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Ketogenic diet as a way to lighten pack?
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Piper S.
(sbhikes) - F

Locale: Santa Barbara (Name: Diane)
Re: hiking keto on 04/01/2012 18:17:51 MDT Print View

Hey Daniel, awesome you have such good results. I feel similarly. I get this limitless energy. It just feels so completely different from the way things used to be.

Harald, I'm going to have to try doing some dried sweet potato cubes. I remember trying to dry some sliced potatoes once but I needed to have a dentist on hand if I wanted to eat them.

Kimberly, coconut curry was what I brought for my first night this weekend. Very tasty. No rice, just tuna. I had hoped to put wild edibles in there but didn't find any near my campsite.

Here's the food I brought:
my backpacking food
Top left to right:
Tuna in oil, coconut manna, dried onions, curry powder and Thai Kitchen green curry (tasty!); US Wellness Pemmican bars; Theo 91% chocolate; Starbucks Via packets; Beef jerky (uneaten); Date/walnut bar, fig/almond bar (my only carbs, mostly not eaten) and French Mimolette cheese; macadamia and brazil nuts. Mostly no-cook food because we anticipated the possibility of not being able to cook the 2nd day. I brought too much food. I could have gone lighter.

Eating foods like this might not be any lighter since they aren't dehydrated and I always bring too much anyway. But they are high calorie and high fat so during my trip this weekend when I got hypothermic, even though I had no-cook foods, I feel their high fat content helped a lot.

I wrote up a trip report about this if you are interested.

Steve Cain
(hoosierdaddy) - F

Locale: Western Washington
Re: Powdered Coconut oil? on 04/02/2012 09:51:00 MDT Print View

Daniel: Where did you find the powdered coconut oil and the powdered butterfat? I'm REALLY interested in this!

Diane Pinkers
(dipink) - MLife

Locale: Western Washington
Dried Sweet potatoes on 04/02/2012 18:13:01 MDT Print View

Emergency Essentials has cubed/dried sweet potatoes available, in 4 ounce and # 10 tins. I have tried them for a "breakfast" treat with chicken and maple sugar with cinnamon, didn't rehydrate well, think they needed longer or hotter--I was "camping" in a hotel and using a microwave. I was thinking of blenderizing them next time to improve hydration.

Chris Morgan
(ChrisMorgan) - F

Locale: Southern Oregon
Re: Re: hiking keto on 04/02/2012 20:17:41 MDT Print View

Wow, 91%?

I can only find 87% ;)

Kimberly Wersal
(kwersal) - MLife

Locale: Western Colorado
Re: Re: Re: hiking keto on 04/02/2012 20:48:46 MDT Print View

Google up "Sweet Potato Flour" and you should find some sources for sweet potato that will rehydrate more easily. This is basically what I made myself--the hard way (bake, dehydrate, freeze, grind), but it is too much work for something you can purchase online (and organic).

Packit Gourmet has dehydrated butter powder, and some other interesting stuff. I use their powdered tomato for some of my FB meals.

TJ Jones
(TranscendingWalden) - F
Re: Just because it is evolutionary is it the best? on 04/14/2012 19:10:53 MDT Print View

piper.. check out

it's a website with info about high fat diets like yours. basically carbs aren't nearly as necessary as we have been told. high fat diets are a lot healthier and efficient for your body, etc.

Edited by TranscendingWalden on 04/14/2012 19:14:34 MDT.

Harald Hope

Locale: East Bay
slice thin on 04/16/2012 11:43:17 MDT Print View

piper, I cut the potatoes into about 3/16, 1/4" thick slices once they have cooled down, then cut those into little squares. Maybe 1/2" on a side max, then put them on the drying trays. I cut out some screen and put it into the drying tray to keep the little pieces from falling down.

My first attempt I didn't cube them after slicing, and had to use a hammer pounding on a towel wrapped around the potatoes to crack them, a big mortar/pestle barely dented them. Took so long to break up the big pieces I decided that the extra cubing time was time well spent.

These will rehydrate quite nicely with a cozy, takes about 15 minutes, 20 to be safe. They don't get soft like a potato again, but they get chewable, and taste really good, and also don't fall apart into mush. I'd guess that if you are going to be high, 8k or more, you might want to slice it thinner to start since the water won't get as hot.

This stuff gets so dry you can probably make a year's worth at a time safely I'd guess, like the dried boiled brown rice.

Slicing the potatoes is a bit time consuming, but just put on the radio or something and be zen about it, when you're done you're done and can do other stuff.

This stuff is so relatively easy to make that I can see no reason to ever buy it, the only real time is the drying part, plus you can source the potatoes/rice and end up with far better quality than you'd buy.

Edited by hhope on 04/16/2012 11:45:39 MDT.