What holds us back from adventure?
For those with food allergies, part of the answer is the very real concern about special foods that are not long lasting, needs refrigeration and may not be suitable for multi-day adventure trips .
Then there is the "What do I do in an emergency in the middle of nowhere?" question. That question, BTW, is not unique to the food allergy community but to every backcountry hiker.
The answer may be unique to every trip, but how you compensate for being away from familiar support systems needs to be clearly answered through research, planning and preparation.
However, a larger reason for many, including us, is the fear of the unknown and the unfamiliar which brings its own self-imposed limitations.
And we are not alone.
- Up to 15 million Americans are estimated to have food allergies
- It affects 1 in 13 children in the U.S.
- According to a study released in 2013 by the CDC, between 1997 and 2011 the incidence of children with food allergies has increased by 50 percent.
- The number of people who have a food allergy is growing, but there is no clear answer as to why.
- There is, currently, no cure for food allergies.
And yet, the increasing number of folks with food allergies is precisely why I am reminded of a quote by John Muir:
Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul. - John Muir
Those with food allergies very much need places "...where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul". Let us explore, and see what adventures await!
SafeBites » Travel
Why should you go on an adventure trip? A great answer to that can be found on the U.S. Department of Interior’s Instagram Page and Twitter feed which showcases the amazing and stunning national parks.
These are the sights and sounds that refill your quota of wonder and energize you for the rigors of everyday life.
» At the same time, it is important to keep in mind that adventure trips come with a degree of risk, and that you need to be prepared. Michael Lanza at The Big Outside has 5 very good questions to ask yourself about your readiness for outdoors adventure.
» Inspiring story in Allergic Living by the mother of a teenage daughter with celiac disease, and their successful 7 day trek to climb to the top of the world’s highest free-standing mountain - Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa.
SafeBites » Food
You carefully choose the components that make up your meal and pack each of them securely for your trip. You know that you will have to depend on your up front planning and packing to ensure that you have edible food for your journey.
Sounds like someone with food allergies? Yes. But also someone who is a backpacker! The food packing skills of someone with food allergies are very similar to what is needed to prepare for a backcountry adventure trip as well.
» Katie, at Find Wholeness, has some suggestions for portable camping and hiking foods for special diets.
» An option that some backpackers use for preparing foods, which may be particularly suitable for those with food allergies, is preserving foods by dehydration. HowToWilderness.com has an overview of the process.
SafeBites » Gear
» Little things matter when you are in the middle of nowhere. A spork, a magical device that is a combination of spoon, fork and knife, that comes color coded (no, we don’t share our sporks) is a very handy thing to have.
» Speaking of food dehydration, we ended up picking up a food dehydrator to have greater control over trail food, which we eat using a spork!
Hope you enjoyed this journal entry...
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