March 26

How to Eat Raw Vegan While Trekking or Going on Long Hikes

Filed under Raw Vegan Video Blog, Traveling in the Raw by Frederic Patenaude

This is a quick video I did last month in New Zealand, hiking on top of Avalanche Peak near Arthur’s Pass on the South Island. The scenery was amazing, and I realized that to get energy on a hike, you must eat these foods. Check it out:

12 Responses to “How to Eat Raw Vegan While Trekking or Going on Long Hikes”

  1. Brian Greco says:

    Awesome vid and view, thanks for the tips!
    Dates are awesome for traveling.

  2. danny says:

    Hi Fred,

    Fine for one single day but if you plan an expedition in the Himalayas ??? (or Antartica…)
    How do you get your energy, (from 6000 calories at base camp to 9000 calories at 8000 meter ??)
    Will you eat dried fruits for the 2 months to spend on Expeditions camps ??

    Awaiting to hearing from you soon


  3. Brent Shull says:

    Thank you, Frederic, for this confirmation of what I have been recommending to my fellow high adventure thrill seekers. They just cannot believe that fruit alone will supply the energy your body needs. I also recommend a hand full of raw nuts or seeds during the morning and afternoon periods to aid in muscle repair. My fellow high adventure mates usually consume high fat, high sugar, processed carbs, however, their bodies experience aches and pains in the joints, while mine does not. Somehow they never attribute this to the food they eat. Thanks again for all your wonderful advice on the raw diet.

  4. I was lucky enough to visit New Zealand in January, 2006 and went on a week long yoga retreat and then 2 weeks of touring — the scenic splendor was amazing even though it rained most of the time that we toured. At that time I found it difficult to stay raw, although I’ve been vegan for about 28 years. Your book, “Raw Food Controversies” and other materials I recently received are excellent and I’m beginning to put into practice the ideas there. I’ve also been writing an e-book (for the last 4 years) and hope to make good use of your materials in it’s completion and marketing and already have ideas about what to write afterwards. I thank you for being forthright and honest about raw foods, and for bringing this information to the public. There are so many out there who really only care about the almighty “buck” and about their name being known. I hope that you will consider visiting Israel. There are so many here that recently have become interested in health and well-being and we have some of the best produce in the world in many places and since this is a small country, we can get just about everything in a short period of time. Our strawberries are available from December — April, and the only papayas grown are organic. We also have bananas, mangoes, peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes and many wonderful greens as well. We also have the best scuba and snorkeling in the world and have at least 5 different types of climate, terrain in such a small land mass. Again, I’d like to thank you for your excellent information and sincerity.

  5. I had the ultimate pleasure of visiting New Zealand back in 2006 and attended a yoga retreat on the Banks Peninsula and toured afterwards mostly the South Island. What an exquisite, scenic wonderland! At that time, I found it difficult to stay raw even though I had been vegan for over 20 years. I can really relate to your book, “Raw Food Controversies” since I had many problems with candida, and other weird types of things happening. However, I see that staying with the high fruit, low fat approach really does work. I also have been writing an e-book (for the last 4 years) and purchased your materials to assist me in completing and marketing it. Now I am also thinking of writing another immediately following and have many ideas for future books. I hope you will consider visiting Israel in the near future, as we have unbelievable produce and some wonderful scenic land and seascapes, besides being the most historical place on earth. Again, I thank you for your sincerity in getting your story out to public ears.

  6. Linda S. says:

    Even though I don’t know what was being said (I’m deaf), but New Zealand is ridiculously gorgeous!! I love the vista!! Awesome! I have to admit that I was disappointed that all I caught reading lips was “water”! Then, a brief glimpse of three food items: ?, dates?, pears or apples?

    I know “fall” fruits hold well, so that would be a good fruit to take hiking, or long hikes. I am searching for healthy food items to take on a long backpacking trek, which is still my dream and I am trying to fulfill it. 🙂 Nuts, seeds, some fruits are good to bring, but I am not sure how long the fruits will last in the “mountain sun”. I guess I will have to experiment it myself when I am able to go backpacking. I am still a newbie…

    I love all of your trip videos. They are taken well, and gorgeous. Thank you so much for sharing your trip experiences with us.

    Linda S.

  7. catherine Forest says:

    Very interesting, Fred. I like the idea of not doing meals, but eating every hour while hiking.

  8. Dawn says:

    Thanks Frederic! I enjoyed watching this and will definitely take your advice for my next hikes.

  9. J.Gambino says:

    Fred, Thank you for sharing all your vacation sites around the world. I am 78 yrs.
    and have never been able to travel. That is why your videos are so great. Of course, so is your information on Raw Food. I have not been able to do that, but
    do eat mostly fruit in the a.m. My son is a Raw Food person. That is how is got
    your site.

    Thank you so much.

  10. Geneviève says:

    Hi My name is Geneviève, I’m a student in kinesiology from Montréal and I parctice a lot of exercice and I’m just wondering if for a girl eating just a lot of fruit is good . I was doing this kind of diet just one year ago and a was not feeling very good, loosing muscle and I began to be hypoglycemic…. In the coldest weather, I’m always cold if I take green smoothie in the morning, oatmeal was better for me… Do you have some more information for girl and ther hormones fluctuation with this diet?

    Thanks a lot and have a beautiful day!!! Hope to meet both of you some time!!!

  11. Sarah says:

    I’m confused. It seems like the whole point of Raw Food Controversies is that Fred let others tell him what to eat rather than relying on his own wisdom. Now he’s telling other people what to eat. How is he any different from David Wolfe – who admittedly made a lot of mistakes in his younger days.

    RFC also seems like the story of a very young man who grew up. Welcome to adulthood 😉

  12. Hummingbird says:

    Its not impossible to thru hike raw…just expensive and boring. I start my pacific crest trail thru hike in 3 weeks, with every effort being made to accomodate a living/raw diet. I agree w/ fred, high carbs 4 day hikes. Pct is a different monster, though. My menu consists of mostly major ingredients that can b mixed somewhat differently for a feeling of variety. Its fairly simple…raw coconut butter, raw hemp seed, raw nut butter, quinoa(which I will sprout in a sproutbag hooked onto my pack), fresh grown mixed salad sprouts(alfalfa, clover, etc), dried fruit which will b soaked first, homemade fruit leather, raw honey, dates, dulse & sushi nori, chia seed, raw green powder, bee pollen, sprouted & dehydrated trail mix, cacao, spices, some raw (er, overpriced) specialty bars and items, avocados, random produce…. My menu wont change much. I will eat as much fruit and greens in towns as I can manage. my resupply method should ensure fresh food. How do I afford it? I work a full time construction job, live in a self built eco shack on a friends property, own no vehicle, forage often, and shop at thrift stores. Save, save, save. I deny myself typical luxeries while living in the city but do not skimp on my wilderness gear. I will carry a pack with a minimum base weight of 3.8.lbs. That will b rare, usually my base will b around 7. Oh, I should add, I hiked the pct last year, not totally raw, but I know what to expect. Cheers, in joy!

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