Wedding Wellness Tips for Brides and Grooms to Be

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Planning your wedding is such an exciting time, from choosing the theme, to wedding bands – it truly is a once in a lifetime experience. However, being a newlywed myself, I completely understand the stress that comes with working full time and planning a wedding. In the midst of a million color swatches, loaded up Pinterest boards and trying understand what the difference between a peony and a ranunculus is – it is way too easy to lose sight of taking care of your health and wellbeing.

Check out my five easy wedding wellness tips that will keep you healthy for the big day!

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  1. Make time to invest in yourself. It’s true – there are just not enough hours in the day when you’re working and wedding planning. Your free time is easily getting filled up with what seems like speed dating photographers, and vetting out vendors. Make a decision today to invest in yourself during this incredible time – whether it is through meal planning, exercising or just taking time to do things outside of the wedding.
  2. Come up with a wedding wellness plan. Do you want to go grocery shopping every Sunday to avoid going out to eat several times per week? Do you want to set a goal to exercise 3 times per week or try a new spin studio? If you are using a wedding planning calendar, take a couple of minutes each week to mark your wellness items in your calendar and stick to it.
  3. Find an exercise that you love. Life is too short for crappy workouts. Do you love the idea of Zumba, but are slowly finding out that indeed your hips DO lie? (Sorry Shakira, it’s not you, it’s me.) Then give barre a try! There are SO many new boutique fitness studios out there and many have wedding wellness packages at discounted rates. BONUS: exercise is a great stress relief! Take it all out on the treadmill or in the weight room. You will feel way better afterwards, I promise.
  4. Use the 80/20 rule. You are engaged – let’s celebrate!! Take this time to focus on finding your healthy lifestyle balance, but don’t limit yourself so much that you don’t enjoy your engagement. The engagement party, the wedding shower, the bachelorette/bachelor parties – all of these are being thrown in YOUR honor! So don’t limit yourself to just eating vegetables. Eat healthfully 80% of the time and give yourself 20% of the time to splurge a little and enjoy the party (responsibly of course). The most important part is that after the party is over, that you just jump right back in where you left off. You didn’t fall off the wagon, you just took a detour for some celebrating. Now it’s time to get back to it!
  5. Bring your fiancé into the fun. Life is more fun with a partner, and that includes healthy eating and exercising. Talk with your fiancé about engaging on a path to wellness together as a team. Perhaps they would like to go to the same gym as you, train for a race with you, or help meal plan and grocery shop. It’s more than having an accountability partner, it’s a way to ensure the results you see last long after you say “I do!”

Does this all sound great but you don’t know where to start? Set up your first free 15 minute appointment now.

Photo: Jenna Marie Weddings

Q&A with Brittany L. Jones, MS, RD, LD

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Get to know the owner of Blush Nutrition!

What made you want to work in wedding wellness?

I wanted to work with brides, grooms, their families and best friends because I know what they are going through! I know what the pressure feels like to balance work, wedding planning and wellness – unfortunately wellness sometimes falls out of the equation because there just aren’t enough hours in the day. I want to make starting out as your best self in your new life as a married couple as easy as possible!

How many weddings have you been to?

I have attended 18 weddings, including my own I guess it’s 19 now! When we got in the car in the end of the night my husband said “that was my favorite wedding ever.” It was too cute!

What kind of services do you offer?

I offer meal planning and nutrition counseling as packages of 3 or 6 sessions, combined with unlimited phone and email access. I also offer a la carte services such as grocery shopping, healthy pantry raids/refrigerator organization and grocery shopping and delivery.

You said you are a newly wed, when and where did you get married?

I married my husband Trevor on April 29th, 2017 in Mt. Pleasant, SC (Charleston area). We found the most amazing historic and natural venue right on the Charleston Harbor – it really was the best day ever!

What made you want to be a dietitian?

I actually started out as a physical therapy major at a small school in Connecticut when I realized that I wanted to work in preventative medicine and wellness. I took several cooking classes in my senior year of high school and really developed a passion for cooking and people that I just could not shake. I only lasted one semester before I transferred and changed my major to nutrition.

Where did you go to school?

I receiving my Bachelor’s in Nutrition Science and Dietetics from Syracuse University in 2010, with a Minor in Hospitality Management. I then attended the Medical University of South Carolina for my ACEND Accredited Dietetic Internship to become a Registered Dietitian and graduated in 2011. I just recently graduated with my Master’s in Health Communications from Boston University in December of 2016.

What’s the difference between a nutritionist and a dietitian?

A Registered Dietitian has qualifications that must be met, while nutritionists do not. These qualifications make them the food and nutrition expert – they include:

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree with course work including food and nutrition sciences, food service systems management, business, economics, sociology, biochemistry, physiology, microbiology and chemistry
  • Completed an accredited dietetic internship
  • Passed the national Registered Dietitian examination
  • Completes continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration (75 every 5 years)

What is your professional background in?

I started out my career in outpatient nutrition counseling focused on weight loss, heart disease and diabetes. I focused on one-on-one and couples counseling, as well as group classes and food demonstrations. I then branched out into health communications and worked as both a social media manager and a content marketing manager. In addition to Blush Nutrition, I am currently working as a dietitian in corporate wellness.

How did you meet your husband?

Long story short, Trevor and I met at the Greenville Zoo. Not because we just love animals (although we do), but more so because we love wine. The charity event we were both attending was called Sippin’ Safari. I thought he was cute and asked him to take a picture of my friends and I – the rest is history!

Beach or mountains?

I live in the Blue Ridge Mountains and moved here six years ago now, but I have to say I cried the entire way from Charleston. I love life in our city of Greenville, but I hope that I will make it back to living on the beach again one day!

What is your favorite kind of wine?

Sauvignon Blanc all day er day.

Do you have any fur babies?

Yes – Lilly Jones! Lilly is a golden collie mix that my husband rescued seven years ago. She is beautiful, too energetic, smart and loves to cuddle. I don’t know what I would do without a dog, and you will probably see her a lot on our Instagram page.

What is your favorite movie?

My absolute favorite movie of all time is The Parent Trap (’98 the Lindsay Lohan version). It actually has an amazing soundtrack and our recessional song at our wedding was “This will be” because of the wedding in this movie.

Anyone who knows me knows that I watch pretty much the same 10 movies over and over again. They include: The Parent Trap, Father of the Bride 1&2, When Harry Met Sally, The Wedding Planner, SATC the Movie, The Holiday, Somethings Gotta Give, Sweet Home Alabama and Sleepless in Seattle.

Want to know more about Blush Nutrition? Email Brittany.

Photography: Jenna Marie Weddings