Food Rationing: It Will Break You Down Mentally
by TESS PENINGTON
MAY 5, 2014
Scenario: It’s been two weeks since the cyber attack left your city without power. The grocery stores are empty and supply trucks haven’t been able to re-supply. You’re hungry but can’t go outside because of the roaming mobs attacking people foraging for food. Living off of your last remaining canned soup and survival bars isn’t giving your body what it needs. You’re lethargic, achy, you’re having problems staying mentally alert and have had a headache for days. You just don’t know how much longer you can live like this.
If the foods you store are not able to provide you with adequate nutrition, or you do not have enough variety of foods to carry you through, then you are setting yourself up for caloric deficiencies and even malnutrition which can have long lasting effects on your health.
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The following are examples of regular caloric diets and calorie restricted diets. Any diet under 1,000 calories is very unhealthy and steps should be taken to prevent this.
2,000 calories – the daily caloric amount you should normally be eating
1,500 calories – a reduced diet where high calorie foods, sugars, and some fats are removed
1,200 calories – the most basic diet where most fats, carbohydrates and fats are removed