Is it possible to stay committed to a keto plan during an unforeseen emergency? Having a keto emergency food prep in place can make all the difference how you weather a storm.
Being in the path of a tropical storm, or a hurricane is stressful enough, but not having the foods you need while facing these storms will make the event even more stressful.
For this reason, I decided to share our best tips to assist you.
As a South Floridian every year we understand the need to prepare for the upcoming hurricane season.
But even if you don’t live in an area that can experience the devastating effects of a hurricane, everyone should still understand the need to prep for an emergency.
This is especially vital if you are on a low carb diet. Without a doubt, your safety should be your first concern but what happens when you are safe in your home but without power?
This is when a low carb emergency food guide makes a world of difference.
Low Carb Keto Emergency Food Prep
With that being said, what is someone on a low-carb diet supposed to eat during an emergency?
That may sound strange since most would argue we should just eat what’s available.
Unfortunately, it’s not quite that simple. For some of us, it’s not a diet but a lifestyle and this means if we get off track our bodies will react quite unhappily.
This is especially the case for people who do this lifestyle for health reasons. The need to plan appropriately isn’t a thing of vanity but truly a requirement.
Randy and I have been eating a low carb keto diet since January 2014, which means we are fat-adapted. Our body prefers to use fat for fuel instead of glucose, sugar.
A drastic change in our diet could cause us major headaches, nausea, and even diarrhea. Dealing with these symptoms is not exactly ideal while handling the stress of the storm. Or even during a possible clean up after an emergency.
Natural Disaster Preparedness
It’s easy to become complacent and minimize the dangers of a natural disaster. However, a natural disaster should not be taken lightly.
Just think about what New Orleans experienced with Hurricane Katrina back in 2005 and how it took years to rebuild. And when Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Huston, Texas on August 25, 2017, it caused major destruction.
Hurricane Harvey- hit Texas as a Category 4 hurricane, but brought the worst flooding to Houston and other areas as a tropical storm. The rain totaled nearly 52 inches in some areas.
Then on September 20, 2017, Hurricane Maria — made direct landfall on Puerto Rico, as powerful Category 4 hurricane with 150 mph winds. Hurricane Maria affected 3.4 million people. Leaving entire towns without water to drink or bathe in and with food staples difficult to come by.
Puerto Rico is still rebuilding from the damages that the natural storm produced.
This necessitates a low carb emergency food prep for those who are on a ketogenic diet and it cannot be overemphasized.
You may not live in an area where hurricanes are a threat but can you agree that any disaster whether natural or manmade can disrupt your world?
With that being said, being prepared is the responsible thing to do. Which is why having a keto emergency food prep plan makes sense as you do set up your emergency plans.
Basic Supplies During A Natural Disaster
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The aftermath of a hurricane or other natural disaster can leave many people scrambling for basic supplies. Which is why a minimum three-day food and water supply is important.
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Assembling a basic emergency pred kit could include some of the following:
- First aid kit with band-aids, bandages, antibiotic ointment,
- Flashlight, one per family member
- Extra batteries
- Paper plates, cups, paper towels, and plastic utensils
- Prescription medications
- Non-prescription medications for pain, anti-diarrhea, laxatives, antacids, allergies
- Copies of insurance policies, ID, electronically saved bank account records
- Sleeping bags
- Chlorine bleach to disinfect water, use 6 drops of bleach for every gallon of water
- Hand sanitizer
- Hygiene products
- Sanitation products toilet paper, moist towelettes, garbage bags, paper towels
- Fire extinguisher
The protocol in our home is to pray, prepare, and pray some more. Of course, we also have a low carb emergency food prep put in place since we can’t afford to be without a plan.
Even if you do not encounter a direct hit from a natural disaster, people can still experience power outages, flooding, and extreme weather conditions that can cause potential havoc.
This makes having a low carb emergency food prep plan, not a luxury but a necessity.
Please note that some of the foods listed in this guide are higher in carbs and are not what we normally advocate on a low carb diet.
This just means that although you may have to stray a little away from your typical low carb keto diet, you don’t have to completely abandon your lifestyle.
Plan, Prepare, Pray
Lastly, as a Christian, we face any and all emergencies trusting God. Although we understand the need to prepare we refuse to panic. Instead, we remain resolute to the promises of God.
While we may confront challenges in this life we choose to keep our eyes on the one that speaks to the storms of life. A passage of scripture that we love to pray on a regular basis is Psalm 91.
We encourage you to plan ahead, be prepared, and pray.
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