Jul 5, 2013

Sisterhood Health + Wellness -- Lisa Lionheart + Lemon Date Slice

Happy Friday to you; I have no doubt you're happy that the week is nearing the weekend! But before we get there I've got a super special chic here today - my gorgeous little sister. Once a blondie with long locks, you'll now see her with a short brown bob, but either way she's a superstar and here to share her thoughts on wellness, life, health and food. Without further adieu...

Lisa Lionheart  (aka Lisa Fischer) ~ Sydney, Australia ~ Musician-Singer-Songwriter ~ 25yrs young

Why do you do what you do? / Why did you start your blog and biz?

Foremost I’m a singer. Creating music has always been profoundly important in my life. It bridges the disparity between my human and spiritual experience by bringing me fully into the present moment; reminding me of my true self, if you will. My hope is that through my music I am able to assist others in doing the same.

What’s the first thing you do when you wake up, and the last thing you do before bed?

On a good day, I’ll get up and go for a run and meditate overlooking Sydney Harbour. I usually try to read before bed: At the moment I’m re-reading ‘The Power of Now’ by Eckhart Tolle. Mostly, I’m finding it increasingly important to simply feel into my body and be grateful that I’ve even woken up. The art of being!

How do you make sure you’re looking after YOU?

I can tell when I’m out of balance because even the smallest things annoy me. I revive best when I’m present and in nature. Usually some alone time, music and a bath, red wine, TLC, and outdoor exercise does the trick. But not all at once! It’s just about remembering to not take life too seriously.

Favourite place on earth and why?

Sunday morning breakfast at Public Dining Room on Sydney’s Balmoral Beach is pretty spectacular. Why? Poached eggs, coffee, a sea breeze, loving company and life whizzing by: What more could you need?

5 things you’re grateful for right now? 

+ My curiosity.
+ The human ability to question, investigate and learn.
+ Open mindedness.
+ Love.
+ People around me that are as prone to profound existential discourse as I am!

What’s your food philosophy?

Be conscious about your choices for health reasons but don’t deprive your body. It’s more important to enjoy a balanced life than worry about calories! Ice cream is non-negotiable.

You feel most yourself when…

I am present.

Who inspires you most?

I’m always inspired greatly by musicians who use their platform to spread love and raise consciousness. I suppose this is because it mirrors my own aspirations. The strength and compassion of those closest to me is also greatly inspiring.

Favourite quote?

Favourite? For a word lover that’s far too tricky, but recently Eckhart Tolle has provoked my thoughts:

“Death is a stripping away of all that is not you. The secret of life is to "die before you die" --- and find that there is no death.”

Recipe to share…

One from my childhood: Lemon & Date slice! – Reminds me of coming home from school to a yummy smelling house and delicious afternoon treats!

1 Cup Self raising flour
1/2 cup coconut sugar
1 cup coconut
1 cup chopped dates
2 t grated lemon rind
1 egg
125g melted butter

Lemon icing:
1 1/2 cups icing sugar
15g melted butter
2 T lemon Juice

+ Sift flour into bowl, add remaining ingredients, mix well. 
+ Spread into greased lamington tin (16cm x 26 cm but whatever size you want really - smaller will give thicker slices). 
+ Bake in moderate oven about 35 mins. Spread with Lemon icing while hot - cool in tin, Cut when cold. 

Lemon Icing: 
+ Sift icing sugar into bowl, stir in butter and enough lemon juice to give spreading consistency.

Lisa Lionheart is a Sydney based singer-songwriter. At the heart of her vision is a "Conscious Pop" movement that seeks to spread a greater message through mainstream music. Lisa is influenced by notable women of history and pop culture who use their strength, compassion, wisdom and words through art to make profound impacts on society.

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