Why Go Keto for Sheep Hunting

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Keto for the First Time

This Monday, I’m going Keto! This will be the first time I’ve ever tried. I generally eat Paleoish/low-carbish but I’ve never been very strict about it. I’m definitely a believer in the 80/20 rule. So, a Ketosis diet will be a change.

Pre-Keto Diet Phase

The last phase of my diet plan has been about making the transition to Keto easier. To prepare, I have been:

  1. A little more intentional in my diet, cleaning it up and lowering my carb intake.
  2. Delaying my first fatty coffee and the first real meal of the day.
  3. Recipe testing fat bombs.
    I’m hoping all the prep work will help me succeed.

Lightening Up My Pack

I decided to try Keto for sheep hunting because I need all the help I can get in lightening up my pack. As much as I want to believe that women can do anything, there are some limitations to what females can do physically. I am about 135 pounds, and it is unreasonable for me to think that I can pack out as much as the average sheep hunter does.

So, I am doing everything I can to lighten my pack and increase my strength.
In addition to the numerous health benefits of Ketosis, I am interested in its weight-reducing aspects. (Check out the health benefits.)

  1. Fat has over twice as many calories per gram as do carbohydrates and protein.
  2.  Becoming fat-adapted increases your ability to burn body fat during exercise, decreasing your immediate need for food.

I’m hoping to carry fewer calories (i.e., rely on body fat) from lighter (fatty) foods … double whammy!

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Strategies for My Success

For me, the key to success will be planning ahead. I’m a huge fan of meal planning and batch cooking. I’ve found that meal planning helps me make good decisions about food. It also saves me time and money, and I really enjoy looking for new recipes. That won’t change. After reading the 21 Day Paleo Rest Diet by Mark Sission, I feel like I have even more tools.

HERE ARE SOME OF MY STRATEGIES

  1. Meal planning, batch cooking, and meal prep
  2.  Always packing food when I won’t be able to eat at home
  3. Having plenty of healthy, yummy, high-fat snacks
  4. Eating when I’m hungry, at first (I’m not worried about weight loss or fasting this first time)

Let me know if I can help with strategies that work for you, or with recipes that will have you loving low-carb. I’ll keep you posted on my Keto experience 🙂

UPDATE

Here is a Round-Up of all the food I brought

I was right, meal planning and meal prep are invaluable to eating Low-car (or healthy in general)! For the meals I found most helpful, check out my E-Book 10 Minute Meal Prep.  It has 10 recipes for meals you can make (or prep) ahead of time and they are all low-carb.

 

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NUTRITION PROGRAM FOR SHEEP HUNTING

Backcountry Nutrition

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.

UPDATE: (Here is a Round-Up of all the food I brought)

Nutrition Planning

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.

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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?

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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.

UPDATE!!

The Delta Sheep Hunt was a dream come true and my food worked amazingly! The Keto Lunches and DIY Dehydrated Dinners were game changers!

(Here is a Round-Up of all the food I brought)

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Hunting Tags Are Out!

Last Friday, hunting tags came out. I’d been excited, but I haven’t really draw anything in a while, so I was just cooking breakfast. My husband was sitting at our kitchen island on my computer, he gets every other Friday off, looking up tag results. When he pulled up mine, a disappointed look came on his face, so I knew I had drawn something good. Delta Walk In!

For those of you that don’t sheep hunt in Alaska, Dall Sheep draw areas have the best sheep numbers, so your likelihood of shooting a sheep is way better than over the counter tags.

I danced around the kitchen the rest of the morning. I also decided the Meghan Trainor’s song “Me Too” was the theme song of the day and I played it pretty much on a loop. “If I was you, I’d want to be me too”

Let’s back up a second. Hunting used to be my life. I put a great amount of time and effort into my hunting trips each year. Seven years ago, I shot a Dall Sheep in the Tok Management Area (also a low probability draw area, I’m a lucky girl!). Before and after that I was obsessed with sheep hunting, then…. Life happened. For the last 4 years, I have been either pregnant or breastfeeding. But this year, it’s my turn to hunt again!!

Shortly after breakfast, my brain started to race about all the thing I would need to do to get ready for my hunt

  1. Get in shape
  2. Go Keto, get fat adapted
  3. Find someone to watch my kids while we are hunting, or find a hunting buddy if my husband must stay with the kids
  4. Work up a load for my rifle
  5. Hit the shooting range
  6. Pack list
  7. Gear testing
  8. Re-Read Sheep Hunting in Alaska by Tony Russ
  9. On and On and On

I’ve decided to blog about my hunting prep. The first couple months will be mostly preparing my mom-bod for the extreme physical challenge of sheep hunting.

Here we go, wish me luck!

 

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