Healthy Eats: London – Farm Girl

I have finally had lunch at Farmers Girl!  The Australian style healthy cafe serving delicious and healthy food is very popular and long queues at my nearest outlet in Notting Hill have put me off.
Not giving up though, and the other day I made it to the Carnaby Street eatery. I had an hour to kill between voice over jobs in Soho and I was starving for lunch already at 11.30, perfect for beating the lunch time rush. I can report I understand the long ques, It’s so worth it!
I had the Blue Jack Tacos in the picture above. (BBQ pulled jackfruit, guacamole, pineapple , lettuce and vegan mayo) Gluten free, nut free and vegan.  OMG! My food heaven!!  I will defiantly come again. 5 out of 5 from me!


A nice oasis above the hustle and bustle on Carnaby Street. As soon as lunchtime arrived it has heaving with customers and delivery drivers picking up orders.

You can combine your healthy lunch with a swishy blow-dry at Duck & Dry’s salon.

The obligatory swing seat.

The deliciousness from above 🙂

XX Lisa

 

Space Clearing Mist

This is the space clearing mist I’m obsessed with at the moment,  that I mentioned in yesterdays blog post. Every time a spray this mist I immediately feel uplifted and refreshed. I spray it on top of my head and in front of me and then quickly walk into the beautifully smelling dew. You know that calming feeling you get when you are next to a waterfall? That’s the sense I get from using aura mists.
The  Peace & Harmony mist from Findhorn Flower Essences comes in a sturdy glass bottle and the spray gives an even delicate misty cloud. The fragrance is absolutely divine,  a mix of Rose & Frankincense. My favorite combination.
X Lisa

Guided Meditations, EFT Tapping and Space Clearing Mist

 

I normally have a positive outlook on life. I’m generally convinced that tomorrow will deliver a fabulous solution to any problem I’m facing. Having said that I have periods in my life when I feel scared and out of control. When I’m wrestling a nagging feeling that nothing will ever change.  Feeling stuck and not being able to change a situation by myself, not believing in my own power. That’s my shadow. I normally don’t go to long with these thoughts as I know they lead me nowhere good. If and when I start feeling stressed and uncomfortable I have a strategy that makes me feel relaxed and in control. After a few weeks I start to wake up happy and excited again. (Without anything actually having changed at all!) But the sunnier mood that emerges also brings a wider perspective and clear guidance of what steps to take to move on from an unpleasant situation.

Firstly, I force my brain to change the way I’m thinking. For me, positive  guided meditations is gold! They have been a game changer in elevating my own inner wellbeing since I got my first Sony Walkman (yellow & water proof).
I listen to them in the morning and evening when I need them. The positive affirmations and fantasies you go through in a guided meditation brings in a sense of happiness, that I feel continues throughout the day.
That’s why I was moved to record my own Morning & Evening Guided Meditations. I know what works for me, maybe they can work for you as well. You can find them here.

My second strategy is using EFT Tapping. Tapping is a combination of Chinese Acupressure and psychology that alter your brain and energy system. This is done by tapping with your fingertips on specific meridian points, at the same time as you are talking through different emotions and situations. If you are interested there are loads of great videos on Youtube that you can follow. It’s easy, quick and really effective!

Beautifully smelling Space Clearing Mists works wonders for lifting your mood. It clears and purifies both your space and feelings. One of my favorite mists is Peace & Harmony by Findhorn Flower Essences.

XX Lisa

 

Get Creative With Herbs

 

Hi everyone,
I was send a really interesting book about herbs a few weeks ago. It’s written by  Henriette Kress a herbalist who lives and works in Finland.
In this book she’s covered anything from finding herbs and picking them to what concoctions to make from the herbs, like lotions and potions and teas and foods. I got inspired to make a herbal tea with rose petals and a  body oil that smells divine!

 

Clean Beauty Spring – Part One

Hi,
In these video I talk about some of the clean beauty products I’m liking/using at the moment. I was babbling on quite a lot so I have to make a part 2 with the rest of the products shortly!

I’m really in love with the below Radiance Facial Serum from British brand Botanicals!
The other products are:
Babe Balm from Bybi.
Make up Oil Cleanser from Skin & Tonic London.
Make Up Primer from Vapour in Soft Focus.
Nubian Deodorant in Honey and Black seed.
Do you use a clean deodorant? Do you mind if it contains Bicarbonate of soda? I would Love to know!!

XX Lisa

London Exhibition: Isle Of Dogs

Director Wes Andersons’s Exhibition and Noodle bar from his new movie Isle Of Dogs is on at 180 The Strand until the 8th of April.
It’s a perfect day out with the kids this holiday especially if they have seen the movie or are into film making.
The que was quite long and you join another que after that, but once inside it’s not cramped and you can easily wander around for as long as you want.
Me and my 10 year old headed straight to the Noodle Bar for a surprisingly good bowl of ramen and to our delight the restaurant looked exactly like in the film!
The exhibition features 17 different sets all with amazing details.
It’s such a treat and It’s completely free!



 

Film: Isle Of Dogs

As I’m a huge Wes Anderson fan and my 10 year old loves anything Japanese we went to see Anderson’s new stop-motion-animation Isle Of Dogs yesterday. We both loved it!
Set in a not-too-distant future Japan, dogs have been vilified by the  loathsome Mayor who prefer cats, and the mutts are banished to Trash Island. But 12 year old Atari wants his dog Spot back, he steals a plane and crash-lands on Trash island to find his best friend.

Beautiful animation, great rhythm, fab music and amazing characters!
Just look at the faces of those adorable dogs in the above trailer 🙂
These mutts are further brought to life by Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Scarlett Johanson and Yoko Ono to name a few of the voice stars.

We loved it so much we are off to Wes Anderson’s Isle Of Dogs exhibition at The Strand tomorrow!

 

 

Healthy Eats: London – Squirrel


I love all the fast food health cafe’s that have popped up all over London the last couple of years. I’ve been to Squirrel in South Kensington a few times before and I love the treehouse décor! It’s very cute. The overhead lamps are shaped as acorns, plants and trees are everywhere. Minimalistic it’s not!
Squirrel offer a wide range of healthy foods, catering for all types of diets at any time between 8.30am and 10pm. You can customize your own salad, or chose something from the menu. The picture above is “The Mexican” from the breakfast menu.  I also had a “Glowing Squirrel” smoothie.

Squirrel is on 11 Harrington Road in South Kensington, 2 minutes from the tube station.


Raw Food and Nama Has Closed

I was really sad to hear that raw food restaurant NAMA in Notting Hill closed  yesterday. It was the first raw food place I went to and that is where I fell in love with raw food.
I always loved the surrealistic vibe of it all – that something that for example looked like a bog standard spaghetti Bolognese  was actually made from un-cooked vegetables and tasted nicer and fresher than the real deal.

A lot of people seems to have lost their apatite for the  raw food movement lately. Maybe it was just too much nuts and died fruit. But it gave us a new perspective on how to keep nutrients and enzymes intact and also a whole bunch of new cooking technics. The spirulizer, blender and dehydrator. AND I think we can thank the raw food movement for the explosion of interest in FERMENTATION!

Below are a two examples of raw food recipes that I make on a  regular basis. A pudding and a fab breakfast:

Lime and Rose Dessert Raw and Vegan

Orange Chia Breakfast