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100 Days: Your Fourth Week in No-More Processed Foods [#4/14]

Last Updated: August 9, 2022

Week Four of The 14-Week Plan


Congratulations! You have learned how to cook and store your meals. Additionally, you’ve learned how to set up your basic storage. Lastly, you’re starting to feel lighter and healthier due to the fresh intake of natural foods back into your diet. Over the past three weeks, it’s possible that you’ve saved money. You’ve had more home-cooked meals around the table with your family…and you may have started to realize that prepping is actually just practical day-to-day living.

The focus points from the previous weeks of the 14-Week Plan were on teaching yourself how to store, cook, and improve your health by decreasing the amount of processed food in your diet. By increasing the amount of natural fiber and food materials going into your system, your evacuations should be looking pretty sturdy and easy to pass.

Week Four focuses on hydration. With enough water in your system during and after these weeks, you enable yourself with enough lubricant to effectively filter out and pass any dredged or backed up food left in your stomach, small intestine, and large intestine (colon).

Water is broken down into five categories of preparedness.

  • Running water — for those fortunate enough, your homestead, property, or area has naturally occurring running water from a stream, river, or artesian well
  • Tap water — in some areas of the world and the U.S., tap water is still good enough to drink. Be aware of your fluoride levels.
  • Potable, portable water (bottled) — a person needs a gallon a day of water for drinking, cooking, and hygiene
  • Filtered or purified water — used in conjunction with tap water or running water
  • Long-term water storage — practical in any disaster event

Please note this guide is created as an outline, to be customized and adapted to the financial and localized needs of our readers. Every aspect will teach you new skills in learning setup, maintenance, and improvement.

After 100 days and implementing even a few of these measures, note that your level of preparedness is beyond that of most American families.


Summary of Weeks One to Three

Item DescriptionApproximate Cost
Week 1 Cookware & Food ✅~$300
Week 2 Food, Spices, and Canned Goods ✅~$40
Week 3 Food, Spices, and Canned Goods ✅~$300
Three Types of Stored, Frozen Meals ✅Priceless
Optional Solar Power Set Up, Chickens & Coop, and Garden Tower~$1,160
Running Total for Food & Storage Items~$640

Week Four Crockpot Recipe: How to Purify Water with Your Crockpot

We’ve also included a nifty way to purify water with your Crockpot (but note that achieving a rolling boil on an open flame or high temperature is easier, faster, and more effective).

How to Purify Water in Your Crockpot without Any Specialized Equipment or Products

Plan to purify your water right after a fresh Crockpot cook where your Crockpot is still hot.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 24 mins
Course Water
Cuisine Earth

Equipment

  • 1 Crockpot
  • 3 Coffee Filters
  • 2 empty water gallon containers *avoid filling these to the brim. Your Crock Pot only holds so much.

Ingredients
  

  • 2 liters untreated water River, stream, or lake water.

    Avoid puddles, cesspools, and otherwise stagnant water with this process.

Instructions
 

  • Plan to purify your water right after a fresh Crockpot cook where your Crockpot is still hot.
  • Remove the contents of your pot and clean your pot. If you have a partner in this process, then you'll be able to filter the water while the Crockpot is getting prepped for water purification.
  • Contain your water in an easy to pour container that doesn't leak.
  • Fold your coffee filter twice and place it over the opening of the bottle.
  • Carefully pour your water into your other water gallon container.
  • Repeat two more times with a new coffee filter each time.
  • Set your Crockpot to the highest setting and immediately pour in your water.
  • Cover your Crockpot with the lid and wait 15 to 60 mins. Once your water reaches a boil, most pathogens have been killed and most debris has already been pre-filtered by your coffee filters.
Keyword boil, filter water, water, water purification

Why is Water So Important to Removing Processed Foods from My Diet?

Removal of processed foods is in two parts. First, it’s what’s going into your digestive system. Second, it’s whatever’s left from before.

With the human body at 70% water and the brain at 80%, by default, your colon and small intestine will thank you for more water in your system to process all that backed up Mcdonald’s.

In survival scenarios, a person needs at least a liter of water to remain coherently functioning. In longer-term disaster time periods, expect a gallon to be used in drinking, brushing your teeth, washing your hair, and preparing basic meals (including cleanup). This doesn’t include bathing at all.

There’s a lot of hoopla on how much is the optimal amount of water to drink on a daily basis. But honestly, the best measurement is the color of your pee (urine). You’re shooting for the color of a dying highlighter. 😄

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Water for Storage: Drinking, Garden, and Sanitation

In ideal storage that isn’t for doomsday prep, a good standard of water storage is three: nicely-packaged water bottles, a great mid-sized water gallon container that can go anywhere, and a water setup outside that’ll contain or filter your water (some setups can be interior).

FDA Approved Canned, Bottled, and Packaged Water

Blue Can Pure Water has the longest shelf life of any commercially available packaged water. Easy to stack, and protected from vermin and oxygen, this makes for the best option in long-term water storage for your family.


Blue Can Pure Water with a shelf life of 50 years.

With a shelf life of five years and an extremely easy packable pouch of water, Datrex’s Emergency Drinking water is in every kit, bug-out bag, and pack at our homesteads.

Remember to always rotate your stocked items based on the expiration date and on your normal usage basis.

With stored water ranging in expiration dates — 2, 5, and 50 years with all three of the above packaged water options — Fiji Water is the best bottled water option to rotate into your daily water usage.

Mid-Sized Portable Water Containers

In a dire survival situation, 5 gallons of water will provide one person with the minimum amount of water needed to survive for about 15 days. Death can occur when you lose 20% (about 8 liters) of your body water.

If you lose 1 liter of water per day and drink 1 liter each day, 2 gallons, 7.5 liters could essentially provide you with enough water to live for 7 and a half days.

Your Large Water Storage Tank with a Spigot

The next ideal water container is your large BPA-free long-term water storage.

Always used with a spigot, you can keep your stored water sanitary and easy to access.

Any water stored for long term in a resealable container should be checked for treatment and filtration safety measures. When the hose stops running, you’ll be thankful for the 55-gallon drum stacks in your storage.

The LifeAdvanced purification technology removes Rotavirus & Hepatitis A and protects against bacteria such as E.coli & Salmonella. Capable of filtering 26,000 gallons of contaminated water over 3-5 years, the LifeStraw High-Volume Water Purifier is the greatest protection against microcontaminants.

Requires no electricity batteries, or replacement parts.

Rigorous independent testing with WHO, US EPA, NSF, and ASTM drinking water protocols.”

lifestraw.com
*The Lightest, Portable Water Filter

Water is heavy. On the move, remember that every gallon of water weighs about 8.3 lbs. You might not be able to carry enough water along with the rest of your supplies and gear.

The Lifestraw weighs 56 grams (0.12 lbs).

From a questionable murk of water, a portable water filter like the LifeStraw Personal Water Filter pulls clean water. As of 2022, it is the most effective portable water filter available on the commercial market.

At approximately 99.9% bacteria and virus filtration by design, you can stick this personal water purifier into dirty water and drink clean water.


100 Days: Your Fourth Week in No-More Processed-Foods


Item DescriptionApproximate Cost
Week 1 – 4 Cookware & Food~$640
Week 4 Packaged Water~$100
Week 4 Water Containers~$200
Optional Water LifeStraw Purification Setup & LifeStraw~$400
Running Total for Food & Storage Items~$940

100 Days: Your Fourth Week in No-More Processed Foods [#4/14]

With a case of Blue Water, Datrex Water Pouches, and Fiji bottled water, you have enough water to last a family of four less than two days. However, with a full medium-sized container of filtered drinking water, and a fully stocked 55-gallon water barrel with spigot, that timeframe becomes two weeks. Add naturally running water and a filtration/purification system, and you’re good to go for months on end without any reliance on any form of organization.

At the end of the fourth week, your inventory of food items and categories of water in your storage could essentially sustain your family in disasters. Without any other additions to the fully-kitted-out options from weeks one to four, at about $2,000 dollars, a fully self-sustainable setup with a moderate amount of “elbow grease” is at your beck and call in an emergency.

Next week, in line with your new cooking methods and recipe, we’ll expand on your essential knife ware & knife skills.

“Always Be Ready” Max


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