Dietary adventures in the Aussy outback

Blog for Stats – ride stats – body stats . Food log , blood glucose , Ketones , heart rate , mental health . Data log .

Just preparing and packing the last of my many essential components for my big cycle ride that starts from Dubbo NSW on about 5 th or 6 th June.

My dietary experiment is about my choice of fuel for this trip . FAT ! — yes fat . I’m attempting to eat a primarily Fatty meat / animal based diet including some dairy and also eggs. I’m attempting to avoid all carbs with the obvious exception of the glycogen present in fresh meat .

True to say I’m fairly well trained / adapted to make this a straight forward reality . My metabolism is already what can be described as ” fat adapted ” . This means my body is used to providing energy to mitochondria via synthesis of fatty acids from food consumed and or body fat stores.

My inspiration for this approach is an arctic explorer named Vilhjalmur Stafansson who spent time living with Inuit ( Eskimos) way back in the early 1900’s . He demonstrated that a no carb diet of fish and meat with water is fundamentally consistent with robust good health . Further he went on to prove his point in a now famous year long experiment under close medical scrutiny when back in New York in 1928. The finding from this experiment were fully detailed and scientifically published and the results are still relevant to this day .

Current dietary dogma and conventional wisdom is pushing forward views that eating meat is harmful , linking it with all manner is chronic human diseases. Careful scrutiny of this ” associational epidemiology ” exposes it as very doubtful weak science ( association don’t prove causality) . If you haven’t been living under a rock you will or should also be aware that the role of saturated fat has been vindicated as the cause of CV risk and we should not be avoiding eating the fat with the lean. This aspect of conventional wisdom is still entrenched with current generations of dieticians and medics but is simply not supported by evidence based science.

In matters of diet ” conventional wisdom ” seems to be 90% convention 10% wisdom .

Stefansson was a prolific author and fortunately some of his books are available as ebooks and cheap too. He describes the role of an interesting meat based food called Pemmican in the history of North American discovery , exploration way back in the early days of the Hudson Bay Company . Developed by the Indians as a way of preserving meat for storage and travel . Ingredients are simple , Beef Fat and dried meat .

I have made myself some rations which I hope Aussy border control don’t confiscate when I arrive .

These packs have over 2200 calories – a days worth of nutrition and energy . They form my back up if I can’t buy suitable food along the route from road houses etc . I have 10 x 330 gm bags .

4 thoughts on “Dietary adventures in the Aussy outback

    1. Thanks Claire ::: I have a cert so the border should be ok – never sure . No lemon juice and curiously scurvy doesn’t raise its ugly head if one has access to fresh meat , this fact is well established in literature . Let’s see how it goes eh 😉

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      1. The classic sailers of old story is from the Antarctic with Shackleton who got sick with scurvy on Scott’s earlier expedition . In the later Shackleton led expedition that led to disaster and a whole bunch of men marooned on Elephant island under the most savage conditions — 22 guys waited another 3 months before Shackleton returned with rescuers. No one got scurvy. WHY ?
        Fresh meat
        Lots written about this historical fact because of the contrast with the earlier Scott expeditions that led to lots of scurvy and indeed the cause of Scott’s death . The well supplied Scott didn’t use fresh meat at mcmurdo — Shackleton did .

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