Or an even better question: Why’s there a new NMA post on a Sunday?
Well, you might call it an assignment. I’m participating in MeYou Health’s Blogger Well-Being Challenge at DailyChallenge.com, where for 10 days I’m taking on one small (tiny, even) challenge each day. The challenges are mostly health-related, but some are just about taking the time to relax, to enjoy something, or to be nice to somebody for no good reason.
(Disclosure: MeYou Health does offer compensation for the bloggers who are participating, but I declined to accept payment, to be consistent with my rule of not writing paid posts.)
Today’s Challenge: Create an Emergency Snack Kit
Today’s task, which they asked me to write about, was “Create an emergency snack kit.”
We’re not talking Armageddon. Here, we’re using “emergency” pretty loosely—like if you don’t get a chance to eat lunch one day and you’re starving. In said “emergency,” it’d be nice to have some sort of snack you can eat, rather than pulling over at McDonald’s and ordering a thing of fries the size of your head. Which in weak moments, I have done before. And I bet you have, too.
What’s in my snack kit
So here’s how I made mine: One bottle of water, one packet of Vega Whole Food Health Optimizer, some raw almonds, raw pumpkin seeds, and dried cherries. And a shaker cup, to store all of it and have a way to mix the Vega powder with the water while buildings are exploding all around me.
Why’d I pick this stuff? Well, first, I didn’t want my emergency snack kit to attract maggots. So nothing that would rot quickly, like fresh fruit or vegetables. (Sure, the nuts will lose some flavor and nutrition over time, but hey, it”s an emergency, so I’ll have to deal.) I also picked stuff that was healthy and calorie-dense, so that it would fill me up but not take up the entire backseat of my car.
And finally, I chose raw almonds and pumpkin seeds because they’re both so damn good for you, and I always wish I ate more of them. The problem is I don’t like them very much, so I’m more likely to eat an insane amount of honey-roasted cashews or something not as good for me. I figured this way, since we’re talking emergencies with no other way of surviving, I’d be forced to eat the good stuff!
It’s sort of like Back to the Future Part II where Biff goes back in time and gives his old self the sports almanac so he can pick winners and get rich and ruin the world. Only this is me going forward in time and forcing starved, emergency-panicked future-me to eat raw nuts. Which is not really the same at all, I guess.