• Vickie Kler

Be Prepared!


If you hear be prepared in case of an emergency, it brings to mind all manner of sudden situations, from health related issues to work deadliness. But the types of emergencies I want to discuss today are food emergencies. Our lifestyles make it very hard to find and eat good whole foods. Back in the days before I had children, I would sometimes skip breakfast or stop at my favorite fast food chain for one of their breakfast high calorie sandwiches. A few blogs ago I even shared with all of you that I really loved to stop and pick up a coke, and fries when I was on my way to pick up the kids from school.

I would get so busy that I would skip right over lunch and then as I was passing by McDonalds, I would be in such a state of hunger that I would have the shakes, you know when your blood sugar starts to drop, and you want to eat anything insight. I would be in a food emergency! No I would not die in the hour or so that I was waiting for them, but I sure would not feel very good. I would try to control my cravings, but the one thing that I didn’t do was have a plan. There is a parable lesson about the value of preparedness and planning when it comes to the future. It is the parable of the wise and foolish bridesmaids in Matthew 25:1-13, I won’t list all the verses here, but the most important part is that out of the ten bridesmaids only five of them came prepared, the others missed the Lord when He came.

My not having a food plan may not seem like the same as not remembering to bring enough lamp oil to last till the Lord returns, but if I don’t have a plan to take care of my health how will I be able to honor the command Jesus gave us to spread the gospel to the world. What if I am too sick to teach Good News Club? I know that God will find another way for the children to hear about God’s love for them, but I would miss out on God’s purpose for my life; so in turn I change my future.

In the Daniel Plan Dr. Hyman addressed the issue about being prepared and here are a few of the things he shared about food emergencies. “Start your day with a healthy balanced breakfast, eat every three to four hours, hydrating your body throughout the day, and stocking a food emergency kit.” An emergency food pack will be your safety net, for those times when you didn’t have time for breakfast, too busy at work to stop, or like me stuck in the car. Find your favorite things to include, the choices are plentiful. This kit needs to be small, I make mine in the little zip lock snack bags and keep them ready in the pantry, and my purse, you should keep a few in a drawer at work too. Dr. Hyman also recommends protein for many of the choices, because protein controls your appetite and balances your blood sugar over long periods of time. Here is a short list, of food items but you can find your own.

  • Turkey, beef, and salmon jerky

  • Organic nuts, seeds and dates

  • Flax or seed crackers

  • Nut butter packets

  • Hummus

  • Cut-up carrots, cucumbers, peppers, celery

  • Apples or pears

  • Dark chocolate (70%)

With a little bit of pre-planning and shopping, we can stay healthy and out of food emergencies. Next time we will talk about the meals that we need to live a long healthy and happy life.

Prayer of the Day

“Dear Father, thank You for the dreams and desires You’ve placed within me. I submit them to You and ask that You direct my steps and help to be prepaierd. Search my heart and cause my thoughts to become agreeable to Your Word and to the plan You have for me in Jesus’ name. Amen."

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