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Ankle boots have been my closet staple for the past 6 or more years. I have a seriously weakness for this cutout style. The right shoe can update your entire look

I can’t wait to try this healthier version of Fettuccini Alfredo that’s vegan & can also be gluten free

Smart Beauty Hacks with products you probably already have on hand

I’ve been obsessed with the simplicity of this app, that pays you for scanning your grocery, beauty, and apparel receipts. Cash accumulates quickly, and you can transfer it into your Paypal account at any time. (Get a $10 bonus for signing up with this link or using this referral code: ethxieu when signing up with the app)

Shakeology has been apart of my daily morning routine for the last year. Vegan Chocolate is my go-t0, but Monday launched the newest flavor, Cafe Latte. If you’re a coffee lover it’s a must try, all the benefits sans the caffeine! (Cafe Latte is not vegan)

Second Trimester Essentials

Second Trimester Essentials | TheSubtleStatement.com

I’m a couple weeks into my second trimester, and I’ve gained back so much energy, and have been feeling great! My appetite has been in overdrive, but I’ve been working out three days per week, which feels amazing!

  1. Maternity Tanks – These tanks are super comfy, and so versatile. I’ve paired them everything from plaid flannels to cozy knit dusters. They’re great basics for layering.

2. BumpNest Pillow – As my second trimester approached, sleep was getting more and more uncomfortable. Between trying to get comfy with 7 pillows to support my neck, bump, knees and feet, and getting up to pee once per hour, I knew I had to find a pregnancy pillow. The amount shapes and styles is overwhelming. So I started with the only one I found in store, The Boppy Custom Fit Total Body Pillow. I know people that love it, but it wasn’t for me. It wasn’t fluffy enough, and lacked neck and back support I needed, and the velcro was loud when I turned in the night. Next, I ordered the Snoogle. It was great compared to the Boppy, giving back and bump support, but I constantly found myself waking up on my back throughout the night, because of the design, and it was very firm. Third times a charm! I ordered the BumpNest Pillow. Finally, a pillow that supports my bump, back, neck, knees and feet, and is extremely soft and comfortable. I stay sleeping on my side all night, also. If you’re having trouble sleeping, a pregnancy pillow is worth every penny!

3. Lip Balm – My lips seem to be dry all of the time. I love Honest’s all natural lip balms. They’re silky and smell amazing.

4. Pregnancy Journal –  A friend gifted me a pregnancy journal, right after we found out I was pregnant. I love keeping track of such a special time in my life.

5. Slippers – Slipping into a cozy pair of slippers on days where my feet are aching, by the end of the day feels amazing. These ones are my favorite.

6. Hand Sanitizer – Being pregnant and sick is no fun. I love this chemical-free hand sanitizer, that’s also toddler-friendly.

7. Active Maternity Series on Beachbody on Demand – Second Trimester: Get Strong  At my first doctor’s appointment, I asked if there were any exercises I shouldn’t be doing, and my doctor responded jumping jacks, plyometrics or using a treadmill. There are jumping jacks in the second trimester workout, but I just modify them. It’s great to have a workout designed with safe exercises to stay fit, and help get prepared for labor, and are less than 25 minutes! If you’re interested in the workout email me at fashionmeetsfit@gmail.com [*Consult with your doctor before beginning any type of fitness program.]

8. Maternity Denim – I was surprised to find how in love with maternity denim I would be! From a perfect skinny fit, to cute distressed styles and washes, this brand is my favorite, I have 4 different variations.

 

Buffalo Hummus

buffalo hummus | TheSubtleStatement.com | #vegan #glutenfree #hummus

I make a big bowl of hummus weekly to dip fresh veggies in to snack throughout the week. I decided to switch it up a bit and add a flavorful spin on my usual recipe. This makes a large bowl, great for entertaining, parties, and pot lucks.

Buffalo Hummus | TheSubtleStatement.com | #vegan #glutenfree #hummus


3 DAY REFRESH LOSE WEIGHT AND FEEL GREAT!

Eggplant Bun Burgers

Eggplant Bun Veggie Burgers | TheSubtleStatement.com | #21dayfix #vegan #glutenfree

I can’t even tell you how excited I am for you to try this recipe! We are constantly grilling in the Summer, so this dish couldn’t be more perfect (or more simple!) Inspired by Fixate, it’s a healthier alternative to starches, and is heartier than my usual lunch swap, a lettuce wrap.

Eggplant Bun Veggie Burgers | TheSubtleStatement.com | #21dayfix #vegan #glutenfree

I used Amy’s Sonoma Burgers (vegan/gluten free), and my hubby and I made homemade Turkey Burgers from the Fixate Cookbook.

Serves 4

Ingredients:

1 Large Eggplant, sliced thick

1 Small Tomato, sliced

1/4 Onion, sliced

1 Avocado, sliced

Lettuce

4 Burger Patties of choice

Olive Oil

Seasonings: Rosemary, Parsley, Pink Himalayan Salt, Fresh Ground Pepper

Condiments: Vegan Mayo, Organic Ketchup & Organic Mustard

Cheese, optional

Directions:

Mix olive oil with seasonings in a small bowl.

Brush eggplant and sliced onion with oil mixture, lightly.

Grill eggplant and onion until crispy.

Place burgers on the grill until cooked.

Layer on the toppings & condiments.

I served mine with my Too Delicious To Dip Sweet Potato Fries. Yum!

Eggplant Bun Veggie Burgers | TheSubtleStatement.com | #21dayfix #vegan #glutenfree

Healthy Jambalaya

Healthy Jambayla | TheSubtleStatement.com | #21dayfix #vegan #glutenfree

I’ve been expanding our usual eats, with some creative swaps and cuisines lately, and putting a healthy spin on them. This recipe was delicious, and one of my hubby’s faves. It can be made vegan or non-vegan. I made both and just added the preferred meat to the individual dish. Mostly a one-pot meal with the addition of the meat on the side. It has the perfect amount of kick, without being too spicy. If you’re following the 21 Day Fix meal plan, the healthy swaps fit right in.

Healthy Jambayla | TheSubtleStatement.com | #21dayfix #vegan #glutenfree

Healthy Jambayla | TheSubtleStatement.com | #21dayfix #vegan #glutenfree

Vegan ‘Ricotta’ & ‘Meat’ Stuffed Cabbage

Vegan 'Ricotta' Stuffed Cabbage | TheSubtleStatement.com | #21dayfix #vegan #glutenfree

Recently I stumbled across the brand Kite Hill at Whole Foods. They sell every dairy-free, nut based version of cheese, from ricotta, to cream cheese, to artisanal cheeses. I created this yummy starch-free Italian dinner, as a light alternative to our usual Sunday dishes, inspired by this recipe.

Vegan Ricotta Stuffed Cabbage | TheSubtleStatement.com | #21dayfix #vegan #glutenfree

Vegan Ricotta Stuffed Cabbage | TheSubtleStatement.com | #21dayfix #vegan #glutenfree

Vegan Ricotta Stuffed Cabbage | TheSubtleStatement.com | #21dayfix #vegan #glutenfree
Vegan Ricotta Stuffed Cabbage | TheSubtleStatement.com | #21dayfix #vegan #glutenfree

Vegan 'Ricotta' Stuffed Cabbage | TheSubtleStatement.com | #21dayfix #vegan #glutenfree

Vegan 'Ricotta' Stuffed Cabbage | TheSubtleStatement.com | #21dayfix #vegan #glutenfree

Vegan Ricotta Stuffed Cabbage | TheSubtleStatement.com | #21dayfix #vegan #glutenfree

Vegan Ricotta Stuffed Cabbage | TheSubtleStatement.com | #21dayfix #vegan #glutenfree

Ricotta is considered a protein in the 21 Day Fix & Extreme meal plan, so this dish fits into the meal plan perfectly, packed with protein and flavor.

Vegan 'Ricotta' Stuffed Cabbage | TheSubtleStatement.com | #21dayfix #vegan #glutenfree



Chocolate Vanilla Bean Espresso Almond Butter Shakeology Ice Cream

Chocolate Vanilla Bean Espresso Almond Butter Shakeology Ice Cream | TheSubtleStatement.com | #21dayfix #shakeology

You would never believe this Summer treat is packed with Shakeology superfoods, antioxidants, protein and probiotics. It’s so simple to make and no-guilt! Enjoy!

Chocolate Vanilla Bean Espresso Almond Butter Shakeology Ice Cream | TheSubtleStatement.com | #21dayfix #shakeology

Chocolate Vanilla Bean Espresso Almond Butter Shakeology Ice Cream

1 Scoop Vegan Chocolate Shakeology

1 frozen Banana, sliced into chunks

1/4 Cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk

1 Tbsp Vanilla Bean Espresso Almond Butter

Place almond milk, banana, shakeology, and almond butter in blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Top with your favorite nuts or coconut shreds.

Adapted from this recipe.

Fruit Topped Chia Seed Pudding

Chia Seed Pudding 21 Day Fix - TheSubtleStatement.com

Shakeology nixes a lot of my sweets cravings, but this refreshing “dessert” is actually packed with health benefits. Chia seeds are high in antioxidants, protein, omega 3’s, dietary fiber and vitamins and minerals. This means they help with keeping skin looking young, aid in digestive health, promote heart health, boost your metabolism, and promote muscle building and weight loss.

It makes a great “treat” for breakfast, snack or dessert, and fits into the 21 Day Fix meal plan. How cute are these footed dessert dishes?

Chia Seed Pudding 21 Day Fix - TheSubtleStatement.com

21 Day Fix Approved Chia Seed Pudding

4 oz Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk

2 Tbsp Chia Seeds

1 Tbsp Rolled Oats

1 Drop Vanilla Creme Stevia (optional)

Mango, Strawberries, Blueberries (or fruit of choice)

Add chia seeds, oats, almond milk, and stevia (optional) to bowl. Mix well. Let sit overnight (for best consistency.) Add fresh or frozen fruit of choice. Enjoy!

1 Orange | 1 Yellow | 1 Purple (depending on the amount of fruit added)

Starting Over

  

In December 2012, I was preparing for my best friend’s wedding. I stuck to doing my at home workouts by running on the treadmill and a few toning exercises and sticking to my antioxidant filled vegan, gluten-free diet. No cheat days, just sticking to my strict regimen. A month prior I had also started a new birth control pill, being that the one I was on prior to that was highly publicized for to risk of blood clots. On vacation at the end of December, I noticed a change in my body. I had stuck to my normal healthy meals during the holidays so it couldn’t have been holiday bloat. So I started on a more intense meal plan and added spinning to my exercise regimen 6 days per week. 

From December to February I had gained 20 pounds. I was devastated and could not figure out the reason why, even going to the doctor and getting tests ran without any answers. Finally, in May I had realized the only thing that had changed was the pill that I switched to. I then started to Google, finding horror stories of rapid weight gain in small time spans and became horrified that I had been taking it for the previous 8 months. I immediately stopped and so did the weight gain… But after trying everything imaginable with diet and exercise nothing would take it off. After a year of working out intensely and sticking to a strict diet and nothing happening I gave up. I started adapting my then fiancé’s l, now husband’s last night dinner habits because of his work schedule and began indulging in whatever vegan foods sounded good without any portion control. Over the course of another year I eventually gained 15 more pounds, making me completely miserable and effecting every part of my life. I stopped the thing I was most passionate about, my blog. 

I no longer could take a mass amount of photos to create style posts without cringing. I refused to buy clothes in a new size because I didn’t want to get “comfortable” looking the way I did, so I resorted to Lululemon leggings and oversized sweaters (you know that is not my “style.”) 

I tried doing “low carb” or “no starches” but it would only last a couple days and I would be starving. In July 2014, I decided to purchase the 21 Day Fix and Shakeology. I loved the meal plan but never decided to get serious and go full force until January 5, 2015. In the first 21 days, I saw an enormous difference in everything from the way my body looked, to the way I felt. I had so much more energy, I was always full, and ate a variety of nutrients each day with recipes that were actually delicious. 

From the first round, I kept going. This became a lifestyle. It taught me how to eat, what to eat and how much of it. All of the tools I needed to know exactly what my body required, and one 30 minute workout per day. 

Prior to this I was eating less (but not so healthy foods) and working out more, I would have never imagined eating more and working out less would actually be the solution to losing weight and getting fit again. After the first round I didn’t see any pounds lost again for a while, I assumed I was just maintaining at this point, until I tried on dresses in April for a trip to Florida, that I had previously tried on in February for a trip to Las Vegas that at the time didn’t fit, I was amazed at the difference in how great they fit now without losing actual “pounds.” The entire time I had been losing inches and gaining muscle. Non-scale victories are much more beneficial! They tell you way more than the scale.

 This program changed my life in so many ways. I’ve gained more confidence in feeling like myself again, being able to wear all of my old skinny jeans and clothes again is the best feeling ever, feeling fit and not bloated is amazing and I was able to go down two sizes in my wedding dress from the time I purchased it until my first fitting. A week into the program I decided to start coaching and creating challenge groups with recipes, meal plans and grocery lists for groups of people wanting to get healthy and change their lives. I’ve always had a passion for fitness and nutrition, as I always posted recipes and health benefits of my favorite foods on here, but it made me so happy to be able to use that passion and help others who were in the same position I was once in. I’ve helped so many family members and friends (including my husband who loved junk food and now is obsessed with Vegan Chocolate Shakeology.) 

A revamp of The Subtle Statement was much needed to start over, now that I’ve started over and I’ve gained back everything to continue my passion of my blog again. It was never easy to share my story and why I stopped posting, but now the most important thing is knowing that someone else may be in the shoes I was in and this post may be a life changer for them too. If you have any questions about the meal plan and workouts and the program itself, feel free to email me, I love sharing information about it because it has been such a life changer for me. Fashionmeetsfit@gmail.com or visit beachbodycoach.com/bshick. I look forward to sharing my favorite fix approved recipes, which I also have included so many already on my fitness page Facebook.com/fashion.meets.fit 

  

Detox Lemonade

Detox Lemonade - TheSubtleStatement.com

A lot has happened since my last post. I took my passion of sharing recipes, nutrition and fitness and became a health and fitness coach, we moved into a new house, and I got married! Now that things have settled down, I’m back and combining my usual healthy recipes, along with beauty, home decor, and fashion relating it more to my current life as a lifestyle blog. I hope you follow along 🙂

Detox Lemonade

  • 3 Lemons
  • 10 Shakes Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 Packet SweetLeaf Stevia
  • 1 Pitcher Purified Water

Slice one lemon, thinly and add to pitcher. Cut the remaining two lemons in half and squeeze juice from all four pieces into pitcher. Add packet of Stevia, and Cayenne Pepper. Fill pitcher with water. Refrigerate.  Enjoy 🙂