please take this light hearted lol
i love that everyone is trying to eat healthier on trail, but the truth is, in my experience, you need that extra sodium, carbs, and “bad stuff” we are warned about in our day to day sedentary lives.
In the backcountry, that’s different. My section hikes on the jmt and pct always end with some magic butter - jiffy, half a snickers, and maybe an almond joy for good measure. Boom - pct/jmt jet fuel. (And you’ll still lose weight).
I ask myself why I see people (here in Los Angeles) 1.5 miles in on a hike (2 miles from
the closest Starbucks) and seemingly in great shape yet hit with a sudden onset of extreme fatigue even on a cool 65 degree winter day. Their body is simply out of fuel.
If anything look at backpacking as an excuse for a cheat day!