The majority of us spent most of 2020 at home. We transformed dining rooms into offices, kitchens into classrooms and living rooms into exercise studios. This new reality was a shock to me as a bride-to be living in New York, where my norm was being always on the move.
Wedding planning is all about feeling your best. You feel more energetic to accomplish tasks, have the confidence to make tough decisions and have the strength to deal with any stress you may encounter. You should always put your best foot forward when you step into the next chapter. I was not feeling my best so I decided to find a way to get back on track. It was serendipitously that I was introduced to Sakara Life’s Bridal Program.
Sakara Life believes in “food as medicine”, and its newly relaunched Bridal program provides all the tools you need to be your best self for your big day. Sakara Life cofounder Danielle DuBoise says, “Everything we do at Sakara was inspired by a need we either had or witnessed.” We created the program because we wanted women to feel great in their bodies. This program will help you promise yourself that you will dedicate four weeks to healing your body.
How the Program Works
Four focal points are covered in the four-week program:
- Nutritious meals
- Movement exercises
- Beauty rituals
- Mindful practices
It focuses on balanced meals that are fresh and ready-to-eat, three meals per day, five days per week. Each menu is carefully prepared to provide 4 to 6 cups of organic leafy vegetables every day, as well as high-quality fat sources such avocado, cold-pressed oil, nuts, seeds, and other healthy fats. What they do not contain? GMOs and hydrogenated fats.
It is a holistic program that includes an online membership to The Aligned Life Studio by Lauren Roxburgh for one month and one month of meditation with Inscape. There are tons of other goodies, including Dr. Barbara Sturm’s GLOW DROPS and Sakara Beauty Super Bars, Sakara Youth and Beauty Tea, Sakara Mini Beauty and Dex Water Drops.
All of these tools were my companions as I set off on the month-long adventure. You can read more about my journey here.
The 2020 election was my first week on the program, which I found very anxiety-inducing. It was easy to resist the urge to stress eat when there was new and exciting food around. Each package was something I enjoyed. It was almost like opening a birthday gift; I was excited to see what was inside.
It was vibrant and colorful. This is something I immediately noticed about the food. As I learned, antioxidants and vitamins are what give fruits and vegetables their color. These meals are loaded with phytonutrients and minerals as well as amino acids. The proof is in the pudding. Some meals were intended to be consumed cold, while others required heating instructions. Here’s an overview of the first week of menus to give you an idea how delicious and versatile the meals were.
I was a person who rarely eats three meals per day and felt completely spoiled. It was an absolute treat to have healthy, nutritious meals in my fridge at all hours.
Meditation was another habit that I found enjoyable and added to my daily routine. Meditation was something I tried in the past, but it was difficult to keep up with as an everyday habit. Inscape’s collection of guided meditations made it easy to fit even five minutes of mindfulness in my day. It was also an app that I could use anywhere, anytime.
After just one week, I felt a shift in the way my stomach felt. Although I have never been diagnosed with food intolerances, certain dairy products seem to be off-putting to me. After going without cheese for what seemed like an eternity, I felt lighter and less bloated. (Thank you, anti-inflammatory substances!) As someone who has migraines, I noticed that I was able to go longer without eating cheese than I usually do.
It was initially suspicious that it was my mind. Was being conscious of eating cleaner foods the reason for my improvement? Did I believe I was feeling better? It was true after I went on a 10+ day without experiencing my usual gas pains or debilitating headaches. In total bliss, I enjoyed my mornings of dark chocolate granola, raspberry tea cake, and lunches with cooling cashew noodles and truffle kale salad, as well as dinners of Indian spiced samosas and five herb pesto pasta.
The Baby Fennel, Sunchoke Pasta with roasted garlic, seasonal vegetables was my favorite savory meal during the program’s third week. This dish was better than my previous favorite, the Thai Basil Buddha Bowl with green curry broth. I was on the program for only two weeks. It wasn’t until the third week that I began to crave my regular go-to recipes. I was craving a slice of New York pizza, and not the vegan or gluten-free variety. Although I admit to having had my moments with cravings on occasion, the sensation of an upset stomach was enough to get me out of it.
In addition, I noticed a noticeable difference in my skin during week 3. My skin looked radiant thanks to the good food I ate and Dr. Barbara Sturm’s GLOW DROPS.
It was bittersweet to receive my last Sakara Box. It was bittersweet because I was thankful for the food I had been eating for the past three week, but I was also sad to see it go. This week was the week of Tie Dye Carrots and Butterfly Bowl. It was absolutely beautiful, and I ate every bite.