Friday Rant: Wedding Diets

We have all heard it before. Your wedding is the biggest day of your life. Everything has to be perfect. Especially you, the bride. One of the first things on the majority of wedding planning checklists is “Start a wedding workout routine.” I take issues with this on a couple of levels. First, this suggests that you are trying to become someone else on your wedding day. I’m all for getting healthy and incorporating exercise into your life but I firmly believe that it’s something to be pursued for its innate benefits, not so you can look hot for one day. I ignore this list item because diet and exercise are part of my daily routine, something I make time for to stay healthy both physically and mentally. And as much as I am an advocate of healthy food and exercise, it’s not part of everyone’s personality and values. If INSANITY workouts aren’t your cup of tea or if you have a routine that works for you but are naturally curvier you shouldn’t try to change the way you are to look nice in pictures.

Second, obsession with one’s waistline can lead to some extremely unhealthy habits. Especially if you are trying to drop weight rapidly. Take this woman who used a feeding tube to lose 10 lbs. in 8 days. That’s horrifying. The majority of fad diets “guaranteed” to make you lose weight quickly don’t necessarily make you healthy. The only real way to improve health and aid in weight loss is healthy diet and consistent exercise. And it’s not a fast process. If you’re making lifestyle changes to lose weight in a healthy way, you can only expect to lose 0.5-1 lb. a week. So if you’re trying to drop 15 lbs. it would take about 4 months. In my own experience, I lost 15 lbs. in a whopping 8 months.

Getting in shape is a huge undertaking and it is not something to be treated as a side note in your wedding planning. If you want to lose weight and get healthy, more power to you. But it should be for you, not for some pretty pictures in a slinky dress.

Minimalist Monday: Simplifying Soap

TRESemme Ingredients Label

Last week, Tristan and I simplified our soaps in a few ways. When I say soap, I mean the stuff we clean ourselves with. Those shampoo and body wash bottles piled up in the shower. Personally, I have never understood why I go to some people’s houses and see multiple shampoos and body washes in the shower. However in recent history, Tristan and I have each had a set of shampoo, conditioner, and soap resulting in cluttered ledges in our shower. So here’s how we simplified:

  1. I have always had separate soap for my face and body. Ever since I was in middle school it has been like this. However, I have been blessed with decently clear skin and don’t require specialized face soaps so there was no reason to have two soaps when the job could be done by one. I chose goats milk soap from Tshirts&Twine as it is homemade and goats milk soap is gentle enough for use on the face. I’m loving it already.
  2. We consolidated. We donated the multiple shampoos, conditioners, and body and face washes we had accumulated to his parents and replaced them with 1 bottle each of shampoo and conditioner, and a bar of soap. That brought us from 7 bottles down to two bottles and a bar of soap. 
  3. We reduced the amount of chemicals we have exposed ourselves too. I am a chemist by trade, so I’m already constantly exposed to synthetic and harmful chemicals on a daily basis. It’s calming to reduce my chemical exposure since I’m pretty sure at the ripe age of 23 I’ve already had the chemical exposure of a 50 year old. This also had the side benefit of improving Tristan’s health. He has always had sensitive skin requiring particular brands of soap. His sensitive skin also made him prone to rashes, especially when our rats walked on him. Since switching over to natural soaps he has been rash free.

So in this exercise, we physically reduced the amount of clutter in the shower and are using simpler soaps to reduce our exposure. We traded in our Olay body wash and TRESemme shampoo  containing a multitude of unpronounceable ingredients (see photo above) for homemade soap and Everyday Shea shampoo and conditioner containing 5 ingredients. My hair is definitely transitioning from the harsh chemicals to something that doesn’t strip the oils from my hair, but I kind of like it. More on that later.