HOW SHE FIRST CAME TO STUDY NUTRITION:
“I came to New York City working with a cardiologist, seeing patients with lifestyle diseases—diabetes, heart disease—and realized that after five years of training, I had never taken a nutrition course. After all my training, I couldn’t help myself, either. I had been on my own journey battling body image issues—at that point, I had probably been on a diet every single day of my life since the age of nine. That’s when I decided to study nutrition and eat in a way to create a body that I would feel really good in—in a way that was really empowered and energized, but also never made me feel like I was on a diet.”
HOW SAKARA LIFE FIRST GOT ITS START:
“Whitney and I created Sakara not as a business, but as a solution to our own needs. We both hit rock bottom. Whitney was working crazy hours on Wall Street and dealing with really bad cystic acne. We had our own transformations after only a couple weeks of eating this way and realized it was too big to keep to ourselves.
“I always tell people wanting to start their own businesses to solve the problem in front of you. When we started, it was really like, ‘OK, if we can change one other life, then that’s success.’ I think people now are scared to start with one client. They want to see a success from day one. What worked for us [was] to really understand our business and create a sustainable model.”
ONE OF THE HARDEST LESSONS SHE’S LEARNED AS AN ENTREPRENEUR:
“I feel like I’m learning something new every day. One of the scariest lessons was hiring our first assistant. We weren’t paying ourselves yet at the time, and so the being responsible for someone’s livelihood felt really scary. But it made us professionalize and allowed Whitney to not have to do everything ourselves and actually grow the business. You can’t sail without help. Even though it’s scary, I tell people, hire before you are comfortable, because it will force you to grow.”