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There’s this funny quote going around Instagram that says something to the effect of “Every day is a struggle between #treatyoself and I want to look good naked.” Real talk, guys… real talk. This is my life. I am a complete and utter foodie. I grew up in a restaurant, the product of restaurateur parents. I like to eat. Rich, delicious foods, steak, truffle-oil anything, and my kryptonite: cheese. If I am not careful, I will gain weight. Also, something happens to your body after you turn 30… the calories just have a way of hanging on a little longer unless you get to the gym every day.. which for me is not always an option as I work a lot.
This past summer was one big downward spiral of endless cheese plates, baguettes, and rosé. I ate those baguettes and drank that wine outside, in the company of great people. And loved every minute of it. But then, crisis strikes. Fall came, and with it… more structured clothing choices. And while I don’t own a scale, I do have this one pair of Rag & Bone jeans that (besides being my absolute favorite jeans) act as a barometer. And so I got back from Charleston (and eating all of the things) and said jeans would not zip. It was a sad state of affairs. An intervention was necessary.
Enter Sakara Life. Sakara is like, the lazy girl’s guide to eating clean. My friend Felicia had covered her experience with it here, and I was curious about it after that. And then, as if by magic (and prayers to the Rag & Bone gods), they reached out to see if I’d be interested in trying out a week of meals. Yes. Yes please.
Sakara bills itself as nutritionally designed, superfood-filled meals that take the brainwork out of eating healthily to let you start feeling your best again. Which for me, is the perfect thing. At the end of the day, I honestly just don’t always have the brain power left to think about a nutritious meal. The meals are always gluten-free, plant-based, dairy-free, organic and (when possible), sourced locally. They don’t count calories, but rather focus on feeding you fresh, whole, amazing ingredients. No processed foods or additives or preservatives or added sugar. Just whole, good foods. The thought process behind this is that when your nutrition is in balance, your body finds it ideal weight. Sounds pretty good, huh?
I have to be honest… the first day was not so nice. I had headaches, my body ached, and I was.just.so.hungry. It wasn’t like I was starving. Breakfast was an apple/goji/chia parfait, lunch was sesame ginger squash noodles, and dinner was raw pad thai. Not bad at all. But I am used to snacking, to frequent coffee breaks (coffee that includes both milk + Splenda which are both not okay on this plan.) I was detoxing hard. Everything hurt and I went to bed early.
But then it got better. So much better. I mean guys… one morning there were waffles. Protein waffles, but waffles. I felt as if I were indulging in something really, really bad for me… but in fact I was just following protocol! See that waffle above? I got to eat three of them. Three. I was stuffed. I’m still dreaming about those waffles.
In between meals, you drink a detox tea which is really nice. It’s a blend of South African herbs, flower petals, and cleansing spices. The purpose is to soothe your insides (it contains anti-inflammatory properties) and calm your adrenal system by avoiding caffeine. I found that it definitely helps to keep you from getting hungry in between meals.
I should note that Sakara is not cheap, but for me it is a worthwhile investment. This time of year is my busiest at work and with the blog, and I’m easily working well over 80 hours a week between both things. Time is money. I have (some) money, but I don’t have a lot of free time to fuss over what I’m going to eat. To me, if something is going to save me time and make a huge difference in how I look and feel, I am all for it. After my complimentary week, I ended up signing up for another week as I love the convenience and felt incredible.
After a week of Sakara, my jeans fit me again, my energy levels were up, and my cravings were gone. I can’t tell you how much weight I lost, but to me it’s about how your clothes fit and how you feel on the inside. And I felt great. Really, really great.
Over the weekend, Sakara encourages you to indulge and eat (more or less) whatever you want… but I actually found myself just wanting more vegetables. I did crave meat (I can give up gluten and sugar no problem but meat and dairy will always be in my life. Always.) In that case, I made a yummy pasta sauce with local beef and garlic, dumped it over some zucchini pasta (thank you, new spiralizer) and felt as though I’d eaten a feast.
I’ll keep you posted as to how I feel after week two, but for me, so far Sakara has proven to be the perfect reset button. I feel amazing, I’m not hungry, and my prize pair of jeans fits again.
Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post, but as I mentioned earlier, Sakara gifted me a week of meals.