What I Eat on my Thru

With days of now consistently hiking over 20 miles, the body needs fuel. I get hangry if I haven’t eaten in the past two/three hours. As you’ll see though, I have clearly developed a healthy, fool-proof eating regiment that helps keep my body in shape. Honestly though, my hiker diet is every mom’s worst nightmare. Check it out:


Cinnamon Brown Sugar Pop Tart
One packet (2 pastries)


Lunch is continuous snacking throughout the day since I realized it’s easier than finding vegetarian lunch options in the small-town gas stations where we tend to resupply on food. Usually consists of food like:

Sour Patch Watermelon
About 2 servings per day

Nature Valley Peanut Butter Biscuits
About 1-2 per day

Skittles/Gummy Bears
About 2 servings per day

Fruit Snacks
About 4 packets per day

Pretzel Sticks with Nutella
Handfuls until my hangry self is satisfied

Peanut M&Ms
More handfuls because this is how protein gets ingested on trail

Water flavoring
About once every other day because water gets boring out here


Knorr Pasta Sides
Mostly because it takes the creativity out of dinner, and I’ve gotten really tired of 2 ramen packets a night.

Favorite flavor is definitely the broccoli cheddar.

(Evidence that I sometimes eat vegetables when in town)

This all seems like a child gone rogue with sugar, but it’s worked so far. It is hard to find vegetarian options in some of the small towns where we resupply for food, so I’m slowly trying to find options to swap out as we continue on. We passed the quarter way sign a few days ago, and I’ve already had to size down my pants. It seems a bit ridiculous that I’ve lost weight when all I eat is sugar and definitely gorge myself when in town. We went to an all-you-can-eat pizza buffet in Erwin, TN for two full hours and legitimately waddled out of the restaurant and continued to do nothing but lay around with food babies all evening. Can’t complain about eating and not feeling like there’s a consequence. So here’s to more good food and great trail times.

2 thoughts on “What I Eat on my Thru

  1. mountainattitude April 22, 2018 / 10:24 am

    Oh my gosh, this DOES seem crazy! But it’s true that being a vegetarian makes quick and healthy trail snacks heavy / expensive / hard to find. Glad you are doing well out there… and if you haven’t tried it yet, combine those Sourpatch Kids with some Swedish Fish. So. Good.

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    • catdismukes April 22, 2018 / 10:49 am

      That sounds amazing!! I’ll have you add those in the mix!


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