A 2000 calorie diet is recommended for a healthy stable life.  This is true nowadays. A 2000 calorie diet is meant to sustain your current body composition.  If you stay true to this, you will not gain weight nor lose it.  That is pretty hard to do these days with most meals being 1000 calories by themselves.  If you want to gain weight, add 500 calories more. If you want to lose weight, then subtract 500 calories.  It’s pretty much that simple.  Your normal body uses 1200 calories just for normal functions such as digesting food, mental problem solving, etc. The other 800 is used for physical activity, repairing muscles, etc.  What happens in a world that completely changes your lifestyle and diet?

How many calories do you really need?

When you’re prepping for food, you have to take in account that most likely you’ll be doing more physical labor.  This will require more calories to help sustain your diet.  So when you’re shopping for canned food and groceries, look at the amount of calories per serving. This is when you want to purchase that 1000 calorie per meal stockpile.  What you thought was 6 months of food may only be 2 or 3 months, when you focus on the calorie count. You don’t want to encounter a situation where you are growing crops, have a month or two to go before they’re edible and you’re running out of food.  You thought what you had would be enough, but it’s not.  You’re eating more to fight the weakness so you can get out there everyday to grow more food.  Now, you’re behind on meals all because you prepped for today’s meals and not for a world different than we know it. You want to prep for at least a 3000 calorie a day food plan.  Take a look at your preps, pull out as much canned food or other preps equal to 3000 calories per day, not just for you but for all people in your family. If you have a family of four, pull out at least 10000 calories worth of food per day.  How much food do you really have? Are you concerned?


The thing you want to avoid is malnutrition.  This is when your body is not receiving enough of those basic nutrients required to maintain itself. You’ll lose weight, muscle mass, and even the ability to think straight.  Try stocking up on one a day vitamins so even if you’re not eating enough, you’ll still be getting those nutrients needed to survive to the next day.  What also helps with malnutrition is growing herbs.  Add herbs to every meal you create. They have tremendous nutritional value to help your immune system and various other health benefits.  This is so important since modern medicine may be a thing of the past, in a doomsday scenario.  

The Japanese during WW2, could survive on just small amounts of rice and meat for months at a time. This was the rations the Imperial Japanese would give their soldiers to live off of during war time.  They were also expected to live off the land if they wanted more. American soldiers were ordered to do the same, so they could learn how to live as their enemies did.  Imagine being in the middle of a war and not having much to eat.  This is how any crisis situation will be.  There will be times where eating the same thing everyday is unavoidable.

What to buy

Food you want to stock up on.  You want to make sure you stockpile on those food that don’t go bad or have a long shelf life. White rice, honey, sugar, dried corn, salt, and many more will practically never go bad.  Pasta and other whole wheat items  have a long shelf life.  These items are also pretty cheap and are good if you’re prepping on a budget.  Canned food is great because of how easy it is to make. You can simply open it and eat it.  M.R.E.’s (meals ready to eat) are what the military uses for a replacement when a warm cooked meal is unavailable.  M.R.Es have around 1200-1500 calories in each meal.  These are slightly expensive, but are great to have as a backup. You could eat two a day and give your body more than what it needs to survive on.

The only problem with stored long shelf life meals is that they are so high in sodium.  Too much sodium is not good for your body.  Over time, it will affect the way your kidneys function and increase blood pressure.  This is a burden on your heart. It will increase your chance of stroke and having a heart attack.  You combine this with the amount of physical labor you’re doing and the results are not good.  You’ll feel like you have to pee constantly, feel sick, and be short of breath.  You have to make sure you are eating fresh food as much as you possibly can, in combination with foods that have preservatives added.

Food prepping does not have to kill your budget, nor am I saying go out right now and buy a ton of canned food.  Begin food prepping slowly. It has taken me almost 3 years to gather enough for just 6 months.  I certainly have more than this, but it has taken me awhile.  Places you can look is Dollar Tree and your local grocery store. You can find cheap rice, canned food, and other great prepping stuff.  Try to buy a can or two a week and watch how it starts to add up, when you stay committed to it.

The what and why of my stockpile

I store processed food for the first months of any crisis, winters, or maybe those seasons of farming that don’t go so great.  It will happen, especially if you’re new to growing your own crops. Even if you’re a professional farmer, mother nature no matter what you do can kill your crops.  Make sure you purchase heirloom seeds, you can buy a pack of 15000 seeds for less than 20 bucks on Amazon.  Heirloom seeds are the way to go. They have a 90% guaranteed germination rate.  The seeds you get from your crops will also live on for the next season. 

My general rule about food prepping is; If you are not going to have enough food to last over a long period of time, then make sure that you never wake up or go to bed hungry.  If this means sacrificing eating lunch, then do it.  It’s hard to work all day without eating, but it’s worse trying to go to sleep on an empty stomach.  That first meal when you wake up will give you motivation to work throughout the day.  During the day you can also distract yourself from your growling stomach.  This just doesn’t concern me as much as it does watching my family go through this.  I’m used to a military life style. I can go all day without eating and still complete my mission.  For people like my wife though, she is definitely not use to this way of living. It would be a difficult transition for her.

Now is the time to start your food preps.  What you save and store will greatly increase your chance on making it through tough times, whatever they may be.  It’s your future, not mine, so you better get started.

This is Ian I the Survival Guy, stay tuned for more advice on your 5 Stars of Survival.

© 5 Star Survival, 2018.

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What to expect and learn from 5 Star Survival with Ian I. the Survival Guy.

There are many blogs, pages, and ways to learn how to prep and survive.  What’s different about mine?  I’m not your conventional prepper. My techniques are a mix of everything I have learned over the years.  My blog will not be typical either, I will not just post random articles about random things.  What I will do is take you through a journey like a mini series.  Each post will be an episode realted to an EMP scenario.

For example; imagine that an EMP has happened. I will be sharing survival techniques as they happen and are needed. The first episode will be the first minutes into an EMP. It will cover topics such as; how to react, signs that a true EMP has happened, how to keep calm, asses the situation, and come up with a solution. How you react to the first minutes in any crisis situation can determine everything else that follows. Why would I choose an EMP crisis situation? Well, a grid down life will basically cover everything you need to know in order to survive.  To learn to live without modern day conveniences like hospitals, technology, the local corner store, etc, will set you up for success for any doomsday scenario you could encounter.  I will cover it all ladies and gentlemen.

Now, let’s discuss how an EMP can affect your daily life.

I’ve already explained how an EMP can occur in my first post, but never discussed what it will affect. Everything with a computer chip in it will be completely fried.  The amount of electricity that is produced by the EMP is to much for modern day computer chips to handle. Your phones, computers, cars, and the power grid would be affected. Everything we use  today relies on either fossil fuel or electricity.  Communications, hospitals, and your basic mode of transportation would come to a complete halt. Think about it, what does not use power from the grid?  Virtually everything.  Sewage would start to overflow and contaminate most water supplies and the water brought to your house would stop.  Your heating and air conditioning units would never work again.  We will be brought to a world that existed not to long ago.  Most modern conveniences have made life so easy for us, that we’ve all forgotten those basic skills that kept our grandparents and those before them alive.  Imagine never again having a toilet to do your business in. You can make it flush without electricity. Do you know how to do that? Your car is run by a computer too. Models from 1985 and on have computers inside that help them run.  Your vehicle also has electronic fuel injectors that would stop feeding your car the fuel it needs to run. The power grid is a interconnected network connecting producers to consumers.  Those power generation stations would shut down. Most people don’t realize that our very own power grid is outdated and most of it is custom made.  Replacing all of those units would take years to get life back to somewhat normal.  Not to mention, there will be no power to build them in the first place.  Look what happened in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Irma. It’s scary to know that you may never see your normal life again.  An EMP wouldn’t harm you physically but in the long run you will be affected, unless you know how to survive it.

MY blog is going to take this life on, and teach you a multitude of survival skills.

Some examples include;

  • Common injuries as well as diseases and how to treat them
  • Unconventional home defense
  • Farming
  • Building a survival community
  • Becoming a ghost to the outside world
  • Building basic as well as easy ovens and refrigerators without using electricity
  • Adjusting to grid down life
  • Fighting boredom.

Your 5 stars of survival:

  1. Food
  2. Water
  3. Fire
  4. Shelter
  5. Good positive mental attitude

Hopefully you will never have to use these skills. If you ever do, I’m sure you’ll be glad you paid attention and ventured out of your comfort zone. It’s important to try them out before it’s too late. Stay tuned for my mini series that will give you a good look at what life could be in a grid down world.  

I’m Ian I. the Survival Guy and hope you tune in.

© 5 Star Survival, 2018.





Well, let’s discuss what “normal” may be.  In the world we live in, most look at the prepper as the crazy person who stockpiles years of food, water, and other essentials for something that is not going to happen.  In their mind, the possibility of all modern conveniences could never go away in an instant.  They believe that no matter what, help will always come.  Even after looking at all the disasters that have happened recently, it has never concerned them that help may not be able to reach them in time.  They’ve never lived through such desperate times to be concerned with, so why should they?  Questions to ask such people are; why do you have health insurance?  I’m sure they don’t want to get sick. What about auto insurance? Do they want to get into an accident?  NO! But they have it along with many more for that “just in case.”  That “just in case” their house may catch fire or get t-boned at the intersection.  Why is it so wrong to have some extra food and water stored for that “just in case” scenario?  The answer is YES! It’s ok to prep, you are not crazy!!

When the category 5 hurricane was threatening to rip through the east coast of the United States last year, I found myself watching as people became desperate for a case of water.  The stores ran out in a couple days.  Can you guess where and what I was doing?  I was laughing in my bed, watching the news, and noticing everyone fighting for those basic resources.  I had no need to go out and try to make sure I had enough, because I already did!  Was I crazy then?  Absolutely not, in fact, most people at work found out that I wasn’t the crazy one, after they became worried about their own families.

This is exactly the kind of situation you’ll run into, if those bad times come.  Most believe that the police, fire fighters, doctors, and military will always be there to help them.  I’m going to give you a reality check!  They won’t, because guess what? All those you rely on have families of their own, and you’re damn mistaken if the danger is outside their doors, that they are going to leave their own families behind to help you. You can see this when Katrina hit in 2005, practically all police and other officials did not show up for duty because of that reason.  All had family affected by the hurricane and chose them over you.  This is the reality that you need to acccept and adjust to.  You are the only one who is going to help you.

You need to prepare now for when those times come, so that you are not relying on those who will probably not come to your rescue.  Having enough resources to ensure you and your family will make it through those tough times are key to surviving it.

Let’s take a quick look at those scenarios, that could actually end our world as we know it.

1-EMP (electromagnetic pulse)-This is when such a high velocity of electricity shoots through the air causing most, if not all, electronics run by a computer chip to be fried.  This can be caused by two entities, a nuclear or atomic weapon being detonated 250 miles in the atmosphere resulting in the electrons leaving their host atoms behind. It’s enough heat and that suddenly the upward and outward “puff” is enough to move the air overhead in the ionosphere to create the bulk of the EMP. Another is a solar flare from the sun, which actually happened in 1859, luckily though the world wasn’t run on electronics like it is today. It was pretty easy to recover from then, but if one like that hit today the entire power grid would shut down leaving us in the dark ages.

2-ECONOMIC COLLAPSE-You may not realize this but for a very long time the US dollar was the world’s currency.  You couldn’t go anywhere and not have the dollar accepted.  Most countries like Saudi Arabia would only accept US currency as payment for oil.  Other countries would have to convert to the dollar in order to buy most products.  This is not the case anymore. Countries like Russia and China would convert to trade with each other, but they are now using their own currencies.  Saudi Arabia is now steering away from the US dollar.  It’s because the United States is a super power that can’t pay its’ debts.  This results in printing off more money decreasing the value of it.  It’s also because so many factories have moved to other countries resulting in the United States no longer making income. This has further decreased the value of the dollar.

3-PANDEMIC-The influenza virus is scary. It has the ability to mutate and reject almost all vaccines.  It’s only a matter of time before it gets too strong that modern medicine can’t cure or prevent it any longer.  What’s scarier is how easily it could travel around the world in less than a few hours.  The Spanish FLU, in 1918, spread across the world killing anywhere from 50-100 million people.  The world is due for another one of these pandemic events and will most likely happen in our lifetime.

4-NUCLEAR WAR-Not only North Korea, but the United States and Russia have had enough. They unleash their arsenal of nuclear weapons on each other.  The unthinkable has happened!!!  The first ones will be detonated in the atmosphere to create an EMP to knock out communications of their enemy. The next ones will take out major sites like Moscow, Washington, military bases, and other launch sites. The final ones will hit every major city on both sides for one purpose, mass casualties!!!  It will only take less than 100 nukes to start a nuclear winter, meaning all that soot and ash from cities burning will be thrown into the atmosphere to block out the sun. This will cool the planet turning it into another ice age.

5-NATURAL DISASTER-With everything happening lately, it almost seems like Mother Nature is finally fighting back.  Unfortunately, we haven’t seen 1/10th of her power.  These may all very well be warnings that she is about to blow and shake us off like a bad case of fleas.  This could be in the form of every major volcano erupting, like Yellow Stone National Park, to a complete change in weather.  Either way, we need to watch out for those signs that she can’t take anymore. A lot of it has nothing to do with what we are doing, but in the activity of the sun.  The sun is not putting out enough ultra violet rays to sustain the earth and its needs, thus resulting in major dramatic change in weather.  The planet is going through normal changes as it always does, just not in the best interest of humans.  This has been occurring for millions of years, and is no different today.  We can’t think that we are that special to affect the nature of something that has been occurring for billions of years.  That’s just ignorance of humans, to think we are so special when we are not.  And that’s the truth!!!

There are many more ways our world could end, but these are the most likely ones.  If you really think about it, they are not that farfetched.  At any moment it could all end. Are you one of those who will be prepared for such occurrences? I hope you said yes.

I’m asking you now to stay tuned with my blog and think outside the box. I will help you master the many different ways to prepare you and your family for any disaster.  My techniques may be different than your conventional prepper, but it does not mean that I’m wrong. Take what I can teach you and if you don’t need it, great.  If you do need it, then I know I accomplished the mission of this blog.


© 5 Star Survival, 2018.