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Maccas isn’t your best bet but then neither is nothing! So what should you snack on before you meet up your potential husband-to-be? We’ve got the insider tips thanks to nutritionist Kathleen Alleaume.


It’s 5pm before the big party. You’re about to slip into your gorgeous turquoise dress that you spent weeks trying to find, and that’s not to mention the money spent on all the accessories that just screamed to accompany the dress.

You’ve been planning and you know this dress doesn’t give you an inch to spare. You’ve avoided carbs, water and well, most food altogether really; did I mention this is the party?

As a qualified nutritionist I’m here to tell you that avoiding food, including carbs and water is not the way to fit into even the most perfect of dresses. You’ll simply get to the party, be light-headed after only one drink, or eat everything in sight and then feel uncomfortable.

How can you avoid this? Here are my tips to be your best every Saturday night:

– Drink plenty of water. Aim for two litres of water a day. When you drink the right amount of water it flushes out all the bad toxins, diminishes water retention, makes your skin glow and you’ll have more energy.

– Eat regular meals. Not eating or cutting out whole food groups is not advisable for anyone, unless you have been medically diagnosed with an intolerance. Eat regular, small meals, eating only until you start to feel full – remember it takes time for your brain to catch up with your stomach.

– Don’t cut out carbohydrates because you think they’ll cause bloating. Eat ‘good’ or Low GI carbohydrates such as whole grains and seasonal fruits and vegetables. But if eating wheat is an issue, try a wheat-reduced or rye approach to bread, such as Country Life Bakery’s new range of wheat reduced breads. Check out www.countrylifebakery.com.au

– Eat before you get to the party – you don’t want to fill up on nutritionally empty party food, or be left hungry and have one drink too many either.

Generally speaking, a balanced approach to life is always better than some fad tips and tricks that may work to get you into shape, but only for a short time. Have a long-term healthy approach to life and you’ll find you look great all the time, not just on Saturday nights.

Kathleen Alleaume is the founder of The Right Balance Consultancy. She is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and Nutritionist. For the past 10 years she has worked with hundreds of clients including food industry, corporations, celebrities, executives, coaches and journalists. Kathleen also features on Mornings with Kerri-Anne and ABC radio.

Feel free to ask Katherine a question!

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