When my friend Angelina from Jojo and Eloise told me her idea to write a guest post all about healthy, wholesome survival food, I knew it would be amazing. Angelina is a mother of 6 (yes, 6!) kids who she homeschools. Somehow, she still finds time for her awesome blog and so many other fun ventures. I hope you’ll enjoy this post and all of the amazing pictures she took with the help of two of her cute kids! Take it away, Angelina!
Hello From the Pasture Readers this is Angelina from JoJo and Eloise. I am so excited to be here sharing with you today about being READY for any and ALL kinds of emergencies. In times past I have never really considered or thought much about what was going into our Emergency Food Boxes. I was happy enough to know that I had enough food to supply my family with, in case an Emergency should arise. However, things have changed over the years and one of the those things being the FOODS that we eat. We have gone Gluten and Grain Free and as of most recently, 5 out of our 6 children have been on the GAPS healing diet. This has changed how we consider and what we think about putting into our Emergency Food Boxes.
Do you have Emergency Food Boxes and Kits? If not have you ever considered putting one together or is it possibly something you have never even thought of?
If you don’t have one or have never even thought about it, don’t worry. You’re not alone — about 80% of people aren’t prepared when disaster strikes.
Depending on where you live in the Country/World you may deal with some or even more serious types of Natural Disasters.
Did you know that Evacuations are more common than people actually think? Most evacuations in the U.S. are caused because of Flooding and Fires. However, evacuations are not uncommon when other potential hazards are present after a natural disaster occurs or even just as precautionary safety measure for the public such as Gas Leaks, Chemical Contamination, Unsanitary Conditions, Lack of Security in a dangerous situation etc..
People don’t really think about putting together Emergency Food Boxes. Why?!? Because they see their Pantries and Freezers full of FOOD and think all of it will be there when Disaster Strikes. This way of thinking is what causes Panic and Scrambling when that unfortunate event hits. Your Freezer may be full but what happens if you lose power for Hours or even Days? What about No Gas and Water? The best way to make sure your family is prepared is to think the worst case scenario.
No Power, No Water, No Gas, No Road Access and the Possibility of Evacuation.
Thinking this way will help you to better prepare what goes into your Emergency Food Boxes, ESPECIALLY when you have special dietary needs in the family. Having enough food and water for the minimum of 72hrs could possibly save yours and your loved ones lives.
Your Emergency Food Boxes should contain foods that DON’T need refrigeration and are shelf stable. This will ensure that your items will be able to be stored and transported safely.
Some items you might consider:
Paleo Wraps, Paleo Coconut Flakes (the bag is securely sealed and can be removed from the box to save space) Artisana Raw Almond Butter Packets, Paleonola, Great Lakes Gelatin, Activated Charcoal, Coco Hydro, Two Moms in the Raw, Organic Berry Powerful Granola, Native Forest Coconut Milk , Navitas Coconut Water and Mulberry Berries.There are so many other items to consider putting in your Boxes, just be sure to semi regularly check your expiration dates, replacing expiring items as needed. We make sure to buy the replacement before we ever remove the one close to expiration, that way our Emergency Food Box is never without that particular item.
Other things to consider are wet wipes, disposable cutlery and can openers if needed. Only the things that are pertaining to your FOOD items. You can pack a Medical Box separately.
GoCo Pods have to be one of my FAVES. I love these little packets of Coconut goodness. They are perfectly sized and are so easy to use.
You can use them to cleanse your mouth, clean and care for wounds, as a source of food and countless other things I am sure.
In our boxes are also a few extra Boxed Waters. In the case of Evacuation, roads can be jammed and there’s the possibility of being stuck in your car for hours. It’s always good to have water available until you’re able to reach your destination.
Canned Fish and Sardines make for a great source of protein and store very easily.
SALT!!! You are probably wondering why in the world you would pack SALT into your Emergency Food Boxes.
The body needs salt. Why? Because Salt helps control your fluid balance. It also controls the way your muscles and nerves work. Our very cells contain large amounts of salt. Our bodies automatically regulate how much salt, or sodium, that is present.
Real Salt is also helpful in cleaning wounds whether in your mouth or on your body. It aids in Hydration, replacing minerals that may have been lost in addition to flavoring foods.
Internal uses: People have used bentonite clay when suffering from occasional diarrhea, constipation, heartburn, stomachache, acid indigestion, acid reflux, and other digestive problems. As trends move toward naturopathic and homeopathic medicine, more people include Redmond Clay capsules with their daily supplements or drink clay water because of its drawing ability, highly alkaline pH, and natural minerals.
External uses: Hydrated Redmond Clay can be applied externally as a poultice on cuts, bruises, insect bites, bee stings, boils, rashes, achy joints, acne, and burns.
Of course you don’t want to forget about Personal Hygiene. So that we don’t have to think about what to grab and take in case of Evacuation, we make sure that we have Brand New Deodorants, Full Body Cleansers, Toothbrushes and EarthPaste.
Your Family will thank you for it if and when Disaster Strikes.
Emergency Boxes will vary from family to family. Each of your needs and our children’s needs are different. This is by no means a set in stone list of things to have stored and ready for that possible case of Disaster or Evacuation.
This is just a base by which to get the conversation started, maybe even get you motivated to prepare your own Gluten Free, Grain Free, Paleo Emergency Boxes.
You can build your Boxes Individually, Boys/Girls, Parents, Specific Needs, Snacks, Meats etc.. Be sure to make a family plan on who is to be in charge of particular boxes so that there is no misunderstanding and nothing is left behind.
And if you have little ones, be sure to pack some of their favorite foods or things you know that they will LOVE. It’s bad enough when we adults are under stress, in the middle of disaster or worse get uprooted from our homes. Our children will need some sense of normalcy and things they know from their everyday homelife. These GoGo Squeezes make for a great source of nutrition, fun and are sure to make them feel better.