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Lisa is a Health, Wellness and Beauty Expert who is featured on the second season of Food Network's All-Star Academy.  Lisa's brand is ever evolving.
She is an expert in Work/Life balance and she knows that personal brand success starts with taking a holistic approach to living your best life.
 
She is a kidney transplant survivor, who suffered from kidney disease since birth. Lisa has been a devoted yogini, yoga and meditation practitioner and a nutrition wellness coach for over 15 years. She has shared her approach to healthy living and eating in both medias of television and radio. She has been featured on Fox 5, Good Day Atlanta, 11 Alive, Atlanta and Company, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, as well as radio, V103 and 104.7 The Fish and several magazine publications. 
 
Lisa is married to the love of her life, Joseph Washington, who is also the donor of her kidney. She has two children. Julian 31 years old, Tyler 17 years old and a beautiful granddaughter Naleyla who is a very energetic and happy 7 year old and a 3 year grandson, Michael Julian. Lisa's life mantra is, "Live your dreams short or long." 

What’s Living Well with 
Lisa Washington

photo credit: by Rob Polanco Photography 

As many women you where a lot of hats, how do you keep your balance?  I found balance is making sure I make time for my spirit, body and mind. I start my morning in prayer, bible study , meditation and yoga. I always remind myself this one truth:  You can only pour into others what has been poured into you.  

EM-Spire! Is about sharing and empowering people to be their best versions of themselves. Please share an inspiring mantra you practice. My mantra to be the best version of yourself is a from my new meditation book: “Whispers of Silence, hearing the truth in stillness,”
If it no longer serves you, simply with loving grace, let it go. Many times the thing that keeps us from being our best self, is the things that no longer serve our lives or destiny.

What is the most important thing you recommend one should do daily? Pray. Pray. Pray. It’s where miracles are released.  

What next for you?

 I am excited about some upcoming projects in media, but what’s on the immediate forefront’s that I can discuss now is my third book release this  September. It is a book that means so much tome, because it’s meditations, lessons and new truths that were revealed to me, when I decided to take a day of silence once a week for 8 hours. No contact with the outside world, not speaking a word, just listening to God and spirit, for 8 hours every Monday. The title of my book, Whispers of Silence, hearing the truth of stillness. 

Vegan Sloppy Joe

FOR THE LENTILS

COOK ACCORDING TO PACKAGE INSTRUCTIONS, BUT YOU WILL NEED A CUP OF LENTILS FOR THIS RECIPE AND I USED

LOW SODIUM VEGETABLE BROTH AND WATER FOR THIS RECIPE, FOR MORE FLAVOR. 

FOR THE SLOPPY JOES

2 Tbsp olive oil

1 small white onion, finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 cup  red bell pepper, diced

1/4 cup poblano peppers, diced

Sea salt and black pepper to taste

1 15 oz. can organic tomato sauce

2 Tbsp brown sugar,  

2 Tbsp low sodium vegan Worcestershire sauce

2 tsp chili powder

1 tsp ground cumin

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp smoked paprika

INSTRUCTIONS:

COOK YOUR LENTILS ACCORDING TO PACKAGE INSTRUCTIONS. I USED VEGETABLE INSTEAD OF WATER. Once drained, set aside.

In a large skillet over medium heat, heat your oil. Once heated, add, add oil, onion, garlic, bell peppers and poblano peppers.  Season with a pinch of salt and pepper and stir to combine.

Sautè for 4-5 minutes,until the peppers and onions are tender and slightly browned. Add in the tomato sauce, brown sugar,  worcestershire sauce, chili powder, cumin,garlic and smoked paprika,  Stir to incorporate the spices.

Add in the cooked lentill, stir to combine.

Continue cooking the mixture over medium-low heat until completely warmed through and thick, stirring occasionally - about 5-10 minutes.

Taste and adjust flavor as needed. 

I added the sloppy joes on a sweet potato with some homemade vegan coleslaw.