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 🙂 


March Goal Progress: Week Three

It’s been three weeks 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’m posting a weekly recap on Wednesday about how things are going, so here we go!

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March Goal Progress: Week Two

So it’s been two weeks 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’m posting a weekly recap on Wednesday about how things are going, so here we go!

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March 2017 Goals

I mentioned yesterday that I would be setting some goals for the month of March, so here we go! First off my plan is to get back on the 21 Day Fix, it has been the best “diet” that I have ever been on, and it works! I put diet in quotes because it doesn’t feel like one. It’s just about planning ahead, making healthy choices, and checking off your containers throughout the day. I find that it’s easier for me to track than Weight Watchers because I have to go look it up and track it or I track it after, which is never good. I know the 21 Day Fix system, but I still keep a cheat sheet on hand to remind me what food items count as what containers. Note: The above and below is a referral link, as I am a Beachbody coach, but if you’ve been following me for a while – you know I’m not a product pusher. The 21 Day Fix is something that I genuinely use as a healthy guideline, and it works for me. If you have any questions about the 21 Day Fix or any other Beachbody products, just let me know.

In addition to getting back on the 21 Day Fix, here are my goals for March:

Goal 1: Drink more water! At least 106 ounces per day.

Goal 2: Workout at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week for 31 days.

Goal 3: Track all food for 31 days and document it on TweakedFoodie.

Goal 4: One cheat dinner for date night per week. Again…trying to “eat in the middle.” This does not mean that I can only go out to eat one night a week, but it does mean that I can indulge in one meal a week.

Goal 5: Weekly weigh-ins every Friday and an update on TweakedFoodie – pounds lost/gained.

Goal 6: Meditate for at least 10 minutes every day. I did a little research and decided to follow this method.

I’m taking this one month at a time, to see what works. That means I may keep the same goals the following month or tweak them a bit. 😉  At the end of each month, I’ll do a recap of how everything went.

I’ve started to set up the secret Accountability Buddies Facebook group (meaning no one outside of the group will see what you post, and I have to invite you to join), so let me know if you want in! We’ll be starting up March 1st, so that will give everyone plenty of time to think about their goals and prep to get started! No need to follow a certain program, you need to do what works best for you. I want the group to be a positive motivator for us all to get a jump start on a healthier lifestyle. 🙂


Accountability buddies, anyone?

Thanks for all of the love on my post yesterday. It really has been a struggle these past few months, and it’s always hard to put it out there for everyone to see, so I greatly appreciate the likes, loves and comments. We all know that weight loss is HARD and you only get out what you put in. It isn’t a lack of trying on my part, but it is a lack of how hard I’m trying. Motivation is a hard thing to come by, especially when life gets in the way or you look outside, and it’s gray every day (Michigan people – aside from the last few days, can you believe we’ve barely seen the sun since December.) That’s why I love coming out to Wyoming – the sky is SO blue, it’s amazing! The openness also helps. I was talking to my Uncle last night about how even the smaller cities in Michigan can seem suffocating sometimes, then you come out here, and it is so open. It’s a very freeing experience and probably one of the biggest reasons it’s my happy place.

Anywho, enough of a plug about Wyoming 😉 and back to motivation.

You know what a great motivator is? Accountability buddies! My step-sister brought this up on my Facebook page, and I think it might be just what I need. All too often I try to do this alone (even though I’m posting on Instagram and Facebook almost daily). You all know I love food and I really do love making healthy food, and I especially love to share it. But I need to get better at sharing the good, the bad and the ugly, plus weekly weigh-ins and exercise. All too often I weigh myself randomly, and then I let it dictate how my day is going to go. A good number – yay, maybe I can have a treat today! A bad number – ugh, what does it matter, I’ve been trying so I’ll just go ahead and have that stuffed hamburger tonight. I need to share when this happens because at some point we’ve probably all thought the same thing. I also need to get better at this whole exercise thing….

So that’s where accountability buddies come in. Would you like to be my accountability buddy? Would you like to have a group of accountability buddies? I’m thinking of setting up a private Facebook group where we can all encourage each other, post if we’re having a bad day or need a little motivation. What do you think, would you be in? If so, let me know in the comments here, on my Facebook page, send me a text, give me a call (say what?), carrier pigeon, etc… get the idea! I think we’ll start on March 1st – this will give me one day to prep after I get back from Wyoming. 🙂

I also plan on writing a post this week that lists my personal goals for the next month. This is a new concept for me, as I haven’t set real goals in a while (another problem). So, if you’re in, start thinking about yours! I’d love to see them once we get started. And it doesn’t just have to be a goal weight – it can be to drink more water, exercise more often, take time out to meditate every day, etc. – whatever you think will lead you to a happier, healthier you. Because it’s not all about weight, food, and exercise, it’s also about mental health too. 

So here we go, here’s to a new, more transparent me. Get ready!

And don’t forget to let me know if you want to be accountability buddies!