Keira Rumble felt stuck in her cycle of emotional eating, until a life changing doctor’s appointment helped her to find the motivation to change her worldview on food, her body, and her mental health. She let us in on the hard-won wisdom that has helped her on her journey.
Before transforming her health and launching her own brand of healthy snacks and wellness products, Keira Rumble “spent a lot of time feeling sorry for myself”.
Formerly a competitive skier, Keira hit a rough patch in her life after having an accident that left her bedridden for a while.
“I started to emotionally eat, which turned into a full blown sugar addiction,” she revealed to Body+Soul.
“I was exhausted, I felt nauseous, I had migraines and I would go home after a long day at work and quite literally eat my feelings. I was addicted to sugar, so would have dessert pretty much every night, like ice cream and lollies.”
It wasn’t until her doctor told her she was insulin resistant and pre-diabetic that she got the shock she needed to transform her life, rethink her entire relationship with food and her body, and lose 25kg in two years. Here’s how she did it.
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Keira’s struggle with sugar
On her way home from the doctor’s office after finding out she was pre-diabetic, Keira’s shock quickly became her motivation.
“I made a decision that this wasn’t the way I wanted to live. My doctor told me that food wasn’t the enemy, it had the power to change the way I felt,” she explains.
“I cut out sugar cold turkey, I turned vegetarian and focused on eating a completely low GI based diet.”
But despite her determination to stick to her new goals for the sake of her health, one of Keira’s biggest initial struggles was the lack of low-sugar healthy snacks to help her on her journey.
“I would be going to the supermarket to buy ‘healthy snacks’ and not realising how much sugar they had in them,” she says.
“This really catapulted my desire to create a health food brand that was actually healthy and low sugar. I based my entire business, Krumbled Foods, around creating tasty and healthy snacks that are low in sugar, but also are loaded full of other functional ingredients. For example our Beauty Bites have edible collagen, vitamins, prebiotics and probiotics.”
Keira’s current diet
Nine years after taking control of her lifestyle, Keira says she has learnt a lot about her “body, food and the way our gut and brain are connected”. And while she has come to appreciate a routine when it comes to meals, she has never been a fan of restrictive eating.
“I don’t follow anything ‘strict’ – in fact, I hate the word ‘diet’ and I have never allowed myself to diet at all,” she says.
“I do, however, follow a very strict gluten free regime. I am extremely sensitive to gluten and I have the coeliac gene. It runs in my family, so I just avoid it.”
Here’s what a typical day on a plate looks like to her now:
- Glute-free paleo Bread with ½ avocado, cherry tomatoes, lime, salt and pepper
- Omelette: Eggs, onion, baby spinach, cumin powder, paprika with one piece of paleo bread.
- Collagen Protein Shake: collagen powder, frozen banana, almond butter, coconut, almond milk, hemp seeds
- Slow cooked quinoa with stewed apples
Lunch: “Protein and vegetables/salad. I also make a killer zucchini, tomato and goats cheese baked slice, it is delicious and great for a quick lunch!”
Dinner: “Normally the same as lunch. Lately I have been making a really easy-one tray bake, with free range chicken, garlic, paprika, red onion, potatoes then at the end, I pop in cherry tomatoes, baby spinach, rocket, and lemon juice.”
Snacks: “Krumbled Foods Beauty Bites (great to get the added benefits of collagen, vitamins, prebiotics and probiotics), hummus and veggie sticks, or a handful of nuts.”
Dessert: “I used to be a big lover of dessert, but over the years I have turned into a more savoury lover. If I am craving something sweet after dinner, it might be dark chocolate, berries or maybe a Beauty Bite!”
Keira’s exercise routine
Over the course of her weight loss journey, Keira has tried out “all kinds of workout styles – CrossFit, heavy weights, Bikram yoga, running” and more.
But she has also learnt to trust her body and choose what works best for her, especially since she is prone to injuries.
“I have floating bone fragment in my shin, so I tend to like slower movements – that’s what helps keep me away from injury and happy!” she explains.
“I have found that my body loves things like Pilates, long walks and a few high intensity Pilates classes which combines mat and reformer.”
Keira on the biggest lesson she learnt
For Keira, the most transformative lesson thus far surrounds the way she has learnt to treat food “as something that can nourish your body and make it thrive”, as well as learning to listen to her body.
“It is not normal to feel fatigued, nauseous and get migraines, so go to your doctor and get checked out. If your doctor doesn’t have an answer, try and find someone that won’t stop until you know what is wrong,” she says.
Keira’s advice for others
Keira admits that the biggest challenge of the whole process for her was “the fact that it didn’t happen overnight”, and she encourages others to work on a positive mindset to avoid falling into the same trap.
“Don’t be hard on yourself if the weight doesn’t fall off. We come in so many shapes and sizes, and for me, it wasn’t about the weight, it was about how I felt,” she explains.
“I am currently on a journey of fertility and pregnancy loss, so my body is fluctuating a little bit, but my weight loss journey has allowed me to become ok with this now. I have done a lot of work mentally and physically to get me to where I am today.”
Keira believes that while it can be tempting to compare yourself to others, the key is to focus on your own journey and prioritise your mental health.
“I think it is so easy to compare ourselves to other people, especially with social media. Try and listen to your body, the way it feels, and above everything, look after your mental health.”