What have I been eating?
Food plays a major part in the walking roadshow and from I’ve seen, can be pleasure, plain necessity or penance. You plan it, you shop for it, you prepare it, seal it off in little snap-lock bags. You carry it, measure it out, cook it maybe. And finally, you EAT it. You nibble, crunch, gulp, slurp, savour, devour, chew, chomp, suck and sip it.
Men especially, I’ve heard, can easily find themselves with a ‘calorie deficit’ and on a long walk can hardly carry enough food to avoid continuously losing weight. It’s a tough life, boys. Being a generous goose, I’m quite prepared to bear a small calorie deficit – for the common good, you know – and also for the reason that it gives me, as some happy (and sated) hiker put it, “a licence to eat.”
That said, coming into Collie, I was in the unique (for me) but not totally unwelcome position of not quite having as much food as usually I’d like. Unique because I have always erred on the side of too much rather than too little food, but as I said, not so unwelcome, because eating definitely carries an extra fringe of pleasure when your hunger is sharp and the opportunity to graze at will – distractedly, unconsciously – is not there.
As far as my track diet is concerned, two things are relative constants: I start the day with protein powder blended with some nutrient dense powdered food like ‘vital greens’ or acai or cacao (which tastes pretty ordinary! I’m thinking I should add some Milo or something); and when I’m walking I have my daily portion of Scroggin, which I LOVE, and which contains some selection of: almonds, peanuts, cashews, walnuts, brazil nuts, pepitas, dried apricots, dried bananas, sultanas, dried strawberries, crysallised ginger, chocolate, jelly-beans, gogi berries,
chocolate covered coffee beans and random lollies. I like everything about my scroggin.
For the other meals it depends whether I’m doing a whole or a half days walking and that would determine whether I have another two proper meals, maybe hot, or just one and some snacks. I love my track cuisine. This week, for example, I’ve had cous cous with sweet potato, tomato, other dried vegetables, rosemary and garlic; mashed potato with tuna, beetroot, garlic and kale; dahl with potato and mung bean sprouts; packet pasta with extra veggies, and my tried and true porridge with rolled spelt, custard and dried banana. For lunch and / or snacking I have sheets of seaweed with vegemite and dried tomato or zucchini; linseed and almond-meal raw crackers; raw chocolate ‘brownies’ and or course plenty of cups of coffee and tea.
This time around, most of my dehydrated food comes from Bec, my wonderful housemate, nutrition geek and raw / living food afficionado. Love you Becco.
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