Depending on the source, standard recommendations for a one-year food reserve for one adult male that contains meats, grains, legumes, dairy products, sugars, fruits and vegetables weighs in around 755 pounds. That doesn’t even include water! Imagine that number doubled for a couple, and add an additional two thirds of that number for each toddler and pre-adolescent residing in the household.

It’s no secret that building up your emergency food supply is important and necessary. The quick and easy solution is stocking up on MREs and canned goods. But one of the worst things that you can do in a contingency situation is to drastically change your diet by ingesting foreign foods. This can cause appetite fatigue, a situation more prevalent in small children and older folks, and can affect anyone who consumes something consistently for an extended amount of time. This cannot only result in mental degradation, but also in death in extreme circumstances.

One thing that will help is to incorporate foods into your daily diet that are part of your storage strategy. Having a variety of sustenance items is not only a matter of physical survival in dire circumstances, but mental as well.

The logic behind those food-reserve figures and the appetite fatigue scare is that everyone should be prepared to weather various storms (natural or manmade) at various times throughout their lives. Having substantial stores of food on hand can relieve a lot of stress when the decision has to be made between a mortgage payment and a meal. However, add to that factor an evacuation scenario and the weight of all of that stored sustenance becomes a serious consideration as to what should be taken and what should be left. But what if you could just take your means of sustenance and not your entire survival cache?

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