Kosher Food Supply
Along with Wilma Bryant, Josh is the second person on this season of Doomsday Preppers to be planning his food supply around special constraints. They say necessity is the mother of invention, and situations like this can create some pretty interesting solutions that anyone can use for their preps.
Unfortunately the process has not been efficient. Josh has taken over 2 years to find only 3 months worth of stable kosher food supplies for his family. With special concerns for a food plan, lead time is even more important.
So far, the food supply has consisted of Kosher MREs, designed for orthodox Jewish soldiers and kosher classics like Matzo bread. According to Josh, these can keep for up to two years.
Matzo for months?
While this may be possible, there are a number of downsides to eating a diet consisting entirely of bread. First, having a consistently high percentage of carbohydrates will be very damaging to the body’s insulin sensitivity. This can cause metabolic derangement, diabetes, and a whole host of other fun things.
Second, kosher or not, there is a much higher risk for mycotoxins with grains kept in silage for any time. And finally, there has been evidence that eating large amounts of gluten can inhibit your body’s ability to absorb vitamins and minerals like iron, B2 and C.
Josh said he was willing to break his kosher habits as allowed by the Torah for a matter of survival. His colony of rabbits is a prudent measure. Keeping a renewable food source on hand is something best learned in peaceful times. Maybe he can feed all the matzo to them…
One of the most interesting parts of the segment was Josh’s knowledge of psychology. Coming from Israel, a place where terrorist attacks are common, he has a better point of view than most. While preppers may talk about how prepared they are all day long, while the rubber hits the road there are many who will literally freeze.
There is some very interesting work along the same lines by Lt.Col. Dave Grossman. According to him, the majority of soldiers at war never learn to discharge their weapons. There is a distinct urge not to harm others in many of us. The percentage of those willing to do so roughly reflects the percentage of people in the civilian world who have sociopathic tendencies.
Preparing the mind
So what are we to do? Aside from actually getting real life combat experience, drilling like Josh has been doing is the next best thing. Being able to act in the moment under pressure does not need to be limited to firing a gun or rescuing someone. One of the key benefits of martial arts is being able to get used to nerves like this. In addition, getting volunteer work such as first responder training can help acclimate your mind to stress without changing your career.