Ketogenic, Intermittent-Fasting Pilgrimage

Posted by Laura Paulisich on

 In life and on the Camino, many people wonder about and ask me about my habits: “How can you not eat after hiking 25 miles all day?!” “How are you progressing so quickly?” “How is your backpack so light?” “How do you always look so fresh and like this is effortless for you?” “You are NOT hiking in your flip-flops!” (even though they saw me hiking in my flip-flops!) “How do you not eat sugar/not drink alcohol/go to bed so early?”

My body is keto-adapted (it burns fat instead of sugar). I often go long periods of time without eating, without hunger and without thoughts of food. I have gained extreme mental clarity, equanimity and endurance. I usually only eat once a day in the morning. My diet is approximately 60-70% fat, 20-35% protein and 5-20% carbohydrate. I do not eat sugar, processed foods, drink coffee or alcohol.

I eat foods produced by nature, and I consider the diets of the animals/the conditions of the soil. I buy whole animals, eggs, raw butter and cheese from farmers. I render fat from those animals and make bone broth. I purchase herbs from a co-op or outdoor farmer’s market. I order seafood and salmon online from independent fisheries. I buy coconut oil and olive oil that have been made using traditional methods.

I eat like royalty every day! I use traditional methods of cooking, unglazed clay cookware and the best ingredients the U.S.A. produces. My cholesterol test results are: cholesterol total: 247 (H); triglycerides: 24 (L); HDL cholesterol: 135; LDL cholesterol: 107; chol/hdl ratio: 1.83. I also sleep 9-10 hours every night. I don’t use aspirin, over-the-counter medications or recreational drugs.

I avoid all chemicals as much as humanly possible! I wear natural clothing and shoes, wash my hair using only filtered water without shampoo, sleep on a natural rubber mattress with natural bedding and use essential oils to make homemade toothpaste, lotion, perfume, body/room spray, and cleaning solution. I use soapnuts to hand wash and line dry my clothing.

All of these “habits” have occurred gradually over time as I have learned more and more and have discovered the pure joy, happiness and freedom of living simply and treating my body and life impeccably! MIRACLE!!

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  • cajunu: Thank you so much for writing! So grateful for your time and interest!!! I usually ate only one meal a day while hiking the camino. Finding food was the most challenging part of the camino for me because I will only eat foods in which I know their history! I had to research ahead of time and find stores that I knew had impeccably made olive oil, chorizo, raw milk cheese. I carried a week’s worth of food in my backpack and mailed ahead food for each week or found the next (previously researched) store! I walked between 18-28 miles a day (usually 20+); I walked 550 miles in 31 days. Sometimes I advanced around 15 miles to the next city but then put on many extra steps (miles?) exploring the larger cities (Pamplona, Burgos, Santiago). I was always tired by the end of the day and often went to sleep wondering if I would be able to keep walking!!! Every morning I was able to keep walking and would walk another 20ish miles! I think I had been keto-adapted for 5 years before walking. Hope this helps! Please email if you have any other questions! Delighted to hear from you!

    laura paulisich on
  • Bryan! Thank you so much for writing! I appreciate your encouraging comments so much!!! T H A N K Y O U ! ! !

    laura paulisich on
  • What an interesting concept. Can you share more about your ketogenic diet/fasting while walking the camino? What did you actually eat (in restaurants and cafes)? How far did you walk each day? What was the total distance covered? Did you ever experience fatigue? how long were you keto adapted before you commenced the camino?

    cajunu on
  • Hi Laura,
    I came across your page while looking for others who are interested in ketogenic backpacking and intermittent fasting. Your writing is beautiful and your lifestyle is inspiring!

    Bryan Ausinheiler on

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