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Happy New Year!

Happy 2013! I appreciate all of your support during 2012, and I’m excited for new opportunities in the new year, as the end of this month marks the first birthday of The Subtle Statement!

I’m ringing in the new year in sunny Florida, which is quite a nice change from the snowed in streets of Pennsylvania. Nothing makes you appreciate warm weather like coming from heavy snow fall and 20 degrees!

Florida - The Subtle Statement

I’m beginning the year withΒ The Whole 30 Program. I eat healthy most of the time, but around the holidays I tend to slack off with too many treats and snacking, so I want to start fresh, because I feel healthiest (both inside and out) while I’m eating clean. The guidelines are pretty strict, but the explanation of “It’s For Your Own Good,” really motivated me.Β It’s only 30 days.. I can do this.

Whole 30

Being a vegan, makes the program more challenging because it does focus heavily on protein from animal sources, such as meat, seafood and eggs. Grain-free tempeh, edamame, and Β a generous amount of veggies, fruits, and healthy fats will be the foundation of the month’s meals. I’m up for the challenge.

Whole 30

Have you finished or plan to start The Whole 30? If so, I’d love to hear your feedback!

Wishing everyone best wishes in the new year!

Kaeng Raeng Detox [Day One]


I’ve been wanting to do a detox, for a healthy refreshment and to help curb my “faux” sweets cravings, as I like to call them. Before I was a vegan, I never had much of a sweet tooth. When I discovered how to “veganize” desserts, I loved the subtle, not-too-sweet taste of the healthy alternative ingredients. I eat pretty clean and healthy (organic fruits & veggies, nothing processed, no artificial ingredients) with the addition of not always necessary vegan sweets and treats (Whole Foods chocolate chip cookies, dairy free ice cream, don’t even get me started on breakfast foods..) If I could eat french toast or cinnamon rolls everyday for breakfast, I most certainly would. I discovered the Kaeng Raeng Detox on Lauren Conrad’s blog. (Kim Barnouin, author of Skinny Bitch, is also an endorser of the cleanse.) After researching and reading many reviews, I decided it would be a great detox for me considering the smoothies are filling, and you’re able to consume unlimited raw fruits and veggies. After taking their quiz, I found the 6 day Master Cleanse was right for me. I will keep a daily update to share my experience on the cleanse to see if it is right for you. (Save 20% code: VEGANCUTS20)

Breakfast: Β “Into The Blue” Smoothie (I blended packet + 24oz water + 8oz unsweetened almond milk + 1/2 banana + 1/2C organic blackberries)

Lunch: “Joyful” Smoothie (I blended packet + 24oz water + 8oz organic lemonade + 1C ice + 1/2C organic strawberries) & 1/2 Grapefruit & Green Tea

Snack: Cucumber & Grape Tomato Salad (organic cucumbers + organic grape tomatoes + fresh ground pepper + fresh dill + oregano + white wine vinegar) & Fruit Salad (organic blueberries + organic red grapes + organic apple) & Green Tea

Dinner: “Daybreak Smoothie” (I blended packet + 24oz water + 8oz organic fresh squeezed OJ + 1/2 frozen banana) This combination is my favorite thus far. It reminds me of an Orange Julius.

The smoothies taste good, are very filling, but are timely to consume. The only time I felt hungry was late afternoon, but raw fruits and veggies filled me up until my dinner smoothie. I was happy to find that I wasn’t starving and didn’t feel deprived like the effect some cleanses tend to have. So far so good πŸ˜‰