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Your Paleo Camping Trip

on July 12, 2013 | In: Exercise Approach, News, Nutritional Approach | 1 Comment

Heading out to that rustic cabin in the woods that’s become an annual family get-away?

What are you going to bring for provisions, now that the old go-to, non perishable, package and completely non Paleo staples are no longer part of your, or your family’s regime?

It all depends on just how rustic you’re going.

A cabin with an actual gas line to cook and a refrigerator?  That’s easy- just bring what you’d normally eat at home- plenty of fresh, local, seasonal veggies, fruits and proteins.

But what about actual tent camping, or even more challenging- trekking?   

It takes a little creativity, but following are some ideas for foods that aren’t going to break your Paleo trend, weigh down your pack or spoil.  This is just such an occasion where some of those ‘in a pinch’ foods are going to come in handy; foods that aren’t a great idea to eat regularly, like a can of tuna but in an extreme situation, they’re better than a lot of other options.  Try balancing out the foods below to create an even balance of veggies, fruit, proteins and fats eaten over the course of the day.

  • Homemade jerky (you can make it from wild salmon, grass fed bison, beef, free range poultry, or even better, some of each!) Since you’re making it, you won’t have to worry about sneaky additives.
  • Naturally dried fruit. Of course, under normal circumstances, dried fruit might be too sugary for people to eat as a normal course of action, but if you’re just having a little bit balanced out with protein and fat, it should be a non-issue.
  • Naturally dried seaweed and kale; an easy way to get in SOME greens.
  • Raw nuts. Again, typically nuts should not be considered as a main fat source due to their high OMEGA 6 content but under the circumstances, it’s easier to bring some nuts versus a bag of avocados. 
  • Fish oil tablets- only to balance out the Omega 3:6 ratio, not a calorie source
  • Natural, flaked coconut. A great energy source and light and easy to carry
  • Tetra packs of no salt added, wild tuna or salmon
  • Homemade bars (click here for my recipe)

Of course, if you’re someone who lives Paleo to the fullest and hunts for themselves, that’s a fantastic way to really live off the land!


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  • mindreader July 14, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Thank you for putting your camping tips all together.
    I found a lady yesterday at a farmers market here in San Diego to dehydrate Kale. I’ll add it to my dinners. I take the Tetra packs of Salmon but they are horrendously expensive, even at Amazon.
    I take local raw Macadamias as my trail mix.
    I’ll add a little dried unsweetened fruit per your instructions. The coconut flakes are a brilliant idea. Light too.
    Jerky is a problem. I’ve failed twice to make it properly. It has to well dried and sealed to not go bad on the trip.
    Do you know where I can buy it made the Paleo way. I can’t find it online.
    Thank you again for your support.
    Dana Law
    San Diego

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