I Followed Lily Aldridge's Body-Resetting Meal Plan for a Month
By Justine Harman
Photo by Elle
Anyone who knows me knows I’m not a “foodie.” I don’t know the difference between a good steak and a great steak. $9 twist-off wine tastes fine to me. I think Special K Red Berries is so delicious that, honestly, I just can’t keep it in the house. As a result of my indifference-or what some people have suggested are just weak taste buds-food does not play a huge role in my life. I do not have a running list of restaurants that I must try; I can’t give you an awesome dim sum recommendation in the West Village; I would never wait in line for a Cronut, a cupcake, or a slice of pizza.
But just because I don’t have exquisite taste in cuisine doesn’t mean I don’t think about food. I think about it a lot. Questions that take up a lot of my mental energy include: Am I eating too much? Am I eating enough? Is this as healthy as I think it is? Was there too much salt in that? And because I work out a lot, I am even more confused about portions and hunger cues. Sometimes I am blindingly, rage-inducingly hungry when I wake up in the morning; other days, I can’t stomach anything until lunch. But instead of going with the flow-eating what I want when I’m hungry-I have read about, and test-driven, too many diets to ever go back to an effortless relationship with food. Some part of me knows that I’m destined to live my life devoting way too much mental energy to food math: calculating calories, subtracting calories burned, multiplying so-called binges in my head until it all conflates into a series of ????.
This struggle is something familiar to Danielle Duboise, 28, and Whitney Tingle, 27, the cofounders of the GOOP-endorsed organic, vegetarian food delivery service, Sakara Life. Founded in 2011, Sakara, which means “with form” in Sanskrit, encourages clients to stop obsessing. “It was founded on the principal that food is medicine,” says Tingle, the more soft-spoken of the two (both of whom could pass for models), who also says she once subsisted on the master cleanse for 12 days straight. “The convenience of our food is one of the biggest things. It finally lays the thought process to rest.”