HOW MANY CALORIES DO WE BURN PER DAY?
You need to consider calorie count for daily survival when storing food and prepping. You will need to take in account age, sex, energy/activity level, medical requirements, dietary requirements, environment/temperature you will be surviving in, and pregnancy or nursing of babies. All these factors play a part in the amount of calories your body needs to survive. Below is a basic guide for calorie count.
1500- 1800 calories per day- JUST ENOUGH TO KEEP YOU ALIVE (STARVATION DIET)
2000 -2200 calories per day- NORMAL DAILY REQUIREMENT FOR ADULTS
2500- 2800 calories per day- PREGNANT & NURSING WOMEN, VERY PHYSICALLY ACTIVE MEN
3000 -3500 calories per day- SOLDIERS IN COMBAT SITUATIONS, PRO ATHLETES
3500+ calories per day- WINTER/FREEZING LONG-TERM SURVIVAL SITUATION (THINK DONNER PARTY), SOLDIERS IN COMBAT SITUATIONS IN DESERT AREAS (SANDBOX, A-STAN, ETC)
Now that you understand these estimates of calories burned in a survival situation, you need to make sure you stock plenty of protein and carbohydrates (as well as dairy, fats, vitamins and minerals) in your food storage for you and your family. Remember that your body is constantly burning calories, even when resting or sleeping. You need proper calories and fat to keep your brain function going so you can make logical, rational decisions when in a survival situation.
PRE-PACKAGED FOOD UNITS
There are numerous companies that have chosen to offer dried foods already combined into units. Most of these units consist of large quantities of traditional grains and beans and dehydrated vegetables. Some companies have specialized in freeze-dried and “no cooking required” units with complete entrees, breakfasts, soups and desserts. Units are primarily packaged in #10 (about 7/8 of a gallon) cans and /or large 5 or 6 gallon plastic pails. Shop around and compare before purchasing an all-inclusive food unit, or find a dealer who will work with you to design a plan specific for your needs and tastes.
Most pre-designed 1-year Food Unit for 1-person is what we at School of Self Reliance call: Starvation Diet– meaning that yes, there is food in those pre-designed food units to last 1 year for 1 person, but usually those units only provide about 1,500 calories per day per person. Since most normal human beings need at least 2,000 calories per day to meet their bodily requirements (in a normal safe situation, not an emergency scenario where you can easily burn over 3,000 calories in a day), these food units will put you on a “Starvation Diet”- a long, slow and painful route to starvation that undermines your safety, health, and well being.
You should make out a chart for each member of your family and plot out how much food you need to store to give you a calorie count that is at least near 3,000 calories per day per person. You must also take into account any females in your group that could become pregnant and would require more calories for her and her baby both during pregnancy and during breast-feeding. You also need to be serious with yourself and decide whether you think you will be in an extreme survival situation (such as freezing temperatures long-term, or in a combat zone where you may be running and gunning for your life). These situations require more calories as well. Don’t settle for a pre-made food unit if you are able to purchase food that better suits your needs. Design one yourself or let us help you design one for you and your family that will give you the calorie count you need to survive a SHTF situation.