This is the next step in revolutionizing ultra lightweight camping & trekking with ketones for enhanced performance, mental focus, & packing efficiency.
I recently completed the Overland Track in Tasmania, walking 110km over 5 days, solo. I completed this in the first week of June, which, in the Southern Hemisphere is winter time. I walked through snow and deep waters every day. Everything about the cold dampness and wetness of each day felt miserable, but despite that, a noteworthy undertaking nonetheless.
In my previous blog recounting the trek (click here), I briefly discussed how I nourished myself. I shared an example of what a typical hiker’s diet would look like, along with what my fasting/keto prep looked like.
I partnered with a brand called Prüvit that creates Ketones, Keto Kreme, Ketone Protein Powder, Bone Broth and more. I had the opportunity to try out the Keto Kreme and Ketones (KETO/OS NAT) (caffeinated and non-caffeinated) during my trek.
Every morning I made tea, bone broth, and my Keto Kreme. Having all these warm liquids got me warmed up & properly hydrated for the winter days. I then used lukewarm water to mix my ketones into an insulated water bottle. This mix would last me anywhere from 10am till 2pm or 5pm.
The Keto Kreme ingredients include: Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Calcium, Sodium, and Potassium. MCT Powder, Ceylon Cinnamon, TendoGuard — Collagen types (derived from bone and eggshell membranes), C-Med (also known as Cat’s Claw – it’s an inner bark from a woody vine in South and Central America).
The Ketone ingredients include: Vitamin B6 and Vitamin B12, Calcium, Sodium, KetoNAT (R-Beta Hydroxybutyrate), L-Taurine, Fermented L-Leucine, and C-MED-100 (also known as Cat’s Claw – it’s an inner bark from a woody vine in South and Central America).
The combination of these two products worked really well for me. I’ve worked out that if I consume a real breakfast upon waking up, I’m basically useless for the rest of the day. I have no motivation, I’m sluggish, and I have little expendable energy. To get the most out of my days, I omit breakfast but I prioritize lunch or dinner based on my needs for the day (ex: training, traveling, studying, etc — I will fuel accordingly to support my body and my brain).
Lastly, for dinner, I had a combination of beef and vegetables and other dehydrated camping foods. I had a few nuts and seeds, chocolate, and bone broth around 5pm and 8pm — again based on the days mileage and arrival at the huts.
Over 5 days, I had very solid nutritious food, enough calories, and a very sharp and happy mind. I consumed healthy fats, ketones, and clean foods that made me feel efficient and satiated.
I do not associate myself or how I eat with any food labels like keto, paleo, carnivore, etc. I take what suits me from each dietary fad, to create balance in my day to day. What I see in introducing ketones into the camping lifestyle is a safe and easy delivery of nutrients and energy whilst undertaking an epic adventure. It’s a revolutionary form in providing quality over quantity.
I will definitely be using ketones for future multi-day treks. It’s practical, affordable, low-waste (easily recyclable packets), and tasty. Because I generally do not need caffeine, I will opt for the caffeine-free packets for all future treks.
This system will work well for anyone who is physically fit, has tried fasting at home, is paleo or keto on a consistent or cyclical basis, or someone who does not generally consume carbs.
I’m all about finding alternative ways to fuel our bodies. It’s important to find what suits your individual self. I recommend anyone that is looking to take their backpacking to the next ultra-light level & is already familiar with fasting and is feeling great on a low carb diet, to give this a go and get in touch with me about your experience!
Here’s a list of the brands that worked well for me during this trek:
- Camper’s Pantry @camperspantry (Tasmania)
- Nomad Nutrition @nomadnutritionco (Canada)
- Backcountry Cuisine @backcountrycuisine (New Zealand + global)
- Prüvit @justpruvit (Australia + global)
- Clif Bar @clifbar (America + global)
- Bennetto Chocolate @bennettonaturalfoods (New Zealand)
- Loco Love Chocolate @locolovechocolate (Australia)
- Nutra Organics @nutraorganics dehydrated bone broth (Australia + global soon)
Here’s a summary of the benefits of ketones:
- reduces the overall weight of your backpack (making lightweight trekking ideal)
- less waste – you’re left with small recyclable paper sachets
- enhanced physical performance
- enhanced mental clarity
- good source of vitamins and essential fats to replenish whats been burnt
- ensures better hydration especially in the winter! using an insulated bottle and attaching it to the front of your pack keeps you accountable to drink while you walk, and continues to supplement the body as you are working hard
While I very much believe in finding what is right for our microbiome, it’s always important to discuss any changes you’d like to implement into your routine and diet with an allied health professional. I always recommend consulting a sports scientist who has extensive study in sport nutrition, dietetics, and is open minded about various ways to support the body.
If your naturopath or doctor makes you feel like they are taking your individuality seriously, and are providing you with a unique plan to suit your genetic biotype, then you know your health is in their best interest.
If you’re further interested in what it means to create a healthy lifestyle around your genetic biotype, look into ph360. I have used this program for 1 year to learn more about what works best for me and my genes, and how I can support myself and my health better.
To order your own Ketones, CLICK HERE for Australia orders.