Blogger Spotlight – Jessica Furniss
1. What got you interested in the Paleo lifestyle?
I have been practicing clean eating for several years now. I avoid highly processed foods and eat a lot of grass-fed, organic and all natural meats, pastured local eggs and tons of local fruits and veggies. A few months back a close friend told me that she had experienced incredible results eating modified paleo. I decided to give it a try. I cut out gluten and sugar cane, and continued to consume local, organic grass-fed dairy products. I was amazed at the results! I began to have a clearer mind and less bloating and irritability.
2. What excites you most about writing/blogging and helping people get healthier?
It excites me to show others how simple is it to live a healthy lifestyle. Anyone can make small changes and start to see dynamic results in their everyday life.
3. What is the top question asked by your readers?
Is this clean eating? Is that paleo?
My answer to this question is always the same. Everyone’s body is different. Just because a food is technically clean eating or paleo does not mean it will work with your biological make-up. Instead of focusing on strict rules, I encourage my readers to listen to their bodies. I practice a modified paleo diet with an ayurvedic approach. I always tell my readers to do their own research, try different things and see what works best for them. I do, however, believe highly processed foods and sugars are safe to cut out of everyone’s diet.
4. How do your family and friends feel about your Paleo life?
I am pretty sure that my best friend thinks the entire thing is quite bizarre. She has made a few cracks and jokes about my eating and blogging the last few years. When I hosted a party, one of my aunts asked if she would have to eat green tofu. That made me laugh a lot!
I have to say that my boyfriend, sister, brother and grandmother are my absolute biggest fans! They read every post I write and encourage me to stay true to my new lifestyle.
5. What are three things you’ve told yourself that kept you going during your weakest moment?
- First and foremost, I allow myself to enjoy life. I do not put extreme restrictions on my eating. I enjoy a glass of wine or a fancy cocktail sometimes (thus the Giggle Water part of my name). I also eat white rice and bread on occasion, guilt-free!
- I remind myself how I will feel later if I make certain decisions. While answering your questions, I am sitting in one of my favorite coffee shops. To my left is a case full of 10 different types of sugar and gluten filled cupcakes. Peaches and cream, strawberry shortcake, devil’s food… you get the picture. As much as part of me wants to scarf one down, I am able to resist because I know that my body will not feel strong, empowered or stable after eating one.
- I remind myself of my readers. Knowing that my decisions make a difference in the integrity of my writing is a huge motivator for me.
If you had a list of ‘best-kept secrets’ [websites, books, coaches] you’d recommend, which would you include and why?
Tiffany at The Gracious Pantry. She has been a huge resource for me throughout my healthy living journey. She writes from the heart and has even started to add an entire new line of low carb recipes. I am inspired by her passion for what she does.
Javacia at See Jane Write Birmingham. This group of writers has pushed me to stay true to myself. Javacia’s lessons have spurred me on when I felt like giving up in my writing. Her unique ability to empower women writers remains a steady source of inspiration for me.
Deepak at The Chopra Center. His meditations and ayurvedic food lessons have taught me a lot about myself. Through his teachings I have gained the ability to show myself grace, kindness and patience in my eating and all areas of my life.
Jennifer at Stellar Fashion and Fitness. Jennifer is a strong, independent woman who boldly exudes femininity and elegance. Her ability to light up a room and motivate others blows me away!
The Oatmeal. Never take yourself too seriously!
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