posted on May, 24 2008 @ 04:46 AM
I think you've made a great start with your stockpiling, however I think you need to look at your nutritional requirements otherwise your not going
to be able to cope with all the physical work required in sitx.
The rice is good for carbs.
The tinned meat will give you protein and fat.
What about vitamins, salt, sugar, calcium, minerals and fibre?
Without fibre you will become seriously constipated which can cause excrutiating pain, never mind the piles which will plague you for years.
Vitamin C has to be considered an essential - without it you will develop scurvy. Include some ascorbic acid powder in your stores, a quarter of a
teaspoon disssolved in water will see you right.
Include dried beans and lentils in your stores. Apart from the vitamins, minerals and fibre they provide, they are a good source of carbs, but if
mixed with other carbs such as rice will also provide protein - which is how those veggies out there manage to stay healthy.
For calcium you need fish, milk, cheese or eggs. Tins of fish in oil are not only a great source of calcium but will feed your brain and keep it
working well, plus you get the fats you need from the oil. You can buy dried milk which although bulky is not heavy. If you buy tinned milk, get
condensed milk, it will go much further than evaporated when diluted with water, plus will provide essential sugars. Cheese is harder to store long
term, although finely grated hard cheese, such as parmesan, has quite a long shelf life and I suspect, like most things, will last much longer than
the sell by date if its stored well. Eggs, well you can buy dried egg and, although bulky would provide a great source of protein as well as
The freeze dry company mentioned earlier does a good range of fruits (I've bought some from them) and they are very good indeed. These will give you
vitamins, fibre, minerals and sugars.
Now for water. If water supplies are not contaminated, you can soak and cook all your dried foods without problems, with the advantage that they will
absorb large amounts of the water, thus contributing to your daily requirement. If however you don't have access to water, your pretty much stuffed
unless you have plenty of tinned fruit and veg. To work out how much water you need, work out your body weight in lbs, divide by 2, and that is the
amount of water you need to drink in ozs. Twenty ozs of water equals a pint. Twenty percent of our water comes from our food, so you can take that
off, but add on an extra pint for every hour of physical exercise. Then make an allowance for heat - I work in a very hot kitchen and I drink pints
of water. Remember that if you are feeling thirsty then you are already dehydrated! If you are dehydrated you need to drink water with sugar and
salt added to replace those already lost by your body.
I know that throughout history people have survived for long periods on very poor diets, and many still do. But if the S# hits the fan it will be
survival of the fittest, both physically and mentally, and essential nutrients will give you that edge.
Remember the story of the two guys camping, and one puts his boots on before going to sleep. They other chap ask him why and he says, in case a bear
attacks in the night. They other chap says but you'll never outrun a bear even with boots on, and he replies "I don't need to outrun the bear - I
only need to outrun you!"