| SIP AND TWIRL| ARIZONA WEDDING PLANNER: 3 Simple Wedding Week Practices To Keep Healthy in Arizona this Fall / by Kristen Bradley

Your stunning Arizona fall wedding day is just around the corner. Every bride knows that in the weeks leading up to your wedding, a couple can experience additional stresses.  Brides in our hometown of Scottsdale, Arizona know how busy the fall season can be.   The holidays are just around the corner, the beautiful weather is in full effect, and the wedding industry calendars are full with Arizona weddings!  Here are some ways that you can keep happy and healthy during this time so that you feel your best on your wedding day.

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Be Proactive 

It’s always better to approach your health proactively than it is to treat symptoms of illness.  The first, simple thing you can do each day leading up to your Arizona wedding is thinking healthy thoughts throughout the day.  Try writing phrases like, “I am bursting with health; I am energized, and I feel beautiful from the inside out,” and leave these on your bathroom mirror, plus a few other prominent locations.  Every time you see your note, think consciously of your affirmation.  If this sounds a little too woo, woo for you, trust us, and try it for a couple of days, and see how it impacts you.  In the very least, you will raise your self-esteem and feel extra glowy and gorgeous. 

You can also take natural remedies to boost your immune system. There are lots of farmers markets that are opening in Scottsdale with the cooling weather, and you will have a blast shopping for your favorite fruits and veg.  Foods that can help give you a boost include garlic, oil of oregano (take a few drops under your tongue daily), and superfoods like blueberries, kale, brazil nuts, papaya, and black pepper.  Check out this helpful website to read more about a list of 50 nutrient dense foods. 

Create a Morning Ritual 

Everyone knows that stress can cause a dip in your immune system, and one of the best ways to work through stressful periods is by creating inner peace and strength. Start each day by getting up 30 minutes earlier to practice a few self-love exercises.  If you're getting married in Scottsdale, or the surrounding Phoenix Valley, why not take to one of the beautiful hiking trails at least one morning in the weeks leading up to your wedding?  

Other things that you can try include reading 10 pages of an uplifting book, or go for a short walk around the block and listen to your favorite, fist pumping songs.  You can also stretch for a few minutes, or practice some deep breathing exercises.  If you find your mind racing while sitting still and quietly breathing, check out some meditation apps on your phone or search for guided meditation tracks on Spotify.  You can also simply set a three-minute timer and practice deep breathing.  The morning is an important time of the day to do these things because it helps you set the intention for having a happy, peaceful day, plus if you do something positive for yourself first thing, you definitely make time to fit it into your current commitments.  

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Clean Up Your Diet

It’s common for brides to experience a change in their diet leading up to their weddings due to friends and family arriving in town, and the additional tensions that the final stages of planning can bring.  A few common food groups that can cause you to feel less than amazing include dairy, glutenous grains, refined sugar, and foods packed with preservatives.  Eating clean and avoiding refined sugar is one of the easiest ways to feel energized and healthy.  

Some simple swaps that can help you avoid crashes and tummy upsets are trading any kind of soda, traditional energy drinks, or copious amounts of coffee for unsweetened green tea or matcha; try sweet potatoes or quinoa instead of pasta and bread (wheat or white), or use nut or coconut milks instead of dairy products.  Bonus, your skin will glow even more in all of your wedding pics!  If you are in Arizona like us, you can check out a list of local farmers markets here, or if you are elsewhere in the world, a simple search online will connect you to your local farming community.  

Do you have any helpful tips for boosting your physical and mental health during your wedding week?  We’d love to hear!  Leave a comment below.  

If you are recently engaged or in the thick of planning an Arizona wedding, we'd love to hear from you!  Sip and Twirl is a passionate and creative group of Arizona wedding planners.  Our wedding planning and design showroom is located in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Check out our Facebook page to hear what real Arizona brides and grooms have said about our services.  We plan for both small and large scale Arizona weddings, and genuinely love what we do.  Reach out to us at (480) 648-0663 or email us at info@sipandtwirl.com.