View Full Version : Three weeks of backpacking with raw food?
06-01-2008, 04:46 PM
My girlfriend and I went raw about a month ago, she's done it before and this is the first time for me. We've booked ourselves a flight to Scotland where we plan on hiking in the Highlands for three weeks- there aren't too many towns up there, and hiking often 10-15 miles or more a day is concerning me as regards being able to carry food that won't wilt, spoil, or need any processing as we can't haul any kitchen gadgetry. Add to this the fact that even putting a little fruit in my diet has made candida flare up, when I thought it was gone for years. Simple carbs and fructose and honey don't work well for me at all, so I suspect I'll be eating mostly nuts and won't be capable of carrying/preparing/eating enough greens to keep me fit while in the back country for weeks? Perhaps twice a week while on the trip we'll stay at a backpacker's hostel, but often these aren't close to markets and such. Smoothies have been my staple on the raw food diet so far, that won't fly on the trail. Avocados are cheap in California where I used to live, but even in Arizona where I'm living now, they're about two dollars each, and I suspect in a northern country like Scotland they won't be seen unless they have a very hefty price attached. Any suggestions other than nuts and a supplemental salad and such when viable? I could pack a bag with raw bars, but often the sugar content is a bit high for my system.
06-01-2008, 07:00 PM
Raw food powders that you just add water to-green powders, Premier Research tomato concentrate, Matter of Flax hummus, hemp, etc. Also sea veggies.
06-02-2008, 06:55 AM
Three weeks of Backpacking...........Wow..........
It's hardly ideal -- but you would hopefully find some markets in the times you're at the hostels -- I mean, the people there have to eat, right??
And what about bringing something like the RAW CRUNCH bars Alissa sells, or Lara bars?
I haven't paid as much attention since I've never had any yeast-infection or candida issues -- but I think I remember reading that some fruits are okay, like maybe apples?
Perhaps you could dehydrate the ones that are okay to make your own trail mix with that and some seeds, nuts, etc. And bring a bunch. That would last for a while.
And -- great idea GilmoreGirl on the green powders.
That's all I can think of now -- I hope you get some good ideas. :)
06-02-2008, 09:51 AM
How about green smoothie leather? You could make that ahead of time and take it w/you?
Lucy -- what an interesting idea. I remember you saying something about that elsewhere. I'm going to try to find that thread! :)
06-02-2008, 07:33 PM
This might have some useful info for you. http://www.rawhike.com/foodplan.shtml
Hiking! Sounds like so much fun!
06-03-2008, 05:11 AM
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06-03-2008, 08:21 AM
You know what you need to do... When you land in Scotland, you need to find books on foraging. There is PLENTY of food on offer in this country. There is a book called Food for Free, it is a Collins-Gem book. Ask at any bookseller, they should be able to find you. Blackberries, strawberries, gooseberries, you will find these all over here.
Plus if you make sure you always have nuts on hand. The other thing is that markets are really popular in this country. There may not be many large cities around, but you will find lots of little towns with markets where you can get just about anything you want. Lots of seasonal veggies always on offer.
And, if you want, I can give you my number. If you need any help I can assist!!
06-03-2008, 08:49 AM
Rawfamily talks about how they did this for months, hiking the Pacific Crest ( I think it was).
06-03-2008, 12:28 PM
Thanks everyone for the information- being very much a newbie heading out on a trek, this will likely prove invaluable.
RawDrop/ DevonHen: thanks so much for your offer. We're John and Martha, and we'll be there at what I suspect is the height of the midges, July 23 until August 12. I'll look into the foraging options and its very good to know about the popularity of small, local markets. Thank you.
06-04-2008, 01:07 PM
Hi baby!!!! :D
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