In these great times of beauty, risk, and chaos I find peace in the small moments of life. You know, those subtle moments that take your breath away.

Like when you are laughing with your husband sitting on a wooden bench in Paris savoring the perfectly executed flavors in a fresh chocolate croissant.

Or, when you are in the kitchen playing around with a big kale salad and your favorite songs comes on then you start dancing, just because.


It is in those moments that I find what this big beautiful life is all about. Which brings me to why I started The Distracted Beet : a plant based food blog for the ADD life.

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My name is Jillian, I live in Brooklyn, NY, eat plants, and love living on the edge. In 1995 I was diagnosed with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder.) From a young age I was easily distracted, and totally scattered.

My creative outlets have always been singing and cooking. Yet having ADD during my school years ended up being a bit problematic. But thank God I made it through, with a lot of hard work, great teachers, and dedication.

Yet, even with those challenges the benefits of having ADD far outweigh the hurdles that I have overcome throughout my life. Now I am determined to encourage others with ADD through means of pursuing your dreams, mindful eating, and healthy living that having ADD is a huge blessing.



During my 27 years, I have refined, healed, and holistically overcome many of the symptoms of ADD.

Sure it took a lot of searching and hard, hard work and a few yoga sessions but I am where I am today because of my desire to become the best me I can be. Now I want to encourage you to do the same.

Don’t get me wrong living with ADD can be very frustrating. Yet, learning to thrive with ADD has been one of the greatest gifts I have ever received. It has lead me to live an alternative-life I truly love. I live in New York City, tour the world with my amazing husband Nathaniel in our band The Bergamot, and loving cook yummy plant based food for my loved ones. I mean common it doesn’t get much better than that people.



Embracing ADD has taught me to live with no regrets, be present, and love more fully. Sure I have pressures, deadlines, and fail at projects. In our home we call that failing forward. Anyways, when I get frustrated about this that or the other thing,  I make a conscious choice to look at the bright side. Life is to short and fragile to emit negative vibes.

Photo by // Kinfolk


I was born and raised in South Bend, Indiana. To give a little context I grew up eating some really great food (such as Mom’s Famous Banana Bread) and some really not so great food (like Velveeta Mac and Cheese and Whoppers from Burger King). When I was a little girl I would wonder at the breakfast table what was for dinner. Not a lot has changed.

In the past few years I’ve thought a lot about food from how to make it, how others make it, and so much more. The fact is I really love delicious food.



On a dare with myself, in 2011 I became a Vegetarian. To be honest I did not think it would last especially with my Whopper loving, birthday eating filet mignon Indiana background. However, four years later I  stand here in my Brooklyn apartment as a Vegetarian.

After three days of trying it out I just felt clearer in  my mind, body, and spirit. I even lost 15 lbs in the process, and felt more vibrant and gained a ton of energy.

Photo by // Kinfolk


However, these modern times are not easy times. We have to be mindful of stress, distractions, temptations, GMO’s, pesticides, chemicals, studies, gluten, dairy, eggs, meat, it seems almost everything has become a threat to our wellbeing and our health. Processed foods have taken over the world and we have forgotten how to live simple vibrant lives. Lets support our local artisan farmers, Saturday morning farmers markets rule.



You see I believe in cooking with fresh ingredients, from scratch, I believe in local whole foods, moderation and balance. I believe in integrity and whole living.

Now, I am on a mission to share this vibrant lifestyle with the world and especially those who have ADD.I am passionate about achieving vibrant health and am happy to share my tips, techniques, and recipes with you here on my food blog, The Distracted Beet.

Photo by // Kinfolk


 Shine ON //


13 thoughts on “MY STORY

    • jillianspeece Post authorReply

      Hooray Dean you found my new site! Welcome to the distracted beet 🙂 I am thrilled to have you and share these recipes with you and your fam <3 them all. Enjoy and Shine ON /// J

  1. Madeline Reply

    Nicely said and done, Jillian. If only I could convince Lee to embrace the vegetarian way…

  2. Cindy Reply

    Hi Jillian, it’s Cindy (the crinoid fossil lady)! I love your new blog. It is refreshing, beautifully photographed and fun to read! Good for you on your healthy lifestyle and wonderful success. I love to cook also and am always looking for new healthy recipes. Tried falafels yet? That is my new muse.

    • jillianspeece Post authorReply

      Cindy -is so wonderful to hear from you we are totally kindred spirits. I’m so happy to know that you are enjoying my new blog and that you also love cooking. I do love falafel do you have a great recipe would you mind sharing it with me?

    • jillianspeece Post authorReply

      Hi Cindy I’m so thrilled to hear that you are enjoying the distracted beet it looks like you and I are kindred spirits. Plus, I do love falafel too, do you have a good recipe you be willing to share with me? I hope you’re having a beautiful day and wishing you all the success in crinoid hunting. ❤️
      I wear my crinoid every day. Shine ON

      • Cindy Reply

        Hi Jillian! Thank you for your reply, it is lovely hearing from you. I am going to try a recipe for baked falafel, I need to find some tahini first. They say to use the actual dried chick peas and soak them overnight rather than the using the canned ones. If it turns out good, I will share the recipe with you! I am happy to hear you wear your crinoid! Lake Michigan stone hunting season has finally begun so I will be out there soon. God Bless you, and I will follow your blog, AND your music.

        • jillianspeece Post authorReply

          Oh, looking forward to hearing how the baked falafel turns out. Happy Crinoid hunting and God Bless.
          Shine ON

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