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Healthy T1D Emergency Food Prep: Prepping for a natural disaster, extended power outages, or a zombie apocalypse is always a good idea, especially if you have T1D. I’m going to walk you through what I’m doing for practical healthy T1D emergency food prep. This is the first in a series for emergency preparedness that I’ll be doing.

6 glass jars filled with pantry items like rice, pasta, beans, etc.

Practical Healthy T1D Emergency Food Prep

When it comes to prepping I’m most definitely middle of the road; certainly no expert. But nonetheless I wanted to share with you what my plans are so that it might help you – maybe as a jumping off point or maybe to give you some ideas that you might not have thought of.


This FOOD PREP post is the first in a series of emergency T1D preparedness posts that I’ll be doing.  The full series will look something like this:

  • Healthy T1D Emergency Food Prep (which i’m doing now)
  • T1D Medical Prep
  • T1D Go Bags, Car Prep & 72 Hours Kits


The idea behind this series is that depending on where you live you might be more prone to power outages, natural disasters, or hurricanes – where you have to load up and leave. Also, just if there’s something crazy happening in the world and you’re unable to get food or have power. Being prepared is always a good idea.


Let’s dive right in!

1. Low Snacks

Low snacks are a paramount category in your T1D Emergency Food Prep. And if you’re doing a healthy T1D emergency food prep your low snacks might look a lot different than a conventional T1D food prep.

Here’s a list of what I have in my healthy T1D emergency food prep category:

       ▢ Fruit Jerky
       ▢ Real Maple Syrup (and/or maple syrup packets)
       ▢ Honey (and/or honey packets)
       ▢ Dates
       ▢ Fruit Bars

2. Clean Water/Hydration

Staying hydrated is important for everyone, but especially if you have T1D. Being dehydrated will always cause blood sugar to rise. When dehydrated your blood becomes more concentrated. So by staying adequately hydrated you are literally diluting the amount of sugar in your blood.
Here’s a list of what I have on my list in the Water category:
       ▢ Gallon jugs of water
       ▢ A generator (and gas) for folks on well water
       ▢ Electrolyte packets
       ▢ Coconut water (a great source of electrolytes)

3. Pantry Staples

Finding healthy shelf stable items is almost like an oxymoron, unless you’re canning and preserving them yourself. But there are a few healthy pantry staples we like to keep on hand for emergency food prep.
Here’s a list of what I have on my list in the Pantry category:
       ▢ Canned Tuna
       ▢ Canned Chicken
       ▢ Protein Powder
       ▢ Gelatin
       ▢ Rice
       ▢ Beans
       ▢ Oats
       ▢ Quinoa
       ▢ GF Chickpea Pasta
       ▢ Ghee
       ▢ Olive Oil
       ▢ Olives
       ▢ Coconut Oil
       ▢ Mayo
       ▢ Peanut Butter/Almond Butter
       ▢ Soup
       ▢ Apple Cider Vinegar
       ▢ Mineral Dense Salt (like Redmods Real Salt)

4. Freezer Stash

If you don’t already have one, a chest freezer is a great investment. Not only for emergency food prep, but it also allows you to buy meat in bulk (like buying a half cow) which usually will save you money.
Here’s a list of what I have on my list in the freezer category:
       ▢ Frozen Berries
       ▢ Frozen Bananas
       ▢ Frozen Veggies
       ▢ Frozen Meat
       ▢ Frozen Meat Bones (for making bone broth)
       ▢ Frozen Meals (homemade soups, casserole dishes, etc)
       ▢ Frozen bread & desserts (homemade) (these are one of my favorite desserts to freeze)

5. Root Cellar

A root cellar is an excellent way to store veggies from your garden. I have plans to start one in the basement of our garage next spring.
Here is a great resource on what and how to store foods in a root cellar and how long they will last: https://www.hobbyfarms.com/22-foods-you-can-store-in-root-cellars-2/

Healthy T1D Emergency Food Prep Checklist

Here is the printable version of this post, in check list form.


Let Me Know in the Comments….

Let me know if you like this kind of series, what you like to keep on hand for T1D food prep, or what kind of events you prep for.

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  1. Seylah December 6, 2021 at 12:33 pm - Reply

    I was just thinking about this the other day. We moved to a part of our state that is pretty remote and I was thikning I should probably get a stash going of some food & medical supplies just in case power goes out or roads are bad, etc. Looking forward to what you have on the medical supplies list.

  2. Jenn December 9, 2021 at 9:43 am - Reply

    As a newly diagnosed t1d I really appreciate this post. Being prepared makes me feel like I have a better grasp on everything. But Being So new to diabetes I’m not really sure what I need to be prepared…there are so many things I haven’t thought of. I’m so green to all this. So thank you.

  3. Prof Prem raj Pushpakaran December 25, 2021 at 9:38 am - Reply

    Prof Prem raj Pushpakaran writes– 2021 marks the centenary year of the discovery of insulin!!!


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