Interview: Laura Anne Barbosa on Getting Wedding Ready The Healthy Way
Laura, your Instagram and blog are so chic and fun! What is the inspiration behind your business?
I’m an oversharer- that is what inspired me to start a blog. I’m super-social, love to write, and thought blogging would be a great creative outlet. I started my blog just about a year ago, and it has been an awesome experience so far.
And you’re getting married soon! How have been able to find balance between the demand from your job and wedding planning? What types of self-care do you find helpful?
I’ve probably been a bit more unbalanced lately. Ben and I have been having a blast planning our wedding, but it can totally be stressful. The biggest bit of self-care I’ve been doing lately is knowing when to say, “Stop!” We try to have one night during the week where we shut off electronics and spend a few hours hiding in our condo together. We cook dinner, have some wine, and watch TV.
The biggest bit of self-care I’ve been doing lately is knowing when to say, “Stop!”
How has your diet and fitness changed to prepare for the big day?
I’ve struggled with severe IBS since I was a teen (See, I’m oversharing). I follow a dairy-free and low FODMAP diet, but totally deviate sometimes. In January, I completed my first Whole30. I’m still shocked that I was able to go 31 days without a glass of red wine. My stomach actually flared up very badly. After a visit to my GI and a round of meds, I was able to get things under control again. I felt renewed after finishing Whole30 and truly think the flare was just a coincidence. I intend to do another round in late May and June.
When I work-out, I feel my best- mind, body, and soul. Working out is also super-social for me. I often spend my Friday nights in a workout class with my girlfriends. There are so many great fitness studios near me, so I opt to visit them rather than have a membership at one gym anymore. Elliptica in Greenwich and Joyride in Darien are my favorite cardio workouts. I’ve recently started doing CST50 in Darien again after taking several years off. It’s honestly the most incredibly challenging workout. I love it!