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Ep. 120 How to Support Child Development through Nutrition: A Conversation with Danielle Duboise

Mar 17, 2024

In this episode, we are joined by Danielle DuBosie, co-Founder of Sakara Life, which merges modern science and ancient healing wisdom. We discuss the fascinating intersection between nutrition and emotional development in children. Danielle, with a background in functional medicine, sheds light on how the gut microbiome influences emotions and overall well-being. She explains that the gut is an epicenter of neurotransmitter production, impacting emotions through the gut-brain axis.

Danielle further emphasizes the importance of teaching children about foods that support gut health without labeling them as "healthy" or "unhealthy." Instead, she advocates for helping children build a positive relationship with food by exploring how different foods make them feel. She also discusses that by focusing on diversity and encouraging children to eat a variety of colorful foods, we can promote gut health and overall wellness.

Danielle shares practical tips for parents, such as involving children in meal preparation and offering healthy choices without keeping tempting processed foods at home. We also discuss the significance of making food from scratch and modeling positive eating behaviors.

Throughout the conversation, we highlight the emotional aspect of feeding children and the importance of fostering autonomy and joy in their food choices. Danielle's holistic approach integrates scientific knowledge with spiritual insights, creating a deeper understanding of nutrition and well-being.

Danielle DuBoise is the Co-Founder of Sakara Life, a wellness company providing the tools to achieve optimal health and vitality. A true pioneer in the health industry, she launched the brand in 2012 with her best friend Whitney Tingle, creating their unique nutrition philosophy which merges modern science and ancient healing wisdom. Since inception, Sakara has transformed millions of lives through its Signature Nutrition Program, functional products, and supplements. Leading a global movement as an advocate for plants as medicine, Danielle became a national best-selling author with Sakara’s debut cookbook EAT CLEAN PLAY DIRTY, and is the co-host of the wildly popular Sakara Life Podcast. A Certified Holistic Health Coach, Nutritionist, and expert in plant-based living and the microbiome, Danielle is currently pursuing her Master of Science in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine. You can continue to see both personal and professional features of Danielle in the likes of Vogue, NY Times, Wall Street Journal, The Coveteur, and goop. Born and raised in Arizona, Danielle stays true to her Sedona roots while living in NYC with her husband, daughter, and son.

To learn more about Danielle and her work please visit her on instagram @danielleduboise and @sakaralife and listen to The Sakara Life podcast.

About Erin:

With over 15 years of experience in the field of education, I am a passionate and dedicated educator, researcher, and podcast co-host who strives to improve the lives of children and parents through evidence-based practices and insights. I hold a Doctorate of Education in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University, and I am currently the Chief of Education at Cooper, a resource for parents that provides research-based information on parenting and child development. 

About Michelle: 

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. I specialize in working with children by applying my experience in developmental psychology and behavior analysis. As a parent myself, I know that navigating parenthood isn’t easy. With over a decade of experience, I’m here to help you apply evidence-based practices to create a stronger bond with your child through one-on-one therapy services and my Thriving Toddler online programs.

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