New year, new you, right? Now's the perfect time to put those resolutions to the test and dedicate yourself to looking and feeling your best for your walk down the aisle. Here, seven local fitness and beauty gurus share their advice.
"Change your mind. If you are six months out, there is a lot of time between you and that dress. Ditch the number on the scale and start to think real. Real food that is. Say no to 100 calorie packs, diet sodas, and meals that are low in calories, but also low in nutrition. Real, whole foods mean energy, awesome moods, better sleep, and shrinking waistlines. For example, did you know that you can retain a ton of water weight simply due to inflammation of eating common 'trigger foods' that are very often found in so-called 'diet' foods and drinks? So instead of the drastic diet, consider ditching inflammatory foods. Say goodbye to calorie counting and hello to a nutrient based diet."
—Katie Jasper, Prescribe-Nutrition
"Your hair is so important—the only thing after the wedding is the pictures and if you hate your hair, you'll be disappointed. Start a Kerastase conditioning treatment, such as the Chroma Riche, for added shine and moisture."
—Ivo Maslev, TC2 Salon
"Beware of beverages. Most people have no idea how many calories they may be consuming from their specialty coffee drinks, juices, sodas, and happy hours libations. When we consume lots of calories from beverages we don't feel as full as if we had eaten those calories from solid food so we do not adjust our intake to compensate for the higher calorie beverages. It's best to stick with lower calorie beverage choices like water; black, green, or herbal teas; regular coffee or lattes made with skim or low-fat milk; sparkling water with a twist of lemon or lime; or wine spritzers."
—Sharon Lehrman, Nutrition, Health, and Wellness
"Exercise consistency and healthy eating habits are the key to get the body that you want for your wedding day. To get the most out of your workout, we recommend attending a class at least three times a week to see the best results."
—Robin Carnacchio, Pure Barre Minneapolis
"If you don't already, start exfoliating on a regular basis at home. It will even skin tone and remove dead skin cells that make the skin look dull and dry. This will ensure your makeup will go on smoothly and flawlessly."
—Kate Plec, Lustre Artistry
"Schedule a trial tan. Since each bride is unique, the tan should be customized to fit her skin tone and desired look. Many brides like to schedule their trial tan before their bridal shower or bachelorette party."
—Mollie Michura, The Glow Lounge
"Take the Vitamix off the bridal registry and buy it now! Six months out is a great time to start increasing produce consumption. Whether to lose weight (that will stay off after the wedding), improve skin tone, increase energy levels, or manage digestion strength (increased stress with wedding planning isn't kind to our digestive systems), produce is the starting point. The goal is eight to 10 servings per day, with at least six from veggies. Think green, white, and bright: three servings green, three servings white, and three servings bright. This ensures she'll get all the phytonutrients needed to make her radiate!"
—Teri Rose, Perfectly Produce Nutrition Services