By Lynnie Stein / March 5, 2022

Here’s to strong women

Happy International Women’s Day (8 March 2022)

The Women That Made Us

I dedicate to ‘kraut grandmaster Matilda Augusta Stein.

I was blessed so blessed that I grew under the care of my grandma, she was a reservoir of knowledge and wisdom, her love sunk into the depth of my heart.

Grandma Matilda Augusta was the fire that cooks the food, the sunshine that warms the earth, & the moonlight that illuminates the world.

The most beautiful & caring person I have ever known.

Grandma encouraged me to have a open and curious mind. We would sit on the back steps of the old Queenslander home, in the desert, in Sth Western Qld, and discuss the day, sometimes for many hours.

Grandma would often respond ….How does your heart feel?

My heart feels grateful. My heart feels sad. My heart feels angry.

Grandma Matilda Augusta; My heart feels grateful for growing food in the harsh climate, storing the harvest, help cooking the feasts, listening to the rain on the tin roof, sleeping under the stars, collecting treasures, dancing to our song, playing the drums, believing in unicorns, storing your stories…

Your home remedies to feel better. Gargling the crushed fermented garlic in warm water and honey, always is the cure for a sore throat.

When I want to look especially presentable, I channel your charm and style. I never learned your dressmaking skills. But I love quality over quantity and agree that linen crushes with style.

I really loved the stories from “the good old days.” No matter how many times you told me how you met Opa, it never got old. Many have heard your stories, they will live on through me and our Thierry.

Two little blessings. My beautiful dad (Stanley Stein) and twin sister (Aunty Peg).

Your sauerkraut change of life babies. Peggy arrived first. Dad was the tiniest. The home was full of boys. Grandma would occasionally dress dad as Peggy because the brothers only took Peggy for a walk in the pram. They slept in one cot and Grandma would put them opposite ways – right from little babes – they would end up cuddled together by morning.

We didn’t have any type of electronics, except a radio, so we spent much time outside and simply using our imagination.

You always made even my smallest accomplishments seem like they mattered.

You would do anything to defend me and made me feel like the most special little girl in the world.

Your love turned me into the person I am today, and it will stay with me forever.

My confidence comes from the pride you took in everything I do, especially your fermenting magic. The fairies. Every time I share the Gift of Fermentation – I feel you guiding and loving me!

Even though I’m sort of grown up now, I still rely on your advice. You taught me to love the simple things in life, always be kind to others and I think of you when I send handwritten thank-you notes.

I love you THIS MUCH, Grandma Matilda Augusta.

Grandmas are the Angels that guide our life, they are our priceless Jewels.

Grandmas heart would feel sad as there appears widespread occurrence …. Women do not feel well.

Autoimmune diseases, metal poisoning toxicity, poor gut health — showing signs of factors conspiring to make women feel: depressed, forgetful + low-energy.

With an impaired gastrointestinal tract: allergies, yeast infections, bloating, reflux, skin conditions, interrupted or restless sleep, hormonal function and fluffiness or stubborn weight gain to name but a few.

When gut bacteria are out of balance, we gain weight. Conversely when the gut is balanced – we reduce in size, reduce cravings, ease digestive upsets, boost immunity, reduce inflammation and feel great.

The gastrointestinal tract is loaded with neurons releasing the same neurotransmitters found in the brain.

This is why we have “gut feelings” and any upset to this equilibrium can throw our body and mood into chaos. However, it is important not to jump on every gut-related symptom as an issue. A bit of bloating doesn’t mean we have major allergies or food intolerance.

Poor food choices, viruses, parasites, caffeine, alcohol consumption, antibiotics, NSAIDs, and bad bacteria can cause damage to the gastrointestinal tract, leading to increased permeability or “leaky gut.”

This “leaky gut” means instead of foods being broken down, absorbed, and eliminated, partially digested foods can now cross through the damaged area of the intestinal lining and enter the blood stream directly. What goes into the toilet is a great indicator of good gut health.

Check out the Bristol stool chart. It breaks down the different types of stools and shows healthy poo and what’s definitely not.

Healing the gut lining will allow your body to build a strong immune system and produce the right amount of neurotransmitters to be well again.

We are passionate for you to trust your gut.

How do we do it?

1)Remove, 2) Repair, 3) Restore, and 4) Replace


BALANCE THE BODY’S pH and kick start the engine of the gut … 1 cup of well-aged kombucha + 1 cup of organic black strap molasses. Mix together and store in a glass jar in the ‘fridge. Enjoy 2-4 tablespoons per day.

Or start the day with a glass of warm best-quality water and either lemon, lime (from fermented ginger) or apple cider vinegar with a teaspoon of organic bicarbonate soda.

Grandmas heart would feel grateful for better care placed on food, with additions from the sour food camp (go slow and small) including fermented garlic, ‘kraut and kefir + a lifestyle with LOVE rest and play that nourish our body.

My heart feels angry with so much loss – however, anger is part of grief. Life changes; you lose love, you lose friends, you lose pieces of yourself. Then love returns, better friends and a stronger, wiser woman with a heart without any anger.

My heart is full of gratitude for inside me there is always a little girl thirsty to know people, the world, ready for new adventures, to be helpful and bring joy to others, to enjoy and live in simplicity and harmony.

Big Love & Hugs, Xo,


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