Appetite Fatigue

Appetite Fatigue

Appetite Fatigue

Imagine that the worst has happened and the $hit has hit the fan. The supply chains of distribution have been all but non-existent and all of the stores have long since been looted and emptied of their goods.

You’re lying low and you’re staying alive off your own food storage of rice and beans while using a camp-stove and fuel you’ve stored ahead. The thing is, you’re only eating rice and beans. Day after day. Week after week. You only had a few weeks worth of other food varieties and they’re long gone now. All you have left are the several buckets of rice and beans you stored for a long-term disaster.

Don’t be that person who is suffering from appetite fatigue.
Ask yourself, “Am I going to eat this sh*t day in and day out?”


 
It is very important to first acquire a food storage of staples like rice, beans, wheat, etc. to provide adequate food calories for an amount of time that you’re comfortable with. Then afterwards begin to build up a food storage of other items – especially following the principle of “buy what you eat, and eat what you store”.

Having said that, for those of you who have food storage for long-term emergency preparedness, how many of you have actually thought about literally having to source your daily food needs from ONLY your storage for longer than just a few weeks?

If your long-term food storage consists mostly and only of the basics such as rice, beans, and wheat, and if you ever had to rely solely on your food storage supply, it won’t be long until appetite fatigue sets in making it difficult to eat the same foods for a long duration.

Appetite fatigue can even become bad enough that some people will begin to resist and may even simply refuse to eat…

 

Diversify Your Food Groups

The answer is to diversify your food storage. When planning your food storage inventory, not only is it important to plan for bulk ‘staples’ for food calories and nutritional health, but it is very important to plan a diversified storage of food groups that will raise the spirits of those who are forced to eat only from this supply day after day, week after week, month after month.

Plan on a variety of foods, and those foods that will store well.

Here are a few ideas and suggestions:

 
While vegetables are not calorie dense, they should be an important addition to your food storage for their nutritional value and variety. Home-canned, store-canned, dehydrated or free-dried are alternative ways to store them. Speaking of vegetables – you better plan on successfully being able to grow your own. You could theoretically survive from eating only vegetables if you had to. Think ‘vegetable calories’ (e.g. beans, corn, potatoes, squash).

Fruits. Again, canned, dehydrated, freeze-dried, and grow your own. Whatever foods you can grow yourself (anything at all) is what you should ultimately strive for – self sustaining sources.

Spices, herbs, and condiments will be a tremendous asset to offset the bland humdrum of repeatedly eating the same foods. This may be the most important ‘non-staple’ food category because it can be used to compliment any and all other foods to significantly enhance and alter flavor for your pallet. Many spices do not go ‘bad’ (except for ground oily spices after awhile), but spices and herbs will lose their potency over time. This is why whenever possible I purchase the seeds of various spices and then grind them when I’m ready to use them while using an ordinary hand spice grinder.

Comfort foods like chocolate, candy, and sweets will bring significant pleasure to a dull and repetitive food routine. For example a #10 can of chocolate powder will essentially store forever. Honey will last forever. Hard candy won’t go bad. Use your imagination.

Think about your favorite ‘treat’ foods and either store them back or get the ingredients to make them yourself.

The thought process of food balance and variety is more important than you may think. In today’s modern world, we are accustomed to the immense variety of food choices, flavors, and variety at our fingertips in grocery stores. We truly are spoiled in that sense. Grocery stores are filled with nearly any food we can imagine, even during off-season. Now imagine none of that being available?

Note: A thought concerning your water needs: If it ever comes to a point where you are actually having to rely on your long-term food storage, then it may also mean that your water supply has been disrupted. If you do not have a well (with alternative energy to run the pump) then you need to give some serious thought to where your nearest water source is. Make plans to acquire what you’ll need to transport it and purify it.

 
A few ideas of food supplies other than the basic food storage ‘staples’.

Mustard
Ketchup
Soy sauce
Tamari sauce
BBQ sauce
Hot sauce
Worcestershire
Spices (all types)
Chocolate (hard, powdered, and syrup)
Hard candy
Jams and Jellies
Coffee
Tea
Cocoa
Sugary drink mixes (powdered)
Peanut butter
Stew
Chili
Meats (canned or jarred)
Spaghetti sauce
VEGETABLES (all types)
FRUITS (all types)
Soup mixes
Broth cubes or powder
Powdered Milk
Powdered Butter
Powdered Eggs
Honey
Pancake – Bisquick mix
Maple syrup
Vinegars
Ciders
Raisins
Salsa
Relish
Tomato paste and sauce
Juices
Popcorn
Powdered Potato Flakes
Pudding mixes
Jello mixes
TVP – meat flavors

 
Hopefully this article of ideas and this short list may inspire a few ideas for your food storage beyond the basics and beyond what you may already have sitting in your fridge (you need some on the shelf too!)

If you have any of your own ideas to add (items that may be other than the typical food-staples), leave a comment for the rest of us…

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28 Comments

  1. Great post – something that occurred to me the other day when I was putting rice on my shopping list is that it requires approximately 1 1/2 to 2 cups of water for every cup of dry rice to cook. Beans require even more, and so do other grains. Something to consider for water storage if rice/beans/grains are going to be a big part of your diet. I think people remember that they want water to drink, and water to wash with, but you also need water to cook with.

    1. Agree! Ive stared washing rinsing out milk jugs (,several times) and filling them up with water and storing in the basement. Not to mention how will you bathe without water? Better store some washcloths and soap!

  2. Molasses; it keeps a very long time and has 1001 uses in cooking, and you can’t make baked beans without it.

  3. Make sure you have plenty of condiments and seasonings. I messed up a little in my rotation on the rice. Found a bucket that was about 10 years old. We decided to eat rice at every dinner until it was gone. I used various seasonings and additions for the next month or so and we never really got tired of it as the different flavors made it seem like a new dish every day. Of course we had various meats and vegetables with the rice so it wasn’t exactly the same meal day after day. Of course by the time we finished it, I was ready for something different like potatoes and pasta. I was glad to see we didn’t experience food fatigue from it. I always knew that that was a possibility. My screw up gave us a chance to test things out.

  4. My hubby and I tried to keep in mind what we used to make “normal” meals so I dehydrated mushrooms, green peppers, garlic, onions, veggies and anything that I use on a regular basis. Rice is 2 to 1 for plain rice but you can add dehydrated veggies, fruit & sugar/honey, jerked meat anything to make it taste good and feed more with the addition of a little more water. We also went to the dollar store and bought chili powder (when we don’t make our own) and other spices that we use that can’t be home grown or home made. We are “cowboys” so we decided to try to emulate what would have been on a chuck-wagon, less the cattle of course, or a Conestoga Wagon crossing the West. What would they pack for a trek of 2 or 3 thousand miles and maybe 6 months to a year of travel? Baking soda, baking powder, sourdough starter, sugar, molasses or sorgum, AP Flour, etc. It really helped us to get a handle on what we would need for an extended time of survival or just plain old job loss or savings loss. Don’t forget the cat/dog food!

  5. Great post for the day! A lot of folks are stacking and packing away for a rainy day, but none of them have really thought about “am I going to eat this sh*t day in and day out?”. Good reason to stock deep the condiments and spices. Besides, those spices may be valuable later. Especially those that come from exotic regions of this planet and may end up being cut off from.

    All I can say is stock more than what you think you “might” need.

  6. Just remember, if it does hit the fan, don’t eat all the good stuff first. I don’t know about everyone else, but that would be my first choice. Grin.

  7. Hershey’s chocolate syrup in 16oz can has shelf life of many years — for kid’s treat mix with reconstituted powder milk.

    1. Novo–I make my own syrup. Better than Hershey’s.
      No preservatives.

      •1 cup cane sugar
      •½ cup cocoa
      •1 cup water
      •¼-½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
      •⅛ teaspoon sea salt

      Pour all ingredients except vanilla into a saucepan and bring to a boil. Simmer for several minutes, stirring constantly.
      Stir in vanilla extract.
      Allow syrup to cool.
      I store my syrup in an empty chocolate syrup container.

      My husband says home made is better than store bought.

  8. If you use the “Store what you eat and eat what you store philosophy” then you will be good. We eat out of our food storage every single day. Our fresh meat comes from the beasts we raise here on our farm, fresh eggs and milk too. Cheese comes from the goats and so does buttermilk. By the way no refrigeration required when it is still on the hoof and then into a canning jar. I make everything from scratch now so if the SHTF the exception will be no more Mountain Dew ;o(, I will have to grind up the wheat that is growing in our back pasture and not be able to buy flour But the 400 lbs or so I have stored and rotates in and out will last for a bit and no more refined sugar only honey. But I have several bags from Sams stored up. 50lbs there is not a bad price and the paper bag is plastic lined for storage. When I open a bag I then dump it into buckets.Coffee will run out eventually but we have chicory that grows wild here which is a decent substitute.

    Which lends to my suggestion of find out what grows wild in your area that is edible and can be added to your beans and rice. Maybe a nice dandelion salad or some fried poke stalks or wilted greens. Here we have wild plums, black berries, blueberries, poke and many other edibles. Also you could grow some soy beans and make that soy sauce but you may never want to eat it again if you find out how they make it… YUK but I still love it…I have several gallons stored up.

    1. Yes soy is ok but try using :

      Bragg all purpose liquid soy seasoning…

      I stock 1gallon jugs of soy…

      brags is awesome…(i stock it also…but more expensive).

      I buy 1i gallon jugs of curry powder/tons of chili powder pepper/
      salt and garlic powder.

      Of course i collect as much hot sauce i can

      1. fermented organic soy in small quantites is ok but anything else can mess up your thyroid or make hypothyroidism a lot worse. so it is NOT safe. think goitergen…

  9. While it is bad for morale, I can tell you from experience that you can manage. There was a portion of my life in which I was impoverished. Sometimes a meal was a spoonful of peanut butter and I ate far too much ricearoni or spiced pasta or eggs and beans (huevos rancheros) or a steamed potato. While significant weight loss occurred and even hair breakage (a telltale sign of protein deficiency), I managed without the diversity of food. I did however religiously take a multivitamin as that was the cheapest means of supplementation.

    We are stronger than we know, and I feel better for suffering through it.

    Spice variation will help cooks trying to mitigate low morale. Many folks don’t know ethnic methods or alternative methods of cooking. Sometimes the most minor modification makes it tolerable.

    Under collapse conditions or even today, gardeners know about making the mistake of planting too much zucchini. As such, you trade what you have in abundance with your neighbors. In fact one of the most important things a prepper can do to unify survivors in a neighborhood with a market day. Someone will have something to trade, though that is no guarantee that the trade will take place. This gets folks trusting again, and also wakes them up to varying what foods they grow in the garden, and establishes the intrinsic value in certain grown items.

    What would fresh cherries be worth, much more so a fresh sweet cherry pie, under post-collapse conditions? PRICELESS.

  10. The best time to make mistakes is during practice, that means don’t wait for SHTF to decide to plant a garden. It will take months to see Veggies grow to the point to eat. I just built 2 raised box gardens, one 8 x 4 box garden and the other is a 12 x 8 foot garden. Both with plenty of sun coverage. I will tell you this, I also bought about 25 bags of Cow manure soil, chicken wire for all sides and the top so animals don’t get in to eat the seeds or plants, a hoe, garden rake, shovel, a rain nozzel for the garden hose, and I have used sticks to mark the rows of seeds planted. Then draw out on paper where you will place each plant row to maximize the sun. You need to plan now to start your Compost Box that you can use free wooden pallets out there just sitting for the taking. I also built last year a full chicken coop on wheels out of Pallets, and am in the process of building a 12 foot long rabbit hutch to raise rabbits for meat. Do all of this now, You will make many trips to Home depot for wire mesh, screws nails and hinges. Make your TO-DO list now and get working on it in your spare time and weekends. Just claiming to have packets of seeds and saying you will raise rabbits or chickens when SHTF, you will quickly find out you are under prepared. Get all of these working processes in place now. I will soon be buying some chickens and rabbits now that I will have the cages built. This takes a lot of time to get ready, so Go For it now while you still have time. It will not be any fun being hungry and planning for self-sustainment now will reward you coming up. All of that is another layer of preparedness besides my Rice and beans, and canned food storage. I also more than a year ago bought a pressure cooker and am having a ball canning all sorts of food, and meats, pasta sauce, jams, etc, and I also have a vacuum pump to store goods in canning jars. Learn all of this now, and get your supplies today. When SHTF, not much of this will be available and prices for all of this will skyrocket. I still need to get a half dozen rain barrels in case we have a drought to keep the garden watered daily. This is no Joke folks, this is survival. The more you prepare today the less stress you will have to deal with later.

  11. I think if I had some ketchup packets,maybe brown sugar or soya sauce stashed away,it would be ok.

  12. Water is the toughest part,
    Food you can improvise, grow stuff, store stuff, maybe hunt stuff,
    But water, without a well and way to pump it, you rely on rain, or???
    If your like us and live where rain may be non existent for months, and wells are not an option, you will run out unless you have tens of thousands of gallons stored, and are careful with it, biggest worry, county potable supply may disappear at some point so will rely on a big reservoir on my farm, but know it wont last through an entire dry season unless i am incredibly conservative with it, then theres the neighbors! They will see my pond and figure they can come and get some, hows that gonna work out after they been dry for a month or so. Guess thats why i have those ARs and 30 rounders stacked up.

    1. Kula, water is one more reason I have cases and cases of canned goods.
      No need for water when heating.

  13. Said it before on a few posts in the past… Salt and Honey, one can never ever have enough of! Never goes bad and adds flavor to everything… Also, trading it will be like gold.

  14. Dr Pepper. Gotta have my Dr Pepper. If you want a good barter item with Texans, this is it. We are addicted to the stuff. lol. We even use it in cooking or barbecuing. :)

    Seriously, maybe buying the beans in the cans in addition to dried would be a good idea. So you don’t have to use so much water.

    1. texasgirl–I am a dr pepper girl too.
      I found the Dr. Smart at Kmart and can’t taste the difference; and at 12 for $2.50, I get a good buy.
      Smart Sense has some good prices; it’s the Kmart brand.

  15. One thing to consider is a weekly plan to break up flavors. I have split peas. spaghetti, penne, GN Beans, Pinto, chili beans, rice and the spices and mixes to create alot of different flavors during the week. with limited types of foods that store a long time you just need to get creative.

    off topic…
    you may need antiobiotics one day. there is a study done by the US military called “SLEP”. it is a study of how long after drugs (antibiotics) last beyond there expiration dates. many are 100% effective and safe 36-60-even 120 months past their expiration dates. If you are uncertain where to obtain antibiotics i suggest you research “aquatic antibiotics” as well as “pill identification wizard” from drugs.com. you will find they are the same pills humans use. I DO NOT ever recommend taking any medicine of any kind without first consulting a DR. however if the day comes I cant get a DR. or antibiotics, I already have them and I also suggest two books…

    1) Davis’s Drug guide for nurses
    2) Nurses Pocket guide (latest edition)
    3) any type of first aid and AED guide.

    ok so thats three… :) Good luck and be prepared!

    1. Just a thought… trading antibiotics in SHTF scenario could get you many things you would need. I have copies printed of the SLEP report and lots of merchandise to trade one day… and plan to get more.

  16. JayJay…can you believe we do not have a Kmart in our area? LOL….

    Walmart and HEB are kings around here. lol.

    1. Well, at least try the home made chocolate syrup–and all that need it will always have it–these ingredients store well.

      1. Jayjay!!! Thanks for that recipe!!, I’ve added it to my trove of knowledge I’ve picked up from you!!! Thanks!!!

  17. Might I suggest a garden as well? After all, you don’t need a lot of land. Get some big pots, plant stuff in it you can put into jars (canning process), freeze some, dry things, etc.

    We do that. Works well. There are some methods of growing potatoes as well in large quantities inside of ‘bags’ and built up containers made of wood (so you can keep them going). Do a search for “growing potatoes in containers” and go from there.

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