After the comments about daily food hunts I thought a splash about my fuel was in order. Indeed that’s what it is -fuel. I budgeted about 5,000 calories a day, packed into ‘day bags’ with lots of extra treats and options thrown in as well in a bid to break up the monotony. Back on land I am renowned for my somewhat hearty (or is that hefty?!)appetite and ability to demolish anything on my plate. So I was keen that food out here on the waves would also be enjoyable as well as purely fuel. Off I went in search of lovely sponsors to help – Cadbury (yes, my very own chocolate sponsor = heaven), Look what we found, Natural Balance Foods, Urban Fresh and Amia.
Herewith listed today’s hoosh (word coined after listening to diaries of Scott’s Last Expedition -thought it sounds rather funky)
0600 Almonds, dried pineapple. Water.
-continue snoozing as sun not up
0800 – Porridge with a dollop of protein powder (lots of goodies added when we packed it at home e.g goji berries, linseed, nuts of every description, bran, raisins, dried banana/mango/apple)-squirt honey all over and aa twist of salt; Trek bar (fruit, nuts, oats – ‘lovingly smooshed together’); 2 Twirls; Slice rye bread with almond butter & raspberry jam (treat!); water
Row row row row (drink water and energy drink throughout)
1000 Trek bar & dried pineapple
More rowing (drinking still)
1200 Rye bread with almond butter & jam; Dream bar; almonds; pepperami
Rest while its too hot to row (swim/email check/wash/gin machine switch on)
1400 ‘Thai chicken rice’ rehydrated meal (one of the more palatable flavours…),sprouting lentils , dried fruit and nuts.
/1500/1600 -Graze each hour or as I feel hungry (Nakd bar, choc, fruit/nuts)
1730 Another rehydrated ‘delight’ e.g bolognaise/shepherds pie. More dried fruit, nuts. If I’m lucky a little pot of fruit. Probably some chocolate!
Graze on something every hour while awake and in the night when I wake.
*Take daily multivitamin/mineral and Omega 3,6,9 supplement
*Drink 3-5 litres day
*Treats include: wasabi peas;MOD rationpack meals (divine!); ‘Look what we found’ meal on Sunday (e.g Mushroom stroganoff, beef in black velvet porter) – highlight of the week; pasta and soup mix/pesto; rye bread and jam; cereal bars, chocolate bars different from the norm; biscuits; sweets; bombay mix; fruit pots;boat jelly (so called as it is made by my own fair boat hands!).
*Meals enhanced with mustards or that red peppery sauce that begins with a ‘T’…
*Birthday menu to be announced*
*All fresh stuff eaten weeks ago!
*Drinks cabinet includes-Port; three bottles Fizz; one beer; 3 cans Sprite (coke now finished); various tebags I use to flavour waters; hot chocolate (hundreds of sachets-rarely drink them);1 bottle cordial; energy drink powder.
So that is roughly what I eat over a 24hr run -more or less depending on weather etc. There are two dehydrated pudddings onboard for each day too but I never rarely eat them – they’re all variations on a custard theme. Literally custard and bits of dried fruit or just chocolate custard. Why, nay how, did I let myself ever think that was going to be a good idea?!
I’m not doing too badly on it though – there should stillbe enough of me left for Mum to hug in Mauritius without wondering if she’s hugging thin air.
Onwards and Westward we go,
S & D x
Marcel – Scoobado sounds great, yes please!
The monsters (my little cousins) – Sorry to hear about Man Utd stealing your victory boys – be strong, your turn will come again. You need to shout louder for them next time methinks.Harry – take care of that wing of yours. Did you save the goal? Ol – Stop beating your brother up and pretending it was him diving for a goal! I emailed Arsenal and told them to make you Manager next year. Evie -Don’t rub it in too much that you-know-who didn’t win the you-know-what. Hope the gymnastics us going gymnastically.
Anna – Lovely quote. Currently reading 7yrs in Tibet
Christine & Kathleen-Thanks for all your messages. Thinking of you at the mo. Keep smiling.
Sarah Stitch -Think often of our Hebridean adventures!
Flick- Sadly no turtles on the Spotted list yet… Any in York you could send on a visit?
Anna W – Just read your letter -funnily enough I don’t often consider the specific heat capacity of materials but loved the dead guineapig marigold joke!
Libby – You know someone going to Mauritius too?!
Hopefully some pictures may have made it up too…..