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Regarding the best hiking food for the trail, every hiker has the same basic question:
For female hikers, there are lots of specific questions about what to eat on a hike:
of course your selection of food can be wrapped up in all sorts of
subconscious messages and beliefs that you might have picked up from
family or media:
The best hiking food is so much more than just muscle fuel.
That means there are several ways to go about selecting food for your next hike.
Lots of different ways to answer that burning question, how to keep your energy level high on a hike.
Let's play around with a few of them!
You never know which one will spice up your life, right?
Approach #1: A smorgasbord/buffet of information to nibble on.
If you like to dip into something, take a small bite and move on, start here.
You can choose the type of trail food that you're interested in:
Or you can jump right into the fun stuff: trail mix for energy!
Approach #2: Nutritional Nerd
Have I got the goods for you, or what??
I have a background in human biology, meaning I've taken, and taught, lots of courses on how food molecules are broken down and used in the body (biochemistry).
Interested in taking a little tour with me through the wonderful land of calories (hiking energy) from carbohydrates?
Here's the pivotal question for any hiker on the trail:
Do you have the right mix of carbohydrates, fats and protein?
Approach #3: Shake up your day hike food habits!
If you've been eating the same hiking snacks, hike after hike, maybe it's time to take a closer look at your options.
This is especially true if you don't have the energy and stamina you want on the trail.
And it's mandatory if you feel sick, bloated, or foggy headed during a hike! It's possible that going gluten free will free you from these issues.
If you're ready to try something completely different, consider the merits of seaweed hiking snacks.
Approach #4: It's that time of life! What should I eat during menopause when I hike?
A woman's body changes drastically during puberty - remember that whole hormonal chaos?
And it changes drastically again during perimenopause and the subsequent years spent shutting down the female reproductive system.
If you're nearing the age of 45, or are between 45 and 60 years old, these menopause hiking nutrition tips are for you!
Approach #5: A bit radical!
Examine something that most people are surprised to hear called a food nutrient: hiking water.
Your hydration level is really important to your trail performance. Ignore it at your peril.
And I include every female hiker in the "endurance athlete" category, regardless of how far or how hard you do/don't hike.
Because if you move, you sweat and lose water through your open mouth.
That makes water your best friend forever on the trail.
Are you returning the compliment by drinking enough water?
I hope you enjoy clicking around all of the hiking nutrition information I've put together for you.
And if you're ready to get down to business, you might want to take a look at my Fast Facts nutrition booklets.
The HFH Pinterest hiking food page might give you a few new ideas.
Or stop by my Facebook page for a little hiking inspiration and to say howdy!
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