How Can You Be Sure You’re Storing Healthful Food in Your Survival Pantry?

When you’re setting aside long term storage food, it’s important to eat things you’re normally accustomed to. But under stressful survival situations, should you eat differently?

What if you have a restricted diet or other special needs? What’s the most healthful, nutritious food for survival? And can you find healthful choices for you and your family?

Donna Miller and I talked about dietary considerations for your food storage plan. I was her guest on Your Preparation Station for March 24, 2012. You can listen to the show by going here.

Here’s a brief overview of what we covered.

  • Gluten free options–Eat beans, seeds, nuts, fresh eggs and meats. Choose alternate grains like amaranth, millet, quinoa, buckwheat, popcorn or rice.
  • Highprotein/ low carb options–Avoid processed foods high in carbohydrates.
  • Lactose free options–Avoid dairy products. Get calcium from almonds, canned salmon, pinto beans,and greens like kale, broccoli and spinach.
  • Diabetic considerations–Be careful about balancing complex carbs with plenty of protein. Exercise and get weight under control.

We ran out of time before we could say much about a vegetarian diet. If you’re following such an eating regimen, be sure to get adequate and complete protein.

Donna is a firm believer in eating whole, natural foods. Avoid as much processed food as you can. Grind your own grain for flour to make homemade bread. Have a survival garden. Raise chickens if you can. Dehydrate foods as well for storage.

Pay attention to what your body tells you when you eat. Are there reactions you must be aware of? If you’re not sure, now’s the time to experiment and determine what you can and can’t eat. Make it part of your prepping strategy. You don’t want to eat foods in a survival situation that could make you sick.

By the way, if you’re not already familiar with Donna Miller and Miller’s Grain House, check out She has links to sources who offer storage food for specialized diets. If you buy any of that, or the grains, grain mills, or any other products on Donna’s site, be sure to mention DestinySurvival.

More storage food companies are carrying gluten free products these days. We mentioned a couple of them during our conversation.

When buying from any food storage company, you can easily avoid certain health issues by purchasing individual products, such as freeze dried meats (not TVP), vegetables and fruits.

Incidentally, it doesn’t take much to get Donna Miller to talk about wholesome, healthful food. She’s passionate about it.

Sugar Nation, by Jeff O’Connell prompted me to encourage Donna to converse with me on this important topic. This book confirms other material I’ve read over the years. If you have pre-diabetes, diabetes or hypoglycemia, I recommend it.

Being as healthy as you can now is a key component to a good prepping strategy.

Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.