3 Core Food Philosophies Every Hiker Should Know

When I became dually certified as a Health Counselor & Nutrition Coach, it wasn’t to have a desk job telling you what to eat, it was to learn how to sustain my own adventures. In this post, I share with you the 3 Core Food Philosophies that I follow in life. These aren’t things that were taught in my schooling but are concepts that I’ve figured out for myself as I’ve been out hiking and spending time in the wilderness.

3 Core Food Philosophies by Aria Zoner

I use these 3 core food philosophies as my food filters, something to aspire to when shopping, and to eat in a more conscious way. I’m interested to hear how you can use them in your life as well.

2017 – Health Hacks with Aria Zoner

– December –

3 Core Food Philosophies Every Hiker Should Know

Core Food Philosophies #1: Eat A Tree-A-Day

This is my own personal philosophy when it comes to how I attain my nutrition. When I’m looking to resupply, or am planning my food for the day, I try to eat a little bit of every aspect of the plant:

3 Food Philosophies by Aria Zoner - Tree A Day

This concept is not only a great way to explore food, but to figure out what’s missing from your diet. From garden vegetables to foods that are foraged on a hike, eating a tree-a-day gets you closer to the source of where the food’s coming from; which leads us to my 2nd core food philosophy.

Core Food Philosophies #2: Eat in Consideration of the Worker’s Environment

Have you ever thought about the people who grow, process, or cook your food? What are their working conditions like? Do they like their job or hate it? When it comes to food:

3 Food Philosophies by Aria Zoner - Which Job

Buying strawberries requires that someone works outside, without much need for safety equipment, but buying Pop-Tarts requires someone to work around toxic materials, which a lot of unhealthy food additives are at the production level. Your food choices are responsible for a lot more than just your own health, they’re responsible for the jobs that people have to work.

This realization is was what ultimately made me switch my diet to an organic, whole foods based one. Which job would you rather work? Harvesting strawberries? Or handling potassium sorbate?

Core Food Philosophies #3: Eat in Harmony with the Lunar Cycle

This final health hack of the 2017 Health Hacks Series may seem a bit woo-woo, but eating to match the Lunar Cycle is a great way to mix things up and to stay connected to the creation and destruction cycle that is this thing we call life. Here’s how to do this final hack the most effectively:


  • Waxing: New to Full – Uptake
  • Waning: Full to New – Detox

3 Core Food Philosophies by Aria Zoner - Lunar Cycle

In a nutshell, here’s how to uptake:
Increase your intake of solid foods. Time to feast.

In a nutshell, here’s how to detox:
Shift to juicing and more liquid foods. Time to fast.

In Summary:

Health is not something for someone else to give. Health is our own responsibility to cultivate. Like upgrading gear and having a better time on the adventure, upgrading a core philosophy you live by can have the same effect. By walking with nutrition on my side, good food karma on my back, and a deeper connection with the universe and its cycles in my awareness, I rest easy at night and wake up excited each day to keep adventuring.

The 3 Core Food Philosophies Every Hiker Should Know

  1. Eat a Tree-A-Day
  2. Eat in Consideration of the Worker’s Environment
  3. Eat in Harmony with the Lunar Cycle

Thanks for joining me on this 2017 – Health Hacks with Aria Zoner series. I hope you’ve gained some new insights into nutrition, health sovereignty, and how to thrive on a long-distance adventure.

What’s in store ahead for 2018?

I’m not sure yet. Like a good hike, I’m just taking it one step at a time.

How ‘bout you?

Happy Holidays wherever you are, and may health & wellness find you!

Signing off from the Recess Cave,
Aria Zoner

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