How to feed yourself on the Camino
To eat well is important when you are walking the Camino de Santiago. The “Spanish Agency for Secure and Nutritional food” (Agencia Española de Seguridad Alimentaria y Nutrición (AESAN)) gives us some advice on this on their website (in Spanish).
You should know that the base of a good diet for a pilgrim consists of water and energy drinks, and foods rich in carbohydrates like bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, cookies, sweets, energy bars, fruit and nuts.
The preparations of these foods should not be too processed and one should avoid too many sauces and other condiments.
It is not recommended to eat any large quantity of food at once, but rather several smaller meals spread out over the day.
Try not to eat any food that might not be safe to eat, something that you are not used to eat, or something that might not be prepared in a good enough manner.
It is important to give your body enough water during the Camino de Santiago. You should not wait until you are thirsty to drink. To drink water frequently before, during and after each stage is important. Energy drinks with minerals is a recommended option.
Be careful with water found in fountains and springs that you fin along the Camino. You need to know if this water is drinkable before you drink it (agua potable = drinkable water).
In your backpack you should always have some type of food and water. As mentioned earlier, energy bars and/or nuts are good alternatives.
It is a good idea to periodically make some stops along the day’s route, to get some strength back and to get something to eat and drink.
It is not recommended to be on a diet when you are on the Camino. During the days on the Camino your body will be under a lot stress and you need put back the energy that they body uses during the day.
In general, alcohol and physical activity does not mix well. Try to avoid it.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Remember that after a nights sleep, we need to re-establish the bodies sugar level back to normal.
Remember that your diet should be an important part of your daily planning when you are doing the Camino de Santiago.