The Most Common Mistake
Preppers Make With
Their Food Stores
Right off the top of my head, I can list off a dozen reasons why you might need to fall back on your emergency food stores and depend on your deep pantry to get by for days, weeks, or even months.
You could lose your job. With money tight, your emergency food could become what allows you to stretch your budget and stay in your home while you line up new work.
The dollar could collapse. It’s a fragile thing and runaway government spending isn’t helping matters. If that were to happen, there would be widespread economic distress, runs on grocery stores, and shortages in the food supply. You wouldn’t have to worry, though, if you’ve prepared for such a moment…
Or a large-scale natural disaster like Hurricane Sandy could damage large sections of the infrastructure and leave thousands, if not millions, without access to a reliable source of food.
I could go on and on…
Here’s the thing. You may have emergency food stores already built up, but you may also be falling victim to one of the biggest food preparation mistakes that people make. It’s also one of the most common…
I’m talking about rationing.
Don’t Stack the
Deck Against Yourself
To be honest, the emergency food industry is partly responsible for the notion of rationing.
I’ve reviewed dozens of products and programs out there, and the vast majority of them offer what amounts to half rations. If you follow their menu plans, you’re looking at 900 to 1200 calories a day.
You won’t starve. But you will suffer.
The pervasiveness of emergency food supplies this light on calories has given a lot of people the idea that surviving on tight rations is the way things are done.
That’s a real problem.
During a crisis, life doesn’t stop. If you have to evacuate, you’re going to be on the move. If you shelter in place, you’ll need to maintain your household. You may even need to work in your garden or fortify your home’s security.
My point is, survival in a crisis is often physically demanding.
It’s also mentally demanding. You need to be alert. You need your judgment to be on point. You may have to make snap decisions to protect your family’s health and safety.
If you’re subsisting on half rations, all of these things become more difficult.
Here’s what you can expect from living on half rations:1
- Muscle fatigue
- Heightened anxiety
- Mental fogginess
- General tiredness
A crisis by definition is already tough. But by rationing your food and limiting your caloric intake, you make it even harder.
But it’s not just calories you need to worry about. If you’re rationing your food, you could be putting yourself at higher risk for nutritional deficiencies, and that could lead to long-term health problems.
Keep Yourself at Your Best,
Even in the Worst of Times
You should be sure to give extra attention to two specific things as you build your food stores: calories and nutrition.
First, the calories. The average American eats about 2500 calories each day. That’s way more than we need. Two thousand calories is a comfortable amount for most people, and a good target for your nutritional stores.
On 2000 calories a day, you won’t feel hungry, you’ll stay mentally sharp, and you’ll have plenty of energy to tackle physical tasks.
Whatever approach you take to building up your food pantry, aim to have a minimum of 2000 calories per person per day for the duration of a crisis.
Now, on to nutrition. If your emergency food stores are made completely out of flour, salt, and oil, you may have your 2000 calories per day … but you won’t be getting the nutrition you need.
The best way to ensure balanced nutrition is through variety. Store whole grains, oils, salt, beans, rice, cornmeal, canned or freeze dried fruits and vegetables, canned meats, peanut butter, whole grain crackers, nuts, and seeds. Also stock up on multivitamins to fill in any gaps.
By stocking up on a variety of foods and understanding your body’s calorie needs, you’ll put yourself in the position to survive and even thrive during a crisis.
What happens if an Emergency
outlasts your food stores?
In the face of most emergencies, six months to a year of food stores will be enough to get you through. Things will be on the way back to normal before you exhaust your stores.
But some crises may last longer than that. And when that happens, it’s better to have a contingency plan for securing access to food after your stores run out than it is to rely on rationing.
A garden plot, backyard chickens, as well as fishing and hunting skills are all things to consider for building out a food plan to outlast your stores.
P.S. The issue of food storage is near and dear to my heart. When I set out to find an easy food storage system to protect my loved ones and myself, I was appalled by what I found. Tasteless food. Low calorie counts. Poor nutrition. What I found simply wasn’t good enough.
So I built my own food storage system. It’s chock full of tasty meals, delivers more than 2000 calories a day, and will keep your body fueled and healthy. I’ve used this system myself to build up a one-year food store, and now you can, too! It couldn’t be easier. Your emergency food stores are just one click away!