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paleo backcountry food

Postby RichardNixon06 » Wed Mar 26, 2014 12:20 pm

Hi guys. A few months ago I switched to a paleo diet, which for those of you who don't know, means I eat nothing processed or not natural. all just meat veggies fruit and nuts, but no wheat, beans, or legumes. So all the calorie dense carbs that keep well on the trail like rice, pasta and even oatmeal are out. I've done some research on this but I'm looking for more opinions from people with more experience. What's some good food i can take with me on a trip of several days without overloading on heavy foods? Thanks in advance for any advice.



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Re: paleo backcountry food

Postby TahoeJeff » Wed Mar 26, 2014 1:45 pm

Have you tried:
http://www.paleomealstogo.com/
I have no experience with them, I just know they are out there.
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Re: paleo backcountry food

Postby RichardNixon06 » Wed Mar 26, 2014 2:17 pm

Thanks I'll take a look at that
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Re: paleo backcountry food

Postby Wandering Daisy » Wed Mar 26, 2014 4:51 pm

Rice and pasta are NOT calorie dense. They have no fats so are only about 1,500 calories per pound, about the same as jerky. Cheese would be my fist choice of a calorie dense food. Cheese is "made" so not sure it is considered a paleo-diet food. Nuts and seeds are both very high calorie. I assume that dried fruit would be OK. Fruit is not cooked, natural, and simply sun-dried. This gives you the carbohydrates. You should buy a dehydrator and dry your own meals. That way you get what you want.
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Re: paleo backcountry food

Postby maverick » Wed Mar 26, 2014 5:02 pm

Plenty of info on-line. Look under paleo diet for endurance athletes for
example: https://kettlebellkitchen.com/nutrition ... hletes.php
or even better paleo diet for backpacking:
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Re: paleo backcountry food

Postby rlown » Wed Mar 26, 2014 6:44 pm

TahoeJeff wrote:Have you tried:
http://www.paleomealstogo.com/
I have no experience with them, I just know they are out there.


Not a slam on you TJ as all you did was reference it, but 35 buxx for 3 meals for a day?? My wife would slap me silly if i ordered that. At least you get a free water bottle sticker.

At this point, almost everything is "made", unless you want to redefine what "made" means. Also remember that the average life span expectancy was half.

When out I eat what I want. I'm not always hungry. I like tortillas (made), fish, even salmon or tuna pouched (made), peanut butter (made), cheese (hard cheeses), and condiment packets of various types (made).

Don't get hung up on a certain philosophy when going backpacking. Take what you think you'll like. Augment it accordingly (slim jims, cheese, lots of cheese) and have a good time!

No reason to become a breatharian, or naked hiker or someone who only wants to live off water.

Veggies are always good.

Not a fan of nuts. Like M&M's though. sigh, made.

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Re: paleo backcountry food

Postby dave54 » Wed Mar 26, 2014 7:48 pm

I'm with rlown

Not a fan of the paleo diet. The so-called science behind it is pretty shaky.
Adkins, ketogenic, south beach, diet et al, all variations of the same theme.
Depending on how hard-core paleo you get there can be medical side effects and interference with some prescription and OTC drugs, so run it past your doctor.

I try to eat healthy at home, but on trips getting the needed calories and nutrition is difficult while simultaneously keeping weight down and using easy to prepare meals. So the healthy eating habits seem to take a vacation too.
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Re: paleo backcountry food

Postby TahoeJeff » Wed Mar 26, 2014 8:02 pm

TahoeJeff wrote:I have no experience with them, I just know they are out there.

By saying that, I meant I just knew they were a source for Paleo backpacking food, not that they wanted $35 a day to feed one person! Definitely mucho dinero! The Paleo diet seems pretty specialized, so I would expect those meals would be more $$$ than Mountain House for instance.
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Re: paleo backcountry food

Postby rlown » Wed Mar 26, 2014 8:24 pm

to take some pressure off. take a tomato, a potato. cut/shred accordingly to the meal. Tube paste as well . so many options with pesto or what ever you take with you. I'ts a fiesta. Why limit your cooking ability or eating ability.
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Re: paleo backcountry food

Postby RichardNixon06 » Wed Mar 26, 2014 8:54 pm

Its not about having a certain philosophy. I have ulcerative colitis and the paleo diet has changed how I feel and how my body processes food. Im not about to get all crazy and start hiking naked or anything but its really not fun to be in the backcountry and start having gastrointestinal distress. And thanks maverik ill check those out
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Re: paleo backcountry food

Postby Wandering Daisy » Thu Mar 27, 2014 9:27 am

Seriously, you need to learn to "make" your own backpack food. People who dehydrate their own backpack food swear by it. Yes, you hydrate it with boiling water, but it does not need to be "cooked". Also seriously learn to identify plants and forage while you backpack. What about fishing? I am not a super-fisherman and have had little trouble catching fish for dinner as long as I get to camp with about 1 hour of time to fish. But, wild fish need to be cooked because they often have parasites. If your paleo-diet is a digestive thing, rather than philosophical, try eating cooked fish at home to see if it works.

My sympathies to you for digestive problems. Good for you for backpacking when many in your situation may just give up and sit on the couch! John Muir would to the mountains to heal and become healthy. He was on to something.
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Re: paleo backcountry food

Postby RichardNixon06 » Thu Mar 27, 2014 10:21 am

Thanks daisy it does do me good to get out to the mountains and reset. Ive considered getting a dehydrater and have been looking up recipes and how to do it. It does seem like a much better alternative. Never caught fish for dinner but im open to the idea.
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