Face your BODY: Sakara Life Founders Interview
Name: Danielle Duboise + Whitney Tingle
Who are you, and what do you stand for?
D: I’m a child of the desert, a mother and lover. I stand for Mother Nature, nourishment and helping others shine their brightest lights.
W: I’m Whitney. Co-founder & Co-CEO of Sakara Life. I’m on a mission to help people experience the life-transforming power of plants.
On those days when you’re not feeling 100 percent, what do you do to give yourself a confidence boost?
D: Eat my Sakara greens, take our probiotic and tell my body thank you. Tomorrow is another day.
W: I try to do something to shift my energy. Whether that’s calling my best friend (Danielle) or doing some movement and playing my harmonium, I try to do something that gets me out of my head and lifts my spirits.
What activities would you say are part of your self-care routine? And how do you make time for self-care?
D: I set aside time to breathe every morning (currently obsessed with Ziva Meditation!) and I work with a life coach via The Handel Group. It’s been LIFE CHANGING. She holds me accountable for everything. It kicks my butt but it has helped me grow in so many ways. I love to be challenged like that. I also try and move every day. Whether it’s walks with my family and dog or trying a new online class (Ballet Beautiful, Sculpt Society, and Melissa Wood Health are my current favorites)! I also take The Foundation every single day. It’s Sakara’s new supplement line and they’re the cleanest most nourishing supplements on the market. I feel such a difference taking them.
W: A big part of my current self-care routine is setting aside time to fill my brain with information that will help stimulate ideas, inspiration and creativity. That’s what we try to offer with our Sakara Life Podcast – and I like listening to other podcasts like The Doctor’s Farmacy, On Being, Esther Perel, and the Goop Podcast. As of late, I’ve also really been focused on maintaining my “normal” routine: eating my Sakara meals 3 to 5 days a week and trying to dedicate at least 20 minutes a day for some sort of movement whether it’s taking a walk or doing an online class. I’ve really been into Melissa Wood Health, The Class, Sculpt Society, and Caravan Wellness.
What are three words that come to mind when you think of your body?
D: Powderful, loving and nourished
W: Resilient, Feminine, Human
What are some of your favorite foods that keep your skin healthy?
D: At Sakara, we believe that beautiful skin comes from a nourished body and a healthy microbiome. That means eating a plant-rich, nutrient-rich diet and eating foods high in water content– Eating your water is the secret to the Sakara Glow.
I also make sure to drink plenty of water everyday and always add our Sakara Beauty Water Drops. We often forget that skincare starts with what we put into our bodies. These drops help make your water more absorbable by your cells, allowing for more hydration.
W: Leafy greens! At Sakara we always talk about eating your water and it really is so important for having healthy skin and ensuring it’s properly hydrated at all times. I always try to eat a rainbow of veggies (carrots, beets, cucumbers) to provide phytonutrients that are essential for circulation. I also LOVE adding hemp and pumpkin seeds to my salads as they contain essential fatty acids that are great for anti-aging.
What does your current skincare routine look-like, specifically for your body?
D: For my face: I exfoliate every morning with Dr. Goldfaden Scrub. Sometimes if I have an extra 10 minutes, I’ll steam my face over a boiling pot with 2-3 bags of Sakara Detox Tea inside. It’s very high in antioxidants and steaming always helps my pores.
For my body: I love dry brushing. It’s an incredible way to exfoliate your skin and improve circulation.
W: I start with the inside – make sure I am eating well (eating enough fresh, organic plants in my diet) and taking a good probiotic like our Sakara Daily Probiotic.
I love goop’s G.Day Ginger and Ashwagandha Bodywash for in the shower. Then, while my skin is still a bit damp, I like to follow with either goop’s G.day black pepper + rose hip energy body oil or body lotion by Lxmi.
What are some of your favorite body treatments?
D: Lymphatic drainage from Anna Zahn at Ricari Studios + dry brushing everyday.
W: Who doesn’t love a good massage. Dreaming of the day when the world is back to “normal” and I can get a good massage.
If you could get the world to change its collective mind about one issue or adopt one way of being, what would it be and why?
D: We have to lift each other up and help others shine their brightest lights. No one is a threat to our success except ourselves.
W: Food is medicine. What you eat impacts every aspect of your body and life, and the planet. Once we all understand that and decide it to be true, we can work collectively to drive down the prices of healthy foods and create a healthier place to live for all.
Fill in the blank:
W: dill is underrated.
D: Bacteria and the microbiome is underrated.
*P.S. I hate dill! Sorry, D! 😛
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