Monday, January 10, 2011

Guess what I found at Super G

I went shopping with Mom tonight. We walked through the rows getting the regular items, but we were also looking at the food us guys be eating on the hike. In the soup isle(i think I spelled that right...) there were soup mix packets. that weighed only 10 or 12 ounces, and made 1/2 gallon of soup. It was a powder. We could put it in a plastic bag and just make enough for one meal every time we use it. The whole thing could last us a couple days. Just add water.

-Thomas Zmyewski

Friday, January 7, 2011

Nutrition (continued)

Some problems on the trail with food is that hikers sometimes don't eat enough calories.
Here I will show a list of proteins, carbs, vitamin c and other supplements we need.

Proteins: Nuts (Almonds, peanuts, and cashews are the ones I like) noodles, canned meats like tuna, ham, and chicken are all high sources of protein.

vegetables: We can refill on vegetables and fruits when entering a town  and ones that we would probably get are apples, oranges, bananas, potatoes, cauliflower, and a cucumber or two.

Calcium: yogurt (which can be dehydrated) and tortillas made from lime-processed corn (for preservation) and leafy greens of the cabbage family and oranges which we can get a few when we go into a town.

Calories: for calories bagels can be good considering they range from 231 to 264 calories, pita is also good because it has around the same calories as bagels, and people also suggest powdered cheese/eggs/milk for the trail.

Carbs: For carbs nuts are found to have a high amount of it along with seeds which can be eaten and are very lightweight for the trail. Along with nuts noodles like rice, or ramen have carbs in them

If anyone thinks there is an error to my posts or wants to add something please just comment

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Nutrition: Updated

    The nutrition on the trail is going to consist lightweight, but calorie dense foods, that have reasonable sodium and sugar levels. Our protein intake will come from foods like sausage, jerky, and nuts. While those meals are high in protein and have a good level of calories. Our carbs are going to come from: oatmeal packets, candy bars, bagels, wholewheat bread(very calorie dense so its a good calorie/wieght ratio), noodles and rice. My fruits and vegetables, aka vitamins: they will come from fruit cups, dried fruit, oranges, apples, cucumbers, and carrots, and maybe the odd potato or two to bake.
     Also another option is to get freeze dries foods. They are very nutritious and taste good. An added bonus is that they come in many different varieties so that they don't get boring. But the catch is that, the food is super expensive, and with 3 hungry teens, it wont be cost effective to carry the freeze dried foods on a regular basis.
    We will make up sample menus for before the hike to practice shopping on our own, and the vitamins we don't eat we will take. 

-Thomas Zmyewski

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Dear Anonymous

The first poster on our blog Anonymous. Who are you? Are you some random stranger or someone we know.


So far for nutrition were planning on having nuts, beef jerky, noodles, and anything else with protein that we haven't thought of yet. If anyone has any ideas for food just comment.   


Monday, January 3, 2011

Trail Names

Trail names are hard to choose, for example im stuck on Germany or the origin of my name which is Favorite son. If anyone wants to comment any suggestions that would be nice, you can find me at Benjamin Zmyewski on facebook


Saturday, January 1, 2011

Light Reading

Hey its Tom again,
I've been reading up on the trail a little. I'm currently reading the book "Awol", it's about a middle aged guy quitting his job and hiking the AT. It's a really cool book and it's giving me a lot of things to think about. Namely the health aspect of the hike. Us boys are going to have to avoid any injury and illness we can, and focus on protecting our legs and feet.
I've also been looking at boots and sleeping bags, the two big things that we don't have. However we have our hiking bags, and I am planning on filling them up to a weight similar to what we will have on the trail. Then going out and doing some hikes. Another training proposition from a friend at the pool where I work. He said I should bring my pack in with me and hit the treadmill when I'm not working.
On another topic I've been thinking about possible trail names, but am having little luck in finding one.
-Thomas Zmyewski

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Welcome to our blog. Come and visit and get to know my crazy busy family. First there is me, Tammy, also known as the MOM. And then there is Hank-the Dad. We are the proud parents of 5 wonderful and wacky kids. In order of birth-Nicholas, Thomas, Benjamin, Eleanor, and Maxwell. We are a homeschooling family and we love to explore, travel, and create dynamic family traditions and rituals with our children.