Best Prepper Practices: Add a 4th B to Your 3 B’s

by Todd Walker

Best practices exist in all endeavors –  sports, business, education, and… preparedness.

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“Best” practice (BP) is used to describe a method that has consistently produced superior results over time compared to techniques yielding lessor outcomes. Methods of Doing the Stuff should change with new discoveries and better techniques.

Pleeeese, try to leave egos at the door to avoid holding on to less than best practices.

Ask ten preppers for their best food storage practice and you’ll likely get 11 different opinions. We’re an opinionated lot. No problem with opinions. But opinions are highly subjective. The aim here is to discuss stuff proven to work and can be applied by novice and experienced preppers.

Keep in mind that BP’s can and should be individualized to fit your situation. For instance, I don’t eat wheat and grain products. On rare occasions that I eat a slice of pizza, my body pays dearly. I store food that I eat now. Whatever your diet, some food storage is a best practice for preparedness.

Again, practicing the best method for Doing the Stuff of preparedness is our purpose here. We’re not covering all Best Practices in one post. We’ll discuss the first one today… the 4th B.

A good a place to start is at the beginning…

Discovering the online “prepper/survivalist” movement 7 years ago, I realized that I was one and had been for most of my life. I’d just never known what label to paste on the stuff I was doing. I’m still unsure. Maybe it’s my hatred for labels.

Labels aside, there are trillions of bytes of information floating through the preparedness community. At last count, I’ve devoured 2.39% of that mountain of data. I chew on the hay and spit out the sticks.

Searching for hay to chew on, I rarely find survival and prepper blogs mention health and fitness in their apocalyptic lists. This needs to change. I mostly find beans, bullets, and band aids – and lots of shiny objects to collect. DRG and I do a fair amount of stuff collecting too.

But…

Two years ago Dirt Road Girl’s cancer destroyed our best practice paradigm. Today, our #1 concern is staying healthy… in a sustainable fashion. This post was partly inspired by Dr. Dan Stickler (PaleoDoc) and his SurvivalBlog post when he stated…

“I would like to see the 3 Bs change to the 4 Bs: Beans, Bullets, Band-Aids, and Body.”

Being able to use the other 3 B’s depends on how well we develop the 4th B… your Body. You’ll never regret focusing on the 4th B as a prep!

Best Practices to Build Your Body

1.) Destroy the Food Pyramid

Pyramids are built by slaves.

80% of your body composition is determined by what you eat. The obesity epidemic in America is directly linked to our government food pyramid. The problem is compounded by nutritional “experts” recommending food that the human body was never meant to consume.

Here’s a chart showing how the obesity epidemic is fueled by High Fructose Corn Syrup.

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Is your pantry filled with HFCS? Read my post on how dropping the F-bomb could save your live.

Owning years of stored food, guns, water filters, first aid supplies, and bug out bags won’t be of much use if you’re body shuts down from chronic disease.

Type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure may “run” in your family. That fact doesn’t have to sentence you the same “fate.” There’s a better way…

Leave SADisease Behind 

  • Develop a lifestyle of eating what your body needs. Conventional nutritional wisdom promotes the Standard American Diet (SAD – Processed foods, sugar, High Fructose Corn Syrup  – chemically created sweetener with little to no whole foods). Our bodies aren’t designed to ingest SAD stuff. SADiet leads to SADisease.
  • Stop counting calories! A calorie restricting diet is one more stressor your body and brain can’t afford. Starve your body and your brain goes into survival mode… to store fat.
  • Eat real food. Processed stuff imitating food leaves you overfed and under nourished.
  • Perimeter shopping. The interior isles of your grocery store are filled with boxes, bags, and cans with labels. You can try to pronounce the chemicals resembling food on the package only if your food has labels. If you can’t pronounce it, avoid it. Adopting this simple strategy alone can transform your health.
  • Nourish your noggin. Eat these excellent brain foods: Eggs – the yellow yolk are high in protein, fat, and other essential vitamins and minerals. Fish – your brain is 60% fat. Feed it high quality, wild caught, oily fish for an Omega-3 feast. Nuts – excellent for your grey matter. Check out the Brain Pyramid here.
  • Get to know your local farmers. Find farmers who produce naturally raise grass-fed animals, free-range poultry, and non-GMO fruits and vegetables.

Here’s a few resources to help you locate local food producers:

  1. Eat Wild
  2. Local Harvest
  3. Locally Grown

If you’d like, you can read more my nourishing thoughts here.

2.) Functional Fitness

Functionally fit means having the ability to be physically useful in everyday life and emergencies. This simply means be strong to be useful… or Be ready to go when the SHTF. 

Doing a set of B.O.B. pushups.

Doing a set of B.O.B. push ups.

Being active and exercising are different. Both are important in becoming functionally fit.

But here’s the distinction…

Exercise should be performed in brief, intense sessions with a purpose in mind. Walking the dog, hiking, cycling, and chasing your 2 year-old is not exercise. These activities fail to meet the requirement of brief and intense. You may be thinking I haven’t met your toddler!

You’re right. I haven’t.

These are all activities that keep you moving and helps pump toxins out of your body – an important part of optimal health. Do activities you enjoy that keeps you moving regularly a minimum of 2 hours per week.

Workout Hacks

More exercise doesn’t mean better. Whether exercising at a gym or not, you should learn hacks that save time and pain while maximizing benefits. Don’t have time (or money) for a gym membership? Me either… but I manage to stay fit.

Here’s my top shortcuts to functional fitness:

a.) Use your body weight: An intense, short session of push ups, squats, and pull-ups works all muscle groups. Lifting heavy stuff adds lean muscle mass – very important for those of us on the backside of 40. Another plus is that you can lift your body weight most any place. No gym required. (1-3 times per week)

b.) Max Out (Sprint): Skip your long slow run and do a 10 minute sprint session. You’ll only need to do this once every week to ten days. Your done in 10 minutes or less. My advise is to take it slow and build up to max effort.

c.) Keep moving at a slow pace: This one goes back to being active; hiking, walking, dancing, swimming, and chasing your toddler. (2-5 hours per week)

d.) Be consistent: Practice doing the stuff for your body – Splitting firewood without hydraulic machinery, carrying heavy stuff (safely), taking the stairs (with leaps and bounds), walking a mile with your bug out bag, etc. 

e.) Be safe: Consult your physician before starting a new program. Learn proper technique. Monitor vital signs like blood pressure, heart rate and breathing. 

If you made it to this point in the article, there’s hope no matter the condition of your body. Even if the term “push-up” automatically means the frozen push up treat in your mind, no worries, you can redesign your body and survivability with simple lifestyle changes. I said it’s simple, not always easy. But totally worth the effort!

Is adding the 4th B on your Best Practices radar? If so, we’d like to know how you’re doing the stuff for your body. 

Keep Doing the Stuff!

Todd

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13 thoughts on “Best Prepper Practices: Add a 4th B to Your 3 B’s

  1. Reblogged this on sondasmcschatter and commented:
    I HAVE PEOPLE ASK US ALL THE TIME– ARE YOU & YOUR HUSBAND “PREPPERS”???????? I WOULD HAVE TO SAY– MY HUSBAND & I BOTH GREW UP ON FARMS– & IT IS MORE A WAY OF LIFE– THEN US BEING PREPPERS!!!

  2. Great Post Todd!

  3. GoneWithTheWind

    HFCS is just sugar. Once it gets to your small intestine it is broken up into glucose and fructose same as table sugar and 100% of the carbohydrates you eat. Once it crosses that barrier from your small intestine to your bloodstream your body does not know and could not know if it came from HFCS or organic brown rice it is nothing more then fructose and glucose. Your body must have sugar and it breaks down all carbs to glucose which it can store in your muscles or liver to be used as needed. If you fail to eat enough carbs to provide the needed glucose your system will convert fat ad protein that you consumed to glucose. If you have too much glucose it will store it as fat in your fat cells. If you are not eating your body will convert fat to glucose and when that begins to run out it will convert muscle mass to glucose. Withut glucose you will go into a coma and die. Glucose is what powers your brain, your muscles and keeps you at 98.6 f. Sugar is absolutely essential for life, without it you will die.

  4. I completely agree with you “Gone”, the thing people have a hard time wrapping their head around, about HFCS, is the High part. Once in your body it doesn’t know which is which, but it foes know how much and being a concentrated form of sugar, they can get to the point of too much, which makes many people worry. I think that’s what the scare is all about, ignorance.
    As far as being able top follow any kind of health plan, where I don’t “Need” medicines for, I’m screwed. I have one hand and one leg, and am more then a little over weight. So if you happen to see a big guy walking down the road, when SHTF, stop and pick me up please.

    • We’ll save you a spot on the hood… our vehicles will be packed out! ;)

      The thing about HFCS is that it’s in so much of the SAD. Even “healthy” foods. I’ve disagreed with Gone before on this topic. Yes, we need some fructose/glucose, but check into the insulin connection its triggers.

      Thanks for weighing in on the topic.

  5. Roger

    An idiot doesn’t learn from mistakes. A smart man learns from his mistakes. A wise man learns from the mistakes of others.

    The consequence of not continuing to search the best way to do things is too great. Lessons Learned, Best Practices need to be part of our everyday language.

  6. GoneWithTheWind

    All sugars and some refined carbohydrtae will indeed create a significant insulin response to keep your blood sugar “normal”. This is what your body is supposed to do. It is not harmful and it doesn’t cause diabetes (as some people believe). Diabetes is a genetic disease you get from your parents and grandparents not from sugar.

  7. GoneWithTheWind

    I don’t think sugar (including (HFCS) is “harmful” to your health or causes any health issues (except dental caries). The real concern with sugar is if it replaces good foods in your diet thus preventing you from getting all the required nutrients. Of course it is also harmful for individuals with diabetes who will benefit from unrefined carbs that digest slower and produce blood sugar over a longer period of time after eating. There is absolutely nothing wrong with reducing sugar or even reducing your intake of refined carbs. My only disagreement with this choice is when the claim is made that sugar is “harmful” or causes health problems. The science just doesn’t support that claim.

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