The first time I went sheep hunting, I did not have a nutrition program. I was, however, in it to win it. I carried food for over 20 days. My plan was to stay out until the last day of the season if necessary. As you can imagine, the rations were not generous.
My hunting buddy and I would split a candy bar every other day for a treat. I consumed 800-1500 calories a day until, finally, on the eighth day I shot my sheep. With all the hiking and cold nights, this was not enough food.
This year I want a nutrition plan.
Now that my hunting buddy and I have real jobs and responsibilities, we can be gone only a week, so that helps. I also know a considerable more about nutrition, which will hopefully help as well.
Reading The Keto Reset Diet: Reboot Your Metabolism in 21 Days and Burn Fat Forever by Mark Sisson has inspired me to go KETO for my sheep hunt.
For every gram of fat, you get nine calories. For every gram of carbohydrate, you get only four calories. This seems like a great place to cut weight – a lot of weight – out of my pack.
After listening to The Open Sky Fitness Podcast episode 186, about nutritional periodization, I decided to write it into my diet and exercise plan. How great is Excel?
I already eat relatively low-carb, Paleo-inspired, so going low-carb isn’t a huge deal for me. However, I have become a little stricter the last week. Starting March 12, I plan on doing six weeks of full-on Keto for the first time, to really acclimate my body to burning fat for its primary fuel.
Then I will return to low-carb until late June, when I plan to go back to Keto until my hunt.
I anticipate that during the hunt, I will need more carbs because of the insane physical demands of sheep hunting. However, hopefully most of my calories will be from magically light fat.
If you have been low-carb or Keto for a sheep hunt, I would love to hear from you.
Stay tuned for more details about my nutrition program and preparation for my sheep hunt.
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Gina Ciolkosz is a Personal Health Cook and American Council on Exercise (ACE) certified Health Coach located in Anchorage Alaska. Her background includes a Bachelor’s of Science in Physiology from the University of Wyoming. For the past six years, she has lived in Alaska, where she can’t get enough of the active Alaskan lifestyle that for her includes hunting, fishing, hiking, and the occasional weekend race. She loves to cook for people and enjoys the challenge of making healthy food taste delicious. Her family includes two young boys, two packgoats, and a rambunctious Weimaraner, as well as a very patient husband.