How to Eat Healthy on a Thru-Hike

Of the many tasks hikers must think about before a long distance hike, food is at the top of the list.

Where will you resupply? How much food will you need? What will you eat? How do you choose which food to carry?

Either because they see no other option or because they don’t see the benefits of choosing healthier foods, many hikers settle on the standard diet of highly-processed packaged foods by default.

In this video, I give you a glimpse into what a sample day of eating might look like on trail for hikers who prefer simple to prepare, whole food options for increased energy, faster recovery, and better endurance.

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6 Replies to “How to Eat Healthy on a Thru-Hike”

  1. Great first video! So how do you feel about dairy? Whether its packing cheese out of towns, or using powered milk, what are there pros and cons. Is there an increased inflammatory response?

    1. Thanks, Josh! In individuals who don’t tolerate dairy, either due to an allergy or low levels of lactase (the enzyme which digests lactose-the primary sugar in dairy), consuming dairy can increase inflammation. In those who do tolerate dairy, I think moderate amounts are fine, and I would encourage full fat products from grass-fed sources. Hope this helps!

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