Planning your storage food selection is a pretty daunting task. Variables like the number of people, having a varied selection of food, storage location and making sure you have enough to survive are all things you think about. Something not a lot of people think about is calorie intake. Let’s talk about that for a bit.
When planning and purchasing food to store, you are basically plotting out your meal menu for a month or longer. Places like efoodsdirect.com and others sell a nice neatly packaged meals meant to help you survive for 3 days, a week or a year. The key word is survive. Most people are accustomed to eating a fair amount of food everyday so eating for survival will be a big shock to their lifestyle. Rationing food is never an easy thing.
Personally, I eat a lot of protein throughout the day. When I don’t, I feel sluggish. Quickly using this calorie calculator I found with a simple Google search, it looks like I need about close to 2700 calories to maintain my current weight and active lifestyle. To get an idea of what that consists of in terms of prepackaged meals, I can ballpark how many calories I eat now and compare it to what the long term storage food has for calories.
Some of the things I eat regularly can be calculated as such:
Two Large eggs – 79 calories ea
Black beans – 225 calories per cup
Broccoli – 40 calories per cup
My typical breakfast is about 500 calories. This means I need to look at the meals and their calorie allotment to see if it will give me the calorie intake I need. Using the Almond Coconut Granola breakfast meal as an example, I would need two packages at 240 calories each to achieve the same caloric intake as I am accustomed to. Not to say I couldn’t survive on the 240 calories, but being in survival mode would probably be easier if there was more fuel for my body. More fuel for my body would mean I am more likely to have the energy to do what else is necessary to survive the disaster or situation at hand.
Take a little time and think about what you eat throughout the day. When you are home, take a look at some of the food in your pantry or cupboards and see how many calories per serving they are. This will give you a better idea of how much food you are accustomed to eating. Knowing what you are used to eating on the average day will greatly help you when you are planning your storage food supply. Having a little too much is better than falling short and needing to find a food source six days or six months into a crisis.
Knowing how much food you and anyone else you are planning food storage for eats will greatly affect the amount of storage needed, cost and other variables in your preparedness planning. Like most preparation, something is better than nothing. However, properly planning will really reduce the amount of added stress to any crisis situation.
Climate can also play a part in the planning process. Cold climates require a higher caloric intake to complete the same tasks as in a warmer climate. If you are unsure how you should plan and want to begin now, starting off with a one week food supply is a great start and give you some piece of mind. From there, you can start gathering more data and pay attention to your eating habits and buy accordingly.
What tips do you have for planning based on your caloric needs?