A wedding can break your wellness routine as quickly as you can consume two (or three) drinks and a slice of cake. Rather than succumbing to the happy couple’s signature martini, appetizer stations and candy bar, here are tips to stay healthy from the nuptials to the morning after.
Workout First, Party Later
If you’re attending a destination wedding, check with the bride or groom, or their families, beforehand to get details on the best nearby hikes or trail runs. Visit a local yoga or barre studio with a free class pass, or do some laps at a local pool. Make sure you get that workout done in the morning, though, because once the big day starts, the party will be the main priority.
What’s Your Game Plan?
Some partygoers prefer to eat very healthy during the week and then splurge during the wedding, while others may try to minimize the indulgent stuff during the festivities. Most trainers and dietitians recommend a cheat meal or treat, rather than a whole day, so that you avoid binging completely.
Whatever you decide to do, make a plan beforehand. Figure out what you will spurge on and stick to the strategy. Consider bringing healthy snacks to stay energized throughout the day, so you can have a clear mind when it comes time for the reception.
Pick Your Treat
Between the signature drink, the cake, the appetizers and the dessert bar, plus the dinner itself, eating just a bite of each can add up. Think about what you’ll really enjoy and go for it — often, wedding cake doesn’t taste that great, but perhaps a few mini doughnuts or a fancy cocktail will satisfy a craving. Savor whatever it is you choose to splurge on.
Beware of Cocktail Hour
The passing of delicious, bite-sized appetizers can derail any healthy-eating plan. Skip the cheese board, and anything fried, stuffed or in pastry. Opt instead for veggies, chicken skewers and shrimp cocktail. Stay busy chatting during this time and avoid standing by the main passing area. If you do indulge in a stuffed mushroom or similarly rich offering, aim for just one or two, and move on.
A Toast to Champagne
Avoid sugary drinks with fruit juice, which can add calories — and lead to a hangover the next morning. Use sparkling water as a mixer instead of juice or soda, and down a large glass of water between each drink. For a lower-calorie option, say cheers with champagne, for which a four-ounce pour has fewer than 100 calories.
Hit the Dance Floor
After a well-chosen meal and perhaps a drink or two, head to the dance floor to get your body moving. Work up a bit of a sweat, and you could burn as many as 300 calories per hour from dancing.