Well hi there foodie! As a diehard hiker and dito food lover, you'll have to make some decisions and concessions. You don't want to get sick, get a stomach ache, have low energy or feel unsatisfied.
I've been a vegetarian for 13 years. I've had periods of being a pescotarian, but during my travels I usually stick to the plant based diet. Not without reason. You don't know who's cooking the food, where the animals come from, how fresh your dish is. Don't get me wrong; I'm not a scaredy type that evades street dishes. But.. when your main focus is hiking a trail you were dreaming about for years, you're better safe than sorry. Right?
When your breakfast/lunch/dinner wasn't all you expected, there's always this thing called snacks. Pack them! And do yourself a favour, don't stick to snickers, cliff bars and M&M's. They will bore you. And they will make you sick in the end. I'm all about snack diversity. Oven grilled chickpeas, dried fruits, trail mix, hard candy, gummy bears, mentos, peanut butter (packs), dates and Kendal mint cake. My ultimate favourite were the chickpeas. Mix it up and make one normal batch, one spiced and one salty.
Walking on carbs..
There are foods that make you feel better and foods that do the direct opposite. At the hut where we stayed after Everest Base Camp I only managed to hold down Pringles and Coca Cola. Bless them. It gives you enough energy and kills germs and stomach aches that are bothering you. But the healthier options are ginger (tea), green veggies and lots and lots of water. Keep away from sour drinks, orange juice and alcohol.
Keep on drinking/eating
The key is to keep eating and drinking even if you don't feel like it. You need the energy. You need the sugars, carbs and warmth. You'll lose enough kilo's anyway, keep the body fuelled.
How do you prepare your trek food-wise? Let me know!