I’m BACK!!

Can I honestly tell you that moving this blog around as been such a pain! Watching tons of how to video’s, talking with help people for hours, trying to figure out what step I missed, and then when I am at the ends of my rope and have decided today is the day if I don’t get it I will just toss the past four years and start over an angel from Twitter came into my life and saved everything!!

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Okay, be on the look out these up coming weeks for TONS of new things! While my blog was down, that didn’t mean I was out for the count, I have been working on many different things! Including essential oil webinars, a 14 day Eating for the Season, Fall into Healthy Habits program, a bunch of cool freebies!!



Healthy Snacks for Tailgate Season

Healthy Snacks for Tailgate Season

It’s that time of year again, the crisp cool breeze is finally in the morning & evening air here in Southern Virginia and that always makes me think of one of my favorite past times.. TAILGATING!!

We are moving towards eating as healthy as we can now that I am pregnant, and my husband has a super sweet tooth and will eat it all! We have always been big fans of nuts, trail mixes, and jerky but they are now at the top of our list with all the traveling we will be doing over the next couple of months for marathons.

Here are some of our favorites!

Taco Dip with Chili Spiced Cashew Cream, I get the cashews from Nuts.com

Frozen Yogurt Trail Mix Bars from Mrs Happy Homemaker

I get most of my ingredients from Nuts.com. The closest place to get healthy bulk choices is almost a 70 mile round trip, and I would rather just have it all delivered to my house. Bonus everything we have ever gotten has been AMAZING!! For anyone who is Gluten Free or Paleo this site is a dream come true!

Organic Assorted Energy Squares, these have been a life saver since I have become pregnant. On days that I travel for work or to my friends houses (everyone lives really far away from me) I packed a couple of these and some trail mix for my travel snacks.

Trail Mix is HUGE in our house all year round. Looking for the Trail Mix basics so you can make your own? Here are the four main ingredients that you need.

These pint-sized nutritional dynamos are loaded with healthy unsaturated fats, protein, fiber, antioxidants, vitamin E, and other essential vitamins and minerals.
Whether they’re raw or roasted, go for unsalted, unsweetened nuts to keep sugar and sodium under control.

For those with nut allergies (or just looking to mix things up), seeds provide many of the same nutritional benefits as nuts. Hemp seeds, for example, are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, gamma linolenic acid, protein, zinc, iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, and calcium.

Dried Fruit
This sugary treat can easily become a danger food, so pay attention to the ingredient list and serving sizes. In moderation, dried fruit can be a great source of fiber, antioxidants, calcium, and vitamins A, C, and K.

Sometimes we all need a little something sweet to round out the mix. Just remember to add treat-like options sparingly (unless you’re making dessert instead of a snack). Add a sprinkling of M&Ms, chips of various kinds (chocolate, peanut butter, carob, butterscotch), cacao nibs, yogurt-covered raisins, chocolate-covered coffee beans, mini marshmallows, or chocolate-covered nuts. When going the chocolate route, choose dark varieties for extra antioxidants.

Our current favorite for tailgating is a mix of: Raw Almonds, Dried Mango & Apples, Pumpkin Seeds, and Chocolate Covered Sunflower Seeds.

Looking for more health tailgating ideas? Click here!

What are you top health tailgating foods?

***Be sure to stop back at the end of September for my Eating for the Season, fall into healthy habits program ******





Even nice people have their limits.. how far does someone have to push you to get to your limit?

How far does someone have to push you to your limits? Really, the first question is are you a nice person? I would say if you asked people on the streets it would be an 80/20 mix because some people know that they will tell you the truth right to your face & crush your feelings without a blink of an eye. Some people don’t mean to do it, while others get joy out of it. I personally avoid those people like the plague.

Now back to, are you a nice person? I like to think that I that am, just today I got complemented on my manners by a couple of people at a food truck during lunch. I try my best to be kind, caring, positive, and yes I wear my heart on my sleeve a little too much. I KNOW that I am a MAJOR push over though, and I KNOW that people use me because I am so nice and will help them with task, projects, etc even if I really don’t want to. I am a people pleaser, and in a way that seems to make me a nice person.

Now, to the main question: How far does someone have to push you to your limits? What is your reaction when they do push you that far?

Personally, I shut down it’s a complete shut down. I don’t talk with them, interact with them, etc. I basically just drop or cut that person out of my life. Now it’s not the same as when you slowly grow apart from each other in a friendship. I am a big believer that we learn from everyone, but at some point sometimes there is only so much you can learn or you are both just going off in different directions and have nothing in common anymore.

I have come to this point of shut down with a friend of mine, truly they were a great friend and there is SO much that I still wish I could learn from them but I have been pushed to the edge and over. One of my other friends said it best I think, she said:

“They treat you like an unpaid employee who they can just hand off all the stuff they don’t want to do, and feel you will just do it all and blame you for their mistakes, & yet they treat you like gum on the bottom of their shoe. That is not friendship anyway you look at it.”

My husband, who just normally nods his head when I vent because he picks on me all the time for wearing my heart on my sleeve, said:

“You are getting too emotionally upset about all this and need to stop being their friend and focus on you and the baby.”

That was my big wake up call from these two people who I care very much about and they care about me. I have decided that I will finish up the last project that I have to do, which truth be told I DON’T want to do it at all I don’t enjoy it at all but I am one of those people who I have to finish what I started, and then once everything is done we will be done.

So it’s going to hopefully all be over in the next two weeks, and I can focus on my true friends and my family.

Here’s the questions for you all:

How far does someone have to push you to your limits? What is your reaction when they do push you that far? Have you ever had to end a friendship, and did it end on good terms or was it just a lost?



The night it really it me what I had been doing to my life?!?

*This post was from July, but I needed the courage to make it happen*

Last night I got my half marathon pictures from the Mad Valley run in Vermont last weekend, and I was just hit with what I looked like. How big my thighs & butt, really just how wide my whole body has gotten. When I look at myself in the mirror I still don’t see it, but those race pictures don’t lie let me tell you. I cried and cried while looking at them, and that really was the kickoff for change.

Let’s roll back a bit, in the summer 2012 I got in great shape, I was doing Chalene Johnson’s Turbofire every morning, working like a crazy lady 80 hrs a week at my job, and planning my wedding. I was holding steady at 135, with good muscle tone. Flash forward, December of 2012 we do pack out (have everything packed into storage for our move) and have to eat all 3 meals out or some crap that you can microwave only. We didn’t have a frig so meals were very limited, then we moved to Virginia and still having to eat out our 3 meals a day until mid January. During that time I jumped up to 157 and have been holding steady at the weight since, I got it down for a week into the 140 but then it came right back up.

I haven’t minded being 157, but my husband talks about it alot for him to lose 25 lbs he walked on the treadmill for hours a day and played videogames. He feels that I can do the same, but when I ask about if he is going to help do the chores around the house he looks at me as if I have three heads. Now that I am only working one day a week, it’s do able, but I really don’t want to spend my whole day locked in a room.

It also doesn’t help that my stomach has slowly grown over the years and I have been eating as much as my husband at each meal. I have started to make myself smaller portions and it’s helping so that I am not starving by the end of the night. I would also like to state that I would be 100% happy being 157 if it was more muscle than fat.


Not flabby….

Now I have seen the light, and while there are more challenges along the way over the next couple of months I have a plan! If you know me, you know that I LOVE a plan!! I actually started this new workout plan this week and so far it’s been going good, it’s only day 3 so we will see but I am enjoying it all and it’s not too tough yet. *this is actual for August 25th*

Have you ever had a moment when something hit you, and you were in shock because you just never knew yet it was looking at you in the mirror the whole time?



The Ayurveda Lifestyle

I got a lot of great feedback about which diet lifestyles you wanted to learn more about. The top of was Ayurveda. I have read a couple of books about Ayurveda and follow John Douillard’s blog/ website LifeSpa. I find this way of eating very interesting, though I follow a couple things I personally found it was not for me. I do continue to do the Oil Pulling which is a big part of the other all lifestyle, it’s amazing what it has done for my body!

Please remember the point of this series is to introduce you to many different ways of eating or a true diet lifestyle that works with your body harmony.


Ayurveda, meaning “the science of life,” originated in India as a holistic approach to create balance within the mind and body by aligning oneself with nature. The belief is that disease results from an imbalance of the doshas: vata, pitta, and kapha.

Doshas are physiological types that every human exhibits some combination of. The three different types are based on the five elements of nature: ether – or space – fire, air, water, and earth.

Vata corresponds with air, and may indicate a flighty nervous system, inconsistent behavior, and light-heartedness. Pitta represents fire, and usually means a strong personality, leadership qualities, and intense emotions. Kapha primarily represents water, exhibited in a slow, steady demeanor and strong loyalty. Although combinations are common, there is usually one dosha that is dominant.

According to this theory, by eating in accordance with one’s Ayurvedic body type, or dosha, balance and good health can be restored. The Ayurvedic diet focuses on the six basic tastes: sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent, and astringent. The Ayurvedic approach usually includes a combination of yoga, breathing exercises, meditation, mantras, cleanses, and massaging the skin with dosha-specific oil.

Foods to include:

Vata types: warm, cooked, nourishing, and easily digestible foods

· Fruit (mostly berries)

· Small beans

· Rice

· Nuts

· Dairy

Pitta types: cool, raw, or lightly cooked foods

· Watery and sweet fruits and vegetables (cherry, mango, cucumber, melon, avocado)

· Salads of dark greens (arugula, dandelions, kale)

Kapha types: light, warm, and spicy foods

· Bitter, dark greens

· Tea

· Spices (black pepper, ginger, cumin, chili)

Foods to avoid:

· Vata types: cool, non-digestible foods

· Pitta types: foods overexposed to heat and light, fried foods, and spicy foods

· Kapha types: greasy foods and processed sugar


· Promotes bio-individuality

· Focuses on prevention

· Considers primary foods

· In line with the seasons

· Encourages a wide range of unprocessed foods


· Scientific evidence showing effectiveness of Ayurvedic healing techniques is limited

· Diet may be limiting for some people


Ayurveda www.umm.edu

Ayurvedic Medicine www.nccam.nih.gov

The Premier Center for Natural Health and Ayurveda www.lifespa.com

The Ayurvedic Institute www.ayurveda.com



Finding the right Healthly living lifestyle for you

While I was in school training to become a Holistic Health Coach at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition,  one of my favorite lesson of the school was all the different ways of eating there are in the world.

It seemed that every week we were learning a new lifestyle diet ( a style of eating NOT a diet), and there was an unconsciousness that if it spoke to you, then let’s do it. While I was in school I found that I was drawn to the Vegan/ Vegetarian lifestyle, the 80/20 lifestyle, Ayurvedic lifestyle, and finally the Paleo lifestyle. Now none of these were a lose weight fast fad, instead they brought in experts and they explained the correct way to eat & live in these lifestyles. I have to say even though it didn’t call out to me personally, I was amazed most by the South Beach Diet, and how out of control/ far off the path it had gotten. That made me sad, but it also called out to me to really find the people at the start of the lifestyle and learn from them instead of once the media/ business world gets a hold of it and turns it completely around.


I am going to start posting a little bit of info weekly about different diet lifestyle that I have either tried, or learned about in school. I want to share with you the basic layout of each lifestyle so you can look into figuring out which one might be the best fit for you, or if it’s a mix of a couple different ones. You truly never know until you try, a mix of Vegan & Ayurvedic might be what brings a healthy balance inside your body and mind. Remember non of these are meant to be a quick weight loss situation ie: The Cabbage Diet, instead once you find the correct balance of eating for your body it will all happen naturally.

Why do you want it to happen naturally? The fad diets that are out there (Advocare, The Cookie Diet, etc) may get you the fast results that you want, I am not arguing with you there, but what happens when you stop doing these fads? The weight comes back, and sometimes you gain more than you were when you started. That is not a healthy life style at all, and you should show your body love and not hate through these crazy fad diets.

Which new diet lifestyle would you like to learn about first? 





Welcome Back.. Alissa

Welcome back to AliSueonthemove, normally around the first couple months of the year I am a blogging junkie! It use to be my slow time at work, then it turned into my time to be in a new place without a job, and this year I dropped off the face of the earth. If you follow me via: blog, twitter, Facebook, or goggle you might have seen that I was a ghost unless my post were pre scheduled.

After Christmas my Dad had to go to his yearly check up and we got news that came out of left field. He had stage 4 pancreatic  cancer and was given six months to live without treatment. We dropped everything and headed down almost a month earlier then we were planning to. I am truly blessed that Jrod let me take off a whole month of work to help my parents, it was an adventure. My focus was just on helping my dad feel better, and my mom get thru the days. We made dinner, went on adventures, learned Netflix, watched more American Pickers, Pawn Stars, and Impractical Jokers then you can imagine, and played boardgames in between naps.

While this adventure is happening, we are also in the process of getting tested to see if we are able to have children. We have been trying to almost two years now, and at our ages that is never a good sign. I was glad this past Christmas that Jrod had to work, and I could just be alone with my thoughts, which were sad but we all need a sad day every now and then.

Now we are back home in cold & snowy Virginia Beach, and I am just getting through the daily grind. I have tons of my mind, because we also get to pick station orders next month and if it looks like this month we are moving REALLY REALLY far away. I over think everything, and instead am just going to focus on the main situations at hand.

Next post will be happier, funnier, and all round the norm…. just wanted to keep you all in the loop.



How personal development is taking over my life


PUSH by Chalene Johnson: I am looking forward to doing her 30DayPush in February. I have owned the book PUSH, for a while but never finished it, my goal is that I AM going to finish the challenge this 2015.

One Year to an Organized Life by Regina Leeds: This book was recommended to me by my friend Andrea over at Farm and Heath. I can’t wait to start reading it, I bought it for myself has a Christmas gift to myself. I will let you know what I think when I start reading it this week.


I can’t stop listening to :

Wellness Mama: I LOVE listening and learning everything that I can from the Wellness Mama. I already have a list of new home recipes I want to try in the upcoming month, including homemade remineralizing toothpaste.

Build a Badass Business: I first found Diane Sanfilippo when I got her first book, Practical Paleo when it first came out. I loved how the front of the book was educational and the back was amazing recipes. When I saw she had a new podcast besides Balanced Bites, I knew I had to listen.  Build a Badass Business, is a very clean and clear podcast so far about the steps you need to make it from the start. I am really looking forward to more from Diane.

The Chalene Show: If you have been following me at all over the past 3 years you know that I LOVE Chalene Johnson. She is a woman who I look up in my personal and business life. She had two podcast that she started at the same time, but now is down to one. She covers a very wide variety of health & business topics, I was truly touched by her two part podcast about Anxiety, Fears, & Panic Attacks. I have listened to them a couple of times each.

Paleo Lifestyle and Fitness: This is my newest podcast, and I have a TON to catch up on. A couple years back when we moved to Virginia we were following the Paleo lifestyle, but slowly got away from it. Jrod and I both decided that we need to move back to that lifestyle because that is when we felt the best. In this podcast they cover many different topics and answer questions from the listeners in each show. I love the banter back and forth, both Sara & Jason are get at explaining along with motivating you.


Constructing Carrie: My friend Carrie decided a couple months back to revamp her blog and take it in a whole new direction, and let me tell you its a MUST read daily blog for me. It’s funny, inspirational, and down home true to heart. I love the Lemon Trees days, plus am jealous of her amazing DIY projects.

Healthy Living Blogs: This is my one stop shop for tons of different and amazing blogs. I LOVE their twice a year tea swap! I have found many of my favorite bloggers through this site. I could easily spend hours going through all the blogs on their member directory!

Then Heather Said: I have been following Heather for a couple of years now, and I feel like I can relate to her so much throughout her journey. Heather is down to earth, but has these amazing adventures too!  Definitely take some time to cruise this site.

What personal development are you doing this 2015 for yourself?

I would love to find more books, blogs, and podcast! Please share away!



21 Simple steps to start detoxing your home environment in 2015

Many of us have done a detox in order to eliminate internal toxins from our body, but how many of us do anything about the toxins in our homes? Common household and body care products are increasingly being found to have negative health effects on the nervous and immune systems, and on our reproductive, endocrine, cardiovascular, and respiratory systems.

Why is detoxing your home essential? 
The average home contains up to 1,000 chemicals, many of which we’re unable to see, smell or taste. While these chemicals may be tolerated individually and in small doses, problems can arise when one is exposed to them in combination or in larger doses.
Everyone’s tolerance level is different depending on genetics, nutritional status and previous contacts with chemicals, but the negative effects of household toxins are often compounded by the use of other drugs, especially the habitual use of alcohol, or prescription or recreational drugs.
Indoor air is about three times more polluted than outdoor air. Home insulation, so wonderful for keeping our homes warm in winter and cool in summer, doesn’t allow fresh air in, so we’re constantly breathing in the same stale air. Wall to wall carpeting keeps us cozy, but can introduce a myriad of toxins to our well insulated homes. It can also trap dirt, fleas, dust, dust-mites and lead.
Many of the cleaning products we use to clean our furniture, bathrooms, and windows are full of toxic chemicals, some of which do not even appear on the labels. Similarly with the many personal-care care products we put on our skin and the pet-care products we use on our pets.
Most tick and flea products contain active ingredients and solvents that might cause cancer in animals. Also, substantial human exposure is possible by absorption through the skin, while playing with and handling the pet.
The pesticides we use on our gardens eliminate not only plant pests, but also most of the insects that are beneficial to help control these pests. Of the 30 most commonly used lawn chemicals, 19 have studies pointing toward cancer and 15 are known to cause nervous system poisoning.
This is not to say that we should not keep our houses comfortable and clean and our yards looking good. What’s important is to understand that how we do this can have an important impact on our health. Abundant toxins can and do lead to health problems.
Taking more care to reduce our exposure to both internal and external toxins, by detoxing our bodies and our living space allows the body’s own detoxification to function more efficiently. This strengthens our resilience to the daily onslaught of factors impacting our health.
There are many things you can do to detox your home, some more practical than others. Here are 20 tips to get started:
1. No shoes in the house! That’s how a lot of household dirt, pesticides and lead come enter, via your shoes. Go barefoot or wear slippers once you’re home.
2.  Place floor mats vertically by your entryways to wipe your shoes. This way, more dirt and residue from your shoes stays outside on the mat
3. Keep the air clean. Keep your windows and doors open as much as possible to ventilate. Use green plants as natural air detoxifiers. Remove odors with baking soda and essential oils, I use either  Purify or Lavender.  Use fresh flowers or bowls of herbs like rosemary and sage to add a pleasant fragrance to rooms. Have your air ducts and vents cleaned with nontoxic cleaners, along with putting  Onguard on your air fillter. Get a portable air purifier, especially for the bedrooms. Want to learn more about essential oils and how to get a them at a wholesale price? Message me below for more information! I love sharing my passion!
Different ways to use doTERRA essential oils when making your own cleaning products.
4. Switch from the standard household cleaning products to cleaner and greener ones. These don’t damage your health or the environment’s as much and work as well as the mass marketed ones. You can also use basic ingredients you have around the house, for instance, vinegar in place of bleach, baking soda to scrub your tiles and hydrogen peroxide to remove stains. According to Annie Bond, the author of Better Basics For The Home, she can clean anything with water and these five basic ingredients:
  • Baking Soda
  • Washing Soda
  • Distilled White Vinegar
  • Vegetable based liquid Soap (eg Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Soap)
  • Tea Tree oil
  • Dryer Balls
Dryer Balls from Viola Mae’s Handmade store
5. Replace your skin care and personal products with less toxic and chemical free options. Deodorant, toothpaste, cosmetics, hair products, nail polish and perfumes are often loaded with toxins. Learn how to identify them and avoid them. My wonderful friend Lyndsay and I started a business on Etsy using all natural ingredients called Viola Mae’s Handmade, where we have skin care and other all natural personal products for everyday use.
6. Use plastics wisely. Some contain Bisphenol A (BPA), which is linked to cancer, and Phtalates, which are linked to endocrine and developmental problems. Avoid plastic food packaging (when you can). Don’t wrap food in plastic, and don’t microwave food in plastic containers. Choose baby bottles made from glass or BPA-free plastic. Avoid vinyl teethers for your baby. Stay away from children’s toys marked with a “3″ or “PVC.” Avoid plastic shower curtains.
7.  Avoid non stick pans, pots, bakeware and utensils. Teflon contains perfluorinated chemicals (PFC’s), which have been linked to cancer and developmental problems. Here are some better options.
8. Keep house dust to a minimum, as more dust means more toxins. Mop all surfaces at least once a week. Use a vacuum cleaner (with a HEPA filter, preferably) for your carpets. HEPA-filter vacuums capture the widest range of particles and get rid of allergens.
9. Avoid excess moisture, as it encourages the growth of mold and mildew. Check areas for moisture accumulation or leaks, particularly basements. Clean surfaces where mold usually grows, such as around showers and tubs and beneath sinks.
10. Get a shower filter, as many of the contaminants in tap water become gases at room temperature. A shower filter can help keep these toxins from becoming airborne.
11. Get a water filter, as more than 700 chemicals have been identified in drinking water. Filtering your tap water is better than drinking bottled water.
12. Avoid stain-guarded clothing, furniture and carpets, due to the presence of PFCs. Wrinkle-free and permanent press fabrics (used in clothing and bedding) commonly contain formaldehyde. Opt for untreated fabrics whenever possible.
13. Be conscious of toxins in carpeting, especially in products made from synthetic materials. Use natural fiber wool and cotton rugs. If possible, replace your wall-to-wall carpeting with hardwood floors, all natural linoleum or ceramic tiles. Use nontoxic glues, adhesives, stains or sealers for installation.
14. Use non toxic sealers. Or replace particleboard walls, floors or cabinets (which often contain formaldehyde, which can emit irritating and unhealthy fumes for decades). Avoid plywood, fiberglass, fiberboard and paneling.
15. Go green with pet care. Avoid harmful pet-care products and avoid toxic pest control, including traditional termite exterminators.
16. Keep your lawn safe. Replace toxic lawn and garden pesticides and herbicides with less harmful natural ones.
17. Tell the dry cleaner not to use the plastic wrap or remove it as soon as possible. The plastic traps the dry cleaning chemicals on clothes and in your closet. Let your dry cleaning air out (preferably outside) before storing it. Use “wet cleaning” if you’re lucky enough to have it in your area.
18. Use low VOC, low odor latex (water based) paint. Open all windows to ventilate properly when painting indoors.
19. Have your house checked for carbon monoxide leaks. These are most commonly found in leaking gas stoves, gas fireplaces, furnaces, chimneys, and gas water heaters.
20. Check radon levels in poorly ventilated basements that have cracked walls and or floors.  Radon is an odorless gas that forms as uranium in rocks and soil breaks down. Radon is linked to lung cancer
21. Avoid toxic people. And finally, no amount of environmental toxins are as important as emotional toxicity. You can do all the above, but if your house is full of anger, resentment, jealousy, unhappiness and a lack of love, compassion and forgiveness, the house will remain toxic.
We can reduce our risk of chronic illness by limiting our exposure to these toxins but don’t let this become an obsession, which can cause so much stress that it creates more of a negative impact on your health than the toxins themselves.