Sakara co-founders Whitney Tingle and Danielle DuBoise grew up together in Sedona, Arizona, where they were exposed to the benefits of natural eating and holistic health from an early age. (They were definitely not eating Stouffer’s Macaroni & Cheese like I was!)
Danielle’s expertise in holistic nutrition, chemistry, and anthropology allowed her to think outside the box when it came to food and well being. As a former model and actress, her experience with body image, roller-coaster diets, and mind-body disconnection inspired her to create a food system that empowered her to make loving, healthy choices a lifestyle, not a diet.
Whitney knows what it takes to fight for health in a stressful environment, since she was working on Wall Street when she realized her true passion was to share her love of health with the financiers who desperately needed her help. She had gained 15 pounds working in the corporate office and was struggling with cystic acne. And when her dermatologist suggested that she do a second round of Accutane, she decided there had to be a better way.
Whitney turned to her BFF, Danielle, to partner and create a meal plan that allowed her to drop the weight and clear her skin while maintaining her busy lifestyle. They were then ready to share their secrets with the world and made the Sakara food program available for delivery.
All you need to do is chat with these smart beauties for two minutes to “get” why they are now killin’ it as the founders of one of the most popular healthy food programs available. (Sakara is an insider secret among models and celebrities in New York City and Los Angeles, FYI.) Keep reading, below, to find out how these ladies live their own Nutritious Lives.
How do you DRINK UP?
D: By drinking pretty! I love our morning water which is made with alkaline water, pure rose oil, and trace minerals.
W: We developed morning and night waters because we could feel that our bodies were missing the minerals they were used to getting in the water we drank when we grew up. Our waters contain 72 trace minerals and I feel the difference in my body when I drink it, versus not drinking it.
How do you EAT EMPOWERED?
D: By knowing what it feels like to eat good food. Food is meant to be nourishment and food should make you feel sexy!
W: When you fill your body with good foods most of the time, you don’t have to worry about being out to dinner and what you are going to eat. This gives you the freedom to be present with your company and to indulge!
How do you LIVE CONSCIOUSLY?
D: I am disorganized! But I call it creative chaos and I try not to judge my own “messiness.”
W: I only buy things I absolutely love so it’s hard to get rid of anything because anything I have I love, and I have an emotional connection to it, but this also makes me not wasteful.
How do you LOVE MORE?
D: Whitney taught me this one: to understand that everyone is doing their best. Life is a process and we all have our own path. By understanding this you can come at everything from a loving place.
W: Daniele taught me this one: to be vulnerable. Fall into yourself and let your wall down. You then show your soul and have the right energy to tap into others.
How do you NURTURE YOURSELF?
D: I take mineral soaks for detoxifying. This forces you to relax!
W: I get special facials at the Ash Center that really work the muscles and tissues.
How do you SLEEP DEEP?
D: I always try to fall asleep thinking beautiful thoughts.
W: I create a space that imitates nature. Dark and quiet. Which isn’t the easiest to do in New York City, but blackout curtains and eye masks help.
How do you STRESS LESS?
D: I believe having a morning ritual is important. My fiance and I start the day with kisses and a deep breath together.
W: I like to find time to disconnect from technology in order to connect to the moment that I’m in and the people that I’m with.
How do you SWEAT OFTEN?
D: I think everyone should know the why behind what they are doing. The why motivates us and keeps us mindful of our actions, in exercise and elsewhere.
W: We incorporate exercise into our lives by doing things like hosting class in our space with some of our favorite instructors.
Sakara Power Smoothie
- 8 oz almond milk
- 1 frozen banana
- 1⁄2 cup frozen strawberries
- 1 Tbsp. hemp seeds
- 1⁄2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/8 tsp Maca powder
- Dash pink Himalayan salt
Combine all the ingredients in a high-speed blender. Blend on high until smooth and serve immediately.