I BELIVE WE LIVE IN A WORLD OF LIMITLESS POSSIBILITIES WHERE ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE.
MY STORY //
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.
“ADD” AT SEVEN //
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.
ALTERNATIVE LIVING //
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 AN ADD LIFE //
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.
THE EVOLUTION OF MY PLATE //
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.
VEGETARIAN WHAT? //
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.
MODERN TIMES //
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.
MY MISSION WITH THE DISTRACTED BEET //
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.
Shine ON //