How Food Provides Energy 1

How Food Provides Energy
Food is a mixture of nutrients that produce energy for the body, stimulate growth, and maintain life. The 6 classes of nutrients: Carbohydrates Protein Fats Vitamins Minerals Water Of these six nutrients, only the first 3 provide calories in the form of energy for the body: carbohydrates, protein and fat: 1 gram of carbohydrate = ...

High Calorie Vegetarian Fats

Backpacking long distances in mountainous terrain can burn up to 5,000 calories per day. Because fat provides the highest source of calories by weight, hikers need to consume a greater amount of fat to account for lost calories. Besides providing energy, fats are vital for insulating your body, supporting immunity and brain health. They are also ...

Thru Hiker’s Eating Strategy 1

Thru Hiker’s Eating Strategy
Strategy: No Weight Loss Backpacking consumes a high amount of calories. In general, you will need to consume 2,000 calories for easier hiking and 4,500+ calories for difficult terrain or cold weather to avoid weight loss. Most backpackers are not climbing up mountains all day, but rather gradually ascending and descending. Therefore, let’s assume that ...

What is so great about Quinoa? 1

What is so great about Quinoa?
Quinoa (pronounced Keen-wah) is the edible seed from the quinoa plant, a plant related to spinach and chard. Although technically a seed, it is normally classified as a grain since its appearance is similar to the grains we are familiar with. What is so special about Quinoa? Complete Protein – it contains all 9 essential amino ...

Backpacking Vegetarian or Vegan? 4

Backpacking Vegetarian or Vegan?
  Is it possible to maintain my vegetarian/vegan diet while backpacking? This question is a common one that we get from backpackers. Meat eaters claim a vegan (or vegetarian) won’t be able to finish their hike because they can’t possibly consume enough calories, protein, or fat, and will become weak and sickly. This is NOT ...

America – Corn Fed & Bred

America - Corn Fed & Bred
The American food system is simply supplying what the American consumer is demanding.  Blame the consumer, not the system.  If you don’t want it or like it, don’t buy it.  There are always alternatives – maybe not as cheap or convenient, but they are there… be aggravated enough to search. ~Safdy The Consequences of Fast ...