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Food Procurement

It is important to understand that regardless of the amount of food you have available, in a survival situation you should never eat until you have a good source of water. The act of digesting food requires water. If you are not getting enough water, eating will speed dehydration.

Believe it or not, finding food is not as big a problem as you might think. I am not going to say it is easy, but with a little knowledge, the survivalist can find plenty of food to provide necessary energy. The first thing you have to get rid of is your squeamishness. In a survival situation you have to be willing to make use of any calories that might make themselves available to you. In the realm of protein, I have personally eaten just about every fresh water fish you can think of including minnows. I have also eaten frogs, lizards, worms, ant larvae, grubs, grasshoppers, snakes, chipmunks, mice, rats, chickadees, blue jays, squirrels, rabbits, porcupines, muskrats, skunk, opossum, raccoon, deer, elk, and bear. I am sure there have been others, but those are the ones which come to mind right now.

Aside from protein, the survivalist with a little training in local plant lore, can make use of numerous edible plants. There are many which are indigenous to only certain areas, while there are others like dandelion and cattail that grow throughout the contiguous United States. One of my favorite wild foods is the cattail. It is one that contains huge amounts of starch. That starch is easily converted to energy. Native Americans made use of this readily available food source all year long. Because of the fact it was so widespread, it was one food source they did not feel the need to domesticate.

The point I am trying to make is you have to be willing to suppress that gag reflex so you can make use of calories and protein when it comes along.

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