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Are You Stockpiling Death Food?

Featuring an Exclusive Interview with Rod Smith

YOWUSA.COM, 26-July-2014
Marshall Masters

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Are You Stockpiling Death Food?Many preppers use a simple “bang for the buck” equation for stocking their survival caches, where portion cost drives the process.

Consequently, inexpensive processed foods tend to be the value leader choice. Yet what I've learned as a result of my own 30-day personal stockpile test, is that many of us are stockpiling self-sabotaging, death food.

Yes, that's right, death food! This is because many will be poisoned to death by the very foods they're stockpiling because of a misplaced sense of confidence.

Why? Because through my own survival cache test, I discovered to my great dismay that these bargain foods will impair your immune system and cause a wide range of debilitating health issues when you can least afford them.

Are You a Savvy Prepper?

Over the years, I've spoken with several survival food experts and a common lament is that while many of their clients are savvy preppers who understand the need to stockpile the right kinds of foods and to pay the extra difference needed for what really matters, the majority of their clients go for the lowest common denominator. Cost per serving.

Savvy preppers understand that cost per serving strategies inevitably lead to simplistic, bang-for-the-buck products that will undermine your ability to survive a protracted tribulation.

Having boxes of what you think are survival foods in the garage may offer a present day sense of consumer satisfaction, but the truth of it, is these bang-for-the-buck products will likely diminish your long-term chances of surviving whatever comes.

This is why the key difference between savvy preppers and cost per serving preppers is what they see when they look at a product.

A cost per serving prepper sees the price first, a competitive comparison table next and perhaps may find the time to actually read the contents label.

A savvy prepper sees the future first and what it will take to survive in that future. Then and only then does the savvy prepper make a buying decision. So who are you?

Are You a Cost per Serving Prepper?

Cost Per Serving PrepperAs cost per serving consumers, we tend to buy based on false assumptions and oversights. For example, if you have to add water and cook the product, that's a pretty simple solution today. But have you considered where you'll find this cooking water and time in a protracted tribulation?

When the power goes off, the taps no longer work and the same goes for electric powered well pumps. Meanwhile, our surface water will be poisoned in any number of ways. Ergo, turning whatever you can scoop up into potable water will take time. Therefore, how much time will you have to collect and filter gallons of dirty water into cooking water, then prepare the food?

Likewise, have you considered that maybe starting a fire is only going to paint a target on your forehead for starving marauders and that the time it takes to cook packaged foods gives them ample opportunity to track you down. Did you think about these kinds of things when you snatched up those low cost per serving products with glee?

So now, a moment of truth. Are you thinking about all those boxes and cans of bang-for-the-buck products in your survival cache and feeling angry because maybe your stockpiling decisions were flawed? If so consider this. Truth may bring sadness, but ignorance often brings horror.

And the truth is, I too stockpiled bang-for-the-buck survival foods under the very same misplaced sense of confidence, as many of you now reading this article.

The point here is that following a poor decision because you've paid for it, doesn't mean that your investment will be vindicated. It will not, and you'll only come to understand this when you need the benefits of a wise decision more than ever before.

So instead of swallowing death food because I refuse to swallow my anger for the sake of money, I chose to sacrifice for my sake of mission. That being, to help the meek inherit the Earth. Why? Because if the meek do not inherit the Earth, the psychopaths will.

So after coming face-to-face with the reality that many of us are stockpiling death food, I asked the universe for help and it answered me. Like the old Buddhist Proverb says, When the student is ready, the teacher will appear, and oh boy, was I ever ready.

Since then, my life has been graced with several teachers, all of who have helped me to find natural solutions to my present health issues and survival nutrition enlightenment that is giving me a marvelous new sense hope for surviving what comes. Sharing that which is what this article is all about.

In this article, I'm going to interview one such cosmic survival teacher. Prepper Rod Smith, the president of the online discount organic food club greenpolkadotbox.com and here is what you're going to learn about in this article:

  • How to do your own 30-day survival cache test. I'll share my experiences about how I organized my own 30-day survival cache test, the foods I ate and how they affected my health and sense of wellness.

  • We'll then present our exclusive interview with Rob Smith with his answers to my questions about what I experienced.

  • The differences between commercially processed and organically processed survival foods.

  • High-value, low cost organic survival foods for the shelter and the scoot pack. Things you can do today to quickly with an affordable way to jump start your own organic stockpiling program if you're not already doing so.

  • Survival superfoods for wellness and survival supplements.

  • Bang-for-the-buck organic survival food shopping lists. The savings you can enjoy when buying packaged and canned organic foods online are unbeatable. Plus, Rod explains why his firm has agreed to to make a special program available for yowusa.com preppers.

If you're thinking you need to throw out most of what you may already have on hand here is the good news. Absolutely not! Throw nothing away! Repeat. Thrown nothing away!

Rather, the strategy here is to just change your buying and consumption habits today with a realistic view of survival in the future. If you already have death food in your stockpile, pack it into boxes labeled, “for barter only.”

BarterOnce the tribulation begins, you and your loved ones will live on the good stuff and then use what is in your barter boxes to trade for things you need or want and there will be a long line of comers.

They'll be people who have absolutely nothing because that's what they planned for-nothing. Ergo, they'll be happy to eat the garbage you would have served yourself and your loved ones. They'll suffer the the misplaced confidence that you'll be so hungry you won't care and just eat it anyway.

They'll be happy for what they get and you'll get useful things like tools, batteries, shotgun shells, etc.

No pity play here. Remember, only innocents and fools wait for others to keep them safe and to take action first. So the point of this article is that you need to take action today and see to it that your death food goes into the barter boxes. With that, let's get started.

Conducting Your 30-day Survival Cache Test

If you are really committed to surviving the coming tribulation, you need to take your nutrition and wellness planning and preparation out of the theoretical and into reality. This is the only way you're going to actually know what to expect, and in the midst of a cataclysm it's no time for on-the-job training and unforeseen surprises.

This is why you need to conduct your own 30 day survival test just as I did, because this is an eye-opening way to prepare. To help you get started, I'm going to share my own experience with you, but first, you need to honestly ask yourself the following five questions:

  1. When was the last time you spent 30 days living exclusively on your own survival stockpile?

  2. When was the last time you invited your friends and family over for a seven course meal, sourced completely from your own stockpile?

  3. When was the first time that you decided that whatever cheap stuff in your stockpile was something you would be willing to eat because you would eventually be hungry enough to choke it down?

  4. When was the last time, you considered the health effects of the foods in your stockpile on you and your loved ones during the time of extreme physical mental emotional and spiritual stress?

  5. What is your wellness strategy for surviving a protracted period of cataclysms under incredibly brutal circumstances and how much confidence do you have in that plan?

This is something so important to your survival that letting someone else decide this for you is born dead way before you start. For example, is your family doctor the right person to advise you on this? Not likely.

Hippocrates of CosKeep the following in mind. “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” was the advise of Hippocrates of Cos (ca. 460 BC – ca. 370 BC) is regarded as "father of medicine."

Yet the sad truth is, few doctors who take the Hippocratic Oath only receive a meager few hours of big-pharma approved nutritional training. In other words, this test is not about professional advice. It is about you experiencing the food in your survival cache and how it works with your body.

To do this, you must prepare your body for the test, through cleansing. Then comes personal homework, which this articles gives you a insights for a quick head start.

Begin with a Cleansing Fast

When giving radio interviews I'm often asked the question, “how did you come to this topic?”

My answer is always the same. “I walked straight backwards into it,” and this is how I came to doing my own 30 day survival cache test.

Yup, I walk straight backwards into it as well. It happened I decided to lose weight and to improve my health following a very strenuous move to Reno, Nevada in February of this year.

Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead (2010) I was guided by a kindly Planetxtownhall.com administrator to a video on Netflix titled, Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead (2010) by Joe Cross.

Five million Americans have seen this video, and many of them have done this 10-day juicing fast with tremendous results. They lose weight and see positive results in dealing with many chronic health problems, which was my own experience as well.

You can do this for longer than 10 days, which is what I did. In my case, I started Joe's plan in early April and continued through to late April, and lost 40 pounds in the process.

Marshall - Before and After

What Joe shows you how to do is a very simple, plant-based juicing fast. Granted, the first two days are a little bumpy, but after that you're on your way to very satisfying results.

What amazed me, was that not only was I losing weight, I could also feel this juicing fast cleansing my body. A benefit that just as good as the weight loss, if not better. This is because you really become aware of what cfoods do to your body and in ways you could never imagine.

While doing this fast, I happened to be in preproduction for the last four videos in my PlanetX101.com series. During this time, I was amazed at how sensitive I became to changes in my body and so I began thinking about how I could use this body cleansing as a launch platform for a 30 day test of the survival food in my own survival cache.

So after I finished videotaping my on camera hosting segments in late May, I started my 30 day test. Little did I expect, that the experience would be like going from atop clean snow-capped, mountaintop into a filthy and debilitating processed food gutter.

At the outset, I decided to use four basic consumer items I most often see preppers stocking up on: Canned meats, chili, beans and pasta with spaghetti sauce. Like many I have macaroni and cheese in my stockpile, but I decided that if it said that you needed to add an additional ingredient other than water, I was not going to use it. So a simple choice prevailed. Just add water or just forget it.

All of the products I used at the outset of the test were from well known American brands. The kind we find at supermarkets and discount box stores. I conducted the test in four phases and here is what I experienced.

Phase 1 – Commercially Processed
Canned Meats, Chili and Beans

When we buy canned meats, chili, beans at the store for our meals, we're typically combining these products with other food stuffs. However, when all you're eating comes out of a can, chili twice a day can become a whole different proposition.

The problems I experienced with commercially processed canned meats, chili with beef and beans included, gas, irregular bowel movements, acid stomach, diminished vitality, a sense of unwellness and a dulled sense of mental sharpness.

What amazed me was that thanks to Joe's juicing fast, I clearly felt the synthetic additives in those cans, such as stabilizers, emulsifiers, etc., pumping through my blood system. And it seemed as though every meal was followed up with a dessert of two sodium bicarbonate tablets. Oh yummy.

After a full week of this canned death food torture, I experienced a bout of diarrhea, that would've made Montezuma blush with embarrassment.

At that point I knew was my body telling me, “enough of this crap!” Or in other words, yours truly was all spammed out and it was time to move on, to the next test phase.

Phase 2 – Organically Processed
Canned Chili, Beans and Vegetables

The question for me at this point, was were these experiences due to the product food choices I made or was it more about how they were manufactured? With that in mind, I purchased organically processed canned chili with beef, beans and vegetables.

While I occasionally experienced moderate levels of gas with the organically processed chili and beans and occasional cravings for fresh fruits and vegetables, it was a tolerable week. While it was not my preferred way of eating, I experienced a general sense of acceptable wellness and mental sharpness.

With that I was ready to test what seems to be the core staple in most survival stockpiles. Pasta.

Phase 3 – Meatless American-made
Pasta and Canned Spaghetti Sauce

In week three, I settled on good old spaghetti, because as we all know from our grade school cafeteria years, it's cheap, and it's filling stuff. Wolf it down with greasy garlic bread and you're good to go.

To really see how this survival staple affects the human body, I decided on a simple diet of fresh scrambled eggs as my sole protein source and meatless spaghetti. Granted, fresh eggs are not going to be available during a global cataclysm, but I wanted a neutral source of protein. And yes, methane releases were accepted as a given.

With this in mind, I started with popular store brands of American-made, commercially processed spaghetti, noodles and meatless canned sauces. All from well-known and “trusted” American brands.

Now, this is when you really have to be committed, because what I experienced during this week was a diminished sense of wellness, lethargy, difficulty sleeping, frequent hunger cravings for more pasta and

Worse yet, I gained nearly 10 pounds in 9 days. OMG! OMG! OMG! You could say developing that pasta pouch, really put a burr under my saddle to move on to the final phase of the test.

Phase 4 – Meatless American-made
Bottled Spaghetti Sauce and Organic Pastas

As I faced the remainder of my 30-day experiment, the question for me was were these experiences due to the pasta and sauce choices. Or, was it just the pasta?

With this in mind, I continued using scrambled eggs is my protein source, but switched from American-made meatless canned spaghetti sauce to bottled meatless spaghetti sauce. However the big change was the pasta.

As it happens, I have a good deal of organic spaghetti in my cache I purchased from Costco. It's imported from Italy, which means it's GMO-free. It seems to their credit, that the Europeans have managed to keep the Monsanto juggernaut from corrupting their political process and judiciary as they have in America.

I not only used that Costco pasta, I also added a variety of other non-GMO organic pastas made from things other than wheat, such as zucchini and rice. While there are subtle differences, it was all equally tasty and to my surprise, the results for phase four were significantly better than the previous phase.

While I continued to gain a small amount of weight on the pasta, it was less than two pounds even though I was eating the same volume of pasta. Also, my sense of wellness improved and my lethargy disappeared. The food cravings were substantially reduced and I began sleeping better at night.

Nonetheless, I could clearly sense that this was not a sustainable diet and that if I continued it on a long-term basis, I would experience adverse health effects.

The day after I finished this test, I treated myself to a local all you can eat casino Sushi bar and as I devastated their restaurant profitability for that day, I reflected on what I'd learned.

What I Learned from My 30-day Test

While I'm not an expert in nutrition, I am someone who took the initiative to put his notions of what an acceptable survival food are to the test. On a broad brush level, here are the three things that really changed my world view:

  • IF IT IS NOT FRESH, IT'S DEAD: No matter whether it is organic or GMO, canned and packaged foods are dead foods. To think that you can live on these kinds of foods for months or years and remain healthy is simply unsound.

    No matter what your stocking strategy is, you must view your canned bottled in packaged foods as nothing more than a buffer to give you enough time to develop sustainable fresh foods strategy, such as an indoor hot house for growing fresh produce.

  • SURVIVAL WITH PLANT PROTEIN IS BETTER AND CHEAPER: As a result of the cleansing juice diet, one thing I learned without question is that where we get our protein from matters. While I enjoy fresh game and free range grass fed beef, the meat industry spinmeisters are lying to us. We can get all of the protein we need from plants and it is equally satisfying.

    Ergo, buying canned meats is the most expensive way to stockpile protein and probably not the best. Now that my test is over, I'm back on Joe's plan (oi vay, that pasta pouch is killing me) and from there I've decided to go to a permanent diet plan based on the concepts presented in the documentary Forks Over Knives (2011), which you can rent or stream on Netflix.

  • FORGET THE WHEAT IF IT IS NOT ORGANIC: Wheat has only been in the human diet for a few thousand years, and the question in my mind is, given that we're stampeding to the store to buy gluten-free wheat products, I'm no longer convinced that wheat products need to be in our survival caches.

    While in a survival situation, the weight gain you experience with wheat products may be a plus, it will come at the cost of debilitating downsides that can diminish your endurance while dulling your ability to think clearly. There are better alternatives.

With this in mind, let's now take a more granular, in-depth look at what I experienced during my 30-day survival cache food test through the eyes of prepper Rod Smith, the president of the online discount organic food club greenpolkadotbox.com. (Continue...)

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