Food Planning

Ah, glorious food.

When planning all the meals I will eat for 42 days, I wanted to strike a nice balance between variety/taste with simplicity.

The first thing to consider is Hiker Hunger.

Yep, it is common for hikers to consume 4,000-5,000 calories in a day to keep up their energy.

For me, I also wanted to make sure that I supplied my body with all the vital nutrients and minerals to help my body feel great.

I wanted to avoid:

  • super processed food

  • high sugar junk food (unless I'm absolutely craving a mars bar :P)

  • artificial sweeteners, preservatives and colours

Hiking Food Staples

Breakfast

Pre-prepared and self packaged oatmeal

  • 1/2 cup quick oats

  • 1 scoop pea protein powder

  • 1 tbs seeds (sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, flax seeds)

  • 1 tbs dried fruit (cranberries, sultanas, goji berries, mulberries)
     

Snacks

  • Fruit and nut mix

  • Nut Butter

  • Medjool dates

  • Muesli bars

  • Protein Bars
     

Lunch

Nothing fancy here. Just wholefoods which are easy to put together to give me enough long-lasting energy for the remainder of the day.

  • Wholemeal wraps and powdered hummus

  • Tuna and crackers

  • dehydrated chickpeas and pita pockets

  • Salmon and cous cous

Dinner

For tea I am doing a combination of cooking and dehydrating, as well as mixing dehydrated foods together for the trail. Here are some meals I will be eating:

  • Mushroom and spinach risotto

  • Fried rice

  • Stew

  • Minestrone

  • Curry

  • Cous cous and vegetables


For days I am passing a town with a pub, you can expect me there treating myself to a chicken schnitty.
 

Something Sweet

  • Dark chocolate

  • Chai tea

Supplements

Because of the lack of fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and dairy in my diet, I thought it was important for me to take daily supplements. That way I can ensure I am giving my body all the essential nutrients and vitamins I need to hike 20 km+ every day for 6 weeks.

I consulted my health practitioner who recommended I take:

  • Magnesium

  • Multi vitamin

  • Electrolytes, when needed

  • Iron during my cycle

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