Friday, May 30, 2008

Day 60-Nutritional Bite

Eating healthy while backpacking can be a challenge. Consider these factors when packing your food:

How much do you weigh?
Does your metabolism run high or low?
How far will you hike each day?
How many days?
How much elevation gain?
What altitude?
What temperatures?
How difficult is the terrain?
How fit are you?
How much excess body fat do you have?
Do you want to loose weight?

Sugar Preacher's Experience
I returned from the Grand Canyon yesterday. The canyon is amazing,
especially hiking Deer Creek Falls. The adventure was challenging with my food limitations. I packed food for two days vs. five days which placed me at the mercy of my friend's extra food. I wouldn't recommend eating 1200 calories while strenuously exercising in 90 degree weather. This experience inspired me to write tips about healthy backpacking foods.

1 comment:

Fit Mommy said...

Another things to consider is how much time you want to spend on food prep. If you plan on covering a lot of terrain and having relatively long hiking days, you won't want to spend a lot of time cooking in the morning or at night.

When wieght is at a premium and you don't want to do more than boil some water, I recommend Natural High backpacking products, or powdered soup mixes such as corn chowder, lentil curry, and black bean that you can buy in bulk from your local natural foods store. You can even add dehydrated veggies like brand Just Veggies if you to make it a little more interesting. I always toss in a package of instant noodles or instant sweet potatoes, and a few food bars for emergency back up as well in case the trip ends up lasting an extra day.

I don't recommend using a backpacking trip to cut extra calories anymore than I recommend it as an excuse to eat extra junk. To your body, it is similiar to a sporting event.