Appetite Fatigue and Food Storage

Appetite Fatigue

Appetite fatigue is something that I have always heard about and thought that it would affect other people, but it won’t affect me.  It will just affect the kids and the weak.  Well recently, I have received a surprise, count me with the weak, I am too old to fit with the young.

About six weeks ago, I decided that I had to lose some weight, so I went on the Atkins diet.  Now this diet limits your food choices, you live primarily on greens and protein, and very little carbohydrates.  The good news is that I have lost 15 lbs so far, the bad news is the I have discovered that I can suffer from appetite fatigue.

When I started this diet, one of the things that I thought would be easy was eating eggs and bacon every morning for breakfast.  Well after six weeks, I hardly want to look at another egg.  I am still eating them but it is getting harder.  My wife is a good cook and I normally eat a wide variety of foods, so I guess I have become spoiled.  Now I am not saying that I couldn’t live on a limited diet, but it would take some getting used to.

So when you work on your food storage remember that sometimes it is about more than straight survival, you want to plan on a quality of life.  You need to try to add taste, sight, and nose appeal to your storage.  This is not as hard as it sounds, you need variety, spices and some comfort food.

Just remember that appetite fatigue can actually overpower your feelings of hunger. Your mind and your body may simply refuse to eat if you develop appetite fatigue.  In the very young and the elderly, this can affect their ability to survive.  If food supplies become severely limited, you will need to have a plan to avoid appetite fatigue.  It is something you can deal with.  Get all the variety you can in your food storage  Stock spices,  study the edible plants in your area and learn to be a good cook .  Often a good creative cook can make some surprising things taste good.

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2 thoughts on “Appetite Fatigue and Food Storage”

  1. Good luck on your diet. I haven’t specifically looked at atkins much, but Paleo is very similar, and you can live on it indefinitely with some work planning recipes.

    As far as appetite fatigue- VERY good point. Having spent time on Army rations, which can be more varied than what many would have stored for an emergency- I completely agree that sometimes “I can’t eat that again” will trump “I am hungry”. I have seen how this can become dangerous.

    As for the bacon and eggs- I like to throw in some warm sauerkraut with a simple scramble. It can break up the monotony.

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