The Wheat-Free Prepping Paradigm: Life After Bread

by Todd Walker

“Few things are more irritating than when someone who is wrong is also very effective in making his point.”

– Mark Twain

Can you survive TEOTWAWKI without a basement full of 5 gallon food-grade buckets of wheat? Conventional prepper wisdom frowns upon me bashing the grains. So, let the gnashing of teeth begin.

I fully understand the appeal of storing grains in the preparedness community. Grains offer a long storage life, cheap calories, and are widely used on America’s dinner table regardless of the negative nutritional effects. In a SHTF world, eating wheat is better than slowly starving to death. I get it.

I also get how we’ve been lied to.

Food Guide Pyramid

We are all familiar with the USDA Food Pyramid. It’s been plastered in Health books and institutional green walls for decades. You may not be able to quote it, but the grain based diet it promotes for healthy living is not fit for human consumption. Some animals are meant to eat the pyramid’s foundational food. We (homo sapiens) are not one of them. You don’t have to look far to see the disastrous effects of eating the American way.

Mrs. Obama, in her infinite health wisdom, destroyed the 1992 food pyramid and replaced it with the Food Plate guide. Lipstick on a pig won’t change the farm animal’s behavior. The new plate leaves essential fats off. Follow the USDA recommendations and you’ll find the fat in pockets of cellulite all over your body. Turn the government’s eating advice on it’s head to find food freedom.

Life after bread

The faithful few that have read my rantings about going primal understand my 180 mind-set. Over two years ago, my life was transformed in just under three months. No more IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), aching joints, bloated stomach, or excess body weight. My blood pressure normalized. Midlife for me is so non-typical-American-midlife. Stress is low. I learned to play again. I’m not addicted to chronic-cardio. I exercise smarter. I don’t train in the gym 6 days a week (conventional wisdom says eat less, exercise more). I feel functionally fit. When I’m hungry, I eat. Giving up grains was my first step towards taking my health into my own hands.

I’m I advising you do the same? No. I’m speaking from my personal experience on what worked for me. Research based information confirms what I and many others have discovered since life after bread. It’s a huge prepping paradigm shift. If you’ve made it this far, please don’t stop reading.

Take a look at the science

In an CBS interview, “Modern wheat a ‘perfect, chronic poison,’ doctor say“, Dr. William Davis lays the smack down on wheat.

Some health resources, such as the Mayo Clinic, advocate a more balanced diet that does include wheat. But Davis said on “CTM” they’re just offering a poor alternative.

“All that literature says is to replace something bad, white enriched products with something less bad, whole grains, and there’s an apparent health benefit – ‘Let’s eat a whole bunch of less bad things.’ So I take…unfiltered cigarettes and replace with Salem filtered cigarettes, you should smoke the Salems. That’s the logic of nutrition, it’s a deeply flawed logic. What if I take it to the next level, and we say, ‘Let’s eliminate all grains,’ what happens then?

“That’s when you see, not improvements in health, that’s when you see transformations in health.”

Mark Sisson, the godfather of primal living, offers ongoing researched based articles (somehow he makes research fun to read) on the dangers of grains. His site, Mark’s Daily Apple, would be a great place to start for anyone searching for answers, ideas, and support on reaching optimal health. Below are a few links to get you started:

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If you give up grains, what in the world will you do for long-term storage options? Glad you asked. That’s the topic of an upcoming post. Ideas and suggestions are always welcome.

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7 thoughts on “The Wheat-Free Prepping Paradigm: Life After Bread

  1. As the person-in-charge-of-food in a gluten-free house, I greatly appreciate this post, and look forward to seeing what you have to say… seeing if you touch on anything we haven’t hit upon as yet. 🙂

    We use a lot of nuts and beans to replace the grains- almond flour is wonderful in baked goods! We do eat some grains, but they are definitely limited.

    I’m currently working on writing a ‘guest post’ for a friend’s blog, where I intend to discuss gluten-free food preps.


    • Zoe, sounds like you doing the stuff right. We use almond flour as well. When frying, I use tallow I render from beef fat. It’s more work involved, but I refuse to eat near plastic crisco and other veggie oils. Crisco does make a nice emergency candle however.

      As far as your guest post, I’d very much like to add it to my site as well. There’s not much info out there on prepping without wheat being the foundation of storage food. Please keep me informed on the progress of your article.

      Doing the stuff,



      • Yes, wheat definitely seems to be the prevailing base of most prep food supplies, and the pre-packaged, long-term storage foods are usually loaded with it, too. It can be really frustrating! Thankfully I like to cook & be creative in the kitchen, and have a background in nutritional science & the ‘old ways’… I can’t even begin to imagine how difficult things would be without all that!

        I mainly use butter and olive oil for cooking. The crisco in my house is for 2 things- emergency candles and seasoning my cast iron cookware.

        I’ll let you know when I have it all written up- maybe I can break it into 2 posts and give 1 to each of you… I dunno, we’ll see where it goes. 🙂


      • Zoe, Here’s a link I thought you might enjoy with your research.

        Doing the stuff,



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