The stereotypical snow-bum lifestyle — at least that which is broadcasted or otherwise publicized — leads people to believe that all skiers and snowboarders need to continuously shred two-feet of fresh is a diet of ramen noodles, beer, and pizza. While some might be able to pull this off, or say they’re able to, I call bullshit. It’s a challenge that is better left un-explored, unless you’re into tapping out half way through the day. For those of you who actually dream of the white room, bask in the glory of waist-deep tree runs, long for snowy pillow fights, and ultimately give a damn about showing up to choke on powder, then your diet needs to be a whole lot more than fast food and booze.
Snowboarding is a sport and the body requires energy to follow through with the motions. It is reliant on three energy systems: anaerobic metabolism, or short explosive energy; anaerobic glycolysis, or powerful activities at peak levels; and aerobic metabolism, or prolonged endurance activities. Collectively, these energy masterminds require carbohydrates, fats, and proteins to allow for muscular stamina, power, mental alertness, balance, and everything else in between.
But that doesn’t mean any combinations of those “requirements” is good. The delivering agents of the above nutrients are definitely important here! A slice of $2 pizza has carbs and protein and fats, correct. However, these are chauffeurs of empty calories. Would you fill your truck with tainted mystery fuel to save a buck or two? If you answered yes, then you are probably somewhere on the side of the road — cold, frustrated, and hungry. Our bodies are our engines, and they need 94-octane to perform at optimal levels.