Of sponsors and such. . . . Emergen-C
I have a sponsor – sort of. I contacted the makers of Emergen-C, since I drink it daily anyway. They didn’t offer to sponsor my AT hike as it was too far in the future, but did offer to send me a boatload of Emergen-C samples anyway for hiking this summer. And they did send me a BOATLOAD! About 200 packets worth – enough for the summer even if I do hike 13 peaks in the Whites. Thanks, Emergen-C!
Now I suppose I should say a few words about why I like it, and why it will be on the AT hike with me. It’s no mystery really. Before I was on thyroid treatment, my blood sugar was getting problematic. Yes, I still should be watching it, but I don’t – at least as closely as I should. The thyroid helps a lot.
Anyway, the summer we built the yurt, Gatorade was high on the list of things I was drinking out in the hot sun. But since there was not enough exercise involved in that, it wasn’t helping my BG much. My doctor suggested I switch to Emergen-C, since it has the electrolyte replacements without the sugar. The vitamin C is just an extra in my mind. So I did, and I’ve been drinking it ever since, including for hiking. I wouldn’t switch back to Gatorade for one simple reason – WEIGHT! All that sugar weighs a lot, even powdered. The Emergen-C tastes pretty good, too, although I’m not as fond of all flavors – I really like raspberry and blue the best. And given that I’ll always have to watch blood glucose, there is really no good reason to switch back to gatorade, ever.