I saw a facebook video the other day talking about Japanese Forest Bathing and how it had been shown to improve health and well being, even without any form of exercise.
The personal experience of myself and many friends and relatives can confirm this anecdotally.
Being out in nature is just better.
It’s not just about the great Vitamin D, or the great hikes. It’s about being outside, with the trees and plants, connected to the earth the way we once were.
Ancestrally, we probably spent our entire lifetimes mostly out of doors. Even as recently as a few hundred years ago, many of our ancestors were farming people and spent a great deal of time connected to nature.
Somehow along the way, we’ve lost that.
But it’s that time of the year! The weather is just right and it makes sense to hit a state park and go camping.
But seriously, have you tasted camp food?
Or what do you do when your allergies make being outside completely miserable?
And WHAT ABOUT SMORES?
Here’s a few little suggestions to make your camping trip more paleo.
For backpacking, campfires often aren’t allowed. If you’re using a camp stove but sad about the very non gut friendly foods available at your local camp store, try ordering some of these. They are paleo freeze dried meals.
No guarantees that they taste good, but its better than the alternative! Find them here.
For long hikes when you need a snack, there are tons of great options. I like dried fruit from my FAVE Steve’s Paleo Goods (find out more here) or even paleo trail mix. Yep, it exists. And this one’s NUT FREE!!! Find it here.
I also like this tuna jerky for something different.
For smores I get creative. You can make your own paleo graham crackers and marshmallows.
Don’t forget to stay hydrated while you’re spending lots of time outside. I like to make sure I do that BPA free.
Keep Those Allergies Under Control
Allergies can make things tough. I like these allergina drops. Find the one for your zone and they can help reduce allergy symptoms.
I also like D-hist. It is not an anti-histamine but does the job similarly to one. I use this product a lot. You can find it here.
That’s all for now! Enjoy the camping trip and remember that many of the health and wellness benefits of camping come from the relaxation and reduced restriction and anxiety of modern life. So if you want to fudge a little and eat something you don’t normally eat, let it go! Enjoy the moment. Times like these don’t come around often enough.