Monday, January 27, 2014

Katie Bressack: Wedding Stress? Eat More Chocolate!

I was at a networking event a couple of weeks ago,  and I thought I overheard Katie - who'd already been introduced to me as a health and wellness coach -  telling another woman that she ate a lot of pure chocolate the week before her wedding, to combat hormone stress. Okay. "Excuse me?" I butted in. Did you say you ate chocolate before your wedding to combat stress??" "Nooo," she answered, laughing. "Before my period. But, actually, I ate it before my wedding, too." And, thus, a  guest post was born:  

If you are planning a wedding and feeling a little overwhelmed, trust me, I understand. Last year, while I was growing my business, I got engaged and got married. It was definitely one of the best and busiest years of my life.

As a Holistic Health Coach and Women’s Health Expert, I must take care of myself in order to support my clients. With everything I had going on, I did find it more difficult to take care of myself, so I made sure that I scheduled time out every day for yoga, cooking, and self care. 

It didn’t always happen, but at least I was still making "me" a priority. As brides, we are being pulled in so many different directions. We have the wedding plans, family and friend’s opinions, we have careers and yes, we also need to take care of our health and wellness.

It can be fun, but also stressful and overwhelming. So today I am sharing with you one of the best ways you can stay healthy during your wedding planning.

One of my healthy tips for brides is to eat a lot of chocolate. Yes, I am encouraging you to eat more chocolate, but the healthy kind - raw cacao. No worries, you will not gain weight or break out. Real chocolate has no sugar in it and is a superfood.

Raw cacao has tons of iron, magnesium, vitamin C and fiber. You can buy it in a powder form or as cacao nibs. As women we tend to crave chocolate the week before our period or whenever we are stressed, because the iron and magnesium levels in our body drop rapidly, causing our mood and energy levels to drop, too. 

Stress is the number one cause of hormonal imbalance. When our hormones are imbalanced, like when you are planning a wedding, we tend to crave more magnesium.
Most of us are deficient in  our magnesium levels and often mistake a headache or loss of appetite as a result of our stressful day, instead of what might be missing in our diet.

We might eat a bag of peanut M&M’s (my old vice) instead of giving our body the real stuff. This only makes it worse!

Instead of reaching for that candy bar next time you are feeling overwhelmed with wedding planning, add some raw cacao into a smoothie.  Or,  make raw chocolate macaroons, keep them in your fridge, and eat one a day. I guarantee that you will feel more balanced, energized and happy. It definitely worked while I was planning my wedding.  And, just for you, here is a quick and easy recipe for my raw chocolate macaroons.


A lover of all things health and wellness, Katie Bressack is a women’s health expert living in Los Angeles. While working in the corporate world, Katie noticed that when she took time to eat healthy, exercise and take breaks during the day, she felt more focused and performed better at work. Watching others around her struggle to make it through the day inspired Katie to support busy women with nutrition and wellness counseling.

Katie works to help implement simple, healthy choices that make a big impact on women’s health. With Katie's support, the women she counsels lose weight, eat healthier, maintain a balanced mood, increase energy levels, and live a healthier and more vibrant life. Katie is also the creator of Balance Your Body in 28 Days for the busy woman on the go. 

She is a Certified Health and Wellness Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and Board Certified by the American Association for Drugless Practitioners (AADP). She also has a certificate from the Institute of The Psychology of Eating, Trained in the Hormone Cure with Dr. Sara Gottfried, and is a Registered Yoga Instructor. 

You can Like her page at, and follow her on twitter and Pinterest at 

See you at the end of the aisle, 

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

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