Wedding Day Beauty Secrets From A Denver Holistic Nutritionist

Denver Colorado Eco-friendly Wedding Venue North Star Gatherings

How to get that inside-out glow

Without deprivation or boot camps

Everyone wants to look their best on their wedding day, and many of us want to do so without dousing our body in chemicals or doing damage with excessive stress and punishment. Here’s five tricks that your body will thank you for to get you feeling and looking your best on your wedding day:

  1. Fuel up! Many women want to slim down for their wedding day, but a common misconception is that you should eat as little as possible to lose weight. The best way to lose weight is to make your body happy by eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, and reduce inflammation. Avoid junk factory oils like canola, soy, cottonseed, and “vegetable oil.” Pump up good fats like olive oil, coconut, avocado, grass fed butter, and ghee. Go organic wherever possible (especially meats and dairy), and sit down and enjoy your meals! Avoid snacking if possible, but always eat if you’re hungry. Drink plenty of filtered water between meals and set yourself up for success by planning ahead so you always know where your next meal is coming from. That’s the tiniest nutshell I could possibly fit “healthy eating” into! For more on that check out my blog at TrueHumanHealth.com and facebook/instagram.

  2. Cut out toxic products. This may seem frivolous to some, but guess what? IT MATTERS. Why? All those toxins in your products affect your hormone health (hello, hormonal acne), overwork your liver (toxic liver=stubborn weight), and damage your gut bacteria (again-weight gain, dull/irritated skin). Think they can’t be that bad? Check out this article for a little taste of how unregulated the safety of our self care products is. No sure how to get started? Check out my resources for some product recommendations here and start reading labels on all your products. Prioritize things that stay on your skin and touch sensitive/thin skin: laundry detergent/dryer sheets, deodorant, lotions, and toothpaste. Heads up anything with “fragrance” is messing with your hormone health, and anything with any of these ingredients can be carcinogenic and damaging to your overall health. Remember that healthy glow has to come from the inside!

  3. Drink cleaner water. Some experts are now saying the quality of the water you drink is more important than the quantity! I definitely think it’s very important to drink ENOUGH water, but I don’t believe more is always better when it comes to water. Our water supply contains chlorine (kills germs in swimming pools, so what’s it doing to the good bugs in our guts?), fluoride (maybe good for your teeth, but NOT for your gut!), and prescription drugs (yah-weight gain from birth control anyone?). Typical water filters like Britta or other pitchers filters are better than nothing but they don’t put the water in contact with the filter long enough to really get all the junk out. I’m a big fan of the Berkey water filter. It may seem prohibitively expensive at first glance, but I’ve done the math and since the filters last so long, it’s actually much less expensive over time than a Britta filter. Invest in your water and invest in your health for that naturally healthy glow! Extra bonus if you drink most of your water between meals, and keep it room temp.

  4. Move in ways that are kind to your body. Be kind to your body! Punishment only leads to a sad, overstressed body. Honestly that boot camp class might be adding extra unneeded stress to your body-and waistline. Many people notice some weight loss right after starting a boot camp/HIIT/circuit-style exercise regimen, but that progress can quickly plateau if it’s more stress than your body can handle. The old “calories in calories out” adage is missing a key component: the hormonal middle man. Your hormones are incredibly sensitive to stress, and if your body is constantly under stress (work, wedding planning, over-exercising) it will store fat. It’s smart that way-if your body senses you’re in danger it stores fat to make sure you’ll be able to survive in times of scarcity. Thank you body! Particularly if you’re someone who stores fat around the midsection (often called a “cortisol belly”), you want to make sure you’re being kind to your body in your movement practices. Moving little bits throughout the day can be as effective, or often more so than if you sit at a desk all day then shock your body into a sweat craze at a post-work Orange Theory class. A good way to balance daily movement is to start your day with ten minutes of movement before breakfast like a quick walk or a short online class like one of these amazing yoga classes . Set reminders on your phone, or use this app for PC or this app for mac to remind you to get up for a few minutes at least every hour if you work in front of a computer. Go for a long walk in nature after work to wind down, and reap the benefits of de-stressing and moving your body at the same time! Because guess what, a body that is not stressed is a healthy body, and we’re going for that truly healthy glow, right?

  5. Go for the long game. Sorry to disappoint, but getting healthy is a lifelong process, and there are no quick schemes that really get the job done. Research shows that habits are formed after anywhere from three weeks to a year, so start slow-commit to one new habit a month, and give yourself grace when you slip up. There are no switches to turn on healthy. It’s a learning process and you WILL have setbacks. Having one meal, day, even week of doing something that’s not within your plan will not “ruin everything.” I try to picture overall health like drops of paint in a bucket. Say all the things you do that are really beneficial for your body are represented by white paint and things you do that aren’t helpful to your body are red red paint. Every day you’re dropping paint in your bucket, and if your bucket’s mostly pink or light pink you’re in good shape. It will never be all white-we live in a world with too many pleasures and conveniences that would constitute “red paint,” and honestly nobody really wants to live that way anyways. If you slip up and have a “red paint” meal or day don’t worry about it too much, but think really hard about how your body feels afterwards and use that to inform your decisions in the future. No food is inherently good or bad, and sometimes the worrying and negative self-talk we have about a food is way worse than actually eating it. You may also find if you allow yourself to remove weight/meaning from foods they won’t seem so irresistible after all. I think it’s clear the big picture here is to just be kind to your body.

There’s so much messaging out there to punish our bodies and try to make them something they aren’t. You truly can’t be anyone but the fabulous you that you are, so let that shine through on your wedding day!

5 Tips to Planning the Eco-friendly Wedding of Your Dreams

Eco-friendly Denver Colorado Wedding Venue North Star Gatherings

It’s easier than you think

So many people spend hours dreaming of their wedding day, but for those of us who recycle every little thing, take short/cold showers, use nontoxic products, buy used, walk/bike places, and value spending time in beautiful natural places that we don’t want ruined, a wedding can seem like a terrible drain of resources and major producer of trash. Because it is! Getting a large group of people together temporarily, and feeding them, and making a blank space look warm and beautiful (temporarily) takes a lot of resources. However, there is a lot we can do to cut down on waste and put on an amazing day you’ll never forget without producing more bags of trash than the number of guests at the wedding. Here’s a quick start guide to get you moving in the right direction!

  1. Find eco-friendly wedding vendors (like us) Ask your vendors questions about how they deal with waste, how they recycle, if they do anything to minimize power or water usage. Not to toot our own horn, but here at North Star Gatherings, we are totally self-sufficient! We run off well water, and are 100% solar powered. That means all the electronics and lights we use have to be optimized to be the most energy efficient. We use all LED bulbs, radiant floor heat, an extremely efficient wood-burning fireplace, and highly energy efficient building materials.

  2. Find the most wasteful parts of the wedding, and upgrade. Guess what fills the trash like crazy after a wedding? Decor, flowers, and disposable dishes. You can rent decor so it gets reused, and cut down on the amount of florals used, go with silk/reusable florals, or use local/untreated greenery that can be tossed into a compost pile. Glass cups and ceramic dishes are unfortunately a hazard if broken, but using reusable dishes makes a massive difference in wedding waste!

  3. Buy a used dress! The textile industry is incredibly wasteful, and rampant with unfair wages and poor treatment of workers. Cut down on the money and waste that goes into the industry by buying a used dress-there are so many websites and resources to do this now, you’re bound to find “the one!”

  4. Go eco-friendly with your invites. If you’re feeling really bold, send evites, otherwise use a company like Paper Culture who not only uses post-consumer materials for their stationary, but also plants a tree for every order! That’s pretty cool. Another option is to have your invites printed locally to reduce the carbon footprint of having them shipped to you. Every tiny effort counts!

  5. Ask for eco-friendly gifts or forego gifts for donations to environmental charities. Include in your registry items that will help you live more eco-consciously in the future, like reusable sandwich/grocery/produce bags, countertop composters, stainless steel straws, cloth napkins, garden starter kits, and glass or stainless water bottles and thermoses. Alternatively, you can ask guests to donate in your name to environmental charities like Rainforesttrust.org, Defenders of Wildlife, or Sierra Club.

No part of this post is sponsored or supported, we just want to share other companies that are doing cool stuff for the environment.