Sunday, November 18, 2012

New Blog New Website!

Here are links for my new blog:

Our new website coving all we do for/with clients: Whole Body Healing

And of course my magazine Timeless Spirit Magazine.

in light,
Aleesha Sattva

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

New Blog...

If you are looking to follow my new public blog... here's the addy:

Come on over, pull up a cushion and read!

in light,
Aleesha Sattva (was Stephenson)

Monday, February 7, 2011

Allergies... who knew?

I found out last week that I have a lot of allergies. I had no idea. I've been doing some research into them and I have to say... thank goodness I found raw 3.5 years ago. If I was discovering these allergies without the knowledge of a raw food lifestyle behind me... I'd be completely devastated and confused right now. I wouldn't know what to eat. I wouldn't know how to survive!

Thankfully... I already have these items out of my diet (for the most part) and the ones I allowed... well they are now gone gone gone. I will miss my strawberries... but they are not worth the discomfort my body endures for them.

Okay... so here's the list!

Things I need to avoid due to my allergies:

Glucosamine is made from shells and should be avoided...

Shellfish Allergy - Avoid foods that contain:

Sea urchin

Soy Allergy - Avoid foods that contain:

Hydrolyzed soy protein
Shoyu sauce
Soy albumin
Soy fiber
Soy flour
Soy (infant) formula
Soy fruit
Soy grits
Soy milk
Soy nuts
Soy protein
Soy sauce
Soy sprouts
Soybean curd
Soybean granules
Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP)
Worcestershire sauce

These foods may contain soy:

Artificial cheese
Butter substitues
Canned tuna
Coffee substitutes
Hamburger patties
Hot dogs
Hydrolyzed plan protein
Hydrolyzed vegetable protein
Ice cream
Natural flavoring
Peanut butter
Vegetable broth
Vegetable gum
Vegetable starch
Worcestershire sauce

Wheat Allergy - Avoid foods that contain:

Bread crumbs
Cereal extract
Cracker meal
Enriched flour
Graham flour
High gluten flour
High protein flour
Soft wheat flour
Vital gluten
Whole wheat berries
Whole wheat flour

These foods may contain wheat:

Gelatinized starch
Hydrolyzed vegetable proteins
Imitation crab
Meat substitutes
Modified food starch
Natural flavoring
Soy sauce
Vegetable gum
Vegetable starch

Egg Allergy - Avoid foods that contain:

Egg (dried, powdered, solid, white,yolk)

Cow's Milk Allergy - Avoid foods that contain:

Artificial butter flavor
Butter fat
Butter oil
Condensed milk
Cottage cheese
Goat’s milk
Half and Half
Milk (whole, low fat, non-fat, skimmed)
Milk derivative
Milk powder
Milk protein
Rennet Casein
Sour cream
Sour cream solid
Sour milk

These foods may contain cow's milk:

Bavarian cream
Brown sugar
Caramel flavoring
Canned tuna
Coconut cream
Cream sauce
Cream soup
High protein flour
High protein powder
Ice cream
Instant mashed potatoes
Luncheon meat, hot dogs, sausages
Packet soups
Whipped cream

Funny thing is they recommend using soy milk or rice milk when you have a milk allergy... and I'm allergic to both of those. Thankfully... almond milk, hazelnut milk etc. are much healthier and I can prepare them in my Vita-Mix.

Symptoms of food allergies: this is the one that I have experienced.

Angioedema: This is a term used to denote swelling of certain parts of the body, such as the lips, tongue, throat, and the area around the eyes. Swelling of the tongue and throat can be very dangerous and it can result in severe difficulties breathing. Sometimes, the swelling can be inside the body. For example, the lining of the intestines can swell, resulting in abdominal pain, and cramping.

Body... I love, honour and cherish you. Thank you for allowing me to live within you and experience this life through you. I promise to put your needs first and foremost... forever.


I am allergic to: (in order of severity)
cow's milk and all dairy products
goat's milk
cereal (like in a box)
pussy willows

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Day 140 - Twenty Weeks of Fasting!

Oh yaaaaaa... been doing this for twenty weeks now. Twenty weeks!!! Can you believe it? For those of you who have been following this from the beginning... it's been twenty weeks. Started June 13th... wow. What have you put into your body since then? I know what I've put in mine! *smiling*

I've put a whole lotta tomatoes. A bushel of fennel, celery, garlic and onion. Boxes and boxes of cantaloupe... and a bounty of young coconuts. Yup... those seem to be my main juices on this fast. All of which pleases me since they are such healthy choices!

No cakes, pies, cookies, junk food of any kind. No animal products - except a few teaspoons of raw honey in some tea. Nothing that really bad for me. Ahhhhh what a gift this is to my body. What a gift indeed.

I've spent hours in meditation. Many more in the sauna. I've walked for miles, danced while laying down in the tub and even tried my hand at water fasting!

I've slept - sometimes more than usual, other times less. My dreams have become so normal now... that I don't even look at them as being bizarre and overly colourful. LOL I have little to no detox happening and am still having a bm on a very regular basis. No enemas, no colonics... nothing to assist me - just letting my body do what a body does naturally.

I'm smiled, I've cried... I've released emotions and dealt with emotions. I've cleansed my life and my relationships.

I've discovered that not knowing what this fast will bring is not a bad thing. I've learned to go with the flow at a deeper level than I was before - and I thought I had this 'go with the flow' down pat before! Such a gift to discover what an extended fast can bring.

My spirituality has gone to deeper levels. I'm in a totally new place and loving it. My Reiki has grown... the Light within me is brighter.

My eyes are in such a state of constant brightness that I forget I have 'fasting eyes'... and just assume they have always been this clear and vibrant! This is my new norm.

Today is day one hundred and forty. I've been walking this path for twenty weeks.

Such ease has flowed with this fast... and I am hopeful that the ease will continue and I'll regain my protein levels quickly (from my 9 days of water fasting earlier this month) and surprise and amaze my doctor even more! I can only anticipate the look on his face when he reads my nice protein levels after my blood test this month! Ohhhh yaaaaa this mama is rawkin' this fast!

So... today I'll celebrate with a case of pineapples. I'll sit at the crystal bowl meditation tonight and ponder my journey so far and welcome tomorrow... but most importantly... I will sit in the now. I will be mindful. I will continue to bring mindfulness to every fibre of my being.

As that is truly the greatest gift I've had with this fast. Being mindful for twenty weeks... being mindful every moment of this - what a gift that is!

in light and love,
a very appreciative,

I am so happy and grateful for my Light, lean, healthy being.
I am so grateful for this fast and all it's gifts.
I am so blessed to have so much support around me.
I am so happy and grateful for my hubby, kids and 'fellowship of fasters' who gently offer a listening ear when needed.
I am so happy and grateful for my life.

Thanks be to the Goddess, so mote it be, blessed be. An it harm none, do as ya will.


Thursday, October 21, 2010

Interview of me in the Georgia Strait

For foodies, uncooked is the right raw deal

Advocates say ditching animal fats and processed foods makes them feel better and lose weight.

By Matthew Burrows, October 21, 2010

Diet coach Aleesha Stephenson lost 168 pounds switching to raw foods.
Healthy Living

Aleesha Stephenson jokes that she used to be the only “raw foodie” in Agassiz, a place that’s known better for lying somewhere between Hope and Mission than for its food activism.

Her raw vegan diet is a bit of a local anomaly, but the 47-year-old raw-food and fasting coach tells the Georgia Straight in a phone interview that she is always willing to help, at a minimal cost, those who are curious about the health benefits of such a regime.

Stephenson says her story began in 2007, when she weighed 300 pounds and decided she had to do something.

“I was so sick,” she says. “Getting off the couch to go to the bathroom was too much of an effort for me. A friend suggested that I [juice] fast for 10 days and that maybe that would help. And I felt fabulous. Then I went back to eating and felt like crap.”

It was at this point, she says, that the epiphany came: stick with raw food and ditch the Standard American Diet (SAD) for good.

“It is interesting how many people eat raw foods and then they eat a Standard American Diet meal [high in processed foods and animal fats; low in plant-based foods and fibre] and they get really depressed afterwards,” Stephenson said. “SAD food makes you sad.”

Raw food is beneficial, she explains, because its living enzymes are intact, not having been exposed to high cooking temperatures. Hence, the raw food retains its full nutritional potency, and “your food digests itself”. She says your body can then use the energy saved from digestion to heal itself. Stephenson’s current weight of 132 pounds is a physical manifestation of her success.

“Juice fasting, such as I do, is very empowering,” Stephenson adds. “Making it through Thanksgiving dinner this year—cooking for my family all day long, and serving the food and sitting at the table with them—I was water fasting. So I sat with my glass of water and watched them all eat.”

Mere mortals who are not there yet may go through “mourning” when they leave SAD comforts, but Stephenson insists that raw-food based repasts can replicate and even better SAD meals.

“We make cookies, we make cakes, we make everything,” she says. “We have yummy food. We do. Where else can you eat [avocado-cacao] cheesecake for breakfast and still lose weight?”

Folks in Agassiz who thought her a bit odd now take notice, she says.

“First they said I was crazy, then they started asking questions like, ‘Aleesha, what can I do?’ ”

Effervescent 62-year-old yoga instructor Clive Langton told the Straight that he credits both his yoga practice and raw-food diet for his good health. Langton is a director with the Raw Food Society of B.C. The group’s website, contains a raft of information and advice on what to do to get involved with the raw-food movement.

Langton estimates that the amount of people in Metro Vancouver—and Agassiz—currently eating raw food numbers “in the thousands” and is increasing.

“I want to qualify that statement,” Langton says. “If you look at our [Raw B.C.] mission statement, it’s not about people swearing an oath, doomed to die if they ever have a morsel of cooked food in their mouth. It’s moving in the direction of eating more fruits, vegetables, seeds, and nuts. There are a lot of people realizing that they want to eat more simple on the food chain, more healthily.”

This is partly why Stephenson is now a coach, as she wants others to benefit from her own discipline and willpower. The message must be resonating, as she says she has clients all across North America, and even as far away as Morocco. Langton, for his part, says that Raw B.C. is upgrading its website and is hearing from other raw-food groups worldwide that are inspired by what it is doing to get society on a raw footing.

“When you go to a restaurant, you get a pile of rice or you get noodles or you get potatoes or french fries, and it’s all just filler,” Langton says, by way of a parting shot at SAD. “You don’t want to be eating that if you had a choice, really, because it’s not nutrition. It’s sludge that’s just going to fill up those cells and make your body feel more tired and exhausted and craving more food because you’re not getting fed, really.”

Langton then adds, diplomatically: “I don’t want to put you off your lunch.”

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Timeless Spirit Magazine - March 2010


Well we are online and ready for your eyes. I know we are a day later than usual, but I was waiting for the Dark Moon to be finished before bringing this issue to you. I don't know about you, but this Dark Moon was huge in my life and I didn't want to bring that energy into this issue.

Speaking of which, this is another great read. So many wonderful articles and columns and a special mediation that was inspired by our very own Phil Kotofskie's article - so be sure to check out both!

Thank you for reading Timeless Spirit. It's an honour to share it with you.

in light,
Aleesha Stephenson
Timeless Spirit Magazine

ISSN# 1708-3265

~ walk your talk, live your truth ~

Sunday, January 17, 2010

UPDATE on Haiti


Thanks to all the homeschool families who have sponsored buckets and buckets of Cibo. Thank to those who have offered to talk to friends, families and churches about this response to the children of Haiti.

A generous donor has offered to match every $30 bucket sponsored with a donation of their own - up to 600 matched buckets! This 1200 buckets could conceivably be matched by the Canadian Governments' matching program (2400 buckets!).

This means that for every $30 bucket your family sponsors, three others buckets could be added to the container. Transportation will be provided by Global Aid Network. GAIN already has people working in Haiti and ready to oversee distribution to those in need.

In addition to the kids they already house, orphanages in Haiti will be crowded with newly orphaned children. This need will not end quickly

We still need people who are willing to talk to their churches or workplaces about this effort. If you would like a sample bucket (empty) and some information people can read, please give me a call.

If you would still like to make a donation, please do so though Go to the donation page and donate through Global Aid Network.

Please be sure to note that the donation is for Cibo so our matching donor can track the number of buckets we have raised funds for.

100% of donations will be used to manufacture Cibo.

Thanks, Tamiko