Category Archives: Practicing Awareness


#foodpoisoning

by KalaLea on March 24, 2014 • Posted in News Practicing Awareness The Act of Eating

Beautiful people, if you are eating and your head, heart or gut says to you, this tastes funny, weird, or disgusting, put the fork down immediately. Advice I should have adhered to last Sunday evening. I’m not going to mention names or places but I’m super sure that I got food poisoning from a mushroom, green bean dish that made my scalp tingle and my taste buds run for cover. At first bite, I was turned
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to tell a lie

by KalaLea on December 29, 2013 • Posted in News Practicing Awareness
Imagine a world where people told the truth. Where honesty held court no matter the circumstance or consequence.
Would we be less fragile or more crazy? Would more people be their “true” selves? Un-afraid of ridicule or judgement? Would there be a need for Santa Claus?

Many moons ago, I used to catch myself telling lies:
Yeah, I’ve heard about that book.
I used to be the smartest girl in my class.
I’m sorry I’m late

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cheers

by KalaLea on December 1, 2013 • Posted in News Practicing Awareness

It wasn’t until a neighborhood man who went by the name of Tree said to me, “you drink just like your father” did I realize that my Dad had a reputation for knocking them back. I proudly smiled then agreed by saying, “Yep!” then kept on drinking. I think it was a summer afternoon, a childhood friend and I had been next door drinking Peach Schnapps on her porch. I was thirteen or fourteen years old;
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blame it on bacon

by KalaLea on October 27, 2013 • Posted in News Practicing Awareness Preventative Health Care The Act of Eating

My appetite has been insatiable. I’ve been eating everything including the most incredible avocado BLT sandwich for lunch nearly two weeks ago. Yes people! I ate pork bacon and relished every bite.  But then I had a check-up Friday afternoon and my blood pressure was pretty elevated. We could blame it on the bacon but let’s not. It was as if somebody slapped me in the face. I left the doctor’s office feeling certain the results
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you so crazy

by KalaLea on October 13, 2013 • Posted in News Practicing Awareness

I’ve done a lot of things that many would consider frightening…jumping out of a plane, traveling through West Africa alone, diving from cliffs into unknown waters …. even quitting my awesome job in order to move to Brasil. But the most frightening time of my life was the year after I sold my half of a restaurant/cafe business. Days before signing the legal papers, I bought a plane ticket to Bahia then stayed in Brazil for
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meditate daily

by KalaLea on May 3, 2012 • Posted in Blog Practicing Awareness

It’s been three years since I had this much time on my hands which means no excuses when it comes to meditating. Every morning when I wake, I practice a combination of reiki and meditation. And for the last 30 days, I’ve been listening to this guided healing meditation by Kelly Howell at bed time. I’m usually fast asleep before it ends. Meditation is awesome for many reasons. It totally chills me out and is a
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What’s in Season: Spring

Apricots
Artichoke
Arugula
Asparagus
Avocado
Beets
Carrots
Cherries
Collards
Fennel
Mango
Mint
Pineapple
Radishes
Rhubarb
Snow Peas
Spinach
Strawberries
Sugar Snap Peas
Vidalia Onions


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  • Early dinner documentation with one of my favorite foodies and yogis @the_yoyoyoga #farrosalad #salad #fresh #greens #reds #gratitude
  • Hey peeps!! Back in NYC and came across this sign for the upcoming Chile Pepper Festival in BK. I'm a true hot sauce, chili pepper, piri piri, cayenne pepper, spicy food LOVER 💜🌶 Even tho an acupuncturist suggested I chill with the hot peppers during summertime. But October 1st is technically fall so ... I'm going. #bbg #chilipepperfestival2017 #hotsauce #spicyfood
  • #tbt Our vacation feels like an INCREDIBLE dream and now I'm #WOKE ...and the day I'm unable to do a cartwheel will be a sad one. Gotta keep it moving and grooving!! #eastafrica #tanzania #cartwheel #exercise #moveyourbody #travel #happythursday
  • Mural painting at Malaika Beach Club ... a home away from home indeed. In 2001 while in Mali, West Africa, I traveled via pick-up truck nearly 21 hours to Djenne, the home of one of the oldest mosques. I would have continued on to Timbuktu but many foreigners had warned that the city was barren and unsafe. Today I wonder if those warnings came from a truthful or fear place...perhaps both. But my gut told me to stay in Djenne so that's what I did. Whenever I see any reference to this ancient capital, I reflect on that first trip to the Motherland alone. One of my most challenging yet enlightening trips...After a lengthy 2nd visit to East and South Africa, I'm back in NYC and feeling so grateful for the ability to travel, for new friends, for nature's healing powers and for love ❤️ and laughter. Feeling recharged. Looking forward to my next visit to Africa - Hugs and #happywhereamiwednesday #timbuktu #happywednesday #art #malaikabeachclub #mural #muralart #gratitude #africa #tanzania #kigamboni #nature #travel #eastafrica
  • Need healthy hair tips for post-beach living...please! Raw eggs?? Avocado?? Butter?? #hair #sodry #backatthebeach #kigamboni #beach #hairtips #afro #afrolove #naturalhair
  • For our last evening in the city of Dar, we decided on Ethiopian, one of my top 3 cuisines. The name of the restaurant is Addis in Dar. The ambiance was delightfully cozy...we were the first customers of the night. Four of us in total. The food hit the spot ... lentil wot (stew), chickpeas, mushrooms, lamb...yum yum! And I had a few sips of honey wine too. Def coming back next trip! #africa #eastafrica #tanzania #addisindar #ethiopian #daressalaam #winterindar #wdiet #lentils #lamb #chickpeas #ethiopia
  • Someone ripped this cartoon clip from a Tanzanian newspaper (I think) ... an illustration depicting the state of youth in these here times. Notice the other character holding up the main dude. And the other set of hands grabbing at his chest...#africa #tanzania #cartoon #youth #winterindar #socialmedia #substanceabuse
  • The weather in Dar es Salaam is HOT today. Hard to believe it's winter time. I nearly jumped into the mouth of this fish to cool down. Staying hydrated with water + tamarind and lemon juice...Happy Tuesday! #africa #tanzania #winterindar #fish