Wedding Day Performance Fuel: Strategies for Attaining &
Maintaining Optimal Energy Levels for the Nuptial Marathon
Lisa Dorfman, MS, RD, CSSD, CCMS, LMHC, FAND
Chic Bahamas Culinary Nutritionist, Chef & Wellness Coach
You made it! The day has finally arrived. Our culinary nutritionist, Lisa, is delighted to share Bahamas wedding day performance fuel tips with you! Chic Bahamas Weddings’ team of experts will keep all your special details and logistics under control. All you need to do is stay fueled and energized for the finish line “I do’s.”
Easier said than done!
Moreover, with butterflies flying, adrenaline pumping, eating is not always an easy task. You’re not alone. You’re the bride-to-be with butterflies in your stomach. And, last minute jitters will get the best of you, your gut and your mind, And, there’s new research to support this.
Even happy wedding day stress will dictate how you digest, metabolize and absorb your foods.
Bahamas Wedding Day Performance Fuel Tips: Tummy Science 101
Everyone’s microbiome, a collection of microbes that live in and on your body, your personalized digestive DNA is unique as a fingerprint. It’s comprised of hundreds of different types of bacteria. More so, the specific number of bacteria cells varies throughout the day and always turnover. They are impacted by geography, health status, stress, diet, age, gender. Everything affects the composition of the microbiota.
You see your digestive tract, specific your microbiota changes throughout life. For better or worse, depending on your diet, your lifestyle habits like drinking alcohol, taking NSAIDS for pain, antibiotics, eating foods with GMOs, artificial sweeteners, carrageenan or high fructose corn syrups can all impact your microbiota.
It’s obvious that travel to and preparing for a destination dream wedding, in an environment outside the normalcy of your own home and environmentally the antithesis for those especially traveling from cold northern climates and abroad, may impact your tummy.
It affects your appetite and energy levels and alters the way you digest and metabolize your nutrients on the most important day of your life. There’s an easy fix:
- Knowing the best foods and fluids to the consumer that do not interfere with joy and happiness.
- The amazing venue Chic Bahamas Wedding and Events has planned for you.
Eating optimally is key
Blame it on the brain neurotransmitters, the chemicals in the brain that make you feel good, relaxed, elated, ecstatic, joyful and at peace. The main neurotransmitters responsible for this are serotonin & dopamine and wait for nourishment to let your body know how you’re feeling.
No worries, the solution is as simple as knowing what, when and how much to eat and drink, supplements you can take to keep you energized for the days leading up to and on your wedding day.
Lisa’s Nuptial Nuggets
Your Tool Kit for staying energized on Your Wedding Day
Your 1st line of dietary defense to avoid gut distress can include the following strategies:
1.Make sure you get enough fiber from vegetables, fruits, and whole grains one day prior to travel and in the days leading up to your wedding day. A variety of plant-based foods improves the diversity, the health of your gut and keeps your tummy “fit” and “free” of unnecessary baggage on your way to the altar.
2. Consume small meals the day before and day of your wedding. Large meals are difficult to metabolize and digest, especially with the change of climate. Limit your meal and snack size to 100 calorie-300 calories. Also, ensure they’re free of excess fats, heavy spices, lactose, and gluten if you have sensitivities to these food ingredients.
3. Get at least 2.7 liters (women) 3.7 liters (men) of clear fluids daily-water, lemon water, electrolyte-infused water, low sugar beverages such as teas and coffees. Vodka, gin, and tequila are clear, true. However, alcohol uses valuable B vitamins for metabolism. You’ll need this Bs to energize your body, mind, and soul. If you drink alcohol, match equal amounts clear nonalcoholic beverage and take a B complex to keep up with the demands of alcohol metabolism.
4. On your wedding day, small plain meal snacks of 100-300 calories max. Keep it bland and simple like you’re nursing the flu – soup, crackers, fruit smoothie, your favorite energy bar, and ready to drink shakes. Prepare for your big event like you’re a runner preparing for a marathon. Keeping foods during the big day plain and simple will allow your gut to cruise through the finish line without any interruption. Finally, fuel your body mind and soul to enjoy the most beautiful moment of your life.
Stay tuned to learn more about Lisa’s Chic Bahamas Naturally Delicious, Organic Farm to Table Wedding Menus- meal and beverage options to help brides and their families feel their personal best before, during and after their special day. Packages will include breakfast, snack, craft cocktail hour options. In addition, exercise, meditation, and relaxation Reiki sessions will be offered. Culinary classes and instruction to help all guests continue preparing tasty healthy meals at home complete offerings.
Contact us today to start planning your elegant Bahamas destination wedding with a personal nutritionist and fitness trainer! We’re happy to plan your luxury wedding at The Cove Eleuthera, The Ocean Club Four Seasons or Grand Isle Resort and Spa.
Lisa Dorfman, MS, RD, CSSD, CCMS, LMHC, FAND is an award-winning nutrition expert based in Miami, Florida. Lisa has built a global integrative culinary sports nutrition and performance private practice and corporate consulting business working with Olympian athletes, Fortune 500 corporate executives, movie actors & actresses, politicians, and prestigious luxury resorts such as Ritz Carlton, Sandals and Norwegian Cruise Lines. Lisa designs, writes, and presents delicious dishes, menus, and diets for more than three decades and travels worldwide sharing the “gospel” of good food, fresh tastes, and plant-based cuisine.
Her passion for food, fitness, emotional balance and life is contagious. She shares that passion with her Chic Bahamas Wedding colleagues and guests. Lisa is a wife and mom to three children and her dog Cookie. She is an avid athlete devoted to healthy eating, exercise, and meditation which nourish her body, mind, and soul.