Tying The Knot Late? Look And Feel Your Best!
As cliched as it may actually sound, marriages are indeed made in heaven and there is a right time for this momentous occasion in one’s life. However, if you have decided to get married later in life, fret not, because by keeping in mind some guidelines, ideal body weight can be maintained, fitness levels can be enhanced or strengthened and these factors work wonders for beauty and overall well-being. All that needs to be done is to make up, or train your mind. Getting fit has nothing to do with the body. Our minds are stronger than we think. Hence what we can decide, we can do. It is all in the mind.
Late Marriage Misgivings
- Am I fit enough?
- Will I look pretty on my wedding day?
- Will I have to give up my space and my way of doing things?
- Will I be able to carry a baby?
- I am overweight.
- My energy levels are low, so I guess I’m ageing.
- My face is dull.
- I’m not going to look great on my big day.
The mentioned apprehensions and complaints can be naturally and easily prevented and tackled as fitness and beauty respond well to optimum health that comprises of the following:
- Balanced healthy diet comprising of complex carbohydrates, lean protein and essential fatty acids. Eating complex carbohydrates increases metabolism (that decreases with age) and body composition (body tone),
Eating lean protein improves muscle growth, increases metabolism and fat burning, improves body composition (tone). Also, hair, skin and nails are made of protein. Eating fibre helps increase metabolism and fat burning. reduces free radical attack (helps skin health) and increases digestive health (better skin). Consumption of omega 3 supplements and foods help in fat loss, improves skin and hair.
- Adequate sunshine
- Good hydration levels
- Good sleep
- Regular exercise
- Rest and recovery
- Regular health check up
- Meeting a gynaecologist, endocrinologist and a dermatologist periodically, if required.
- Yoga and meditation. These help to gain and enhance emotional, mental and spiritual stability which can in turn reduce negative thoughts and feelings that get harboured in the subconscious mind. Meditation can also help decrease the negativity of preconceived notions that can hamper personal growth.
- Pursuing a hobby or playing a sport.
- Doing what makes you happy and doing it well, be ¡t work, sports, travel or pursuing a passion.
Foods To Include
- Whole wheat food items like whole wheat rotis, dalia, wheat flakes and whole wheat breads, quinoa, oats, barley, joyar, bajra, ragi brown rice and museli.
- Low fat milk and milk products.
- Lean meats like chicken, fish and egg whites.
- Avocado, olive oil, salmon, tuna, flaxseeds.
- Green leafy veggies, broccoli, parsley, bell peppers, asparagus, cauliflower, pumpkin, carrots, peas, mushrooms.
- Vegetable juices.
- Low GI fruits like apple and papaya.
- Beans, chickpeas.
- Almonds, walnuts, sesame seeds. flaxseeds.
Foods And Substances To Avoid
- Refined flour
- Fried foods
To Do List
- Eat a balanced diet.
- Promote intestinal health: consume fibre-rich foods and probiotics.
- Promote liver health: supplements like milk thistle are beneficial. Increase water intake. Consume a multivitamin every day.
- Consume Antioxidants (anti-ageing): vitamin C and vitamin E.
- Exercise regularly: cardio and strength training. Get good sleep. Adopt an anti-stress management programme: practice yoga and meditation.
- Keep skin dean: use a good face wash which has vitamin C and sunblock. Hair, skin and nails are made from protein and everyone requires adequate protein depending on their BMI.
- Address acne breakouts: these are due to unhealthy skin habits. It can be rectified by meeting a dermatologist and adhering to the right lace wash. Hormonal imbalances can also lead to acne, which can be rectihed through optimal nutrition and avoiding junk foods and meeting a dermatologist if required.
- Take an omega 3 supplement.