2 years ago
happyrock
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What should I eat on a Winter Hike?
It's very important to plan your diet for a winter hike, as I outlined here (http://www.vingle.net/posts/612951). It can be hard to eat enough: we get tired, don't really feel like eating, or just don't typically eat that much. However, it's necessary for your survival to do one thing: Keep eating!!! But just eating isn't enough; you should plan for and bring the right things. You need food that is going to digest and properly help you make the most of your hike. Think about eating through the following categories: CARBOHYDRATES: - Provide about 100 calories / ounce. - Digest quickly to blood sugar and is thus immediately available to burn. - Best source of quick energy. - Simple carbs, which turn to energy in minutes, can be found in: sweets and fruits. - Complex carbs, which take longer but are more long lasting in their effects, can be found in breads and other wheat-based foods. FATS - Store up to 200 calories / ounce - Takes hours to digest - Longer term endurance energy than complex carbs PROTEINS - 80 calories / ounce or less - Takes days to metabolize - Doesn't give direct energy or enter the blood stream - While it doesn't directly benefit you, generally, a diet of 50-60% carbohydrate, 25-35% fat and 15% protein is ideal for most active people. INTERACTIONS: Without enough fats, your body will have a hard time metabolizing carbs. Although fats don't seem to give you the right "fast energy," you need them to help get that energy. If you only have carbs, you might sugar crash. You can fix this with a snack and water, but you can prevent it by making sure to mix fats with your carbs before hiking and throughout the trip. Next time, I'll begin sharing recipes that fit the bill for winter nutrition! Follow my collection on winter nutrition to learn more: http://www.vingle.net/collections/1631817
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@dougjohnson I think this one will be really helpful to you!
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