Keto-Adaptation Benefits for Backpacking
I continue to be amazed by all the health benefits I have experienced since becoming keto-adapted. What is keto-adaptation? It is not a diet, it is not a lifestyle, and it doesn’t carry the baggage of restricted food choices based on a particular nutrition plan. Simply put, it is the ability to easily burn fat as fuel. How does Keto-Adaptation provide benefits for backpacking?
Typically, backpackers need to pack 1.5-2 pounds of food per day, although I have seen some ultra-lite folks get it down to just over a pound a day by being pretty creative, including counting on foraging for things like berries and fish. But what if you could burn a little of your love handles, your belly-fat, or your saddle bags for fuel? Instead of carrying food on your back, you could burn extra fat stores from your own body!
I was recently lucky enough to travel to the Rockies in Colorado for a weeklong trip in the high country. Wow! It really surpassed all my high expectations for both beauty and solitude. I traveled with a couple of friends who were amazed, and perhaps a bit dismayed by my petite food bag. The first night we hung our food from a tree, we all noted how much smaller my food bags were, a mere five pounds for a 61/2day trip. Perhaps they were secretly worried they would have to feed me, and end up short-handed themselves.
You may wonder what I did pack and how the meals panned out. For breakfast I had a cup of tea and a keto-ball (recipe to follow). For lunch I found these fabulous “pemmican” bars made by Epic, with lamb-current-mint and bison-bacon-cranberry my favorites. I would finish lunch with a generous handful or two of pecans and hazelnuts, yum. For dinner I had dried kale coated with olive oil and curry powder, a cup of miso soup, a handful or two of dried yams with coconut oil and an ounce or so of chocolate. Clearly I was not feeling deprived.
I didn’t quite finish the experiment as the rain drove us out on the last day, but I did end up with about 2 pounds of food remaining when all was said and done. That makes 3 pounds for 51/2 days, plus about 2 ounces a day (total of 10 ounces) in treats like cheese and chocolate, which my friends brought and shared. That comes to 10.5 ounces per day or 3.6 pounds for 51/2 days, considerably less than the ultra-lite packers.
It is empowering to know my body will easily provide the fuel I need to climb mountains, and all the other things I want to do in life, simply by borrowing from fat stores I have built up on prior days. By the end of the trip my friends were pretty impressed and want to keto-adapt so that next summer their packs will be lighter too. To find out more about keto-adaptation, look for an upcoming class at Hidden Springs or call the clinic for a consultation.
Mix the following and roll into balls:
- 2 tablespoons coconut butter
- 2 tablespoons hazelnut butter
- 3 tablespoons hemp or pumpkin seed protein powder
- 3 tablespoons toasted sunflower seeds
- 2 handfuls chopped pecans, walnuts, macadamia nuts or brazil nuts
- Favorite flavor: cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, vanilla, cacao, maca, stevia
Roll to balls in toasted sesame seed and coconut flakes. Freeze for storage, individually wrap for travel (can melt in the heat).