By Maria Immaculate Owechi
Most wedding ceremonies usually take the whole day because of the programmes lined up.
This is why it is important to ensure you eat sufficient food that will keep you energised throughout the ordeal.
However, this is not about consuming anything according to Dr Damalie Nabatya, a nutritionist with Family Life Health Center, Ntinda. She says one of the most advised pre-wedding diet tips is to watch what you are eating and drinking. “Because what you eat and drink has an enormous effect on how you feel mentally, physically and emotionally,” She explains, adding, “You wouldn’t want to be the bride and groom who can’t enjoy their big day to the fullest because of unwanted stomach complications.”
We spoke to some nutritionists for expert advice on what you should eat and drink or completely avoid right before your wedding ceremony.
Carbohydrates are nutritious bodybuilding foods, however, on your wedding, you are discouraged from consuming some of them because of their high fibre content.
According to Dr Jacent Kamuntu Assimwe, a nutritionist and lecturer at Kyambogo University, consuming carbohydrates foods such beans can result in gas during digestion, thus making you bloated.
She rather suggests opting for non-gas-forming proteins such as chicken and fish.
Dr Assimwe adds that baked foods made from wheat can also cause bloating and rather advises eating easily to digest grains like rice and millet.
Ordering fried snacks like chips comes in handy in case you want to eat something light and crispy but it may not be a good choice because of their high-fat content.
“Fried foods take longer to digest which can result in bloating and indigestion,” Dr Assimwe says.
The bridal team is advised to instead eat vegetable or fruit salads because they are light and healthy.
High salty snacks
High salty snacks are discouraged because they can result in bloating and dehydration.
In case you feel dehydrated after consuming a salty snack, Dr Nambatya suggests switching to taking water or eating water-filled fruits like cucumber, berries and watermelon.
Garlic and Onions
From embracing your new spouse to interacting with your guests, the last thing you want is to have a garlic or onion breath.
“Even with the use of chewing gum or mouth wash, it is hard to get rid of the smell of garlic,” Dr Nambatya reveals.
She advises couples to desist from eating pungent foods altogether.
For those with a sweet tooth, it may not be a wise decision to eat sugary foods in the morning of your wedding ceremony.
Dr Assimwe says this is because sugary foods are difficult to digest and have chances of making you feel boated.
She instead advises opting for sugar-free foods with natural sweeteners or eating fruits like bananas, berries which are also high in sugar content.
It is advised to take alcohol at a moderated level to avoid an unpleasant hangover.
Trevor Namanya, an IT specialist shares of a wedding where the groom took excessive alcohol during his bachelor’s party, on the eve of his wedding day.
“The next day he was complaining of a pounding headache and had a hard time enjoying his ceremony,” he reveals.
This is why it is advised to save the drinking spree for the night time when all the day’s events have come to pass.
“Carbonated beverages such as sodas shouldn’t be taken before the wedding ceremony because they too can cause bloating since they are loaded with sugar,” Dr Assimwe reveals.
Angella Acayo, a medical student at Makerere University shares how her elder sister opted to take soda instead of tea as she was getting for her big day.
” She complained of feeling gas in her stomach while at the church ceremony,” she reveals.
To avoid such a situation, Dr Assimwe advises taking fresh juice instead for a bride who doesn’t want to take tea.
Drinking a cup of coffee may assist in keeping you alert but according to Dr Nambatya, it can cause dehydration.
She says the solution is to take water after taking a cup coffee so that you are hydrated.
Dairy products are nutritious but it is advised to take them with caution because they cause bloats and cramps for certain individuals.
Dr Nambatya gives an example of cheese whose fat can be hard to digest causing bloating and nausea.
With these few tips, we hope you will be selective with what you choose to eat and drink before you head out for your wedding ceremony.
Dr Nambatya further advises the couples to know which foods they are allergic to, to avoid getting complications that can’t easily be reversed.