“We could all use a little more kale AND wine in our lives.” You know we had to feature whoever wrote this—so we did. This week’s Healthy Her Way feature calls herself The Healthy Maven, and we think it’s a pretty appropriate moniker. Not only is Davida Lederle a self-made maven, she also makes living a healthy lifestyle relatable. She’s not a certified nutritionist or dietitian—and we love that! After all, most of us aren’t either. She’s just a normal girl turned wellness junkie, inspiring us with her attainably healthful lifestyle. Davida preaches living “healthFULLY”—emphasis on fully. There’s living “healthy,” according to the standards of health set by who-knows-who, but she’s figured out that if you don’t feel happy, you’re not living healthFULLY. She’s committed to sharing this lifestyle with her followers and uses several mediums to get her message across, including her blog, Instagram, YouTube channel, and podcast. Part of a full life is a full belly, and Davida discourages restricting what we eat to the point of feeling undernourished—and that means in our bodies and our souls. She has a flexible approach to food: “Most of the time this means eating an organic plant-based diet, but if that scone is calling my name, I want bacon with my eggs, and my dinner is begging for a glass of wine, then that’s okay too.” It’s all about the balance. She doesn’t just say that either. Her Instagram feed proves that she practices what she preaches. Scattered between the bright smoothie bowls and delicious chicken and veggie dinners, you’ll spot (multiple times) her ultimate grain-free brownies and French toast. She even posted a photo of herself drinking a beer—or, as she called it, “fermented grain juice.” ?? Whatever you want to call your drink of choice, we’re here for a wellness guru telling us an occasional beer is influencer-approved. Davida covers more than food and drink, though. She recently became a certified yoga instructor, so you can also turn to her for some flow inspo. And if you want to explore green beauty, Davida dishes about her best finds on that front too. Plus, her travels outside of San Fran make us want to hit the road ASAP. As if all that’s not enough, she and her husband are so freaking adorable together. #wellnessgoals, #relationshipgoals, and did we mention #doggoals? She has the cutest damn goldendoodle. She’s killing it. Of her approach to health, she says, “If it makes me feel awesome, then I am on board.” Well, we certainly love feeling awesome, so we’re on board with Davida, too.
A Day in the Life
What does your daily routine look like?
I am not an early riser, so I usually get up around 9:00 a.m. I start my day slow with some tea or coffee—depending on how I’m feeling—and breakfast, which is usually a green smoothie or oatmeal. I then jump into work, starting with my inbox. I only answer my emails once a day, so I try to have that done first thing in the morning. From there we’ll see how the day goes! Sometimes it’s recording a podcast, filming a video, or shooting a recipe. I’m usually done by 4:00 p.m., which is when I take my dog on a long walk or go to yoga or pilates. I come home, cook dinner, and then hang out on the couch watching some TV or reading a book. I’m usually in bed around 10:30.
What are your favorite ways to practice self-care?
It changes every day. Sometimes it’s as simple as sleeping in or binge-watching a TV show. Other times it’s more proactive, like taking a spa day or doing a tech detox in the woods. I like to believe that self-care looks more like self-preservation i.e. “What do I need to do today to survive and feel happy?”
How do you stay inspired?
Get outside! Go offline! I think there’s a misconception around bloggers that we’re online all the time. I’m sure that’s the case for some, but I try to take a few hours a day offline and at least one day of the weekend. I like to go out and experience the world to get inspiration. Hang out with friends, go on hikes, try new restaurants. Inspiration comes when you’re not seeking it, but living it. Disclaimer: Just so you know, if you order an item through one of our posts, we may get a small share of the sale.
What are the best products you’ve discovered recently?
So many! I’m a green beauty junkie and have been loving the Jasmine Green Tea Toner from Herbivore and the Red Wine Mask from 100% Pure. In terms of food, I have been loving the Beauty Chef Glow Powder in my smoothies. I hate how much I love it because it’s so expensive, but it actually works!
What are your favorite apps?
Snapchat! We have a family snapchat group, and I love seeing what everyone is up to since we live across the continent. I took down my public Snapchat account, but I still use it privately and love it.
Whose Instagram is on your radar? #squadgoals #gramlove #hashtag
My friends and family! They inspire me daily. In terms of people with public profiles, I love following Meg from The Well Essentials. She has such a refreshing take on the world and the wellness space.
What’s your go-to healthy snack?
Veggies and hummus
What are you reading, watching, or listening to?
Watching: The Handmaid’s Tale; reading: The Untethered Soul; listening: Oprah’s Master Class
If your pet could talk, how would they describe you?
My dog, Bodhi, would say I am needy, lazy, and completely whipped. Though to be fair, he’s all of these things, too.
What’s your most-used emoji?
What woman in history would you love to take to brunch?
My grandmother: She passed in my early twenties, but I feel like I only got to know her after she passed. I wish I could take her to brunch and ask her all the questions about her upbringing, raising a family, and how she became the ultimate matriarch.
What’s your coffee order?
Iced almond milk latte Read Davida’s blog, listen to her podcast, or check out her Instagram for some encouragement and to keep up with Davida’s own wellness journey!