Upon meeting Whitney Tingle and Danielle DuBoise, one immediately notices their positive energy and spirit. They're both warm, nurturing, fun, friendly and incredibly grounded---the kind of women whom you meet and immediately want to have as your best friends.
The two childhood friends (who grew up together in Sedona, Arizona) are co-founders of our favorite meal delivery plan, Sakara Life. The company was created to provide healthy, organic, plant-rich and whole-food meals to people who want to eat cleaner and look better. Based on the principle that clean eating (rather than diets or calorie counting) will lead to a healthy, happy body and life, the company's fans include Iman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Lily Aldridge, Erin Heatherton,...and us!
Danielle is a former model and actress who is now a certified holistic health coach. Whitney comes from a financial background and is a certified yoga instructor. After seeing friends and colleagues struggle with staying healthy in a city like New York, the two entrepreneurs teamed up to create a way of eating that is both empowering and beautifying. “Sakara” is an ancient Sanskrit word that means “the manifestation of thoughts to things.”
They both embody the spirit of cool, smart, interesting, talented and accomplished women that we love to feature on Ivory Row. We recently sat down with both of them to discuss life, love, passion, and happiness.
What is your favorite virtue?
Danielle: Self-love. When you love yourself, you have love to give to others.
What are your favorite qualities in a man?
Whitney: The ability to wrestle intellectually.
Danielle: Playfulness. Learning from every person you meet. Being both spontaneous and grounded at once.
What are your favorite qualities in a woman?
Whitney: Being connected to one’s femininity (whatever that means to you.) It’s powerful!
Danielle: Women that empower other women.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Whitney: Feeling fully nourished in all areas of your life.
Danielle: Realizing that everything is perfect as it is.
What is your greatest fear?
Whitney: Not finding an outlet for creativity.
Danielle: Living in fear.
Which living person do you most admire?
Whitney: My boyfriend. I just sent him flowers last week from “Your Secret Admirer!”
Danielle: There are so many. Whitney, my fiancé, my mother, my friends and millions of people whom I haven’t met yet.
What is your greatest extravagance?
Danielle: Sunday evenings with my fiancé, stripped of worries and electronics, lounging in our apartment.
What is your most treasured possession?
Danielle: The certainty that there are no rules.
Who are your heroes in real life?
Whitney: The people closest to me. They move mountains.
Danielle: Everyone that lives a bold life.
What is your greatest regret?
Whitney: We learn from everything we do or don’t do.
Danielle: I don’t really believe in regrets. I trust that everything is a lesson.
What natural talent do you wish you had?
Whitney: To slow things down so that I could fit more into a day = that’s a talent!
Danielle: Hula hooping.
What's the favorite gift you've ever received?
Whitney: A pair of diamond earrings I got from my father for my 18th birthday.
Danielle: A good hug.
What piece of art would you buy if you had no budget?
Whitney: I like to make my own art.
Danielle: A loft where friends and loved ones could co-create.
If you could invite three people to dinner, dead or alive, who would they be?
Whitney: Eleanor Roosevelt. Hugh Jackman. My mom.
Danielle: Rilke, Virginia Woolf, and the first human that ever lived
What is your favorite motto or quote?
Whitney: “What I think I create.”
Danielle: “Food should make you feel sexy.”
Tell us about the cause or charity that is closest to your heart?
Whitney: We love the Sylvia Center. They're an organization whose mission is to "inspire young people and their families to establish independent healthy eating habits—so that they may lead healthy and productive lives." They take kids up to a farm upstate to show them where food comes from and connect them to nature. They give them cooking classes and teach them the importance of eating healthy.
A lot of the kids have never seen how vegetables grow or cooked a meal for themselves. It develops a whole new appreciation for healthy food that they can take home and share with their families.
We talk a lot about how if you want to change the world, start with your home, and we feel this organization does exactly that. The Sylvia Center is based right here in NYC and small enough to actually see and feel the results of your contributions. It's a charity you can really get involved in and help make a difference!
Danielle: We also support Bent on Learning’s amazing initiatives to teach children yoga and centeredness.
What's your favorite way to wear cashmere?
Whitney: Cashmere is my secret weapon to surviving the NYC winters. I wear it as an extra layer under my coat almost every day in January and February! Nothing compares to the warmth of cashmere.
Danielle: With leather!