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The Wilderness Medical Society
held its Annual Meeting in Snowmass, Colorado from July 24-29, 2009.
The meeting was very well attended and once again demonstrated that the
Society is the hub organization devoted to advancing the science and
clinical practice of wilderness medicine. The format this year was to
add a great number of presentations suggested by, and in many cases,
delivered by members. Wayne Askew, Ph.D.
and his colleagues taught on the topic of planning and preparing food
for wilderness expeditions. Their goals were to allow the participants
to develop an appreciation for the role that food and food planning
plays in successful and enjoyable backcountry recreation; understand
the similarities and differences between small and large group food
planning; estimate energy and other nutrient requirements for
individuals and groups; review guidelines for planning nutritional
support for backcountry expeditions and recreation; and observe
demonstration of recipes and preparation techniques for some useful
backcountry food items.A number of terrific observations were made. In no particular order:1.
Food planning is very important in outdoor activities, with emphasis on
the word “planning.” One can enhance backcountry travel and survival
with good nutrition.2. Food planning is also important for morale. If people are hungry, malnourished, or unsatisfied, they are not “happy campers.”3.
The food planner for a trip or expedition should be chosen carefully,
and should take care to take into account the dietary preferences of
the participants.4. Energy requirements for specific activities
related to physical performance and caloric expenditure can be
calculated and taken into account for food and meals planning.5.
There are sometimes foods for special needs (e.g., such as allergies,
deficiencies, diseases, etc.). While many of the participants can
handle their own needs, whomever is managing food should be aware.6.
There are persons who specialize in wilderness nutrition planning. They
advise expedition planners on food, water and logistics; plan menu and
food supplies for backpackers, wilderness tour groups and expeditions;
assist in search and rescue operations; consult with food companies
specializing in backpacking foods; and cook food.7. If a person
wants to accomplish nutrition planning, he or she should have a basic
knowledge of human nutrition, understand human physiology and the role
of food nutrients in extreme environments, know how to utilize food
item selections to provide recommended nutrient intakes, and be a good
cook in the outdoors.Food planning by definition means thinking
about food in advance. Dr. Askew and his colleagues recommended
answering the following questions:How much room is in your pack?How much weight can you carry?How long will you be traveling?Where are you going?How much fuel will you need and will you have access to water?With whom will you be traveling?Factors
that affect food choices in the backcountry are food preferences;
weight, perishability, taste and texture of foods; space in the pack;
duration of trip; availability of water and fuel for food preparation;
environmental conditions; experience with food preparation; special
dietary needs; and personal beliefs. This was a terrific
educational experience, with terrific information such as this Planning
Guide Nutritional Standards for Backpacking Food for One Person for One
Day, based upon U.S. Army AR 40-25 Nutritional Standards for
Operational Rations:http://www.army.mil/usapa/epubs/pdf/r40_25.pdf Energy (kcal) 3600 (will vary depending upon activity level)Protein (g) 100 Carbohydrate (g) 440 Fat (g) 160 Vitamin A (RE) 1000 Vitamin C (mg) 60 Vitamin E (mg) 10 Calcium (mg) 800 Iron (mg) 18 Sodium (mg) 5000-7000 Fiber (g) 20-35 Finally,
consider the following recipe for energy bars. This is one way to
prepare less expensive and more nutritious (than store-bought) bars for
personal use. As recommended by Askew and colleagues, you can be
creative with this recipe, and use a variety of fruit, nuts, and
grains. It is sufficient to make approximately 20 small bars.Preheat oven to 350° ½ cup brown sugar 1 egg ¼ cup peanut butter 2 tsp vanilla extract ½ cup apple juice (unsweetened) 1 cup whole wheat flour 1 cup quick cooking oats ½ cup wheat germ ½ tsp baking powder ½ tsp baking soda ¼ tsp salt ½ tsp ground cinnamon ½ cup dried fruit (raisins, apricots, dried cranberries, etc.) ½ cup chopped nuts (walnuts, almonds, peanuts, etc.) ½ cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips Mix dry ingredients in one bowl, wet ingredients and added “goodies” (chocolate
chips, raisins, nuts, etc.) in another, then combine. Spread the batter
over a lightly greased cookie sheet about ½ -¾ inch thick. Use a spoon
dipped in hot water to press the batter into the sheet and shape to the
proper thickness. Bake for 10-15 minutes. Allow the pan to cool
completely before cutting into bars. The bars can be refrigerated or
frozen for longer shelf life. Nutrition Information: calories
140, protein 5 grams, carbohydrates 20 grams, fiber 2 grams, fat 6
grams (saturated 1 gram) (% of calories from carbohydrates = 52%)
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