Every bride wants to look and feel her best on the big day! So, what should she eat to stay fueled and fabulous for the entire evening? An important part of feeling your best on your wedding day is to eat the right food.

A couple of foods to consider eating before wedding include:

OATMEAL

It contains soluble fiber to slow the absorption of glucose from food in your stomach, which keeps your blood-sugar levels steady.

SALAD

Waking up with puffy eyes can make you look less than photogenic. You can trick your body into letting go of excess liquid by noshing on natural diuretics. For a triple dose, try tossing half of a sliced cucumber with ¼ cup parsley and 1 tbsp. lemon juice.

TROPICAL FRUITS

Not getting enough fluids can leave you feeling lethargic. Fruits and vegetables are natural hydrators since they’re 60 to 95 percent water. Melons, papaya, and mangos are especially good because they also contain potassium, which helps regulate your body’s balance of fluids and minerals.

CHIA SEEDS

These little black seeds are the highest natural source of omega-3s, and when your cells are nourished, your skin glows. Omega-3 fatty acids benefit your skin because they help strengthen cell membranes’ barriers to allow water and nutrients in and keep toxins out. Mix chia seeds in your oatmeal or a natural fruit shake, or sprinkle them on your salad on your big day.

LEMON

If you woke up with puffy eyes or a fuller face than usual, try adding some lemon to your water. A natural diuretic, it will help you to shed any excess water and will have you looking your best in no time!

A couple of foods to consider avoiding before the wedding include:

SODAS AND CARBONATED DRINKS

Soft drinks have a number of bad effects on brides. Bloating is common, along with belching, so it’s best to avoid.

STARCHY FOODS

Starches are also foods associated with bloating and gas. Stay away from potatoes, pasta, and rice on the day of and the day before the wedding. Corn and breads can have similar effects; try wraps or pita bread for sandwiches if you need a snack before the wedding.

CAFFEINE

Water is the best thing to drink before your wedding. Avoid coffee, tea, sodas, energy bars, and other caffeinated products as much as possible. If you’re a daily coffee or soft drink consumer, at least limit the amount you have that morning. Caffeine reduces the amount of water in the body and can lead to dehydration during the ceremony.

SPICED FOODS

Spices can do all sorts of strange things as they’re eaten and digested. Spicy food will heat up your body and could cause extra sweating; some spices may irritate your stomach. There’s also a chance of bad breath or a small flake getting stuck between your teeth!

MILK AND DAIRY PRODUCTS

Limit the amount of lactose you eat on the big day. Yogurt, cheese, milk, and other dairy products should be fine in moderation but could irritate your stomach if you’re already anxious.

ARTIFICIAL SWEETNER

An artificial sweetener found in some diet drinks, gums, and hard candies, is difficult for your body to break down and can cause bloating and indigestion. Though it might be tempting to reach for artificially-sweetened cookies or chew sugar-free gum, have naturally sweet options on hand, such as frozen fruit like grapes or blueberries.

Think healthy, high protein and low fat when you’re selecting foods to eat before your wedding day. Choose foods that are filling, but light. Avoid the foods listed above and also stay away from foods and drinks that contain a lot of sugar. Sugars are good for short-lived energy, but usually leave you feeling tired and sluggish soon after. Plan a good breakfast the day of your wedding and pack a few nourishing snacks but be sure to avoid foods that could cause bloating or an upset stomach. Also, make sure to keep hydrated by limiting caffeine and drinking plenty of water.