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Old 22-08-2015, 12:12   #46
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Re: Whole Food Diet Possible While Cruising?

Originally Posted by mstrebe View Post
I avoid foods that require refrigeration while cruising, because refrigeration is power expensive (anathema on a sailboat) and because you don't want to go hungry if your reefer or engine fails in the middle of a 30 day passage.

Paleo and vegetarian diets take a whole lot of modern technology to be possible.
This is my gripe with the modern concept of paleo: its dependence on technology. Our paleo ancestors didn't have refrigeration, and got along just fine without it. Not just in cold northern climates: the seafaring ancient Polynesians grew strong and healthy on their natural food. There's got to be a way for modern cruisers to provision their boats without installing a reefer or resorting to processed food. Make pemmican? Can your own meat? Dry or pickle your vegs? Catch fish while on passage? Partly live on beans or rice at sea, and then pig out on fresh stuff when you reach shore?

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Old 22-08-2015, 14:25   #47
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Re: Whole Food Diet Possible While Cruising?

I read many,... all posts
Only one of you stressed the difference between board/ashore regime, as I did.

This is a cruising forum, no interest in personal medical arguments or diet fads, OK?
Sorry, but the concept of ORGANIC MEAT is totally silly, at best.

In Europe, beef is tracked and origin-certified. That's it!

All raised meat in the world is from stabled animals regularly injected with drugs. Is it what you call ORGANIC??


Only organic food is in Argentina, or in poor rural areas where the ILL beasts are sent to slaughter.

Of course, commercial alibi are die hard concepts

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Old 22-08-2015, 18:51   #48
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Re: Whole Food Diet Possible While Cruising?

If you don't mind using a freezer, you might wish to consider juicing. I mean making real juice, not smoothies.

Almost all fruits and vegetables can be juiced and, importantly, mixed to various degrees. There are tons of tips and recipes online.

The finished juice can be frozen.

Hence, with a juicer and a freezer, you can have access to a healthy daily dose of fruit and veg even while far from land.
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Old 22-08-2015, 20:37   #49
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Re: Whole Food Diet Possible While Cruising?

A lot of this depends on how you intend to cruise.

If you're motoring between ports and don't mind spending 2.5GPH minimum, you can have enough refrigeration to do whatever you want. Well, honestly the leafy greens will still get old after a week, but mostly everything.

If you're sailing, and doing multi-week passages, you can forget about anything but a very small reefer, and even that's got a time limit.

You'll be going back to pre-1930s foods across the board. Canned food. Dried food. Grains, cereals, and legumes. The only modern tech that works is shelf-stable plastic bagged foods. Shelf-stable milk. Canned, smoked, or jerked meats only.

Fresh food and fruit you buy in port, where-ever you go, and whatever they have. You add that to your staples. Beans, rice, + plantains. Rice + Tuna steaks.

One minor problem you'll have if you want to eat fresh and organic is that in a lot of 3rd world countries, you're expected to be able to slaughter and dress your own chicken.

Living aboard your boat in a foreign port as if it's a hotel room is no different than any vacation you've taken. World cruising, especially on a sailboat, isn't going to be reliably able to offer fresh foods underway, so you'll need to find those elements of your diet that preserve well the old fashioned way.

Let us know what you figure out! I'm always looking to expand our stock.

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