My main motivation has always been learning, transforming, growing and changing to get more out of life: more fun, more wisdom, deeper experiences, more satisfying relationships. In the past I used to work very hard at self-improvement, believing that the harder I pushed the more successful I would be, and the better person I would become. But I couldn’t have been more wrong. By pushing harder I only succeeded in increasing tension in my body and mind, which had precisely the opposite effect to what I desired. I became tight, anxious, impatient, and very, very tired…
It was through yoga, dance, and other mind and movement practices that I learned a different approach to transformation. Gradually, I learned that change doesn’t have to be hard work – it can be gentle, sweet and easy! I’ve become fascinated by nutrition, movement and mind training. (If you would like to read the longer story of this, click here.)
I am constantly amazed by how our bodies respond to the fuel we put in them, the way we move and the power of our thoughts. You really can change your life on every single level through simple practices of nourishing yourself with food, movement, mindfulness and self-care practices. I like to think of this as the feminine way, which is deep and nourishing and involves changing, softly, from the inside out. Here is an extract from my book, Divine Vegan Desserts, which illustrates this point
You know what it feels like when someone starts an argument over dinner. Suddenly, your enthusiasm for eating disappears. Your throat constricts, your hunger is replaced by butterflies or nausea. If you continue to force yourself to eat, it feels like you are trying to digest a stone. It is clear that your digestive processes are affected by your emotions.
If you feel guilty when you eat dessert, what effect is this likely to have on your body? Traditional systems of medicine such as Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine have long accepted that emotions have a powerful influence on digestive and general health and these ideas are now becoming more commonplace in Western medicine. Feelings of shame and guilt have been linked with eating disorders and obesity and it has been suggested that emotional stress is the number one cause of digestive problems.
Let’s think of food another way. You decide to make a cake. You take the time to find a recipe and read through the ingredients. You might replace white flour with wholemeal flour and white sugar with unrefined sugar. Perhaps you decide to add chopped walnuts, sesame seeds, and a handful of raisins. You are developing a healthy relationship with your food – and you haven’t even started cooking.
Now it’s time to bake. Like any creative activity – painting, writing, singing, gardening – baking connects what you do with what you feel. It can be an activity of inspiration and joy, if you are fully and mindfully engaged with the process. It can be a way of pouring your love – for yourself, your family, your friends – into what you are doing, so that love becomes embodied in the final product. And finally you come to eat the cake. How could eating something made from such carefully chosen ingredients and baked with such loving care be anything less than a divine experience?
Divine Vegan Desserts, Lisa Fabry, Wakefield Press 2012
Lisa has more than 30 years experience of yoga and plant-based nutrition. She raised a vegetarian and vegan family, home-schooled her two daughters, ran an organic vegan cafe, worked as a vegetarian and vegan chef and is the author of Divine Vegan Desserts. She is also a long-time yoga student, teacher and therapist. Lisa worked in the UK in film, television and publishing for many years before transitioning to helping others on their path to health and wellbeing through good nutrition, self-awareness and movement therapy.
- Advanced Diploma in Nutritional Medicine
- Certificate of Plant-Based Nutrition
- Graduate Certificate of Yoga Therapy
- Advanced Yoga Studies Certificate, Donna Farhi
- Advanced Yoga Teacher Training, Erich Schiffmann
- British Wheel of Yoga Teaching Diploma
- Somatics Exercise Coach
- Wu Tao Dance Teaching Diploma
- Human Awareness Institute Training
- Reiki First Degree
- Vegetarian since 1983 and vegan since 2000
- National Childbirth Trust Breastfeeding Counsellor
- Owner and Executive Chef, Bliss Organic Cafe, Adelaide 2007-9
- Chef/Barista at Stirling Organic Market 2010-14