With Food Here’s Why We Add Before We Subtract

In the hustle of our daily lives, the role of food becomes more than just about satiating hunger—it’s about fueling our vitality. In the fitness-rich culture of Portland, we often hear about cutting back on certain foods, but at Portland Integrative Fitness, we advocate for a balanced approach. Let’s talk about “adding in” instead of taking away, ensuring your body gets the essential carbs, proteins, sugars, and fats it needs to flourish.

Understanding Your Body’s Energy Needs

Now, let’s take a moment to explore how our bodies turn food into fuel. Here’s a quick lesson in energy production and how it translates into your daily living and eating habits. Bear with me here as we walk down biochemistry lane. Our body takes glucose and fructose, and through glycolysis and the Krebs cycle specifically, we create ATP. ATP helps us move and do things like squat jacks (yay!) Oftentimes with restricted eating, people will see short-term results because our bodies are so smart and will recalibrate their energy system in order to store calories and stay “safe.” We like to look at long-term optimization instead. So, hormone balancing, blood sugar stabilization, and satiation provide healthy appetites, proper glycolysis, and energy levels to conquer what the days may throw your way.

Smart Snacking: Fuel for Fitness and Life

Forget the idea of snacking as a diet no-no. Here, we’ll introduce you to “smart snacks” — the kind that not only satisfy your hunger but also support your metabolism and blood sugar levels throughout a demanding day.

Here are our favorites:

  • Protein Bites – These can be savory or sweet!
  • Homemade Granola Bar – I like to have homemade over store-bought. This way you can control the amount of added sugars.
  • Trail Mix – Again can be sweet or savory. This is a great way to get creative and use up what you have on hand.
  • Chia Seed Water – I know this may seem strange to add water to a list of snacks. However, chia seeds are such a “smart” food. They clean up your insides while keeping you satiated and away from eating filler foods.

What we eat is the foundation of our energy, strength, and overall well-being. At Portland Integrative Fitness, we’re committed to helping you integrate these nutritional principles with a fitness regimen that’s as dynamic as our city. Whether you’re looking for personalized training or group classes, we provide the support you need to achieve balance in both diet and exercise. Because when it comes to health, it’s not just about the foods we subtract, but the nourishing choices we add to our plates. Come join us and let’s embark on a path to Happy Nourishing, where every bite is a step towards a more energized, balanced you.