In July 2017 I decided to start eating vegan due to my family history of health issues and watching the documentary “What the Health.” I honestly wasn’t sure how far I would get and completely went cold turkey while I was traveling to Wyoming for fun, took a quick stop in Colorado to visit my bestie and then on to Vegas for a work trip. It was probably the worst timing, but I did it! And I’ve primarily been meat/dairy free for six months! That’s amazing to me. And I say primarily because I’ve had meat twice, an egg here and there, and a little bit of dairy over the holidays. I call that a win! And I feel amazing! After a few days of withdrawal and trying to figure out what I could eat on a daily basis, it’s become second nature. I can find anything to eat, anywhere. I’ve even been to a steakhouse and a BBQ joint and tweaked something to figure out vegan options.
So what have I learned from all of this…..
I don’t really like the word – “vegan.”
I know, shocking, right? Especially since that is the title of this post 🙂
Let me explain. There comes a lot of stigma with the word vegan – preconceived notions, questions, explanations, and sometimes uncomfortable conversations. And there are so many versions or labels for vegans – plant-based vegan, raw vegans, VB6 (vegan before 6 and moderation after), high carb – low fat, ethical vegan, junk food vegan, etc. There are so many different sources/lists out there. And while I consider the food that I eat primarily plant-based vegan, I’m not sure if I want to label myself that way. What I’ve found with this label is that it also brings a strick-ness and a “microscope” that I’m not necessarily looking for. I absolutely love sharing my food with you, and I understand that that in itself puts me under a microscope.
And this is where I might offend some people, as I know that there are some very strict vegans out there and that is their choice. More power to you, I commend the way that you advocate for vegans and promote the vegan lifestyle – I mean, I’m one of them. I love eating more plant-based foods – it makes me feel amazing, and I think more people should start incorporating more plant-based foods into their diet. What I don’t like is that I’m afraid to post if I eat an egg once and a while, eat a cookie that someone made for a party or try some amazing dish while traveling.
So what I’m trying to say, is that if I want to be true to myself and share my everyday life with you all – you might see some non-vegan foods once in a while. I plan to continue eating plant-based, but I also plan to share the good, the bad and the ugly. And that’s what Tweaked Foodie is and has always been about – me and my style and how I’m tweaking my life one day at a time to be healthier. So I’m introducing the “Jill diet,” the “me diet.” I take that back – I don’t even want to call it a diet….the Jill lifestyle. Practicing what I preach – “progress, not perfection.” Because why should I be defined as a label, I should be defined as me. And in my opinion, every little bit helps. According to this calculator, in the past 5.5 months (accounting for some non-vegan eats), I have saved –
That’s amazing! And aside from the health benefits, I also want to help save our planet!
Again, I know this may offend some, but I truly appreciate every one of you and hope you stick around to see the evolution of Tweaked Foodie. You’ll still see my vegan, plant-based, or vegetarian hashtags to help identify if the meal does fall into one of those groups, but I myself will not identify as a vegan – just a healthier version of me.
I’d love to answer any questions that you may have about transitioning or incorporating more plant-based foods into your lifestyle. Leave a comment here or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org 🙂