This is an abridged version of article featured on, on the Do’s and Don’ts of the Bride to Be Diet, 24 hours before your big day. It is advice given by Health Magazine Senior Food and Nutrition Editor, Frances Largeman-Roth. I think it’s great advice, thanks Frances!

24 HOURS FROM THE BIG DAY – Last Minute “Do’s” and “Don’ts”

1. Avoid all carbonated drinks and stick to plain water as your main beverage. Add fresh citrus juice or cucumber slices to liven it up. Chill out on booze until your big event. Alcohol can make you retain water and give you that swollen feeling.

2. Skip beans, legumes (including soy products), and cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower, especially raw. Also, cereals with mega amounts of fiber-look for ingredients like chicory root fiber or psyllium husks–may have the same effect. While very healthy for you, they often create a lot of gas, which can lead to a puffy stomach and sabotage your silhouette.

3. Cut out all fried, processed, and canned foods. The sodium content in these foods can make you retain water and feel bloated. It’s smart to limit bread, wraps, and muffins for the same reason. At lunch and dinner, stick to plain grilled chicken or seafood, plus steamed vegetables like zucchini, carrots, and asparagus.

4. Include these bloat-busting foods in your diet: cucumber, watercress, artichoke, asparagus, and celery. Cucumber has caffeic acid, which helps fight swelling; celery helps balance your electrolytes, and watercress, artichoke, and asparagus are all natural diuretics.

5. Avoid drinking through a straw or chewing gum-both of these can cause you to swallow air, which creates gas in your stomach.

6. If you have any last minute bloating, try a cup of peppermint tea. Peppermint helps relax the stomach and alleviate gassiness.

7. You should avoid anything that will stain your teeth like coffee, red wine, black tea, dark berries, dark chocolate and cranberry juice.

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