My communications with experienced long distance hikers tells me that there’s a lot that’s similar between the nutritional needs of a hiker and a bodybuilder, so I think this is one of the best places I can come to for help.
My goals are to build a diet that:
- provides 6000 calories per day
- at least 150 grams of protein per day
- be prepared without water, with cold water, or by pouring in boiling water and slight jostling it
- is dense enough to fit 10 days worth into a 600 cubic inch container
- must be able to withstand a month with the postal service
- and is also highly resistant to going bad in desert temperatures
- is not freeze dried, although dehydrating is acceptable
I may be limited to consuming 6 liters of water per day. This pretty much means that if I’m making shakes, I’ll have to put a lot into them.
Right now I’m focusing on types of food to bring out there. I don’t want to work on portions yet.
I plan on using protein powder, peanut butter, oatmeal, mashed potato flakes and olive oil on the trail. I’m also considering using egg powder, butter powder and dehydrated milk. Of course I’ll also be eating plenty of trail mix too!
Other nutritional holes will be filled with dehydrated fruits of the Costco variety, and a range of vitamins, but I don’t think I’ll need vitamin D as I’ll be getting a large dose of sunlight.
I’m sure I can do better, but I’m not knowledgeable enough to know what to change in my food supply. A greater variety of food would be greatly appreciated over this 3-6 month adventure. This is where I need your help. I’m not really sure what else I can add.