Meet Keira Rumble.
Self confessed foodie.
I first "met" Keira in a private Facebook book about natural living and lifestyle that we are both members of. I subsequently found her on Instagram and was intrigued by her story.
You see, Keira wasn't always a health ambassador. During her Uni days Keira struggled with her weight and was feeling defeated because she felt continually unwell, unable to get answers from conventional medicine.
Keira took matters into her own hands, and sought other avenues to heal from within. This included an aggressive approach to getting the answers she needed, and a diagnosis FINALLY came after seeking dozens of medical opinions. Keira sprung into action eliminating all the junk food from her life. She became more active, picked up yoga, and also learned how to properly read the labels on the food she was eating.
Keira wanted to create healthy snacks that were actually healthy and didn't have hidden, unnecessary sugars lurking beneath the surface. She decided to make some from scratch for an upcoming event, and Krumballs was born! These snacks are high protein, low sugar, and low carb- the trifecta really!
Keira now owns her own food manufacturing business in Australia and is sharing her campaign with us all that #healthyishappy.
As I read more, I also learned that Keira was a fan of low tox living. This struck a chord with me because our little family has embarked on a low-tox living transition since our daughter was born. I'm also eager to learn more about ways I can lower my chemical exposure, and it's exciting when you find like-minded women out there who just get it!
As if that wasn't enough.... Keira is also a travel writer, sharing her inspiring content and stunning photography on her blog. But, be warned- her posts will be sure to ignite a serious case of wanderlust!
It makes you wonder, can you really have it all?
Well, for Keira, it seems you can! Let's dive in:
Welcome Keira, and thanks so much for being apart of this new series!
You went to a Chinese doctor when you were searching for a proper diagnosis. What can you tell us about this experience, and would you recommend chinese medicine and functional medicine as an alternative to mainstream doctors?
So, while I completely feel that mainstream doctors serve their purpose and save lives on a daily basis.... for me it wasn’t as black and white. My tests came back as normal for years (I am talking over 10 years) but I still had this issue lurking in my gut saying, you are not well. You need to find out what is wrong.
And so, my journey into healing myself began. Seeing my Chinese doctor catapulted me to understand that it isn’t a 1 size fits all approach to your health. I have turned to many different kind of doctors to help me with different aspects of my life.
Describe your personalty in three words.
Quirky, stubborn and driven!
What is your favorite culinary guilty pleasure?
Ooooo – I used to be such a sweets person! But I am obsessing over savoury at the moment! Can’t go past some cheese (goats cheese for me as cows milk doesn’t agree with me), tomato, hummus and veggie sticks!
What do you have to buy every time you go to the supermarket / farmer's market?
Tomatoes – I am obsessed.
Where do you seek inspiration and who inspires you?
I try and pull inspiration from all around the world, whether it is recipes, mantras, quotes or just a way of living. Right now I am obsessing over Lee From America – she is an absolute power house woman!!
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Everything happens for a reason – trust the process
My favourite thing about yoga is….
Finding your inner balance and stillness while having a beautiful flow of movements
My favorite time of day is….
Morning! Before anyone else is awake!
My sleepless nights are spent thinking about…
Food, recipes, my dreams (while not dreaming!)
Social media, friend or foe?
Friend!! However, social media can be extremely toxic, and if I find myself being consumed by too many things or comparing myself to others, I put my phone down, walk outside and look up at the clouds. There is so much more to life than feeling bad about yourself when scrolling on your phone. I use it as a tool of inspiration now and to communicate with those that love my journey.
I firmly believe that travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer. Why is traveling so important to you and how have you been able to marry your passion for travel into a job?
For me, travel is such a huge part of who I am. I was quite nomadic growing up. We moved and travelled quite a bit. Which was good and bad (bad being that I never felt like I had a true home). I love discovering new cultures, new food, new amazing landscapes!
You recently traveled through Germany in the springtime! Do you prefer the European lifestyle or the “Aussie” lifestyle?
Aussie 100% - there is something so blissful about just being able to hear kookaburras and for me to live by the beach and the bush.
What does 2019 hold for Ms. Keira Rumble?
2019 is going to be insane! We are launching more flavours of my food products, launching a new range of food + I have created a bit of a clearer vision for my Krumbled side of things – so it's currently looking like 2019 is going to be HUGE!!
According to Mr and Mrs Sonnerburg (married couple who are both microbial scientists), rule #1 is to avoid antibiotics.
Now, before we begin, news flash: I'm not a doctor, I'm not a nutritionist or nurse. I'm just passionate about this topic, and all I'm doing is sharing with you what I just did after taking a course of antibiotics.
I found out about this prebiotic from the pharmacist who filled my script. I said I
wanted something that didn't need to go in the fridge. I wanted something that
would keep my gut healthy and also help to avoid the common occurrence of thrush
post antibiotic treatment.
She recommends taking it at the same time as my antibiotic because it helps to keep
the mucus lining healthy. Just 1 capsule of the SB Floractiv contains 5 million CFU
(colony forming units)!
I typically prefer a non-dairy lifestyle. I quit milk many, many years ago for health reasons (I needed to lower the inflammation in my body). I still have cheese occasionally, and that's a treat for me. So, a lot of people ask me, you're anti-milk/dairy, but you drink Kefir? I gave kefir to my daughter for it's incredible health benefits, but wasn't drinking it myself. Why not? I didn't have a good enough answer, so two months ago I started to drink it and I've been thrilled with the results. My favourite Functional Medicine Doctor, Chris Kresser, wrote a fantastic article about kefir and if you're on the fence about adding this superfood to your diet, READ IT!
Kefir is derived from the word "Keif" meaning "good feeling." It's a fermented milk product that has been consumed for centuries. Kefir can be made from cow, goat or sheep milk- but it's also easy to make your own at home (something I'm going to try very soon). The main reason people drink kefir is because of the biennial bacteria and yeasts, but some people might be surprised to learn that kefir is also loaded with vitamins, minerals and essential amino acids.
This is a probiotic drink that you can buy at the supermarket in the refrigerated section. It contains billions of live, good bacteria. These millions of bacteria join the trillions in your gut in the hopes of helping the number of good bacteria outweigh the bad! It doesn't taste like much, and it's just a simple shot in the morning with breakfast.
Peace Love and Vegetables make my favourite sauerkraut, and I literally eat it out of the jar like peanut butter. This Byron Bay based company makes outstanding raw, organic and fermented produce. The co-founder, Anya, was born in Russia where fermenting food due to the extreme climate was an absolute necessity. In 2005 Anya started to make her own kraut to help heal her gut, and then in 2011 Peace Love and Vegetables was born with her co-founder Adam.
My go-to is the Dill Superkraut flavour and it's oh so delicious. It just so happens to be the first kraut they ever made too! Cabbage, dill and caraway might not sound appetizing, but it's so worth a try. It isn't astringent like a lot of krauts, and I like to add it to lunch wraps or salads.
They have a great Kimchi as well, called Kim-Chi Superkraut. This is a fav in the morning when I NEED to wake up. It's loaded with cabbage, carrot and sweet potato, but the Cayenne pepper, turmeric and black pepper give it a really nice KICK!
Peace Love and vegetables use the L-Plantarum culture starter to begin the fermentation process which means they add the bacteria to the raw veggies to start the process.
If you're looking for an even more natural option, try Kehoe's. Kehoe's is family owned and operated in Australia, which I absolutely love. All their products are grain free, dairy free, gluten free, soy and sugar free with means they are suitable for raw diet enthusiasts, vegetarians, vegans, and paleo alike. Kehoe's use "WILD fermentation" which means that the bacteria that is already on the 100% organic, natural produce is what populates each batch. There is nothing added to it, and it's as natural a fermentation as you can get.
If you want to find a local stockist to try some Kehoe's products, click here.
Fibre feeds your gut biome, so the more fibre you eat the better. If you aren't feeding your gut a wellness blend diet with fibre, the microbes feed themselves by eating away your mucus lining and the effect of this is lowering your immune system! You're more susceptible to something wreaking havoc on your body after a dose of antibiotics because they wipe out a ton of "good" bacteria. This is prime time for food poisoning to take hold, so be mindful of what and where you choose to eat after you've completed your course.
During and after antibiotics I try to ramp up the fibre even more than usual. For me this means fruit and veg at every meal and for morning and afternoon snack too. What does that look like? Here is an example below:
Hope this helps to keep your tummy happy too!
I'm feeling so thankful and appreciative to have my little girl Earth side for a second Mother's Day!
My husband commissioned an incredible Mother's Day gift for me from our talented friend Euan Rannachan. Euan is a Bay Area artist, photographer and film maker - and I just so happen to have known him since we were teenagers!
His passion for the fine arts and film are unparalleled in my opinion, and I was moved to tears when I saw this special "Frozen in Motion" feature he made me.
Have a look
I cannot wait to watch this video time and time again. This fun age, 13 months, frozen in time to be watched and appreciated for years and years, and long after I'm gone as well.
I will cherish this piece of art forever.
To learn more about Euan, find him on:
His website www.euanart.com
Read his blog
or stalk his Facebook
See more photos on his Flickr
or send him an email
What was your most memorable Mother's Day? Tell me in the comments below.
My daughter just turned 13 months and she has already taken 18 flights! In that time we've only had one bad experience, which is amazing considering we've taken three international flights, and fifteen domestic trips. In terms of the flying component; I believe a lot of it comes down to luck and having a healthy baby (a good temperament doesn't hurt either).
I did an Instagram poll asking who might be interested in learning a few of my tips for stress free flying as well as how to travel smoothly with kids in general. There was an overwhelming YES response, so I've accumulated a few of my techniques to share with you. I'll touch on traveling, what I pack and tips for healthy eating while on the road.
(ATTN: These are tips for flying and hotel accommodation- not road trips as we have yet to do one! We will take out first family road trip in July, so I will document that as well. Also, I know that some of these tips might not be appropriate for your child depending on their age, but here are my tricks of the trade nonetheless.)
I know what you're thinking, DUH! This seems like a given. What kind of snacks you bring is key in my opinion. Obviously sugary snacks that will make your kid peak and then crash in a fiery inferno are not ideal. My daughter is only 13 months old, so in the last few months I've been giving her foods that are small to help her practice and improve her motor skills. It takes her a bit of time to pick which berry she wants, master that pincer grip, and then pop it in her mouth. Before I travel, I stock up on fresh organic blueberries and have them ready, washed and packed in my carry on bag. I buy organic berries because non organic berries are known to be highly sprayed with pesticides. To save some cash, buy organic frozen blueberries from Costco in bulk, which are handy and only coast about $12 AUD from memory. Otherwise, plain frozen blueberries from Wollys or Coles work too. Just take them out of the freezer before leaving to catch your flight.
2. Travel Wise:
I've had the most rewarding travel experiences with Qantas. Each time I've flown with my daughter, they've always exceeded my expectations ten fold (even more so when I'm flying solo without my husband's help). The flight attendants are always eager to help and have a cuddle so I could use the bathroom with ease. They continually made sure I was well fed and watered, much like a prize stallion.
Also, did you know you can sign your baby up for frequent flyers with Qantas? Probably didn't, hey? Check out this link to see what the Joey Club has on offer, and to create their Joey Frequent Flyers account so you can start building their flying credit.
3. Interactive Toys:
Bringing toys also seem like a no brainer. I find that toys which can be fun, yet discreet, are key. I'm not going to bring her little drum set on the plane, now am I? There are really neat toys out there now, not like the ones we grew up with.
Books are my go to. I love small, palm sized board books that can be chucked around, get wet and wear well. The ones that have peek a boo flaps are particularly good.
Teethers are fantastic. Flying can aggravate babies ears, so chewing and sucking are great ways to help combat that build up of pressure. The nice thing about tethers is that they don't make any noise, and yet still provide relief and soothe gums.
These insanely gorgeous teethers from Grey and Gingham. They're stylish and functional for littles. G+G also sell teething bundles with a drool bib AND a matching teether if you're about keeping that outfit on point!.
A small plush rattle is good for young babies, and so are wooden blocks. I usually only travel will two or three blocks for the sake of easy. Whether I'm traveling or not, I'm always looking for toys that will expose her to a variety of shapes, sounds and textures.
3. I always try to anticipate roadblocks when we travel, so I try to prepare for everything. For example, we have two types of nappys in our home, one for daytime and another for nighttime. If I'm traveling, I'll put her nighttime nappy on before the plane departs because I know it's more absorbent. I've found that even little adaptations such as these can make a world of difference.
Let's get you organized:
1. Try to book a hotel or accommodation with a kitchenette. Being able to make your own food and meal prep is a sure fire way to keep a healthy, well balanced diet in action.
2. Toiletries: I always travel with our own body wash, face wash, moisturizer, and shampoo. Knowing exactly what's in the products we use is a great way to keep healthy and free from toxic exposure to things like Parabens, SLS, Phthalates and Parfum. I recommend Black Chicken Remedies, Dr. Bronner's and Beauty and the Bees if you are on the hunt for clean body care alternatives.
3. Bedding: I like to pack my daughter's own cot sheets if room allows. They remind her of home and the familiar smell would be comforting.
4. Routine, routine routine: I always bring her sleeping bags - the one she naps in and the one she sleeps in overnight. I try to keep her routine the same, even though we are in a completely different place. I also travel with our iPad which has a white sound app called Sleep Pillow. It's a free app that we use daily to play her lullaby on a 15 minute timer before every nap and bedtime. It might seem a bit like Pavlov's dog-esk, but when she hears the song, she knows it's time to sleep.
5. Bath Time: I've given my daughter a number of baths in the hotel bathroom sink. It's cramped, no doubt about it, but it gets the job done and it's cleaner than a hotel bath tub in my opinion.
Maintaining Healthy Habits
1. Utilize Your Bar Fridge: When we went away to Cairns recently I didn't know we would be without a kitchen. I made the most of it by heading to the shops and topping up with a few staples. I got natural yogurt and kefir which I kept in our little bar fridge. I also bought chia seeds by weight from the local shops, so each morning she would have a breastfeed, followed by a small bowl of yogurt with chia seeds and a piece of fruit. It made for a quick, easy, healthy (and cheap!) brekkie.
2. Heat It Up: I also bought some instant, plain oatmeal as well. You can add water and microwave it in your room for a quick breakfast or snack. If you don't have a microwave in your room, just head to the hotel reception and they will heat it for you. This can be said for bottles of milk, formula or heating a pouch of baby food.
3. Head to the Local Farmer's Market: I like to keep healthy food easily accessible in my hotel room and diaper bag (I'm a notorious snacker), so I went the farmer's market and bought a bunch of yummy fruit. I love shopping at outdoor markets because they support local farmers, the produce is insanely fresh, and it's also more competitively priced. Some of my go-to items from the farmer's market while on the road are: kiwi, paw-paw, apples, bananas, plums, and mandarines. I know fruit can have a lot of natural sugar, but by consuming the whole piece you're getting a big punch of fibre. In my mind, grabbing some fruit to go is better than diving into a bag of processed food, chips or a candy bar.
4. Be a Side Chick: If you're like me and don't enjoying eating out a lot, vacation can be tough! On our most recent trip to far north Queensland we were eating out twice a day, everyday. That was hard to do myself, let alone with a 12 months old in tow.
5. Make Time for Mama: There were many nights when my daughter went to bed at 7pm, which meant that I was stuck in our hotel room for 12 hours! Carve out time for yourself when you can to keep your cup full! Most evenings I covered half of the cot with a blanket to block out light so I could watch TV. I also used the few hours before bed to do some work, blog and snack on some popcorn while doing a face mask. There is no reason to resent your kids on the road, make it work for you! I highly recommend some yoga or mediation during nap time too because it's a quiet exercise that's great for your mind and body.
A little bit about my personal journey:
I always knew that I was going to breastfeed, or that I would at least give it a red hot go. I found my birth to be an incredibly positive experience, and easier than I anticipated. I didn't, however, expect breastfeeding to be so difficult. I was like the people mentioned above, focusing on how the baby would exit my body, and less about how I would feed it. I assumed my body would just make the milk, and that was that. I figured my boobs would: get full and hard, the baby would drink from them, and then they would get soft again... only to get hard again and full of MORE milk. Pretty simple, or so I imagined.
Wouldn't you know, it actually isn't that easy a lot of the time. So often there are feeding issues, latching problems, tongue ties, or low milk production. Some of these things are 100% out of our control, and we shouldn't berate ourselves about it. This incredibly moving blog post nearly brought me to tears, and it's all about the expectations we place on ourselves as new mums.
My milk came in on day 2. Day 2! If you're not familiar with having babies yet, let me tell you, that is crazy soon. Usually milk comes in about day 5-ish. Since we went private cover (5 days in hospital) I was lucky to have the around the clock support from the midwives, and boy did I need it.
I was in so much pain. The density and the weight of the breasts were insane. It was a euphoric experience when she would suckle and I'd get the sweet sensation of the let down as the milk poured out of me. I had crazy cracked nipples that were so (temporarily) damaged I couldn't even stand the air touching them as I walked around my hospital room naked. One night in particular stands out in my memory. I was in our hospital suite and my husband was holding her. It was time for a feed and I flat out didn't want to do it. I'd been dreading it since the moment I burped her after her previous feed, hours earlier. I was crying, really upset, and feeling like a bad mum. In my head I had the slogan on loop "Breast is Best! Breast is Best!" And while I knew that to be true, and I doubt people would argue with that, I still felt the weight and expectation to succeed heavy on my exhausted, sleep deprived shoulders. And let me tell you, it was heavy.
I was trying to explain my situation to my husband, "You don't understand what it's like! I have to feed her, and if I don't she will die." Now, now... talk about dramatic! I was hormonal as hell, and obviously there are other avenues to take, but in my mind, at this point in time I didn't want to continue. I was dreading the latch, that initial attachment that cuts you so sharp, it's like searing razor blades. The anxiety would slowly creep in as each feed got closer and closer. Why don't people talk more about THIS part, I had thought to myself. Thankfully we have some really supportive friends who are married and have two kids. They had actually warned us, and my husband in particular, about the trials of breastfeeding and how difficult it can be for a new mum. My husband was such a rock, God love him. He kept reminding me what a good job I was doing, and how tough I was. He also reminded me that I'd just given birth, and if I could do that, I was capable of anything. He'd sit with me while I fed her, stroke my head and get me fresh water to drink. That breastfeeding thirst is no joke.
Around day 4 my midwife gave me some frozen nappies which were an absolute godsend. Highly recommend this is you're suffering from engorgement. Place a nappy (diaper) in the freezer until hard, and viola! You don't need to wet it or anything, just place the cold nappy in your bra for instant relief.
Once we got established and my nipples were healed, life got so much easier. I would still dread the latch, but as time went on it kept getting easier and easier. I kept saying to myself, it won't be tough forever. I'd say it took me a good month and a half to really get the hang of it (and toughen up those nipples). I'd get my boobs out whenever and wherever they were needed. I'd breastfeed on the plane next to a stranger, at the park, during my husband's basketball games, the list goes on. I didn't do this to make a statement, I did it because it's my duty as a mother to feed and nourish my daughter. If that happened to be while I was shopping at the mall, then I'd snag a seat and feed her. I didn't see the point in scurrying off to find a parent's room on the other side of the mall to feed her in a sterile room. I would just sit down, get comfortable and do my thang. Sadly, I always felt the need to have a remark tucked away if some dickhead wanted to comment on how, when and where I fed MY child. Thankfully, I've yet to have that problem, but some women aren't so lucky as you can see here.
And while I'm ALL for normalising breastfeeding, and do it anywhere I please, you won't find me posting brelfies
(breastfeeding selfies) on my instagram. Why not? Personally, I'm not sure that's the kind of photo my daughter would want out in world when she's a teenager, or older. Having said that, I will like the hell out of anyone else's brelfies or breastfeeeding pictures, commenting with all the heart eyes I can #YOUGOGIRL
Nowadays the public feedings are less frequent since my daughter typically breastfeeds first thing in the morning and at bedtime. My goal was to breastfeed for a year, and I've achieved that. It's actually 396 days of breastfeeding and counting. Doesn't sound like a lot when I write the number out. Sometimes I feel like it's been an eternity, and other times I feel like I blinked and I have a babbling toddler.
I'm not sure where the breastfeeding journey will take us or how long it will last. What I do know is that feeding her has been such a wonderfully unique bonding experience, and one that I'm very appreciative to have had.
Now I'll tell you a little about the science about our magical bossums and their sweet nectar.
According to Doctor Ghebreyesus, the general director of the WHO (World Health Organization), "Breastfeeding babies gives them the best possible start to life. Breastmilk works like a baby's first vaccine, protecting infants from potentially deadly diseases and giving them all the nourishment they need to survive and thrive."
The first food consumed by most infants around the world is breast milk. Human milk has been engineered through evolution to provide the child with the best possible chance of survival. Making breastmilk is no small feat for the body, requiring 500 extra calories a day to produce enough for one child. When you're pregnant, the body only requires 300 more calories a day, and that's to grow a human. You'd think it would be the other way around!
Breastmilk is rich in fats, carbohydrates and proteins. It has custom antibodies for the bub
and it also contains HMOs (human milk oligosaccharides). They don't benefit the mother in any way, and they're impossible for the baby to digest, so why does the female body work so hard to make milk with this additional component? The sole purpose of HMOs are to feed the gut biome of the infant drinking the milk. Feeding the good bacteria in the gut is key, especially since 70% of the immune system is harbored there.
Baby's digestive tracks are super delicate in their first year of life, which was one of the reasons why I aimed to breastfeed for 12 months. Breastfeeding also helps mums to recover better after birth, and lowers the risk of breast and ovarian cancers later in life. The act of breastfeeding has also been linked to lower maternal depression.
According to the 2010 Australian National Infant Feeding Survey, 96% of mothers initiated breastfeeding. After that, exclusive breastfeeding dropped. Less than half of babies (39%) were exclusively breast feed for 3 months, and 15% of babies were exclusively fed to 5 months.
So what's the moral for this post? It's sure as hell not for bragging rights or shaming formula users.
It's a call to action to help mamas out there, to build them up and give help when it's needed. So often new mums don't ask for help. If you say, "Let me know if you need anything " I assure you, your girlfriend won't ask. If you drop off a home cooked meal or offer to sit with her while she feeds, that's helping out. Remember what it was like for you, and be there for your new mum friends when their time comes. Haven't had a baby yet, that's cool. Remember this post and be there for your mates because they might find feeding difficult too. Conversely, they might have a walk in the park breastfeeding. Each and every experience is unique. We should all be delicate with our words and shroud mamas with continuous love and support.
I hope that this post is also a reminder to practice humility and non-judgment when you're talking to other women and mums that might be struggling.
If you're looking for some breastfeeding inspiration, check out these gorgeous Instragam accounts
Breast Feeding World, Normalize Breastfeeding, The Badass Breastfeeder, Breastfeed Without Fear, Black Moms Breastfeed, and Mother Muse Mag.
If you live in Australia, and want more information about breastfeeding and support, head to the Australian Breastfeeding Association or call 1 800 mum 2 mum
That's 1 800 686 268
Are you a breastfeeding mum that loves an online forum for tips and support?
Check out the this great community support page.
Are you super passionate about breastfeeding and want to help others?
The ABA would love to have you, click here to volunteer your valuable time.
Are you super geeked about boobies and breastfeeding and want to know more about Australia's breastfeeding expert group? If so, click here.
La Leche League is a fantastic resource for those of you living in the USA. They have a facebook page, as well as a blog, and offer local meet ups too.
If you're looking for an eco friendly way to feed your children that's non-toxic and environmentally friendly, then look no further than Byron Bay based company, Love Mae.
These guys make the cutest baby food trays that are non-toxic, plastic free and biodegradable. They have numerous patterns and styles that are all to die for. My daughter has the 5 piece Flower Garden set pictured here. It comes with a cup, bowl, tray, fork and spoon. We are essentially set for her first two years of life!
If trays aren't your thing; they also have tumbler cups, cutlery and plates for older kids. Need a lunchbox? They have those too, and uber cute cases to carry them in as well. They are also dishwasher safe, BPA free, PVC / phthalate / lead free and 100% recyclable.
As a new mom that's continually looking to make low-tox, eco-friendly transitions in our household, these Love Mae products ticked all the boxes.
The designs are so precious that even I want a set of my own!
As a matter of fact, you can win a five piece set because I've teamed up with Love Mae to do a giveaway celebrating their 9th birthday! I'm giving away this adorable 5 piece Safari set (see below) on my instagram account. Click here to enter!
What are your favorite ways to make food fun for kids?
Tell me in the comments below.
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