Sterling McDavid, photographed by Shannel Resto

Health & wellness

 5 Healthy Choices Sterling McDavid Makes in a Day

A "healthy" choice can mean a lot of things. Here, the entrepreneur takes us through an ideal Dallas day.

Wellness is a major buzzword these days, but it can mean a little something different to everyone. Does it stand for self-care and restoration, or is it more about strength and endurance? So we created a new series breaking down the healthy habits of local influencers and entrepreneurs, allowing them to define what wellness means on a personal level.

“Working out and eating healthy give me a natural high and makes me feel accomplished,” says Sterling McDavid, a Fort Worth native who left a job on Wall Street to launch her socially conscious company, The Starling Project. “So that rewarding feeling helps me power through and make healthier choices.”

No matter the day, McDavid spends the better part of it focusing on doing good (for others and herself). Whether it’s a rise-and-shine yoga sesh or working on her soy-based candle company, which provides sustainable solar energy to communities in need, McDavid is always on the go.

On an ideal day, how would you start your morning off?
I love to start my day with early morning yoga followed by oatmeal with cinnamon and flaxseeds for breakfast. Vinyasa yoga is incredibly important for keeping my mind centered. I also find that the occasional massage or steam is important.

Okay, it’s lunchtime. You’re out with your friends and they are all splurging. How do you stick to a healthy choice on the menu?
I am a vegetarian and I have found that helps me eat a bit healthier, although I will admit I love carbs! I always try to have a salad or green veggie with every meal. HG Sply Co. is my favorite local spot for a healthy meal.

What’s your go-to afternoon pick-me-up to make it through the day?
I always go for a greek yogurt or half of an avocado with a hint of salt. I also drink 10-plus glasses of water a day and 5-plus cups of green tea. I think staying hydrated is key to a healthy lifestyle.

There are so many workout options in Dallas. How do you even choose?
It depends on my mood! If I am having a day where I am worn out and need to relieve my mind, I go for yoga. If I am having an energetic day where I want an intense workout, I go for Barry’s Bootcamp.

Cooking at home is often key to knowing exactly what is going on your plate, and in your mouth. Do you spend time in the kitchen?
I absolutely love to cook and putting together your own meals makes it a lot easier to eat healthy. I often steam veggies and eat them with brown rice or spinach pasta with a healthy homemade sauce!

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