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- Posted:Tuesday, June 23, 2009
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But by not paying enough attention to your diet, you could be making a big mistake. Cheryl Murphy of the Examiner claims that preparing the right food in advance of these trips is "essential" and can help make the whole process "a breeze".
She says that novices need to bear in mind that backpacking requires the consumption of around 500 calories an hour - and that doesn't just mean stuffing your face with sugar either.
Plenty of protein is needed to give your muscles the strength they require, and keeping blood sugar balanced, taking onboard essential fats and making sure you don't eat too many or too few carbohydrates are also important things to consider.
One food that Murphy recommends is a trail mix - generally a combination of nuts, grains and fruit - which she suggests can provide all of the above and keep you going in between mealtimes. She also states that packets of wild salmon are a good idea to give your body the essential fatty acids it needs.
I personally like to eat lots of pasta in the run-up to heading out backpacking and carry a variety of high energy walking favourites with me for the journey - flapjacks, bananas, jam sandwiches and of course the near essential, Kendal Mint Cake.