Warning- if you’re not caught up on the Walking Dead, there is a Season 5 Spoiler below.
It’s that time of year again. The Walking Dead premiered last weekend, Halloween is right around the corner, and I have a hankering to watch Zombieland.
Things like this get me thinking. Would I be able to survive the Zombie Apocalypse and maintain a real food, Paleo lifestyle? In my head, the answer would obviously be yes.
Ok, but seriously.
…. if the Zombie Apocalypse happened tomorrow, how long would any of us survive? The sad truth is that based on our own survival skills and knowledge of how to forage for our own food, most of us would not last long.
Let’s look at the most likely scenario:
The Zombie apocalypse takes over and suddenly the grocery stores and fast food chains are shut down. Because from what I hear, Zombies are really inefficient workers.
So you turn to your pantry…. how much do you have that does not require a stove, running water, or a microwave to cook? I would guess that most of us do not have much. Maybe a few packets of tuna fish and some granola bars.
So after you’ve raided your neighbors houses and maybe even sacrificed the family pet, what next? The next logical step would be to hunt and forage. But do you know what to look for or how to set a snare?
And as a survivor, it would be to my advantage to be ok with that. But I’m not about that.
Read this. Think about it. And may, just maybe, I’ll let you join my team when the undead come for us.
Staying Perfectly Paleo in the Zombie Apocalypse
Let Go of Perfectionism
Do you get hangry if you don’t eat every 3 hours? Could you fast for 12 hours and still be able to function? If the thought of this blows your mind, you are probably not fat adapted. Meaning that your body does not know how to use stored fat as fuel and relies primarily on consumed carbohydrates
This is pretty common in our modern, processed food infected society. Becoming fat adapted can be achieved by following a low carb, high fat diet. Luckily, you can start making this change today in preparation.
It would certainly be tragic to be found by a horde of walkers because your stomach is growling or you’re having a mega meltdown.
5 Paleo Approved Food Items to look for When Looting
- Coconut Oil- Ounce for ounce, this would be the most valuable item in the store for me. It’s calorically dense and great for building the immune system. But most notably, the medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) in coconut oil support endurance performance and prevents muscle breakdown. So the short of it- I’ll be able to take a sledgehammer to the masses without being quickly fatigued.
- Almond Butter- Similar to coconut oil, this is a good source of sustained energy and is calorie dense. You could also grab some whole almonds to munch on while you’re on the move.
- Canned Sardines- I know. Gross, right? But besides being a good protein source, they are chocked full of nutrients. You’re also getting the benefit of eating nose to tail, which is by far the best way to incorporate as many usable nutrients as possible into your body. If this totally grosses you out, you can hunt down some tuna packets. But if we’re being efficient here, you’re better off with the sardines.
- Dried Meat- Also known as beef jerky. Full of satisfying protein and easy to carry, it’s a treasure. The problem with beef jerky is that it will probably be one of the first items to be looted (who doesn’t love a Slim Jim). But let me give you a hint- don’t forget the pet section. I buy my dogs beef jerky all the time and just got them some exquisite dried beef lung yesterday. In fact, I would argue that a holistic pet store would be one of the best places to loot in the apocalypse- it would almost assuredly be fully stocked with unlimited potential.
- Coconut Milk- Again, it’s calorie dense and will help maintain sustained energy. It’s also a good source of hydration, especially since all the water will probably have been looted. Just don’t forget to grab a can opener or two.
Forget the Twinkies. Forget the massive cans of pudding. Go for the stuff that will travel well and more importantly, give you sustained energy.