Let me preface this post, I’ve never done a cleanse or meal plan before. That’s right, I’ve never fasted, drank soup or liquids for an extended period time, eliminated gluten, etc… you get the idea. The closest thing I’ve ever come to one is when I eliminated coffee, but no caffeine, for three months.
There is a reason for this. It’s not because I don’t have self-discipline, but rather I just don’t think cleanses are worth the effort. In most cases, they can do more harm than good.
On the flip side, I DO think eating healthfully – meaning whole, unprocessed food, no sugar or processed foods – is worth the effort. I think it’s a lifestyle change that can benefit any and everyone.
I’ve been aware of Sakara for a number of years now. Started by Danielle DuBoise and Whitney Tingle. And Promoted by VS model Lily Aldridge and other IG influencers, Sakara is a plant-based, organic, superfood ingredient meal delivery service. It is gluten and dairy free with no processed sugars, harmful chemicals, preservative or additives.
THIS (above) is my kind of eating. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that eating well is not about eliminating entire food groups or macronutrients (ie carbs), but rather nourishing your body with whole, real foods. It’s not about counting calories, but prioritizing the quality of the calories you’re consuming- meaning the fiber, protein, good fat, and complex carbohydrate content.
I’m a pretty healthy eater generally, but like most, when work, school, and life overwhelms us, our nutrition and mindfull-ness fall by the wayside.
Personally, I do a decent job getting my daily greens, avoiding sugar (for the most part), and consuming high quality fats and proteins. I wanted to try Sakara, because lately I’ve been consuming a lot of animal protein and protein shakes. To be clear, this is perfectly ok. However, I am knowledgable about factory farming and the antibiotics that are present in most of the meat we consume. It’s not only environmentally harmful – high energy and pollution costs – but also, it is difficult for our digestive systems to deal with these antibiotics and toxins.
When I’ve tried to cut back on my meat intake in the past, my iron levels drop, I feel tired all the time, and I get dark circles. In Sakara’s “Pillars of Nutrition,” they state that “getting adequate protein is variety.” Their “meals are designed to provide more than enough protein (50-75 grams per day!) – and not just in the form of nuts, beans and seeds. Vegetables are also rich in amino acids, the building blocks of protein.” This tells me that when I had cut back on protein in the past, I wasn’t compensating by adding more protein-rich food sources. Since starting Sakara, I have yet to feel tired or low energy.
So, I’m two and a half days in to my five day body/mind experiment. And so far, I think I’m obsessed. To start, I don’t have to plan my meals. They are delivered three times in a week in a cooler bag in aesthetically-pleasing, recyclable plastic containers. Sakara is like the Equinox of meal plans – aesthetics and function go hand in hand.
Second, knowing that my three meals are nutritionally complete, I haven’t snacked AT ALL in between them. If you know me, you know that I LOVE to snack and I’m a big snacker. I can eat an entire bag of popcorn and call that a snack. However, snacking can lead to overeating and never feeling hungry in between meals. Sakara emphasizes the mindful aspect of eating. I’ve had (most of) my Sakara meals without the distractions of technology or people. I sit down and take my time. I chew my food fully before swallowing. I know what you’re thinking: we all know how to chew food. But no, I’m serious. I’m pretty sure I used to just put food in my mouth and swallow, because it takes me almost twice as long to finish my food now. And this is a good thing. I have less indigestion and my body actually recognizes when it’s full now – sometimes before I’m done with what I’m eating.
Over the next few days, I’m going to post photos, full ingredient lists, and my review of each Sakara meal I’ve had. I’ll rate my favorites and at the end of it let you all know my takeaway thoughts!