As a woman it can take a great deal of preparation to get ready for an event. This was never a truer statement than when I was preparing for my big fat vegan wedding on the 25th October 2014. In this post I would love to take the time to share my personal routine for getting celebration ready whilst sticking to my ethical and health conscious beliefs.
Some women loose or gain weight when they are stressed depending on their metabolic type. Happily, I am a weight gainer and although I was chowing down my adaptogenic herbs like a trouper I needed to eat like a saint leading up to my wedding. As a high raw vegan this was pretty much a blessing as my skin and energy levels were radiating as a direct result of this. A typical day to me would be a breakfast smoothie (example: 2 bananas, 2 scoops vegan protein powder, flavour and coconut water), lunch smoothie (example: 2 mangoes, 2 handfuls baby spinach, ½ cup basil, flavour and coconut water), some snacks of fruit, loads of water and herbal tea (generally around 3L in total) and dinner would be either a raw soup/salad or a cooked dish like tofu, rice and veggies, potato curry or a cooked soup. I kept a visual food diary on Instagram @naturallyholly if you would like to see more.
I also trained like my life depended on it which was an excellent stress support during this hectic time. A typical week for me would consist of Monday-Les Mills Pump, Tuesday- Bikram yoga, Wednesday-Les Mills RPM (cycle), Thursday- Les Mills Pump, Friday- Les Mills RPM, Saturday-Bikram yoga and Sunday was my glorious rest day. I built this routine over the 12 months of preparation and definitely started a lot lighter with regular bushwalking thrown in for balance. For the last 2 months though I loved the feeling of flushing out tension from my body and I genuinely feel that this was a major factor in my ability to sleep well during this whole period.
In the final weeks of wedding preparation began my many appointments with hair and make-up trials. I will explain this process in detail in my next blog post which goes into the full details of planning a vegan wedding and finding ethical vendors.
As for my personal preparation, it was also a time of girly pampering and generally feeling like a princess which was very new and very lovely. One of the best things I did for myself was have a vegan and organic facial with Natalie Sellars, Kindred Toxin Free Facials. Natalie was absolutely stunning and transported me into a world of fragrant oils and deeply nourishing skin remedies. She also guided me as to how to prepare my skin as the big day got closer so that I would look my shining best on the day.
As far as relaxation and down time in the lead up, this was my weakest area. Those who work with me know that I am a stickler for enforced down time and space to simply be. If I had my time again I would be stronger with myself but I did manage to hold onto some excellent rituals. One of my favourite tools was the Australian Bush Flower Essence Calm and Clear. I took this baby everywhere and drank liberally. I also had plenty of cups of tea with friends to help me debrief and have a good giggle. I think that what was most important is that I fed myself like a goddess and worked my body in all the right ways to keep shining like the best human being I could be!
Photo credit: Photography by Natasha Jade