Thursday, January 07, 2010

Prepare: The Prepper Diet

The new year means it is time to get rid of those holiday pounds. At least that is what many think this time of year. Dieting, working out, join a gym, and so on.

I have been working out for some time; a mixture of running daily with weights. I refuse to put money into a gym if I cannot guarantee I will go daily, so I lift in my garage.

This year, I tried something different and am killing two birds with one stone. I put myself on the Prepper Diet. I only eat the foods I am storing and plan on eating if the SHTF.

For breakfast, its oatmeal. I only put honey on it as refrigerated milk will not be available (I have dried milk, but I am saving that for the kids). I also put some dried fruit on from time to time as well.

For lunch and dinner its rice, beans and ramen noodles. I make two cups of rice a day in the rice cooker and eat that throughout the day. I used canned beans for the first few days, but then switched to dry. I cook a big pot and eat them for two days straight.

The ramen are considered a treat and are not eaten daily.

The other day, I had four crackers with one of my meals again, as a treat and to break up the monotony. I only add salt and garlic powder to the beans and rice.

To drink, its tea or water only.

The diet results: I have last about six or seven pounds since starting. Yes, its starting to get boring and I have found myself staring at the can of Pringles in the pantry or the cookies left over from the holidays, but I am resisting so far.

One thing I do is tell myself that those other foods are for the kids and if this truly was SHTF time, I would eat less anyway and save as much as possible for the family.

This has been fun to try and if I lose some of this gut, then its a good thing. Finally, there is no reason to store rice, beans, noodles and the rest unless you really eat the stuff and are ready to live off it.

That's it.


Anonymous said...

I have a question for you. Does the diet change affect your digestion? Like constipation or gas or diarrea? I would like to know if f you change has been difficult to adjust to other than the urge to eat the good stuff like the pringles etc?

John said...

Yep. No constipation (I am blessed with a healthy system), but I have been a little more gassy.
Today I broke down and had toast with my breakfast. I had not eaten bread all week, so this was a treat. I decided to make a loaf or two of dense, chewey bread from whole wheat like I would be eating post-SHTF.
You have to drink lots of water or you have problems. Otherwise, it has been working fine.

mauser said...

Sounds like a really healthy diet. Theres a lot of different things you can do with rice to break up the monotony although, everyone would be fighting over that can of Pringles in a shtf situation...

John said...


Yep, there are lots of things yuou can add to rice. But I have been trying to avoid things that would be considered "fancy" after the SHTF. Like Chunky Soups, processed meat, cheese, etc. By the way, my wife today looked at me and said "you have lost some weight". I think this is working.

Tasha Rose said...

Something else to consider that might make it easier to resist those pringles - They can't technically be called Potato Chips since they are only about 40% potatoes... ew. I stopped eating them after I learned that. They always tasted kinda odd anyway.

Anonymous said...

More haste, less speed...................................................

Doctor_Eva said...

Any disease is worsen if you suffer from excess weight! Start your treatment! But I know, how to lose weight!

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