So you've booked your stay with Mountain Trek and we are totally looking forward to seeing you! But what should you do now? Well, aside from determining what free airport shuttle you require and ensuring you have proper footwear and clothing, it's also important to prepare your body for the Mountain Trek experience by following these nine easy steps as outlined by our on-site nutritionist. As a future Mountain Trek guest, you're going to reach certain fitness goals, lose weight and feel your vitality for life return! And it helps to start practicing some of these principles before you arrive. In fact, it takes 3-5 weeks for your metabolism to kick in when you change your eating habits, so the sooner you start the better! In order to make a big difference in your energy level and fat burning capacity, we suggest you follow these 9 guidelines before your arrival at Mountain Trek:

  1. Enjoy a breakfast each morning with lots of fibre.

  2. Eat a smaller dinner with fewer carbohydrates. (Ensure you've consumed two-thirds of your daily calories before dinner.)

  3. Taper off your consumption of all caffeine sources, especially coffee (*see note below), sodas, black teas, alcohol, candies and confections.

  4. We also recommend limiting your intake of simple carbohydrates. No white flour, pastries and white bread.

  5. Eat at least 2 fruits and 2-3 cups of vegetables per day before your arrival.

  6. Do some form of aerobic activity during the day and attempt to walk (and climb stairs) for a total of 10,000 steps a day. (Start by parking a few blocks away from work or the store.)

  7. Take 1 multivitamin supplement per day.

  8. Drink water! This is one of nature’s best ways to keep healthy. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day before your arrival. (A number of our guests have said that the best way to ensure you're drinking water is to note it down on a piece of paper.)

  9. Cook and flavour with less salt and do your best to avoid salty snack foods in order to lessen water retention.

*NOTE: There is science behind Mountain Trek’s "No Coffee" policy. Caffeine stimulates the adrenal glands to produce the stress hormones cortisol and epinephrine. Higher and prolonged levels of cortisol in the bloodstream have been shown to have a negative effect on raising the metabolism, altering blood sugars and blood pressure and decreasing muscle tissue and bone density. It has also been shown to increase the deposit of belly fat for a significant percentage of the population. We have found that people gain weight and/or have health problems not necessarily because of the foods they eat, but because of the foods they don’t eat. We focus on eating enough of the proper foods at the right times and that, combined with physical exercise, lessens the desire to eat non-essential foods. We're looking forward to seeing you at the Mountain Trek Lodge!