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I’ve been thinking for a while now, that I need to lose some weight and eat healthier. I’m almost thirty years old now, and I figure it’s all downhill from here. Ever since my heart surgery a few years ago, I’ve put a considerable amount of weight on myself. The first several months after my surgery, I put on about thirty pounds more than I weight previously, mostly due to just sitting around since I wasn’t able to do much. Since then, I’ve put on an additional thirty pounds, ballooning my weight up to around 250lbs at present. It doesn’t help that much of my diet has been fast food, junk food, and tv dinners. Much of the time, I’m a bit lethargic, I don’t sleep well, I suffer from frequent headaches, and my sinuses are always a mess. I can’t help but imagine that my diet is partly or mostly to blame for this. After all, how many times have you heard the saying “You are what you eat”? I believe that proverb to be true, and so I am embarking on a new journey of eating healthier and getting better nutrition.

I intend to up my intake of fruits and vegetables, particularly fresh fruits, salad, and steamed veggies. Particularly, if I’m able to get some regularly, organic veggies and fruits. There’s a Whole Foods store about thirty to forty minutes away, and I’m a firm believe that organic foods are better than much of what you will get in your average supermarket. I recently watched the documentary Food Matters on Netflix, and some of what was said made sense(I highly recommend this documentary). How much of what I eat has contributed to my current state of health? How much does my diet determine my outlook on life, my general state of well-being, my happiness or lack thereof? I have also determined that I should begin taking vitamins, including C(for a healthy immune system), B(energy metabolism, is also said to help with depression[B-6]), and E(heart health).

Every prepper should take a look at the state of their health, and look at what changes they can make to become healthier. Much of the reason one is unhealthy has to do with their diet. Everything from junk food, to fast food, to eating GMO produce can be to blame. Look at your diet, what are you taking in, and how is it making you feel? Do you feel healthy? Are you generally happy? If not, could your diet be a cause of that? If you’re not looking at your health as a part of your prepping, why not? If a disaster hits your area, will you be healthy enough to help your family, neighbors, friends? Or will the state of your health cause you to be more of a burden? Are you somewhere in the middle maybe? Looking into this issue might be worthwhile for you. I’ve been given some serious pause as to the state of my health, and I’m trying to make my health situation better. After all, being healthier means a better quality of life. And if a disaster does hit, it means I’m in a better position to benefit others, rather than burden others.

Here’s a couple of images of me, and my current overweight self. Just as a motivational tool to help me slim down so everybody doesn’t think I’ll stay a fat slob forever.
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If you talking about “prepping” around most people, the word that comes to mind most often is “crazy nutjob”. But nothing could be further from the reality. Most people who are preppers are people that you might be working with, or living next door to. They are normal people, who think and believe that it is appropriate to prepare for hard times, during the times of plenty. Prepping was a way of life in most parts of the world until the past century, and it is still a way of life in many parts of the world today.

Why prep? Prepping is done to make sure that one is prepared for things like bad weather(think hurricanes, or tornadoes, or blizzards), earthquakes, wildfire, terrorism, famine(the United States is not immune to famine), war, or economic collapse. Think about it, every year during hurricane season, when there’s a hurricane coming to landfall, what do you see on the news? You see people rushing into grocery stores, and footage of empty shelves that once held bread, milk, canned soups, etc. When snow comes, you’ll often go into the store and discover that everybody who had a snow shovel last year, apparently lost that snow shovel between then and now and is now purchasing another one, along with milk, eggs, and bread. This is a poor, lazy, stupid kind of prepping, but it is prepping. Those who prep seriously, prep for weeks, months, or years in advance.

Most people who “prep”, are people who have looked at weather dangers for their area, or who have looked at the economic situation of the country, or have viewed something that has made them realize that times of hardship could hit them, and have decided to prepare for it now rather than be out of luck later. They want to be prepared to have food, water, light, power, etc, during an emergency, rather than be without and dependent on the government or other aid groups for help.

A couple of summers ago, a tornado came through my town. Most of the town had power knocked out for a couple of days. Fortunately, there are other towns close by that had power. But if you wanted to stay at home, you were without power, and most people didn’t have a way to cook their meals. Some were without water, without power, without food. I myself had to go out of town to get meals and gasoline for a couple of days. After that, I decided I didn’t want to be in that situation again.

If you recall, a few years ago there was a major hurricane that hit the city of New Orleans. There were many people stuck in New Orleans, with nowhere to go, and no way to get there. Many of the businesses in NO were looted, as people ran out of food and decided to steal food, clothing, and large electronics from the stores. And if you recall, the looting started within just a couple of days when the hurricane hit. Most households in the world are “three days away from starvation.” Most supermarkets and grocery stores, have no more than three days worth of food available in their building. If a serious event, like an earthquake, hurricane, major tornado, flooding, economic terrorism, etc, hits your town, are you prepared? Will you have food to last until help is able to get to you? Will you have a way to see at night? Can you protect your home? Do you have a way to take care of minor injuries?

FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency suggests that you have at least three days worth of food and water on hand, to take care of your family in case of an emergency, and suggests other steps for you to take. It could be wiser to have more food, and more water, and be better prepared for an emergency. Little more than fifty years ago, it was normal to keep stores of food on hand for when lean times came. It was normal to have extras of this and that, in case you needed it. Today, those who think this way and live this way, are considered abnormal. But we live in abnormal circumstances compared to much of the rest of the world, and we’re not immune from trouble. If you’re not prepared, it’s time that you consider preparing. More than 90% of Americans live in an area where severe weather could impair their ability to have quick access to food and water. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking it couldn’t happen to you, or that it couldn’t happen here. It happened during Hurricane Katrina. It has happened before, it can happen again. Get ready.

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