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Nutrition: Mila

A few weeks ago one of our followers commented on my post about a new nutritional supplement called Mila.  She was adamant about it’s benefits to those of us with gluten-issues. She asked me if I was willing to give it a try and I thought, why not.  I had heard a little about its benefits but was excited to learn more.  I had a hunch this is something Dr. Oz had reported on and sure enough I found a link to a blog post by one of his staff members.

Mila is ground Chia seed.  Chia is known as “a super food” and each serving contains a ton of Omega -3s and 5 grams of fiber per serving. According to the blog post on DoctorOz.com “The nutritional benefits of chia include fiber, omega fatty acids, calcium, antioxidants and much more – even protein!”

The suggested uses of Mila include:

  • blending with yogurt, oatmeal, hummus, cottage cheese
  • Stir into milk
  • mix into pancakes, muffin, bread or cake mix
  • Toss into a salad or pasta
  • Mix into pizza sauce, pasta sauce, rice, quinoa or other grains
  • Blend into smoothies
I decided to try blending it into my morning smoothie a few times a week (it was suggested to have Mila earlier in the day and drink a lot of water afterwards).

Here is my favorite smoothie:

  • frozen Strawberries
  • frozen chopped bananas
  • a handful of greens (spinach and kale are my favorite)
  • one spoonful of almond butter
  • a few dashes of agave nectar
  • almond milk about 1-2 cups
I mixed 1 tablespoon of mila with 9 tablespoons of water and let it soak in the blender about 15 minutes before I wanted to make my smoothie. Warning, Mila is not very tasty by itself, you need to add it to something with flavor.
According to Seed4change.net Mila is very absorbent when pre-soaked in water.   Pre-soaking Mila enhances the bio-availability of Mila’s nutrients (including fiber), it hydrates and decreases removal of water from the the lower intestine.  Pre-soaking may also help eliminate bloating and stomach discomfort that some may experience (um, probably everyone reading this blog experiences this).
Here is my yummy smoothie!  I know it looks a little weird because of the greens, but I promise it is delicious and nutritious!

After a few smoothies a week I definitely noticed a difference.  I had more energy and the stomach pain and discomfort I usually felt went away.  I am not sure about how much this costs or all of the places you can purchase this, but you can try contacting Jessica at Lifemax.  I would think that you can find it at Whole Foods and Native Sun as well.

Have you tried Mila? What are your thoughts?

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Is the Gluten-Free Diet Just a Fad?

According to Judith Rodriguez, Ph.D., R.D., Chair and Professor of the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics at the Brooks College of Health it is.  I attended the annual Us Group Luncheon at UNF today and the keynote speaker was Dr. Rodriguez, she is also the author of The Diet Selector.

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The theme of her talk was proper diet and proportions and how fad diets don’t work unless they:

  • are long term changes
  • incorporate exercise
  • don’t rely on one food item (for example: grapefruit diet, cabbage soup diet, etc.)
  • are realistic (for example- you don’t have to purchase special meal plans or shakes)
  • don’t promise extreme changes (for example: doesn’t promise to help you loose 10 pounds in a week)
  • don’t rely on pills (I don’t think vitamins count)

When I asked about gluten-free as a diet choice for those without celiac or gluten intolerance she stated (not word for word):

The gluten-free diet fad has been around for a while.  We are going to start seeing dairy-free as the new fad diet to replace the gluten-free diet.  The only real benefit of gluten-free (for those without gluten-sensitivities) is it causes people to reduce their carbohydrate intake, and we eat too many carbohydrates.

I am not so sure I agree with her that the gluten-free fad diet is over.  New gluten-free items are constantly popping up at my grocery store.  I am sure the food companies making millions on their gluten-free food items would tell us differently as well.. However, as someone who is also dairy-free I am excited that we may start seeing an even further increase in dairy-free items.

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