people to come back from their vacation thinking they learned something new or enjoyed some new adventures… but now you want them to continue the relationship by sharing their experiences with friends and family (and even potential business partners) via social media.
So when planning your next marketing campaign, think about what kind of information will create an engaging story: when will people want to know more? What are their relationships now? How do they feel about your company? What does their perception of you look like?
I wrote about how to get the nutrition and fitness information you need for your wedding. I’ve also written at length about what a healthy diet should look like and how to get there. The problem is that, as more people are getting married, the number of people who actually know what a healthy diet is has been shrinking.
So, here is a new way to get health and nutrition information you could use for any occasion: my “bridal nutrition program”! It is designed for those planning their wedding — not just those who have already tied the knot or are thinking of it.
In this post, I give you a detailed overview of what kind of health and fitness information you should have when planning your wedding day. It includes all the nutrients you need (and don’t need) in order to stay healthy during your big day — including amino acids needed in large quantities by pregnant women and those with heart disease or diabetes — as well as some extra info on exercise (including some helpful tips on getting the best results). It also includes a list of local vendors who sell plenty of these things on-site (providing they aren’t charging so much that they aren’t really worth it).
A small note: even though I am giving you this list from memory, it is possible that some businesses will have changed their policies since then. If so, please let me know and I will update this post!