elewolf Posted July 4, 2014 Share Posted July 4, 2014 My wife and I have done one whole30 so far in January-February of 2014. We rant and rave to who ever we can about how amazing it was. The benefits we experienced physically, mentally and hormonally were life changing. We vowed, then and there, to do at least one per year until we die! We recently made the decision to thru hike the Appalachian Trail starting in March of 2015, something we have wanted to do for many years and want to accomplish before starting a family. It is about 2,200 miles long starting in Georgia and ending in Maine. Typically you're burning about 3000-6000 calories per day when hiking through the Appalachian Mountains as the terrain can change drastically from flat to straight up a mountain very quickly. If you are thru hiking you will likely be on the trail for 5-6 months with a few "Zero" days (days off from hiking) every month for stopping in towns for resupplying your pack, doing laundry, etc... The typical hiker's diet on the trail is about as far from whole30 as you can possibly get, consisting of easily prepared, cheap and lightweight meals that are basically carbohydrate bombs. Things like mashed potato packets, ramen noodles, pasta sides, dehydrated prepared meals, peanut butter, tortillas and snickers bars are in most thru hikers packs... Woof. After first-hand experience of noticing more mobility and less inflammation when cutting out grain, sugar, dairy, etc. while on the whole30, I cringe at the thought of feeding my body that type of stuff AND expecting TOP performance, putting in 15-25 miles per day for 5 months. Now, we're obviously not going to be able to do any sort of whole30 while backpacking. I know this. I highly doubt that some of these small Appalachian towns have grass fed or organic anything. That being said, we want to stay as healthy as possible while on the trail and we plan to send ourselves "mail drops" along the way every week or 2 with stuff that would be impossible to find anywhere out there. I would love to hear suggestions of healthier options that would be light, packable, and could possibly last up to 3-7 days on our backs. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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