I typically get my topics for my blogs through prayer and meditation. So I prayed early this morning and then went back to sleep. I had a dream about flooding. Considering everything that’s been going on, it makes sense. Being on the California coast though, I associate floods with earthquakes.
We were caught in a flood. I was swimming and doing my best to hold my baby’s head out of the water. (This scenario is a fear of mine.) We got to our home and needed to pack and hike out of the area in case the flooding got worse. Then it just got kind of weird, as dreams will do.
So, what’s the topic for today? Emergency food preparedness!
The best I’ve done in the past is to put a few gallons of water in the trunk of my car. I’m pretty sure they stayed there for years and got crushed. I’m not sure what happened to them after that. But I definitely didn’t maintain my “emergency kit” every six months. Now that I’m not only breastfeeding, but I’m on a special diet and have a baby that is relying on me for safety and nourishment, I’m motivated to get my stuff together. Perhaps you are too!
Along with a bunch of other stuff, the CDC suggests that you have a gallon of water per person for three days and three days worth of familiar foods. The challenge is that we are the type of family that goes to the store together every few days to get fresh fruit, vegetables, and meat. So having Cup ‘O Noodles would not be considered familiar. Another challenge is that I’ve been eating a modified Autoimmune Paleo (AIP) Diet because of some food reactions my baby and I have been experiencing, which means that Cup ‘O Noodles wouldn’t work out anyway. I’ve researched some foods that can last but would be less likely to result in gastrointestinal distress and other problems:
Farmer’s Market Organic Sweet Potato Puree*: This can is BPA free. You have other options as well: pumpkin, pumpkin pie mix, and butternut squash.
Wild Planet Organic Chicken* & Salmon*: Most of the Wild Planet packaging is BPA free (except the anchovies, shrimp, and tuna fillets). They have “sustainably caught wild seafood” and “land-based organic products”.
Eden Foods Snacks: They have 1 lb (and smaller) packages of dried organic berries, nuts, and seeds. If sunflower oil is not for you, then look at the ingredients carefully! Right now, I feel drawn to the wild berry mix* (which has dried berries, nuts, and seeds). This one is not AIP-friendly.
Eden Foods Sea Vegetables: I usually get the brand of seaweed I mention below, (and usually just because I’m in a store, I’m hungry, and it’s available) but I’m interested in trying some of these options! If I remember correctly, I recently read that sea vegetables* and especially dulce*, (but be aware of the shellfish warning) are supposed to be really good for you in times of stress. If you’re having to eat your emergency stash, it’s probably a stressful time.
GimMe Seaweed Snacks*: This seaweed is organic - which I’m actually not sure about. Is organic good when it comes to growing in the ocean? Do you want “farmed” seaweed? I don’t know. What I do know is that unlike the canned foods and dried snacks above, I’ve had this product and it’s pretty good! I choose the sea salt flavored one, but there are lots of options!
Epic Protein: This is a fun way to get some good quality dried meat with lots of variety! Poultry and fish options are available as well. We take these on the road trips I mentioned in my last blog.
Native Forest Canned Organic Fruit: All Native Forest products (except mushrooms) are BPA-free. We eat a lot of fresh mango*, pineapple*, and papaya* so that’s probably what we’ll choose. But they have mandarin oranges, peaches, and veggies as well.
Native Forest Coconut Milk* & Cream*: It’s organic and the can is BPA free! “Classic” has guar gum which is supposed to be filling and contains fiber, but it can also cause tummy trouble in some. “Simple*” is just coconut and water. You don’t want to choose “Light” because you’ll probably want the extra calories and fats in an emergency. I usually get the “Classic”, because it’s available at the store, and my tummy seems fine.
Water: Water is a little more challenging! Blue Can* seems like a good option. But it might be hard to transport, depending on how many family members you have. The cans are BPA-free and the water is free of chlorine and fluoride. I’m thinking I’d like to do a little more research on portable storage options.
Well, we’ve got water, meat, chicken, fish, greens, fruit, starchy veg, some extra calories and fats in the form of coconut milk, and some dried snacks. That’s pretty close to our normal diet! I know I would miss warm food, but everything is ready to eat if cooking were not a possibility in an emergency. And we won’t be stuck eating dry Cup ‘O Noodles!
What kinds of food and water are in your emergency kit?
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