Get Your Shit Together: Food and Eating
03.19.15

We’re fully in the thick of spring, despite some less-than-idyllic weather, which means that The Moment is closer. If you’re confused about when The Moment occurs, consider the following plot line: it is June 1st and you have just woken up. Are you going to stumble out of bed and ask yourself how you deigned to drink so much the night before as you contemplate the row of three rainbow sprinkles stuck to your wrist? Or — and that’s a capital O — by the power vested in your internal alarm clock, will you effectively float out of bed feeling equal parts Pantene Pro-V perfect and — here’s the big one — healthy?

A good synonym for winter could be The Longest Sunday Morning Ever. You’re sluggish, you’re hungry, you’re in a perpetual state of weather-fostered hangover. You’re in survival mode — gearing up for a hurricane that starts to feel like it will never arrive and then one day, almost as if you never actually saw it coming, the metaphor ends, it’s summer and you realize you’ve lost complete control. Of course, there is a way to eliminate this happening and as platitudinal as it sounds, it starts from the inside.

No one knows this better than Danielle DuBoise and Whitney Tingle, the founders of Sakara Life — a healthy living program that highlights precisely the art of nourishing the body. The two grew up together in Sedona, Arizona and faced respective issues with food — while DuBoise saw it as the enemy, attempting any weight-loss craze that would sprout, Tingle struggled with chronic cystic acne. But after “looking inward,” as they put it, the two launched Sakara Life as a result of their frustration in the hugely time-consuming process of sourcing, cooking and eating the recommended daily nutrients.

As part of our Get Your Shit Together series, DuBoise and Tingle share five enlightening and educational tips for eating well.

Eat your water: Fruits and vegetables are an important source of nourishment that hydrate your body. Eat them frequently.

Drink warm liquids with your meals (which should be spaced apart by four hours). They help the digestion process.

Sugar is as bad as we think it is, but moderation is key. As you begin to eliminate foods that are high in sugar, you begin to find sweetness in healthier, more natural foods — like beets or strawberries. This isn’t to say, though, that if you’re craving a piece of chocolate you should deprive yourself. Just remember the concept of moderation.

Listen to your body: The corporate constructs of lunch breaks make this difficult, but your body will tell you when it’s hungry, or when it needs something. Tune in.

Forget calories. The way we value our food according to calories doesn’t quite run parallel to the way our bodies measure this food. Food science isolates ingredients in order to evaluate their worth, but we don’t eat those isolations. “A calorie is a unit used to measure energy, not nutrition,” they say on their site. “Calories are NOT created equal and are not a metric used for how fresh or healthy your food is.” Focus on really nourishing your body instead.

But the #1 tip for changing your body, or getting it to a place of peace? Love. “That love doesn’t have be perfect when you start, but apply the ideology of faking it ’til you make it.

Eventually, you will.

And come June 1st, you just might float out of bed.

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