American Survival Guide - - GEAR GUIDE -

Stay­ing dry and wear­ing the right kinds of cloth­ing are very im­por­tant for keep­ing warm. But just as im­por­tant, if not more so, is eat­ing enough of the right com­bi­na­tions of food.

The food you eat is just like the ga­so­line you put into your car: The car can have all kinds of great fea­tures, but if it doesn’t have any fuel—or the right kind of fuel—it won’t do any­thing for you.

In cold weather, make sure you—

• Keep your­self well hy­drated. With­out enough wa­ter, your body can­not di­gest and me­tab­o­lize the food you eat, so keep your wa­ter lev­els up. An easy way to tell if you are start­ing to get de­hy­drated is if your urine starts to get a yel­low­ish or straw color to it. The darker yel­low it gets, the more de­hy­drated you are be­com­ing.

• Eat a bal­ance of car­bo­hy­drates, fats and pro­teins. Your body needs all three to op­er­ate ef­fi­ciently and ef­fec­tively. Make sure you eat a good mix of them through­out the day—not just at break­fast, lunch and din­ner. A good mix is 50 per­cent car­bo­hy­drates, 20 per­cent pro­tein and 30 per­cent fats.

• Cold weather re­duces your hunger and your thirst, so drink and eat through­out the day, even if you don’t feel thirsty or hun­gry.

• “Dirty” soups such as beef veg­etable are the per­fect cold-weather food. They help keep you hy­drated; they pro­vide warmth to your core with­out your body hav­ing to burn calories to heat the food up to your body tem­per­a­ture; and they have a good mix of fast en­ergy-re­leas­ing car­bo­hy­drates, slow-re­leas­ing pro­teins and slower-re­leas­ing fats. (Plus, it tastes great!)

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