Fittie sense cafe
We sat down with Victor and Su, Founders of Fittie Sense with the mission to make
wholesome, tasty and FUNCTIONAL fit foods from fresh ingredients.
Tell us about yourselves!
Vic: I practice intermittent fasting, I eat within a 7-hour window (2-8.30pm) based on my hours at work. Around 2pm, I start eating fruits first, to get my digestion up and running first and some caffeine to get me awake. After 2pm, when the lunch crowd has died down and things are quiet at Fittie Sense, I hop on over to the gym for 1 and 1/2 hours, doing some metabolic conditioning. I strategize by eating foods that are high in nutritional value and high in calorie value like granola, oats and nuts. Local produce also has high nutritional value, you don't have to have the pricey imported stuff like kale. Local spinach, bok choy are high in nutritional value. It's all about curating a nutritional plan that fits your lifestyle and budget.
Su: Both of us have been in the F&B background for a couple years now. I always try to make a conscious decision to eat clean in my meals at home. I practice yoga every day and I'm a certified yoga instructor. I've always been interested in how to mesh fitness and nutrition together and Fittie Sense was kind of the result. We try to incorporate what we already do at home. Trying to fix my own digestive issues, I started to make my own water kefir and milk kefir (which is rich in probiotics and good bacteria) to heal myself. This was what inspired the GUT BAR corner at Fittie Sense.
As I am pregnant, I try to incorporate a variety of nutritional foods. In terms of cravings, take a bit of what your body might want, but all in moderation. No grains, and a simple diet. HIIT sprinting 3 times a week, swimming and I rock climb once a week. Keeping active in the beginning of my pregnancy really helped and I'm also learning a pre-post natal yoga teacher training course. Also, do what your body is used to. I don't recommend taking kefir if it's your first time being pregnant but continue doing it if you've been doing it regularly. It might have been the reason why I never had issues with morning sickness.
Victor: My first cafe Tray Cafe in Plaza Damas is about wholesome food that is cooked fresh using local produce. For about 4 1/2 years, Su Mei would come every day for salad and slowly we became friends. While at Tray it had come to my attention that the majority of people that come in are sensitive to wheat based food and tend to complain about getting sleepy or bloated after eating. Hence why Fittie Sense uses wholesome ways of cooking and replaces processed ingredients with healthier and fitter options.
Congratulations Su on your pregnancy! Since you are currently expecting, are there any recommended nutritional steps you take?
- If I wanted something more comforting, a mixture of basmati, quinoa and buckwheat is my go to for congee/porridge
- If I didn't have an appetite for raw vegetables I would opt to make one pot meals so it's included in stews.
- Bone broth that contains collagen in the bone marrow. Yes! We serve them at Fittie Sense too. (team ABN agrees this is altogether the best go-to comfort food)
- Doing Yoga while you're pregnant really helps!
It compliments our fitness-focussed food in terms of rebalancing our health. For us, it's the first step towards a better and healthier lifestyle. Our food is very wholesome but familiar; there are a lot of options. We believe in an active lifestyle to compliment our fitness goals. So, food to us is a way of kick starting a healthy lifestyle.
What would you recommend if someone wants to start a nutritional plan?
We approach healthy, balanced-eating from a cook's point of view. How do I create dishes that are complete nutritionally, with proteins and vegetables with carbs? We give them suggestions like having fewer dairy products but be disciplined about it. Try it for 4-5 days because it's trial and error. In general, we are very happy to talk to customers to help.
Are there any new/secret/special dish in the menu we should know about?
Whats on Fittie Sense's menu?
We label all our items on the menu, which are friendly towards certain diets, what's low in sugar if someone's borderline diabetic. We offer gluten-free meals or for those who are lactose intolerant. We also have meals for post workouts that are high in protein.
Location of cafe?
We are located in Bangsar on Jalan Telawi 3, the same row as Alexis & Inside Scoop, on the First Floor above OJO Coffee. Click here for their facebook page + location.
You can park at the available parking slots or at the public carparks or in Bangsar Village II for your convenience.
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