Supplements as part of your food storage program

Back in the late 80’s I was big into bodybuilding. No ‘roids here – but I tried numerous nutritional supplements trying to get that “edge” to build more muscle – faster. Back then like a typical teenager I really didn’t think about health so much as my looks. Today at almost 44, I Crossfit and run for health reasons and all the while HOPING that looking better will be a benefit as well. 

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I have a few select supplements that I use to assist in workout recovery and solidifying an environment that my body can build muscle mass as well as loose fat. I believe these same supplements should be included in many of our food storage programs as a way to help insure health when food selection is limited.

Here they are:

Protein Powder: Protein is an essential nutrient that your body needs – especially in high activity and stressful situations. It plays a vital role in maintaining lean body mass (muscle) even when loosing weight due to insufficient calories. Protein powder can provide a high quality source of protein when your diet is lacking.

Multi-Vitamin: A simple multi-vitamin is essential when on a restrictive diet such as many food storage programs provide. A diet high in carbohydrates from items such as rice and beans will likely not provide all essential vitamins and minerals that are needed to keep you healthy.

I highly suggest NOT going to a store like GNC for protein powder or multi-vitamins. They are often ridiculously expensive. I am often a customer of Vita-Cost and Amazon.com for my needs.

There are so any protein powder options when it comes to brands, flavors, and cost. I like vanilla as you can add just about any other flavoring and it will taste decent to downright good. Whatever you like – try it before you stock up on a bunch. My favorite brands have been Dymatize Elite Vanilla and Body Fortress Protein Powder. The Body Fortress is available as Wal-Mart as well as Amazon. Mixing some vanilla protein powder in with some freeze dried strawberries and powdered milk – tasty!

As far as multi-vitamins, any name brand such as One-a-Day or Centrum would be fine. 

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Adding some protein and vitamins to a food storage program just makes sense to me.

Any other suggestions?

Rourke


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18 Comments

  1. I prefer liquid weights, held in glass and chilled to 37 degrees. Look, hydration is super critical in many survival situations, besides, you got to wash down the powdered vegetable protein with something.

  2. I would suggest also adding some glucosamine sulfate for joints if you are over 45 . It has really helped me and several other people that I know . It is the substance that your body uses to build cartilage out of . Its not a medicine but a food supplement so it will take 4 to 8 weeks after you start taking it before you see any results . I take 2 a day one with breakfast and one with dinner . All supplements should be taken with a meal as a multivitamin especially will pass through your system so fast that they wont be digested. So by taking with food it slows them down just enough .
    Anyway I hope that helps ,
    Robert W

  3. I also do not like stores such as GNC; they usually are staffed by a very young low-wage worker who knows just enough to be dangerous.

  4. I actually started added vitamins to my supplies around Y2K.
    I have a couple of bottles (each a year’s supply) of long-term storage multivitamins.

    I never thought about protein powder- simply do not know enough about it.

  5. Wow! Your first paragraph describes me to a tee. I was big into lifting in the 80s using a bunch of supplements (most of which did not work for me) and today I run to stay in shape and am loving every minute of it.

    • Thanks Mike. I always hated running until I just forced myself. Now I am having a little – and I mean little – success I am starting to like it.

      Rourke

  6. Form always follows function so looks will come. A dude who can do 20 strict pullups, bench 3, deadlift 4 and run a 10k in 50 minutes will look like a beast.

    I look at protein powder as cheap easy low calorie protein. Per gram of protein it’s lower calorie than just about anything. As to vitamins well we should all probably eat more vegetables and fruits so this is just a make up.

  7. Pre workout is another good thing to add into your LTS, alertness and energy without making coffee. Get one that is instantized so it mixes in cold water with just a spoon. I store protein powder, pre workout and vitamins, easily rotated as long as you keep using them on your daily road to becoming the strongest/healthiest version of yourself.

  8. Rourke- exc. Thanks. The photo is great also !(an inspiration for me-to exercise more !) My son
    uses those supplements and works out also. I have read that having a years supply of Vit C for each person is essential for the immune system -especially if fruit is not available.Arlene

  9. Who’s that handsome stud in the photo!

    I agree with protein powder. There are several different kinds of protein. I like whey protein to keep my muscles fueled and casin protein to keep me feeling full longer. Some cheap brands use flour as a filler – be sure to freeze it for 3 days before adding to LTS or you’ll be eating bug-protien. As a woman, I add a calcium supplement. A large dose of B6 keeps the ticks and mosquitoes in the garden and off of me. And, because I get an occassional lip sore, I store L-lysine.

    Everyone’s vitamin needs are different. I suggest finding a free online vitamin survey to find what and how much your body needs based on your weight, smoking, fat% and lifestyle, etc.

    And don’t forget to watch the sales and use those coupons to purchase supplements of all kinds as a good barter item.

  10. My oldest boy started drinking protein shakes when he started playing football last year. Between the team’s barbell program and his altered diet, he really beefed up into a rock. Every person is different! When I was still in the Army, I ran 5 miles per day, 4 days a week and lifted weights on the days that I did not run. This regimen had little impact on my size or stature, even though I ate like a bird. Granted, I was probably eating the wrong things, too many carbs and too much sugar. But, on a caloric or fat content scale, I was low for my body weight. Less than 2000 calories per day. Twice in 20 years I was gravely ill, and ate considerably less. Those were the only 2 occasions where I lost weight, when I was not exercising, or was on a restricted program.

  11. Irish -7 You sound like you have a body like mine- a
    VW that can go a long way on very little gas-smile-others have bodies like a 4 W drive that guzzles gas- food and needs to be filled often yet stills stays slim- a family Dr used that analogy years ago.
    Arlene
    PS MY husband developed large muscles from doing jack hammer work as a yound man and then being a farmer-throwing hay bales etc.
    Our son uses the protein products and gos to the gym 5
    days a week and has for years and he has an exc, build.
    Imagine its activity and genetics also for most people

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