Could you be stockpiling something that will ultimately kill you after SHTF? Odds are, you have been storing this stuff for years. What is this potentially deadly and exceedingly common prepping item? If you guessed prepackaged food storage, you are right.
Am I Being Melodramatic?
“Your food storage could kills you” might sound melodramatic, but I’m as serious as a heart attack. You are what you eat. If you eat crap, your health is going to be crap. And, it doesn’t take long for that to happen. What good is food that will last 30 years, but will give you diabetes and hypertension in under 2 years? Your food storage will have a longer shelf life than you do!
As prepping has become more popular, the market for long-term emergency food has exploded. When I was a new prepper, I bought a ton of prepackaged, emergency food buckets and camping meals. Just add water, and dinner is done.
As time went on, I began added freezer storage, dehydrated, home-canned foods, and loads of bulk kitchen staples. Like a good, little prepper, I stockpiled 5-gallon buckets of flour, rice, beans, instant potatoes, instant non-fat milk, and honey. Was there a sale on canned pasta or other shelf-stable product at the wholesale club? I would buy a ton of it.
However, I now wonder how many people have lived on this food for more than a weekend for a practice bugout and also maintained good health.
My Personal Experience Living on My Food Storage
When I wrote my back-to-back books, Prepper’s Natural Medicine and Prepping for a Pandemic, I was always pressed for time. I was also dealing with pain from ankle and knee injuries. Standing in the kitchen for any length of time was difficult.
So, I broke into my stash of instant prepper meals- just add hot water and dinner’s done. Sometimes I did this for both lunch and dinner. I did this frequently for about a year and a half.
When all was said and done, I had packed on an amount of weight that I am still too embarrassed to admit. I had also developed hypertension and type 2 diabetes. What would have happened if I had also relied on it for my breakfast and lunch everyday? I seriously do not want to know.
No More SAD Food Storage
In this episode, I will talk about how I reversed much of the damage done from eating a year and a half’s worth of “prepper food”, and better options for food storage. So many people today are on special diets to avoid gluten, dairy, eggs, nuts, soy, or other allergen. Even more have conditions aggravated by inflammatory foods. Most people have heard about SAD, the Standard American Diet being linked to chronic illness and obesity. So, why would we want a pantry full of SAD food storage?
Honestly, what good is a supply of food that will last for 30 years, if it will kill you in under 5?
To Listen to This Episode
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The recorded show should be available the following day. I will post the link as soon as it’s available.