The current food shortages in the US are not due to a broken supply chain or production issues but are a result of people panicking and buying more than they need and hoarding supplies.
Some folks are buying in bulk so that they can price gouge these products and sell them at a mark up to desperate people. Never encourage price gouging by buying from people taking advantage and hoping to make a quick buck.
This is just a temporary inconvenience, trucks are still transporting supplies and store shelves are being stocked daily.
The stores have created rules that are being enforced to limit how many essential items every customer can buy so there’s no need to panic. No one is going to die of starvation.
In the meantime, here’s what you can do to ensure that you don’t end up with nutrient deficiencies…
1. Get supplements
We need food for nutrients. It’s as basic as that. If there’s insufficient food, supplements will help to take up the slack. In fact, even with food, supplements are crucial because our foods are low in nutrients due to intensive farming on nutrient-depleted soils.
So, pick up a multivitamin, a greens supplement, some fish oil pills, garlic oil, magnesium, zinc, vitamin C, vitamin D, curcumin, coconut oil, etc.
Since many places are on lockdown and self-isolation is required, vitamin D is especially important if you don’t get enough sunlight.
Bodybuilding supplements like whey protein, egg protein, BCAAs, etc. are all useful. Most people do not look to these as a source of food… and yet, they can be used to replace meals too.
2. Protein beats carbs
Your body can survive without carbs, but you need protein and fats. So, if there’s canned food like sardines, beans, etc. get those.
Your goal should be to buy foods that are high in protein. You can get your fats from coconut oil or olive oil. Carbs should be an afterthought. Buy foods based on nutrition and not taste.
Very often, people try to stock up on pasta, rice, bread, instant noodles, etc. These are unnecessary carbs that lead to obesity. We’re in a pandemic now. It’s time to wean yourself off your carbs and get lean.
The silver lining to this COVID-19 cloud is that you finally have all the necessary conditions to accelerate weight loss.
4. Ration your foods
Take stock of the food you have and make a weekly plan as to how you’ll ration it among your family members. Eating blindly without concern will put you in a situation where you may not have enough.
5. Shop when you can
Even if it means waking up at 6 am to join a supermarket queue, do it. Family members can take turns daily to do some shopping. While you shouldn’t be hoarding, you should at least have enough food to last you and your family for 3 days.
Just by buying a little extra each time, you’ll be able to meet your requirements. Most importantly, you must have a plan. Don’t end up having a pantry that only has chocolate cookies and canned fruit.
6. Order your groceries online
There may be some hiccups and your orders may get cancelled or the inventory may have sold out. Nevertheless, be persistent. Things are getting better now and you should be able to get an order through sooner or later.
Shopping online is easier and you’ll have food stores to tide you over any shortages at the brick and mortar supermarkets.
The COVID-19 pandemic is NOT a World War 3. There’s no destruction of supply lines or amenities.
Everything is still functioning, just at a slower rate because of the lockdowns and other measures. Hoarding and panic buying will not help you or anyone else during this situation.
Keep a level mind and buy what you need and just a little bit extra to last for 3 days. That should more than suffice.
Eat one meal a day and look at this period as an opportunity to lose weight and achieve the body you’ve always wanted. Now is as good a time as any.
Those are just a few things you can do. Another even better thing is to change the way you have been eating altogether. Instead of meals high in beef or meat content, learn to make healthy meals from natures bounty. Plants, and other foods that grow from Mother Nature are the best way to stay healthy when meats are scarce.
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