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Kefi Life Podcast

Flourish and feel alive in mind, body and soul - the Greek way! Join radio personality Kiki Vale on
Kefi L!fe, a podcast that will enlighten listeners to discover ways to prosper in life and seize moments. The energy and essence of our episodes is to lead you to a life where all is well - Ola Kala!


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101. Life in Ikaria- The Rustic Retreats with Thea Parikos

101. Life in Ikaria- The Rustic Retreats with Thea Parikos

A reunion with Thea Parikos, resident of Ikaria, Greece inspires us to do a deep dive into health, happiness, and wellbeing with her Blue Zone Rustic Retreats.

Thea Parikos

Today’s Lexi: 

περιβάλλον — Perivallon (Environment)

In Today’s Episode:

Kiki reunites with a friend, Thea Parikos from the island of Ikaria in Greece, to talk “life on the island,” and how it supports longevity. 

Thea Parikos, born in Michigan, and now longtime resident of Ikaria, Greece is a living example of living to live well.  She uprooted her life to the home of her grandparents and the emersion is cause for Kefi! 

Today, Thea and her husband Ilias, owners of the quaint and intimate Inn – Thea’s Inn- spread vitality and wellness to all people via their cooking, hospitality, their Inn and their popular Blue Zone RUSTIC RETREATS. 

During this episode you will discover why is this place Ikaria, a Blue ZONE, is so special to the well-being of its residents and visitors.

Hear about the:

  • Values
  • Food
  • Friendships and family
  • The concept of who you are vs what you do
  • Herbs
  • Retirement
  • Retreats to restore the inner you
  • Panagariya
  • How do the villagers of the island support each other
  • Importance of community
  • Impact of Nature
  • Bee life
  • Plant life
  • Personal discoveries

Is there still time to register or a Rustic Retreat in Ikaria?  Yes!!!!

From Thea:

To reserve your place

My Blue Zones retreats are very intimate, and I only take 8 guests at a time. This ensures that every guest receives close attention and gets the very best out of their Ikarian experience. The retreats tend to sell out quickly, so if you are interested in reserving your place, please contact me and I will send you detailed information.

2023 Retreat Dates

  • 4-10 May:        Places available
  • 10-16 June:     Places available
  • 23-29 Sept:     Places available
  • October:         Dates to be confirmed

Today’s Ola Kala Moment:

For Today’s Ola Kala Moment, Little Changes for Big Impact

Resources:

Credits:

Music: Spiro Dussias

Vocals: Zabrina Hay

Graphic Designer: Susan Jackson O’Leary

🫒 Purchase the finest, yummiest extra virgin olive oil from Kalamata, Greece at the Kefi Life Shop!🫒

 

Please be sure to follow the Kefi L!fe podcast on your favorite podcast platform to ensure that you are Ola Kala in mind, body and soul!

Follow Kefi Life on Instagram (@kefilife365)!

For a natural and uplifting support with your health and wellness, connect with Kiki to discover the beauty of essentials oils (my.doterra.com/kefilife).

 

This episode made possible in part by:

The Law Offices of Liston & Tsantilis — Ranked #1

LTLawChicago.com

 

This podcast is for informational and educational purposes only. None of the information should be construed as medical advice. Users are encouraged to seek professional medical assistance for any significant health-related matters.

100. Happy 100 Kefi L!fe!

100. Happy 100 Kefi L!fe! 

Kefi L!fe the podcast is celebrating 100 and the party is on this week.  Giveaways, a look back and what’s ahead for the next 100!

Kiki Vale

Today’s Lexi: 

Ήθος — Ithos (Ethos)

In Today’s Episode:

Happy Birthday to 100 episodes, 7500 downloads, and a top tier apple rating in the food category within USA, Italy, Greece and Czech Republic all inside 2 years of publishing!

Birthdays cause for a look back and then a look ahead.  My birthday party is a celebration of Kefi and how it spices up life but yet keeps it within a well span of Ola Kala.

Cheers to 100 episodes in the can and in the universe, with a look at why I started and why I continue, a look at the guests and lexis and Ola Kala and how I keep it all going.  This podcast is for you the follower to grow in health, wellness and happiness. We are just getting started, so never miss an episode!

Today’s Ola Kala Moment:

For Today’s Ola Kala Moment: Choose Your Attitude

Credits:

Music: Spiro Dussias

Vocals: Zabrina Hay

Graphic Designer: Susan Jackson O’Leary

🫒 Purchase the finest, yummiest extra virgin olive oil from Kalamata, Greece at the Kefi Life Shop!🫒

 

Please be sure to follow the Kefi L!fe podcast on your favorite podcast platform to ensure that you are Ola Kala in mind, body and soul!

Follow Kefi Life on Instagram (@kefilife_)!

For a natural and uplifting support with your health and wellness, connect with Kiki to discover the beauty of essentials oils (my.doterra.com/kefilife).

 

This episode made possible in part by:

The Law Offices of Liston & Tsantilis — Ranked #1

LTLawChicago.com

 

This podcast is for informational and educational purposes only. None of the information should be construed as medical advice. Users are encouraged to seek professional medical assistance for any significant health-related matters.

99. Yia Yia’s Kitchen – Lessons learned!

99. Yia Yia’s Kitchen – Lessons learned!

Lessons from author Brianna Koucos’ Kitchen teaches cooking, life skills and traditions in her new children book collection called Yia Yias Kitchen Book Series.

Brianna Koucos

Today’s Lexi: 

Παράδοση — Paradosi (Tradition)

In Today’s Episode:

Meet author Brianna Koucos during a delightful and hopeful conversation with Kiki about preserving legacy, tradition, and family wellness with lessons from the Greek kitchen. 

A former career counselor takes an experience of grief and turns it into moments of joy, tradition, and life skills with the memory of her Yia Yia while writing her new

Yia Yia’s Book Series.  These books, one on Patience, one on Honesty and the third book about Family Tradition are excellent ways for adults to bond with their children, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, friends and loved ones.

Hear about….

  • How children learn how to be patient through making a meal, preparing a meal correctly and doing it all with love.
  • Children learning life skills.
  • The value of making something start to finish.
  • Discovering what the younger generation can learn from a person born in 1916 and so much more.

Brianna Koucos Midgley grew up in Salt Lake City, UT in a family who loved their Greek heritage and Orthodox faith. Among her fondest childhood memories are the times she spent with her beloved yiayia (Greek for grandmother). In Yiayia’s kitchen, she was not only showered with love, but learned many valuable lessons. Those memories have stayed with her throughout her life, inspiring and shaping her as a person and as a mom.

With her young daughter, and now with her readers, she shares stories of her yiayia and those special moments. From passing down Greek family traditions, to life lessons, Brianna shares her grandmother’s timeless wisdom in her Yiayia’s Kitchen book series. This celebration of the special bond between grandparents and grandchildren, evokes precious memories, and connects generations. Perfect for kids ages 3-10, her books make great gifts for kids and yiayias alike. What a fun gift for a new baby or to announce a pending arrival to a future yiayia!

Brianna also sells custom gifts on her website: yiayiaskitchenchildrensbooks.com.

Yiayia’s Kitchen Series by Brianna Koucos

Today’s Ola Kala Moment:

When you want to be Ola Kala – All is Well,

Doing it right the first time allows for not having to do it again.

Resources:

Credits:

Music: Spiro Dussias

Vocals: Zabrina Hay

Graphic Designer: Susan Jackson O’Leary

🫒 Purchase the finest, yummiest extra virgin olive oil from Kalamata, Greece at the Kefi Life Shop!🫒

 

Please be sure to follow the Kefi L!fe podcast on your favorite podcast platform to ensure that you are Ola Kala in mind, body and soul!

Follow Kefi Life on Instagram (@kefilife365)!

For a natural and uplifting support with your health and wellness, connect with Kiki to discover the beauty of essentials oils (my.doterra.com/kefilife).

 

This episode made possible in part by:

The Law Offices of Liston & Tsantilis — Ranked #1

LTLawChicago.com

 

This podcast is for informational and educational purposes only. None of the information should be construed as medical advice. Users are encouraged to seek professional medical assistance for any significant health-related matters.

98. I am Calm

98. I am Calm

A sweet conversation with Kiki’s niece Anastasia results in valuable calming techniques and breathing exercises to make you calm and allow you to think more clearly. 

Kiki and Anastasia

Today’s Lexi: 

Ηρεμία — Iremia (Calm)

In Today’s Episode:

Kiki speaks with her well versed young niece Anastasia about the methods of staying calm and bringing breath work into your day for focus and calm of course. 

Today’s Takeaways:

  • I Am Calm technique
  • Body Scan
  • Butterfly breathing
  • Classroom practices for every age and everyday people

Remember, part of your health and wellness depends on your calm, learn to embrace this usefulness. 

Today’s Ola Kala Moment:

For Today’s Ola Kala Moment: All is well when you begin to self-advocate for yourself. 

Resources:

Credits:

Music: Spiro Dussias

Vocals: Zabrina Hay

Graphic Designer: Susan Jackson O’Leary

🫒 Purchase the finest, yummiest extra virgin olive oil from Kalamata, Greece at the Kefi Life Shop!🫒

 

Please be sure to follow the Kefi L!fe podcast on your favorite podcast platform to ensure that you are Ola Kala in mind, body and soul!

Follow Kefi Life on Instagram (@kefilife365)!

For a natural and uplifting support with your health and wellness, connect with Kiki to discover the beauty of essentials oils (my.doterra.com/kefilife).

 

This episode made possible in part by:

The Law Offices of Liston & Tsantilis — Ranked #1

LTLawChicago.com

 

This podcast is for informational and educational purposes only. None of the information should be construed as medical advice. Users are encouraged to seek professional medical assistance for any significant health-related matters.

97. Well Span, Targeted Nutrition & Blue Zones for a Vibrant 2023!

97. Well Span, Targeted Nutrition & Blue Zones for a Vibrant 2023!

The first Kefi L!fe episode of 2023 prepares you for a year of the most essential ways to eat and thrive in your own environment. From Amino Acids to Nature Walks, you’ll step away feeling terrific!

Dr. Georgia Andrianopoulos

Today’s Lexi: 

Μπλε — Ble (Blue)

In Today’s Episode:

Dr. Georgia Andrianopoulos, scientist, and avid humanitarian brings science to the “kitchen table” to combat life-limiting, self-defeating, and self-damaging behaviors and obstacles. 

Topics today include:

  • Well span vs life span
  • What is targeted nutrition?
  • How do we create the Blue Zones in our daily life?
  • Do aesthetics matter to the brain?
  • How is vanilla helpful?
  • Do aerosols impact our brain?
  • What is Forest Bathing?
  • What to know about Amino Acids and Alzheimer’s

Today’s Ola Kala Moment:

For today’s Ola Kala Moment: Nature walks on a Bucket List

Resources:

Credits:

Music: Spiro Dussias

Vocals: Zabrina Hay

Graphic Designer: Susan Jackson O’Leary

🫒 Purchase the finest, yummiest extra virgin olive oil from Kalamata, Greece at the Kefi Life Shop!🫒

 

Please be sure to follow the Kefi L!fe podcast on your favorite podcast platform to ensure that you are Ola Kala in mind, body and soul!

Follow Kefi Life on Instagram (@kefilife365)!

For a natural and uplifting support with your health and wellness, connect with Kiki to discover the beauty of essentials oils (my.doterra.com/kefilife).

 

This episode made possible in part by:

The Law Offices of Liston & Tsantilis — Ranked #1

LTLawChicago.com

 

This podcast is for informational and educational purposes only. None of the information should be construed as medical advice. Users are encouraged to seek professional medical assistance for any significant health-related matters.

96. Can’t Put a Price Tag on Love

96. Can’t Put a Price Tag on Love

As 2022 comes to an end, Kiki shares her Kefi wisdom with one and all.  This monologue is all about the power of love.

Kiki Vale

Ikarian Sunset

Today’s Lexi: 

ΖΩΗ — ZOI (LIFE)

In Today’s Episode:

Kiki is reflecting on a year that included the most travel, the most milestones, and a bounce back from the pandemic.  This monologue is all about LOVE!

Today’s Ola Kala Moment:

For today’s Ola Kala Moment: All is Well when you consider THE DASH

Resources:

Credits:

Music: Spiro Dussias

Vocals: Zabrina Hay

Graphic Designer: Susan Jackson O’Leary

🫒 Purchase the finest, yummiest extra virgin olive oil from Kalamata, Greece at the Kefi Life Shop!🫒

 

Please be sure to follow the Kefi L!fe podcast on your favorite podcast platform to ensure that you are Ola Kala in mind, body and soul!

Follow Kefi Life on Instagram (@kefilife365)!

For a natural and uplifting support with your health and wellness, connect with Kiki to discover the beauty of essentials oils (my.doterra.com/kefilife).

 

This episode made possible in part by:

The Law Offices of Liston & Tsantilis — Ranked #1

LTLawChicago.com

 

This podcast is for informational and educational purposes only. None of the information should be construed as medical advice. Users are encouraged to seek professional medical assistance for any significant health-related matters.

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