When I thought about wedding planning, I imagined myself curled up on the couch with girlfriends, sipping a glass of wine and flipping through bridal magazines. While there were definitely days like this, there is so much more to wedding planning than I could have imagined! Now don’t get me wrong, it is a very special…but very BUSY time!
There have been a few key things that have kept me sane and able to enjoy this whole process without becoming a bridezilla (hopefully my bridesmaids agree…). When I look back on it, these are the same things that have been my go-tos in any particularly busy time of my life. So whether you’re planning a wedding, chasing kids around, ramping up your career, or just all around busy doing a little bit of everything, I’ve got you covered!
1. Meal Prep
It is against every bone in my body to crash diet for my wedding day. I just won’t do it. To make sure that I’m getting nourishing, balanced meals to fuel all of the running around and keep me healthy, weekly meal prep has been my saving grace. I’ve been using the grocery lists and meal plans from my program, The 3-2-1 Method. Having all of my prep done in 1 hour on the weekend means more time in the evenings for the fun stuff like picking out flowers and decor, and deciding on the perfect menu for all of our guests! I know that meal prep can seem daunting but TRUST me, you will save hours in the kitchen and you’ll also save money on your groceries by being organized and not wasting half of the ingredients in your fridge. For anyone who’s ever planned a wedding, you know that every penny helps as you try to stick to your budget!
When I started out as a newbie to meditation, I had a really hard time shutting my brain off. I didn’t know if I’d ever be able to get into it. My mom had been doing some guided meditations and recommended them to me. They were really helpful in giving me something to focus on as I got used to letting my other thoughts and worries drift away. This is now part of my daily routine and as soon as I let it slip, I notice my sleep starts to suffer and I seem to let smaller things stress me out. Stress can impact our health in so many ways- digestion, emotional eating, proper hormone regulation, so whether it’s meditation or another form of stress relief that works for you, make it part of your daily practice!
3. Mindful Eating
With a million and one things to do, eating on the go can feel like it’s the only way to fit it all in! Meal times are definitely one of the highlights of my day, so I try to turn off the TV, put my phone away and sit down at the table! If I’m feeling like I need a little extra TLC, I’ll put on some music, light myself a candle (these Vancouver Candle Co. are my favorite) and make it an enjoyable and relaxing experience. Not only does this help with digestion, it also allows you to feel more satisfied at the end of the meal and helps to prevent you from overeating.
4. Regular Exercise
I am not some crazy fitness junkie, but I do know that I feel so much more energized and sane when I find time to fit in even a 20 to 30 minute workout. Online workouts have become my go-tos as I’ve been travelling a lot this year. I stumbled across Barre3 at the beginning of the year and it has been a game changer for me! There are so many different workouts, which keeps it interesting, and they are designed for a busy, on-the-go lifestyle so that you can take the workouts anywhere! I also love that they have 10, 30, 40 and 60 minute workouts, so I can squeeze at least something in, even when I`m super pressed for time. This has been HUGE in keeping my workouts consistent!
5. Asking for help
I’ve never been great at this. I’m always worried that I’m going to be putting someone out or that I’ll seem weak. Silly, I know. Throughout this process I’ve learned that asking for, and accepting help makes everything so much easier! This applies to any aspect of life. A lot of my clients who struggle with changing their eating habits express the same thing. They’re embarrassed to ask for help and let people support them, but that’s what friends and family are for! I’ve realized that people like to be a part of your journey and want to help…so let them! I could not have imagined going through this process without my Mom – the most organized and get ‘er done person I know – and being able to share this experience with her is something I will never forget. If you are working at making changes to your eating habits, get your partner on board, share the cooking and prep, and let them know how they can support you when you’re struggling. Whatever challenge or big task life throws your way, know that it’s ok to ask for help.
Life is full and that can sometimes mean chaotic. Setting yourself up to minimize stress and save time where you can will allow you to be present and enjoy all of the amazing moments along the way.
One last thing! As part of my self care and giving myself time to enjoy this special time, I’m going to be taking a break from the blog for a couple of weeks so that I can enjoy my WEDDING! Yep, I’m giving myself permission to slow down and take some of the pressure off, because life, just like I always love to say about our eating habits, is all about balance and moderation!
I hope you’re finding time to relax and enjoy the summer too! If you’re missing me over the next couple of weeks, please feel free to get in touch via email or social media to let me know what you’d like to hear more of when I`m back… recipes, tips for travel, educational pieces, I want to hear it all! You will be hearing from me again August 10th..until then, take a cruise through recipes past and enjoy the sunshine!
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