Wedding special: Become the perfect blushing bride in 3 months with these expert health, beauty tips

Updated: 27 November, 2017 12:35 IST | Dhara Vora Sabhnani | Mumbai

Prepping for your wedding day? We've got you covered with a 90-day health and beauty regime by the best in the business

Illustration/Uday Mohite
Illustration/Uday Mohite

Wedding special: The diet routine

Month 1
Start with: Lemon and cinnamon water

Option 1
1 cup golden latte (turmeric milk)
1 bowl upma/poha (with loads of veggies. Add sprouts)

Option 2
2 egg whites and 1 toasted multigrain bread

Option 3
1 bowl of oats porridge with a sprinkling of cinnamon
Mid morning: 1 glass fresh vegetable juice (use season specials like amla and spinach)
Lunch: Start with 1 bowl fresh vegetable salad
2 bran rotis with 1 bowl of sabzi (avoid potato, sweet potato, yam) 
1 bowl dal/pulses/egg curry/chicken/fish (roasted/baked/grilled)
1/4 cup mixed seeds (sunflower+pumpkin+flax+
muskmelon) + 1 fruit or a fistful of roasted chana or soy
Late evening:
1 cup green tea with a squeeze of lemon + 4 soaked almonds
Option 1
1 bowl of veg clear soup freshly-made with seasonal vegetables
1 bowl brown rice with veggies (add paneer/tofu/ chicken/fish)
Option 2
1 cottage cheese or chicken vegetable sandwich
1 cup slim milk

To-do tips for Month 1
1. Focus on clean eating and have home-made food
2. Maintain a food diary
3. With shopping and last-minute plans, carry water, and healthy snacks like nuts, seeds or dried fruits to avoid bingeing
4. Avoid eating junk, sugar-rich foods, refined carbs and desserts

Month 2

The diet will focus on good skin, hair and body
Start with: 1 tsp fresh aloe vera juice with 2 glasses warm water
Option 1
1 bowl oats porridge with a glass of milk (add chopped fruits+ 2 walnuts)
Option 2
1 peanut butter multigrain sandwich 
Mid morning: 1 glass buttermilk with 1 tsp roasted cumin seeds
Begin with a bowl of fresh vegetable salad (add cabbage)
2 bran rotis with a bowl of sabzi
1 bowl of dal/pulses/egg curry/chicken/fish (roasted/baked/grilled)
1 bowl of assorted fruits. Add seeds for extra nutrients
Late evening: 1 cup chamomile tea to calm your nerves
1 bowl pureed cabbage or cauliflower soup 
Options for the second course 
1 bowl of chicken or paneer, stir fry with vegetables
1 bowl of stir-fried lentils and vegetables
2 moong dal chillas or dosas
2 egg omelettes
1 cup slim milk

To-do tips for Month 2
1. eat plenty of fruits and vegetables for fibre. Drink carrot, spinach juices with flax seeds for glowing skin.
2. eat omega 3 fatty acid rich foods like olive oil, salmon, seeds like pumpkin, flax or sunflower
3. Avoid carbs for dinner
4. Add more healthy meats, eggs, dals, soya bean, cottage cheese or tofu
5. Recognise your hunger time and pack a healthy snack accordingly

Month 3

Start with: 1 tsp apple cider vinegar diluted in a glass of warm water
1 cup green tea with a squeeze of lime
1 bowl mixed fruits with seeds or 
1 glass of yoghurt smoothie
Mid morning: 1 glass of fresh coconut water with chia seeds
1 bowl fresh cabbage and cucumber salad
2 rajgira rotis with a bowl of curd. You can replace it with a bowl of quinoa salad with chicken or fish
1 glass of raw vegetable juice made with beetroot, carrot, cucumber, spinach, lime, ginger and mint leaves
Late evening: 1 cup chamomile or green tea with a squeeze of lemon
Option 1
1 bowl chickpea or bean salad with a bowl of cabbage soup
Option 2
1 bowl chicken or fish salad with a bowl of veg clear soup
1 cup slim milk
To-do tips for Month 3
1. Plan your meals in advance
2. Strict no-no to outside foods
3. Workout is a must
(3 days before the big day)
1. Only use sugar substitutes like organic jaggery, organic honey or dates
2. No salt, use substitutes like pink or rock salt
3. Drink more water

Inputs by Kejal Sheth, nutritionist, weight management expert and founder,

The beauty routine

"It is mandatory to dedicate at least three months for your skin to look its best. Get your skin examined and follow the prescribed routine. exercise for at least half an hour a day. You might forget to brush but do not forget to use sunscreen," says celebrity cosmetic dermatologist Dr Jaishree Sharad.

Month 1
>> Start with salicylic acid face wash for acne and pimples
>> This is the month to start peels such as salicylic acid peels. A four-session treatment, once every 15 days for the first two months. Plan a yellow retinol peel or a glycolic acid and TCA combination peel, if you have mild pigmentation or a tan for once in two weeks and a total of four sessions
>> Go for a clean up every fortnight

Month 2
>> Complete your peel sessions. Several doctors start laser treatments for acne and pigmentation this month

Month 3
>> To get the most of your previous treatments, go for oxygen facials and microdermabrasion for skin glow and detox. One can also try laser photo facials with cleansing, full cleanup, and a soothing mask. No peels in the last month 
Note: Consult your doctor/nutritionist before opting for any diet plan or treatment

First Published: 27 November, 2017 09:17 IST

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