A Q&A with famed Nutritionist and Blogger The Whole Tara

We were delighted to host blogger, nutritionist, yogi and overall health and wellness guru The Whole Tara for her birthday recently. Her afternoon at Acqualina consisted of a spa treatment at Acqualina Spa by ESPA and lunch at our seaside restaurant, Costa Grill. Below, Tara shares her Acqualina experience, reveals her health and wellness mantra, and more!

You recently visited Acqualina Spa by ESPA. Can you describe your experience with the AMA Abhyanga treatment?

The treatment was incredibly relaxing! It started out with a foot massage and sensory experience choosing the oils for my treatment. Once we began the scrub and massage, I was already dozing off into heaven! The scalp massage was the cherry on top where I nearly fell asleep. I highly recommend it for anyone wanting to destress and release toxins.

What was your favorite amenity and part of your journey at Acqualina Spa by ESPA?

I loved the comfort of the relaxation room and, of course, the sauna and waterfall shower area. I think it’s so important to be able to stop and take time for ourselves, so the shower/steam/sauna combo is always so amazing for that.

Acqualina recently installed a Himalayan Salt Wall known to help detox the system with salt therapy. How often do you detox and what are your go-to methods?

First off, I think the Himalayan Salt Wall is genius! It’s so great to help remove toxins and unique too. I don’t usually detox with juices or anything crazy, but instead with the sauna and steam rooms. I do it about once a week, but wish I was able to keep a more consistent schedule with it.

What is your health and wellness mantra?

Balance in all things. I believe in not too much of anything, but not too little either. This goes with food, exercise, and overall health.

Your degree and background is in nutrition and we noticed you recently launched a healthy recipe app. Do you have a favorite healthy dish to make at home?

Yes! I’m a big fan of cooking, but lately with all of my traveling I haven’t had much time. I always love all different kinds of bowls. My favorite is a Mediterranean quinoa bowl, which is kind of like a Greek salad, but layered with quinoa, greens, feta, olives, chickpeas, and a balsamic dressing.

We saw you love yoga. Do you have a favorite practice? How else do you stay so in shape?

I do love yoga, and am actually a certified instructor as well! I do a lot of Pilates too, but always like to switch it up. Today I did kickboxing for the first time in a while, so I’m always keeping it interesting with the different types of classes or gyms I’ll visit.

Do you have any “hidden gems” in Miami that help you relax?

I love South Pointe Park, South of Fifth in Miami. The view there is so incredible that I’m instantly relaxed. Sometimes I’ll go at night and you can see all of the stars and the open ocean, such a treat.

You split your time between New York and Miami, what is a typical day in the life in each city?

Every day is so different depending on what’s happening around me, events, travels, etc. I almost always wake up and put my gym clothes on and either do a class or a walk on the treadmill. After this I’ll come home, shower, and start answering emails, getting on calls, and attending meetings. Some days are more exciting than others where I’ll have a fun beauty or food event to go to, while others are spent home recipe testing or shooting photos for the blog.

Do you have a favorite international city to visit?

I love love love Bali in Indonesia. I’ve been there two times already and have loved it more and more each time. Everyone is so kind and loving; it makes you never want to leave.

What are your favorite DIY beauty tips?

Face masks are my thing. If I’m not going out I’m usually making a face mask with things like avocado, grapefruit, and/or coconut oil at home. I also have a collection of like 1,000 different creams I mix up and apply before bed.

What are your tips for balancing work, play, fitness and eating healthy?

This is always a work in progress. I think it takes time to get it all down, but the key is to practice moderation in all things. You can’t go out too much because then you’ll throw off your fitness and work game, and you can’t workout too much because then you won’t be able to make time for the other important things in your life. It takes time, sacrifice, missing workouts, and occasionally being too tired to go out some nights before you get it all right!

What is your favorite way to indulge?

Food, food, food! Eating at Costa Grill at Acqualina on my birthday was such a treat. I indulged in the Margherita Pizza and a bunch of other incredible dishes. Seriously one of the best meals I’ve had in a long while. We also got the fresh coconuts, which were so sweet and refreshing!