Weakness is a disease and food is the cure.
When meat heads aren't talking about shaking weights, they are indeed discussing meat...and nutrition in general. It's the primary means for recovery and we know that intelligent caloric intake is oftentimes the difference between riding the bench and starting. So, whether we are at PAHQ, in the airport, at a restaurant, or a social gathering, we are constantly bombarded with questions about our diet. It's unavoidable in this line of work as it is a major component to every person's daily life and for better or worse it is a reflection of their priorities. Inevitably, the conversation always reaches the million dollar question: "What about snacks?"
Snacks are for toddlers.
Without fail, one of the most common nutrition questions is regarding that mini-meal that people sometimes consume between actual grown-up meals. Physically, emotionally, and sexually mature men and ladies alike are shamelessly inquiring about adorable bits of food they refer to as "snacks". What the shit is a snack and what is our preoccupation with them? As far as I'm concerned there is no such thing as a snack, nor should any adult male be nonchalantly throwing around the term. Why, you say? Because toddlers snack. If you are hungry enough to eat food, it's a "meal" and the sooner you wrap your mind around that concept you'll be able to step up your nutrition game.
You see, when people use the term "snack" they have a tendency to pick foods that are most commonly associated with the word. Unfortunately those foods have been steadily marketed to us by companies who stand to gain quite a bit by our consumption of seemingly "healthful" mini-meals. Whether conscious or unconscious, our brains have linked the idea of snack with prepackaged, no prep needed, preservative laden treats. Usually this falls into the dried fruit, nuts, seeds, bars, whatever category (note: those are the less threatening choices). Ultimately, this translates to a less than optimal macronutrient balance (Carbohydrates, Fats, Proteins). "Snacks" can be extremely calorically dense, which is not always a bad thing depending on your goals, but those calories could be lacking the ideal fatty and amino acid profiles which promote recovery.
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