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FuelIgniteThrive - Think Your Way to Better Heatlh

Think Your Way to Better Heatlh

It's widely known that our thoughts and, more specifically our beliefs about those thoughts, determine our actions. We've all heard sayings ...
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FuelIgniteThrive - Not Eating is Not Healthy

Not Eating is Not Healthy

No matter what you call it, Keto, focused eating, low carb, no carb, intermittent fasting, they're all just fancy ways of telling you not to eat. ...
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FuelIgniteThrive - FEELING HOLIDAY FOOD GUILT?

FEELING HOLIDAY FOOD GUILT?

No matter what you might think, what you've been told, or what “worked” for you in the past, skipping meals isn't the answer. L ...
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FuelIgniteThrive - The Twelve Pounds of Christmas

The Twelve Pounds of Christmas

I love Christmas carols, and I love sharing how you can enjoy Christmas treats and stay on track with your health and weight goals. Sing along to m ...
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FuelIgniteThrive - 'TIS THE SEASON TO BE TEMPTED

'TIS THE SEASON TO BE TEMPTED

Skipping meals and saving up calories in anticipation of a big meal, will actually make you gain weight.   Ahh, December. The tre ...
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FuelIgniteThrive - Does Food Bring You Fear?

Does Food Bring You Fear?

That may sound like an odd question, but fear around food is something many struggle with on a daily basis. Especially the holiday season.   ...
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FuelIgniteThrive - GET OFF THE DIET ROLLER COASTER

GET OFF THE DIET ROLLER COASTER

Diets make big promises, play on vulnerability and desperation to get people to buy in. The problem is that what you're buying into is tantamount ...
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FuelIgniteThrive - ON A DIET? HOW'S THAT WORKING FOR YOU...

ON A DIET? HOW'S THAT WORKING FOR YOU...

The majority of people who come to me for nutritional advice, say one of two things, they think they eat pretty healthy and they know what to do they& ...
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FuelIgniteThrive - SECOND HELPINGS BURN FAT

SECOND HELPINGS BURN FAT

Not sure about you, but I am just loving the weather we've been blessed with this fall. The colours are stunning, the sun has been out everyday ...
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FuelIgniteThrive - HEAD VS HEART, WHERE DOES YOUR WHY COME FROM?

HEAD VS HEART, WHERE DOES YOUR WHY COME FROM?

Every change you've ever made to try and improve your health and achieve a healthy weight started with a decision. And each decision came as a ...
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FuelIgniteThrive - Let's Get FIT For Fall

Let's Get FIT For Fall

Last weekend as families were taking that final camping trip and getting last minute shopping done for back to school, I met up with some fellow healt ...
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FuelIgniteThrive - BACK TO SCHOOL NUTRITION BASICS

BACK TO SCHOOL NUTRITION BASICS

Just over a week of summer vacation left before kids across B.C. slip on those new runners, fill up backpacks and pose at the front door for the ...
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FuelIgniteThrive - SOY, FACTS AND FICTION

SOY, FACTS AND FICTION

The past several years has seen an uptick in the number of people choosing to incorporate more plant-based options into their meals. Meatless Monda ...
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FuelIgniteThrive - Focus on Health, Not the Scale

Focus on Health, Not the Scale

For much of the world, these last few years has really put a spotlight on health, or the lack thereof. As we emerge from the pandemic, we're se ...
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FuelIgniteThrive - WHY DIETS FAIL, AND IT'S NOT YOU

WHY DIETS FAIL, AND IT'S NOT YOU

Last weekend hubby and I returned from a two-week, cross-Canada road trip. OK, realistically we only went as far as Red Lake, but after so much tim ...
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FuelIgniteThrive - YOU ARE WHAT YOU ABSORB

YOU ARE WHAT YOU ABSORB

New health trends are always popping up and because of that, I’m always learning, researching and growing. One of the most eye opening things ...
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YOU ARE WHAT YOU ABSORB

Jul 2, 2022 by Tania Gustafson


FuelIgniteThrive - YOU ARE WHAT YOU ABSORB

New health trends are always popping up and because of that, I’m always learning, researching and growing.

One of the most eye opening things I learned a while back has recently become a bit of a buzz in health. You are not necessarily what you eat, you're only what your body can absorb. Lightbulb moment for sure right?

The way your body absorbs and utilizes nutrients is almost more important than the nutrient consumption itself. For example, often times you may be eating the right amount of a protein, but your body may not be digesting it properly. And if it can't digest a food, it can't break the food down into small enough molecules and therefore be unable to fully absorb it.

In this instance, it doesn't make sense to just add in more protein to your next meal. Adding more of something that your body isn't capable of using is tantamount to raising your voice and slowing your speech trying to get a point across to someone who doesn't speak the same language as you do. Yelling at them won't make them capable of understanding you anymore than adding more protein won't make your body capable of absorbing the nutrients. Creating the right conditions within your body so that your body is better able to absorb, metabolize and digest that protein is what does the trick. And the right supplements can most definitely help support your body to better absorb.

For some people however, there is a bit of a “resistance mindset” to the suggestion of certain supplements. Or any supplements for that matter. I addressed this in one of my columns a while back but it bares repeating. I still can't pinpoint it but I have two thoughts. First, there's the belief that we can get all the nutrients we need just from food. And while it is possible, the likelihood that we're all eating enough high quality, organic, non-gmo foods 100 percent of the time is just not feasible. Even my vegetarian and vegan daughters aren't eating 10 to 13 servings of fruits and veggies per day. Second, I think it has to do with a mindset about "being sold to." That the chiropractor, naturopath, nutritionist, functional medicine doctor, etc., is only trying to sell you something. And nobody likes that, present company included.

As a health professional myself, trust me, health pros become affiliates for a certain product(s) because of the benefits they experience for themselves and see in their clients and patients. Period. It's NOT about how much money they can make, it’s about how many people they can help. Do ask your practitioner if he/she uses the products they're recommending to you. Their answer will tell you a lot.

It is, however, important to note that we need certain supplementation to help properly absorb the food we eat so that it will all be used for good and benefit your body in the way it was intended.

So when your health and wellness expert, whom you trust and whose reputation is on the line, suggests a product, (or treatment) believe them. After all, wasn't that why you booked the appointment in the first place, to get their advice? You'll listen to your trainer about fitness (heck some of y'all even pay more for a trainer that will put you through crazy, intense workouts!), to your chiropractor about how to lift and carry things, to your nutritionist on what foods to eat, what to look for on labels and why you should avoid it, your naturopath on what foods to avoid, so why suddenly become skeptical when any one of those practitioners recommends a supplement?

I've thought long and hard about this and aside from the obvious, “I don't have time” or “Not sure I can spend the extra money right now..” which, try replacing “I don't have time” with “That's not a priority”, and you'll see perspective get shifted real quick. The other one I hear a lot is, “I can't afford it..” Which for a vast majority of people isn't really as true as they'd have themselves believe. Try this. Open up all your cupboards, pantry, freezer, etc., grab a calculator and tally up the cost of all the non-essential, empty-calorie foods. How about the dollar value of drive-through trips for the month? Dinners out? You see where this is going, right? But the vitamins your naturopath suggested or the digestive enzymes your nutritionist recommended somehow got replaced with some random brand that popped up while you were scrolling social media. Or maybe Dr. Google told you it wasn't necessary at all.

It really doesn't matter what the reason or excuses may be. Bottom line, Tik Tok, Facebook, Costco, or Amazon should never have more influence over the people who take the time to know you, are educated in their field, and want the best for you.

For more information on supplements, absorption, and digestion, join the 8 Weeks is All it Takes group on Facebook.

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