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7 Surprising Ways Your Eating Habits May Actually Improve After the S Hits the Fan

I recently shared this article in my newsletter but wanted to post it here as well. If you use a smart food storage plan, your family’s nutritional needs might actually improve after a worst case scenario, as strange as that sounds!

Many people believe that most Americans will be on starvation rations, at best, following a massive crisis, but you might be surprised to learn that your food storage pantry may actually improve your diet and health in 7 significant ways, assuming you have one.

If you haven’t started storing food, it may be the most important step you take toward preparing for a future that will certainly include, “everyday disasters,” such as freak weather events or a long-term job loss as well as worst-case scenarios. The price of food continues to increase and every year there are reports of devastating events that affect our food supply, such as this year’s drought.

With a solid 3 months (minimum) of stored food, here’s how your diet may be healthier even after the S hits the fan:

  1. You and your family will be eating homemade meals 100% of the time. Food shortages and rising prices impact the restaurant business and any worst case scenario will cause the closure of virtually every restaurant. Homemade is almost always a healthier route than restaurants.
  2. If you’ve been following my advice to store mostly ingredients rather than prepared foods, you’re already a step ahead in the healthy-eating game since most freeze-dried and dehydrated foods contain no additives. A #10 can of dehydrated carrots contains…carrots! Your meals will be healthier because you have healthy ingredients in your pantry.
  3. Fast food meals will be a thing of the past, the distant past. No more 700 calorie Whoppers with 37 grams of fat or fries soaked in oil. You may drop a quick 5 pounds in the very first week post-SHTF!
  4. You’ll likely be eating far more homegrown produce, either direct from your garden or preserved by canning or dehydration. Additionally, your produce won’t be genetically modified and it won’t contain unwanted additives.
  5. Your body will be healthier because you’ll be consuming far fewer processed foods and the various additives they contain. Say goodbye to high fructose corn syrup, massive amounts of sodium, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, artificial colors, MSG, pyrophosphates, and the list goes on.
  6. In order to avoid food fatigue, many Survival Moms (and dads) get creative with their food storage choices by including out-of-the-ordinary grains, such as quinoa and millet, many varieties of beans, etc. These types of choices can greatly increase the nutritional value of your meals.
  7. Your serving sizes will be in the normal range rather than the massive servings many restaurants offer. Today I shared a salad with my daughter at a favorite Italian restaurant. The salad was served on a platter that could hold a small turkey! After the SHTF, we’ll be watching our food supply carefully and sticking with serving sizes that are friendlier to our waistlines.

In no way am I looking forward to a disaster or worst case scenario. If the S never hits the fan, I’ll be eternally grateful. The lesson here is that smart, really smart, planning and preparation is the way to go, no matter what happens.

Related webinars: “Food Storage by the Recipe”, “Food Storage Basics”, “The Top Ten Foods to Store”

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(7) Readers Comments

  1. Totally agree. I do store a few freeze dried meals in #10 cans for convenience but they have a whopping sodium content so I focus on ingredients. Good points in the article.

  2. Since our family tends to eat from our storage now, it won’t change all that much for us. Except that fresh produce will be soo much harder for us to come by. We are nowhere near up to speed on gardening or canning. So we will make due with our few freeze dried items, canned tomatoes, and multi vitamins.

    I’m curious, has anybody read a reliable study about multi vitamins? If we are getting our needed calories, our needed protein, some fat, and taking a multi vitamin will we actually be able to continue on in relatively good health? Those things are so freaking reasonable at Sam’s Club, etc. that it would be ridiculous not to have a serious stash for one’s own family, then extras for friends and relatives, and maybe even trade.

    I’ll just add that if ever the SHTF for real I’ll know I’ll be eating nutritious whole foods without added chemicals – that is until someone shoots me in the back from 200 yards away or starts my house on fire while I’m sleeping… I’m not trying to knock the article, I just know I’m not some special forces bada** and I have to remind myself to “keep it real.”

  3. An added benefit that I didn’t see mentioned is good for those of us in the “squishy” category — You’ll lose weight!

    Money was all but nonexistent for a few months last winter, so we were eating out of our supplies. I dropped 2 jeans sizes with no effort — there were no between-meals snacks, no junk food grabbed from the gas station on the way to work, and no finishing off that last little bit of supper, because it was needed for tomorrow’s lunch. As frustrating as it was at the time, it made us healthier, and we spent more time together as a family because of the time it took to prepare every meal from scratch.

  4. Good points. We almost forget what normal sizes should look like.

  5. We started using salad plates for meals. We cook and eat much less with smaller portions. It’s a mental thing where we need to fill that large plate

    • We do that now, too, and it really makes a difference. We also no longer put bowls of food on the table; every plate is filled from the stove. We still get seconds sometimes, but now it’s a conscious decision to walk across the room rather than just scoop up everything that’s within reach.

  6. We eat what we store and store what eat as well, about 96% of the time. I definitely see the benefits for our family now. If or when the “s” hits it will be hard to “have” to stick with smaller portions and less luxuries such as treats. The two things I will miss most would be doritoes and chocolate ha ha!

    I think I need to come up with comparable spices and nacho flavorings to store with my corn meal to make home made tortillas and cocoa powder for the latter luxury mentioned.

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