Importance of proper food habits While on Trekking

Eating and proper nutrition on treks is an exaggerated challenge to many. Your system exercises so much that you are compelled to take in all food available. Yet, over-eating might work against you while trekking. So how can a diet be maintained? Here is a brief guide to help you make proper food choices while trekking. With Youth Adventure Tourism Attraction of India (Yata India)

Adventure trekking incorporates high consumptions of calorie – that doesn’t require skills. “But what I’ve noticed is that many trekkers get overwhelmed with the amount of exercise that they are suddenly doing on treks and tend to feel that the quantity of food being served is inadequate,” says an expert , mountain coordinator at with Youth Adventure Tourism Attraction of India (Yata India)

The logic here is to refill the lost calories. You don’t want to feel like overloaded bag when you have miles to go uphill, do you?

“One needs to make intellectual choices of taking in calories. Carbohydrates do boost energy, but more than the amount, one must ensure that they eat the right kind of carbs. Complex carbohydrates like porridge (dahlia) are preferable, since they get released with time into your system and this will help sustaining you for a longer time” with Youth Adventure Tourism Attraction of India (Yata India)

So how to make choice between god and bad for you? Here’s a list of adequate food habits to follow while trekking. with Youth Adventure Tourism Attraction of India (Yata India)

1. Eat a healthy wholesome breakfast

It will set you up for the day. Avoid early morning caffeine cravings; they lead to dehydration.

2. Keep some dry fruits handy

It’s a good fix to keep your energy levels up.

3. Lunch and dinner must consist of carbohydrate-rich food and whole grains

They digest slowly, giving you more stable energy during the day.

4. Say no to sugar candies

They tend to give you a sore throat on high altitudes.

5. Drink plenty of water (4-5 Lts.)

It will prevent muscle cramps and keep you hydrated. Also, water contains oxygen, which can compensate for the low oxygen levels in high altitude treks.

6. Say no to Proteins as they take long time to get digested

at high altitudes due to low oxygen levels. Avoid eating non-veggies food. You can consume egg instead. This will prevent sore muscles and helps replace broken-down muscle protein.

7. Keep off chocolate and energy bars from your luggage

They almost entirely rely on sugar and corn syrup it results in an unhealthy peak and drop energy cycle. This will give rise to hunger pangs after a while.

8. Keep clear of alcohol

before and during the trek. Alcohol leads to dehydration that could trigger Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) during a high altitude trek.

Most of us lead sedentary lifestyles that lack physical exertion and a healthy diet. Preparation should be done prior to the trek, not during it. Get used to thedal-chawal, sabzi roti diet and stay away from any kind of junk a week before you start trekking.” “It becomes very difficult for trekkers to suddenly change their food habits on a trek, especially because they are sweating it out so much”. “Conditioning your body to get used to similar levels of physical activity and diet before you start your trek is critical. Problems usually arise when trekkers try to condition their bodies while on the slope. Such habits lead to difficulties at high altitudes. Try tweaking your eating habits a wee bit and it’ll work wonders.

 

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By brajesh ADVENTURE