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 🙂 


Wyoming Recap (February 2017)

At the end of February, I spent ten glorious days in the mountains of Wyoming. Let me tell you, it was much needed! What did I do while I was there? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING…..

Well not really, but for the most part! You have all heard me say that Wyoming is my happy place and it seriously is. Just look at this gorgeousness…


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March Goal Progress: Week One

So it’s officially been one week since we started my private Accountability group on Facebook. Let me know if you want in, we have some fabulous ladies in there! 🙂

For the month of March, I finally decided to set some goals for myself after gaining 12 pounds in the past few months! You can read about those goals here. I thought I would post a weekly recap on Wednesday about how things are going, so here we go!

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February 26, 2004

A day that will be burned in my mind forever.

It was the day that I lost my Mom.

February is always a hard month for me, and my body usually knows it before my mind even realizes.

The first few years I just chose to stay at home on this date and do nothing. If I had to work, I’d take a vacation day, but I would always spend it alone. Then I gradually started to do something on that day that would remind me of her, like go shopping and buy a purse. She was always on the hunt for the perfect purse. 🙂 Then when my Aunt and Uncle moved to Wyoming, I started coming out here. At first, it was just to get away, and now it’s my place to go and celebrate her life. 

Not a day goes by that I don’t think about her and how blessed I was to have her as a mother 💗



I’ve fallen and I can get up

I wrote a little bit about this on my Instagram the other day.

Since September I’ve gained 12 pounds….

I have been gradually losing for the last two years, and I have been wracking my brain trying to figure out what is going on. Have my eating habits changed drastically, was it the holidays, is it winter, is it water, is it stress, is it….

And you know what, it’s probably all of the above, but it doesn’t matter what it is… What matters is that I do something about it. So I’m putting it out here to all of you that I’m going to fix it. I’m tired of doing this over and over again. It’s time to reboot and refocus. I started the 21 Day Fix again, and that lasted until birthday parties, Chicago and a Super Bowl party….

This is real life, and I need to get back to making better decisions.

One of my favorite food bloggers (Andie Mitchell) has a cookbook called “Eating in the Middle, ” and this is what I strive for, but struggle with EVERY DAY. I don’t like to restrict myself too much, but if I start to let other food back in too much, it becomes a downward spiral. Food addiction is a real thing, and I wrote about it here.

So I’m taking this week in Wyoming to reboot and refocus, so when I get back, get ready because: