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With all the hard work the team members must do on an expedition - skiing, hauling gear, and simply staying warm - they burn LOTS of calories. Therefore, they need to consume almost 6,000 calories worth of food each day.  That's the same amount as in 70 slices of bread and is more than twice the amount of calories they eat when at home. You see, your body needs  calories in order to function... and in the case of our explorers... to stay warm. Just like a car, they need fuel to run. An arctic diet is very hearty and contains lots of butter, Hilmar cheese, and even chocolate.

Breakfast consists of oatmeal or granola with milk, bread fried in butter with jam or cheese, fried  breakfast sausages, and hot chocolate, tea or instant coffee.

Lunch time finds the team eating nuts, dried fruit, granola bars, cheese, butter, sausage, instant soup or ramen noodles, chocolate, and water or lemonade.  Lunch on the trail is a somewhat hurried affair as the team can get easily chilled when not moving.  As soon as the team has set camp in the afternoon and are in their tents, the gas stove is burning and the pot is on for tea or hot chocolate and a snack to warm up. 

Dinner is prepared on the stove as well and consists of a large rice or noodle (carbohydrates) dish and is supplemented with venison, fish, or caribou (protein). They also eat vegetables and cheese (of course). The team also places a few "midnight snacks" within arm's reach just before crawling into their sleeping bags.  Eating an energy bar in the middle of the night is just like putting a log on a fire, it keeps the chill away. 

Explorers need water for drinking and food preparation. The team spends 3 - 4 hours each day melting ice and snow into water for tea, soups, powdered milk, hot chocolate, and lemonade. Also realize a "normal" water bottle would freeze solid; therefore, the team uses thermos bottles to keep the drinks warm to prevent freezing.

The Polar Huskys' diets are also carefully managed. The team needs the dogs to be strong. Every day the dogs eat about 6,000 calories worth of Science Diet Endurance dog food.  If a "normal" dog ate this much, its stomach would most likely twist and the dog would be come seriously ill and possibly even die. The Polar Huskies, however, are well adapted for this type of lifestyle!


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