Episode 45 - Balancing Science and Spirit with Sakara Life Co-Founder Whitney Tingle

podcast Apr 22, 2022


Since co-founding Sakara Life at the age of 26, Whitney Tingle has become a tour-de-force, named in Forbes' 30 under 30, MindBodyGreen's 100 Women in Wellness, Goldman Sachs' Most Interesting Entrepreneurs, and Oprah's SuperSoul 100. Join us today as we talk to Whitney about her journey into entrepreneurship and what inspired her and her Co-Founder Danielle Duboise to launch Sakara Life, an organic meal delivery program based on a whole-food, plant-rich diet that includes fresh, nutrient-dense, and delicious ingredients. Whitney gives some fantastic insights into the life and challenges of being an entrepreneur, the importance of matching your aesthetic to your customers, and how she balances individual customer needs with the company’s capabilities. We also hear some crucial advice about the risks and rewards of using venture capitalists and how Sakara Life is tackling social issues like maternity leave and food waste. So, for all this and so much more, tune in today!


Key Points From This Episode:

  • Welcome to Whitney Tingle, co-founder and co-CEO of Sakara Life, author of Eat Clean Play Dirty, and co-host of the Sakara Life podcast 
  • Why Whitney feels you have to be a jack of all trades as an entrepreneur 
  • The importance of attractive branding and matching clients' aesthetic tastes 
  • How Whitney maintained an entrepreneurial spirit growing up, her path from Spain to New York, and sharing an apartment with her business partner, Danielle 
  • The lifestyle diseases that Whitney and Danielle were exposed to that motivated them to start eating clean 
  • Turning a personal habit into a business: how Whitney and Danielle started fundraising 
  • The importance of surrounding yourself with a team who believes in your idea 
  • How Whitney has balanced the company growth with meeting customers' needs
  • How Sakara Life tackles the pervasive issue of food waste 
  • Important advice for women entrepreneurs regarding venture capitalists and the risk of losing your company to investors 
  • A snapshot of where Sakara Life is now and how the company balances supportive maternity leave with company interests 
  • The advice Whitney would give to her younger self: Have faith in yourself
  • Where you can learn more about Sakara Life and clean eating 
  • Why spiritual nourishment is as important as physical nourishment 



“In my early 20s, I was thinking, ‘If this creates an environment in my body that is not safe for a baby to live in, how is it a safe environment for me to live in?’ Just this voice inside of me kept screaming ‘Don’t do it, [medications are] not the answer.’” — @WhitneyTingle [0:16:20]

“How you treat yourself, food and nourishment is a form of self-care. I’d say, one of the highest forms of self-care.” — @WhitneyTingle [0:18:41]

“I think that a big part of success, I’d say over 60%, is just stamina. You keep getting knocked down, and you’ve got to stand back up.” @WhitneyTingle [0:27:35]

“I'd say that team is really everything. You can have a great idea and a crappy team, and have that idea go nowhere. Or you can have a so-so idea and an amazing team, and it goes somewhere.” — @WhitneyTingle [0:31:13]


Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Whitney Tingle on LinkedIn

Sakara Life

Sakara Life Podcast

Eat Clean, Play Dirty: Recipes for a Body and Life You Love by the Founders of Sakara Life

The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth About Extraordinary Results

Potential to Powerhouse

Tracy Holland on Instagram

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