Camping with Kids on The Body Ecology Diet
Tara Carpenter, NC.
Originally published on June 3, 2010
Holistic nutrition for people on The Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D.).
I wasn’t planning to camp this summer. My plate is full enough with work, graduate school, moving through a divorce, and raising my boys who are 2 and 7 years old. Most days, I can barely see straight! Yet, I find the flow and direction of life tends to take a turn for what is best for the whole in times of overload. So, when I woke one morning to hear a quiet voice inside me say “take the kids camping by the ocean”, I said yes.
Breathing in ….
With my head in both of my hands, I looked up from an assignment and though I immediately agree (as I have learned to do each time I hear my inner voice), I also think to myself “this is not what I need right now.”. What I hear next is “this is exactly what you need!”.
With reluctance, I look at the calendar for where to fit a camping trip. Lo and behold, there are 5 days between turning in a mammoth project and the start of school for the kids. I pencil in camping and must admit that feels good! I check the map for places to go and zone in on Hermit Island in Maine – nothing like the ocean air to clear the head 🙂
Breathing a sigh of relief, I sink into stepping away from busy home life to enter salty sea and sunshine expansiveness. That cheers me! A day later though is when I am struck with the thought that this will be our first camping trip on The Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D).
Traveling on The Body Ecology Diet is not easy.
I have camped a ton over the years, yet not since being diagnosed with a systemic yeast infection and starting B.E.D. The idea of being away from the comfort of my kitchen and well-stuffed fridge has me feeling nervous. The kids are always hungry and I am the only adult to be cooking and planning our meals and this has me wanting to run for my bed!
My kitchen is the busiest spot in the house with meat stewing on the stove, grains and seeds soaking on the counter in Mason jars, unsalted cultured vegetables fizzing away in the oven incubator, coconuts ready to be cracked for yck. The thought of leaving my kitchen, let alone camping in the woods on my own with the kids, is feeling stressful and unappealing.
I quietly sit and think how I have moved through the steep learning curves of B.E.D., mastered the food combining principle and know what to eat and avoid. I am on a roll I realize! All the special ways of preparing food has become manageable and woven into daily life that I now do them like clockwork, without much thought. I feel confidence bloom within that gives me courage to move forward with going camping 🙂
My biggest worry is that I prepare near EVERYTHING from scratch. So, how to go camping with less than a week to prepare? I’m not sure what freaks me out more … spending 6 hrs. traveling in a hot car with kids or camping without a meal plan in place.
Since we are all on this diet, I know if I want to eat well and let go of my worries of feeling deprived while traveling then I need to plan our meals ahead of time. So, I print out a 5-day meal plan and pencil in our meals and snacks for the trip. See below for a sampling of what I planned ….
Items marked with (*) are best saved for stage 2 or as an occasional treat.
- Scrambled eggs, diced meat, red bell pepper.
- Baked Granny Smith apples over the fire, stuffed with almond butter and dried, unsweetened cranberries.
- Buckwheat waffle with cultured butter and creamy carrot butter.
- Quinoa flake porridge with pumpkin seed crunchies.
- Beef-vegetable stew.
- Lettuce wraps with tuna fish, chicken salad, or sliced meat with homemade mayo and various fresh vegetables.
- Hobo Packs over the fire (ground beef, broccoli, cauliflower, homemade taco seasoning).
- Turkey hot dogs, corn on cob (special treat due to salt/starch).
- Parchment Paper Fish Pouch with fish and various julienned vegetables cooked over the fire).
- Soft-boiled eggs, sardines, cucumber sticks.
- Young coconut pudding
- Cocobiotic with vitality super greens
- Milk kefir* with stevia and spirulina
- Cassava strip chips
- Mini pops sorghum popcorn
- Probiotic protein shake
- Veggie chips with lima bean hummus
- Lemonade with stevia and earth minerals
- Flax cracker with pumpkin seed butter
- Fish stock (I transport in Mason jars with top layer of fat intact)
- Quinoa pilaf with summer squash, seaweed, soaked almonds
- Sushi roll with millet, steamed kale, fried egg yolk
- Millet croquettes, carrot sticks, artichoke pate (omit honey).
- Guacamole with jicama chunks*
- Baked red-skin potatoes with ranch (milk kefir, garlic powder, sea salt, dried parsley), and soaked/dried sunflower seeds.
Enjoy your own camping adventures on B.E.D.!! If you have camping food ideas to share, please send them over 🙂 This blog post may contain affiliate links, you can read here to learn more.
May all bellies be happy!