As long as I can remember I always enjoyed being in nature. From early childhood my parents took my younger brother and I on weekend walks in Grunewald, while we were living in West Berlin, to the longer day hikes we did when getting older and visiting Harz, Lüneburger Heide and even Schwarzwald (Black Forrest) in the former BRD.
Though no one else in my family was much into camping outside, I went out with friends in my teens and fell in love with the experience for the very first time. The air, the silence (apart from natural sounds), cooking on a camp fire or camping stove and falling asleep under the stars with (and that only if forced by the weather or insects) just a thin layer of fabric between them and me. Yep, calling me a nature romantic would probably hit home!
Since my first real mountain hike during my military service in northern Sweden 1990 I have hiked the Swedish and Norwegian mountain range again and again. I´ve completed over 5000 miles and this years hike is number 28, so I start to consider myself rather experienced.
For the last ten years I´ve kept my nutrition gluten free paleoisch (full fat dairy works great for me) and rather on the lower carb side (100-150g/ or less) and tweaked it back and forth quite a bit, always feeling better and having better body composition going rather low.
As I got my training in nutrition and physiology in the mid 90´s it took some time and experimenting before I trusted my body to perform in a fat fueled state and it´s only been the last maybe 4 years or so that I really started upping the fat and limiting carbs during hiking.
And, suddenly, I was in heaven – my endurance improved dramatically, my energy stayed consistently high during the day and adding in a few extra km/miles when needed became easy.
Actually I went from snacking all the time (in addition to 3 meals/d) to having 2-3 meals per day (sometimes even just one) and felt so much better at the same time!
No planned social interactions, no connectivity (that´s no FB, email, cell phone connection… not even snail mail) – just moving through beautiful nature and following the natural rhythm of the body.
Eat when hungry, sleep when tired, move daily, rest as much as needed. Detached from civilization and connecting back with our origin, in a safe and relaxed way using a familiar environment to really remove any stressors as much as humanly possible.