A big PBB welcome to Rosie Millen, founder of Miss Nutritionist who is joining forces with Paola’s BodyBarre to compliment your awesome workout with diet and nutrition coaching. Rosie will be available to help you meet your goals and get #fitforsummer!
We caught up with Rosie for a few quick tips and a tasty and nutritious recipe to get us jump started on a healthy summer season.
PBB: Is there one thing that you think everyone should cut out of their diet? Why?
RM: Yes! Gluten!! This is a protein found in Wheat, Barley and Rye and it is very difﬁcult to digest, the reason being that the acid in your stomach (Hydrochloric acid) cannot break down gluten so no human has the ability to digest it and assimilate this food. Every time I put a client on a gluten free diet they really thrive.
PBB: Is there anything that you feel most people need to add more of to their diet? Why?
RM: Yes. Protein. Almost all the people I see in my clinic are eating too many carbohydrates and not enough protein. Our bodies are made of protein and fats and the very reason they are called ESSENTIAL amino acids (proteins) is because our bodies do not make them!! This means we have to eat them. You need a gram of protein per kilo of body weight and that’s just the basic requirements not necessarily optimum.
PBB: What diet change would have the biggest impact on weight-loss as our clients work hard to get #ﬁtforsummer?
RM: Cut out all sugar. Reﬁned sugar and good sugars such as honey and fruit too. The sugar in fruit (fructose) bypasses digestion and goes straight to the liver to be converted into glycogen (stored fat). Many times my patients can’t loose weight because they are eating too much fruit. So you can cut it out for a month or at least reduce the portions to 1-2 per day. Please note this is for weight loss purposes only. Fruit still contains an amazing array of nutrients that are not to be dismissed.
PBB: What is the best thing about what you do for a living?
RM: Personally it’s the freedom of running my own company but commercially it’s deﬁnitely inspiring people to change they way they eat so they feel a lot better.
Rosie also kindly shared with us her recipe for amazing Quinoa Banana Bread, YUM!
Quinoa Banana Bread Recipe
- 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa (about 1 1/2 cups cooked)
- 3 very ripe bananas
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup old-fashioned oats + another small handful for topping
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp kosher salt
- 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut + another small handful for topping
- 2 Tbsp ground flaxseed
- 1/4 cup coconut milk
- Cook quinoa according to package directions. (I bring it to a boil with 3/4 cup of water, then simmer for 15 minutes and fluff with a fork, but I know some people prefer to use more water, probably depending on the stove.) Set aside.
- Preheat oven to 350 and lightly grease a loaf pan.
- In a large bowl, mash bananas with a fork. Stir in the coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla extract.
- In a medium-sized bowl, combine the flour, oats, baking soda, salt, shredded coconut, flaxseed, and cooked quinoa. Dump into the large bowl of wet ingredients and mix until thoroughly combined. Stir in the coconut milk.
- Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake until top of loaf is golden brown and sides are pulled away from the pan, 45-50 minutes.
- Cool completely in the pan on a wire rack before serving. Keeps wrapped in tin foil in the fridge for several days.
Profile: Rosie Millen, founder of Miss Nutritionist
Miss Nutritionist was founded by Rosie Millen who trained at the renowned Institute of Optimum Nutrition. Graduating with a Diploma in Nutritional Therapy, she is a fully qualified nutritionist therapist. She is also a member of the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT) which is the professional body for nutritional therapists and a member of the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).
Rosie has a strong passion to help people achieve better health. She believes that by improving your diet and lifestyle you are in a better position to achieve anything you want in life. Rosie says “You really are what you eat. I want to help people to realise that as much as possible. We should never underestimate the power of food as medicine”.
Her desire to spread the word about the connection between diet and the way we feel, think and behave is the very reason she set up Miss Nutritionist immediately after graduating in 2010.
Since then, customers have been inspired to seek nutritional help from Rosie in order to guide them towards achieving better health.
Miss Nutritionist has gone from strength to strength each year and is expanding rapidly with customers in business, media and sport. She is about to launch her first line of food products: Dynabites. A family of three energy bars that are a nutritious snack for those on the go with an explosive taste.
The secret to Rosie’s success is her drive and motivation to help people look and feel better coupled with her positive outlook and friendly personality.
So if you feel inspired and want to improve your health and wellbeing then please get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 0207 060 3163.