Over the past couple of months I have been experimenting with what my bush hippy friends call "Real Foods", things like Chia seeds, organic dried fruits and meats, nuts, grains, wild edibles etc. as opposed to highly processed foods like MREs, canned goods and commercial jerked meats.
I have to admit that I do feel much better on "Real Foods" and have lost a considerable amount of weight. Im still hiking as much as I ever did with my heavy pack, and staying out as long in the mountains as normal (for me), But only consuming this "Real Foods" diet.
On my last trip to the woods I carried some Korean style acorn powder, it was a pretty tasty addition to my meals but , what I didnt like is that it has to be cooked - to cook out the starch- and is a bit bitter, It appears that our Korean friends don't leech out the tannin from the acorns; ( http://aeriskitchen.com/2008/05/acorn-starch-jelly-powder-dotorimuk/). I also had on this last trip some pepperoni, Spirulina plankton, ginger, 2 limes, a few Brussel sprouts and some Olive oil.
My normal modus when in the field is to eat a handful of seeds - chia, Peruvian Salba, pumpkin, sesame, sunflower - Followed by a hand full of dried fruit - cranberries or raisins, figs or dates. Followed by some dried meat - either wild meat like Elk, Deer, Bear , squirrels, rabbit woodchuck etc., organic beef or Fresh made Mexican chicharonnes., topped off with a hand full of organic grains of some type like dried rice cakes, pop corn, etc. All washed down with Kambucha , green tea, or Mate', or just plain water from my favorite spring.
Believe it or not, I have lost my taste for things like bread and beer, chocolate or anything sweet - with the exception of dried fruits and crystallized ginger. And after consuming Mate' and green tea - or Kambucha, for several months, I have lost my taste for coffee. I do occasionally drink a cup of "Joe" that my friend Matt brews up.
My plan is to continue this non/low carb "Paleo" diet for the foreseeable future and see where it leads.
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