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Old 03-07-06, 07:38 PM
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My wife and I completed over five weeks of touring in Southern France last summer. We covered a lot of ground: la Corse, le Languedoc Rousillon, les Gorges du Verdon, la Provence, la Provence, and Mt. Ventoux. We were fully loaded and self contained, doing highway camping (sauvage) during our entire trip. We didn't bring a cookstove, and we didn't need one because we ate entirely fresh fruits and vegetables and drank an occasional bottle of wine when we found a hunk of fresh goats cheese. O.k. your probably wondering what our bodies burned for fuel. High fats! The good kind. Most of our fats came from a plentiful supply of local olives, fresh nut butters (we loaded up with five jars each of tahini and almond butter), as well as fresh walnuts (we brought a nut cracker). I had also found a great source of cacao (raw uncooked chocolat), an amazing super fatty rich brain food that has all the benefits of real choc. and none of the bad. These fats formed the "bottom" of our diet, that we filled out with copious amounts of fresh veges such as: cukes, fennel bulbs, kale (frisee), parsley, celery, celery roots, carrots, spinach, beets, cabbage, broccoli,etc. We brought big plastic tupperware containers to mix the salads, and a little gratter to get things into a nice texture. We would usually add olive oil(more fat), seeds (pine nuts or sunflower), some nut butter, a little miso for salt, and sometimes some roadside herbs that we picked like thyme or oregano. Our meals were gourmet! But wait! What about sweets? We loved having sweets tastes for breakfast. Fruits were our sugar fix. We usually made a base of chopped apples, occasionally with a bannana, some fresh nuts, cinnamon, and totally drizzled with cacao chunks and almond butter!MMMMMM! Sometimes we each ate an entire watermelon or about 6 oranges each in a sitting. But we never bonked, felt bogged down, and maintained a light feeling of constant energy that we tapped into as we climbed our lonely mountains. We met many other tourists in route, and we both were regarded as crazy for not bulking up on carbs(pastas and breads). But we also outlasted several who cut their trips short after climbing some of Corsica's famed passes. In short, we are still maintaining this diet to this day, and feeling more youthful and energetic as time goes on. I read about other people who train and even bulk up through weight training on this diet. I also found a great site called [COLOR=Navyhttp://www.rawfood.com/nfl.html [/COLOR]
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You did have carbs o'plenty from fructose:

Fructose Molecule

Fructose, or levulose, is the form of sugar found in fruit and honey. It is a laevorotatory monosaccharide with the same empirical formula as glucose but with a different structure. Although fructose is a hexose (6 carbon atoms), it generally exists as a 5-membered hemiketal ring (a furanose).

All fruit naturally contains a certain amount of fructose (often together with glucose), and it can be extracted and concentrated to make an alternative sugar.

Fructose is often used in food products designed for people with diabetes mellitus or who have problems with hypoglycaemia, because it is metabolised more slowly than cane sugar (sucrose) and is sweeter, so it has a smaller effect on blood-sugar levels. However, some people can react badly to fructose so it is not an option for those who need to restrict sucrose intake
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amen

but cool trip.
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Any photos of your trip? What was your pace? Do you have blog or diary?
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Originally Posted by Jarery
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I didn't read it. this is the intarweb. short attention span theater.

something about raw power and food and giggly joy about it
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