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Eating Healthy During Times of Disaster

By Stephen R. Farris

We never quite know when disaster may strike. In recent years there have been numerous hurricanes that have hit the southern and eastern coastal regions of the United States and caused major flooding, housing damage, and oftentimes, days without proper operating utilities such as water and electricity.

Other regions of the country have been hit with drought, wildfires, and heavy rains that cause flooding that forced a lot of folks to escape their homes or do without certain resources they are accustomed to. 

But before any type of disaster hits home, especially if you're health-conscious, you might think about stocking your pantry with some healthy foods. 

Some of the important items you should include are:

  • Vegetables (both raw or frozen)
  • Fruits (both raw or frozen)
  • Legumes
  • Canned meat
  • Whole grains
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Milk
  • Soup stock
  • Foods containing unsaturated fats
  • Seasonings

One of the items mentioned is canned meats. Most canned meats are highly processed, but you can always choose more healthy versions of canned meat, such as tuna, chicken, and salmon.

Diversify Your Meals During Disasters

If you find that you'll be stuck at home for a few days or longer, due to unforeseen circumstances, keep in mind to fix different things with the healthy food you have on hand. For breakfast, use the whole grains (cereals or oatmeal) along with your desired milk choice which, by the way, can be frozen if needed. For lunch, break open a can of salmon and add a few vegetable sides. Dinner can be chicken or tuna, along with veggies and maybe some fruit for dessert. A good mix of seasonings can also give your foods a boost of flavor.

One thing you should remember is to always prepare for a lengthy period. Most foods can be stored in the pantry up to 10 months or even longer, while certain frozen foods are usually good for at least six months to a year. It might be a good idea to invest in a generator and plenty of fuel for it to ensure your home still has an electrical source that will operate your refrigerator, cooling or heating, and lighting.

Before disaster strikes, and if you have questions about foods that are healthy and nutritious, give your local chiropractor a visit. He/she should have information available for you to take home, plus they can offer helpful tips and suggestions when it comes to your nutritional health and overall health.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in North Little Rock, Ark.

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