My Dufflebag And Food (Part 1)

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Jm's Comment
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I have been working on a food list and trying out different food prep techniques from boiling water in a microwave and dropping a cracked egg in to soaking oatmeal overnight. I know I sound like a hippie, but I really try to eat organic and primarily vegetables and grains with a free-range egg once a day. If and when I eat meat, it has to be grassfed/free-range/wild. I hear about a lot of Walmarts out there. They mostly do not carry non-pesticide non-gmo food, which is going to make figuring out my cuisines a little difficult. I read a large number of medical/science journals, which include nutritional health. I am very concerned about the high amount of pesticide residues found in/on produce. I am also concerned with the whacked-out ratios of omegas in food. If I eat junk, my body aches in the joints, and I don't feel sharp in the mind. I try to avoid that feeling as much as possible. I especially don't want to feel awful away from home and under the stress of operating a dangerously heavy vehicle. I want to cover all of my bases BEFORE I complete my CDL A physical exam since I won't have that opportunity to organize and prepare prior to roading with a mentor.

This is what I have so far in regards to my food list: Organic Raw Walnuts (I eat 1-2ounces a day) Organic Thick Cut Oats (3/4cp every morning) soaked in water overnight Pure Blueberry from Lakewood Organic Juice (not from concentrate) -Blueberries and cherries are extremely important in my life because they really help reduce my stress levels and keep me alert throughout the day better than a cup of coffee. This will be good to have on hand if I can't find organic berries at truckstops. I will take a couple of the bottles with me within reason of how much I can fit in my dufflebag along with my other items. Freerange non-refrigerated eggs -I will keep the eggs in a hard-shelled protective small case. I do not want them breaking on me and it is important that they do not undergo refrigeration at any point because they will no longer stay fresh unrefrigerated. Refrigeration changes the enzyme ratios that keep the eggs from going bad when unrefrigerated. If I eat 1-2 eggs, a carton will hold me over for about a week. SunWarrior Illumin8 Aztec Plant-based Protein Meal Powder -This is the only darn Powder I could find that did not contain hemp seeds. I have to be very careful about hemp seeds if I am going to be ingesting this everyday. The last thing I need is to throw a false-positive on a drug test because my hippie protein powder has hemp seeds in it! Organic 100% grassfed Whey -in the event my body wants a rest from the SunWarrior Plant-based powder, I can down this instead. Canned organic peas/beans with BPA-free lining -The cans are about $1.25 a piece and I can just eat straight out of the can. I know it doesnt sound appetizing, but I am more concerned with nutrition and blood sugar levels (not diabetic, but I do get reactive hypoglycemia where my blood sugar spikes and then crashes after eating high carbs). I figure I can have about 10-12 cans in my bag and then restock at some point. By the way, you know what is awesome about peas? They are one of the more nutritionally complete foods. I will bring some methyl-b12 with me just in case. As for meat, well *sigh*...a steak and some chicken would be nice, but I am guessing it would be wishful thinking any sort of high standard meat would be near truckstop locations. Canned wild caught salmon, tuna, sardines -I can't eat these everyday because of the mercury content, but I can at least have them 3 times a week. Organic Stone Ground Whole Wheat And Sprouted Wheat breads -I'll buy a loaf a week Organic peanutbutter -i hope my mentor is not allergic to peanuts. If so, I bring a sunflower/pumpkinseed butter just in case. Organic Fairtrade chocolate chips -these are great because I can throw walnuts and chocolate chips onto a rolled up piece of bread if I crave something sweet. Powdered Goatmilk - I tried it last night. It was not that bad. It did have that malt smell though, because it did come from a powdered form. I can drink this on the go, and it contains 8grams of protein per serving. Ya' know, crack open a can of peas and drink some reconstituted powdered goatmilk with a slice of bread. :/ I kid, I kid, I am sure it wont be that bad :/ yes it will LOL Such is life

Overall, my food cost should be around $180 for a month and I am going to live as an accidental ovalactopescatarian for the length of my mentor training.

I don't plan on carrying many personal items on me. My dufflebag will mostly contain my food and hygiene products. I will have 7 thin undershirts tightly rolled, which I will change daily under my three button up shirts. This will keep my button up shirts from absorbing sweat and I won't have to worry too much about washing them on the regular. The same goes for pants an. I will bring three pairs of pants and change my underwear everyday. I'll also pack some thin gym shorts so I can wash all three of my pants on laundry day :) Maybe, I'll just pack my rolled up clothes into my rolled up sleeping bag with my pillow and a top sheet.

I'll take a pic of my dufflebag spread when I gather all of my items. My wife is going to drive my pre-packed dufflebag up to me on the 20th day of my trucking school, so that I'll have my stuff in hand with a hug and a kiss goodbye if I pass on my 21st day and get teamed up directly afterwards for the 5-6 weeks of Swift training mentorship.

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JakeBreak's Comment
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Lots of walmart are starting to carry grass-fed beef. It's still hard to find pastured chicken or pork but the beef is easier. As far as the organic goes walmart also have an organic produce section it's pretty small and limited as to what is there but it's getting better. I follow a strict low carb diet out here so I keep my eyes open for that stuff. After your trained and your comfortable with the truck you'll find little farmers markets and stuff on the us highways to shop at for some stuff.

Jm's Comment
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Lots of walmart are starting to carry grass-fed beef. It's still hard to find pastured chicken or pork but the beef is easier. As far as the organic goes walmart also have an organic produce section it's pretty small and limited as to what is there but it's getting better. I follow a strict low carb diet out here so I keep my eyes open for that stuff. After your trained and your comfortable with the truck you'll find little farmers markets and stuff on the us highways to shop at for some stuff.

Thank you for letting me know about the organic section in Walmart's and the farmer's markets. I think that is awesome they are starting to carry grass-fed beef! How has the low carb diet been going for you? Are you doing the strictly paleo?

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