I am six weeks post-op from ACL and meniscus surgery. My quad tendon was used to repair my ACL, and 40% of my lateral meniscus was removed. I am now able to walk almost normally.
I have probably watched more movies in the past two weeks than the rest of my life combined! I finally caught up with the majority of the Marvel movies and found them more enjoyable than I expected. I have read two and a half books and listened to a lot of podcasts too. After the first week, I was able to get out of the house for church and game nights with friends. Meanwhile, my leg continues to heal from ACL surgery with no setbacks.
Like carbohydrates in our previous article, fats are a critical part of a hunter’s diet. Fats are essential for immunity and anti-inflammatory processes, provide structure for cell membranes, act as an important energy source, and contribute to brain and heart health. Certain vitamins could not be absorbed, and hormones could not be produced, without the contribution of fats. Fat and carbohydrate work together to fuel the body: carbohydrate is preferred for the higher exercise intensities, and more fat is burned at lower to moderate intensities.
There is an immeasurable amount of information thrown around the internet about nutrition. It is overwhelming! Which information is correct? Does it pertain to my fitness level? My goals? My body type? We often hear guidelines meant for the average, relatively immobile American and think it is a blanket answer for all people. In reality, every person is different and has different needs. The hunter who goes hard all day every day will have different needs in season than out of season. Further, the mountain hunter will have different needs than the tree stand hunter. To get you started on what your needs are, you first have to understand the basics—which many people skip. This article will be the first in a series covering the major nutrients and how they pertain to the backcountry. The basics on carbohydrates:
Human appetite is intricate and somewhat unpredictable—it is affected by hormones released by the brain, digestive system, glands, and fat cells. Many different variables may impact your hunger in this scenario. I often talk to hunters who prefer to keep moving instead of stopping to fuel. A rigorous hunt alone will dramatically increase caloric needs, and if that hunter is eating less than normal because of the hunt, they are left with a significant calorie gap. Here are some likely reasons your appetite has changed and why it is important:
A motivating bugle over the next ridge coupled with a high fitness level will carry an avid hunter an impressive distance. Fueling the hunt strategically will carry him or her even farther—by improving strength and stamina. Smart nutrition will promote recovery and allow the arduous hunt to be done again the next day.
The shoulder joint has great potential for injury due to its range of motion. It is one of the injury sites most common for bow hunters (1, 2). Here are some of the top reasons bow hunters injure their shoulders and how you can prevent it from happening to you:
Physical fitness affects all aspects of life. It is critical to find a way to stay fit that works with your personality, goals, and lifestyle. Ultimately, you need to enjoy the workout to stay in shape for the long run. If you hate the gym, you won't stick to a long term gym plan. Find something you can commit to; be it running, lifting, hiking, swimming, climbing, sports, etc. That being said, you have to be disciplined no matter what. Pushing through those days you don't feel like working out are the days you make the most gains.
Dialing in your nutrition strategy in the backcountry can make an incredible difference in your momentary and overall stamina (not to mention enjoyment) during your hunt. How you eat can promote recovery, prevent constipation, and fuel the intense climbs and long days.
Eat well on your next adventure. For visitors and natives of the Northwestern United States, I have scrounged up for you a few foods that can be eaten in the wild, some nutrition facts, identification, and food preparation ideas. Whether you are looking for safe foods in a survival situation or just want a taste of the delicious bounty on the wild side of the supermarket, this guide can help.