It’s not always easy to stay on track with your eating habits, especially when you find yourself at a BBQ or worse, in the cookie aisle following a bad breakup. Put down that ice cream and try some healthy suggestions straight from Danielle Duboise and Whitney Tingle, the founders of Sakara Life—an organic meal delivery service based on a whole-food, plant-rich diet. “The foods you eat affect everything from your skin and waistline to your energy levels and mood,” explains Whitney. Now you don’t have to choose between looking good and feeling good (or even satisfying your sweet tooth).
The Edible Beauty Routine
If You're Feeling Sad
Sitting in front of a bucket of ice cream after a breakup is sure to make you feel worse in within the hour. In situations where you are desperately seeking a snack, Whitney suggests reaching for popcorn. "You can tailor it to satisfy any craving you have (sweet or salty!) without adding harmful junk to your body."
If You Can't Shake That Lazy Feeling
The next time you feel yourself falling asleep at your desk, skip the sugar-packed energy drinks that leave you feeling jittery. "Since citrus is super invigorating, grabbing an orange is a great, whole-food option," suggests Whitney. "Plus, the natural sugars will help provide a quick boost."
If You Can't Stop Snacking
Do you ever catch yourself snacking more on some days than others? Believe it or not, if not done correctly, snacking can leave you more hungry. Whitney suggests "pairing healthy fats—like avocado, flax seeds and nuts—with plant-based proteins—such as grains, beans and hemp—to keep you fuller longer."
If You Want To Look More Beautiful Right Now
Avocado is known to make your hair look shinier but just eating more with every meal won't get the job done as quickly as one might like. For immediate results, "apply it topically to your scalp for a rejuvenating hair mask," suggests Danielle.
If You're Actually Hungry
The next time you're feeling hungry, Danielle suggests asking yourself “am I really hungry?” You could be using food to cope with stress, boredom, anxiety or other emotions. "Listen to your body and make a choice to only eat when you're really hungry and make it a full meal," she says.
If You Have No Other Options
If you’re attending a BBQ or get stuck at a fast food joint, Danielle suggests to just "eat whatever is calling you and make sure to eat it slowly. Enjoy every bite (without the guilt), and pair it with plenty of hydrating whole foods like watermelon." Fun fact: watermelon juice is hydrating when applied to the skin and removes excess oil without overdrying, so the next time you run out of toner, this BBQ favorite will do the job.