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6 Principles of Survival – Manage Calories / Energy

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Manage Caloric Intake and Expenditure

Calorie Management

Survival is a calories game. Your body converts food into fuel, which provides you with energy, but if you burn more calories trying to obtain food, you are not properly managing your calories. For every calorie you burn you need to find ways to replace it. Conserve your energy.


The average active person will use approximately 3,000-4,000 calories per day.


Always ensure that the energy gained from the food is more than the energy you expended in procuring it, otherwise it’s a wasteful exercise.


In a short-term survival situation, food should NOT be your major priority.


In a long-term survival situation, your survival priorities will change and the need for food will become more important.


Food Sources


Plants – They are easy to collect, and require little energy to obtain. Make sure that you are absolutely positive that they are edible. Learn 5-10 common wild edible plants in your area.


NEVER eat a wild plant, unless you know what it is.


Fish and Crawfish – Requires little effort once the lines and traps have been set. Fish are high in protein.


Improvised Fishing

Using an improvised hook, attach to stick with string. Best Survival Fishing Rod!!














Insects / Reptiles / Amphibians – Be careful that you don’t waste too much energy trying to catch them. Remember: “Red and Yellow, kill a fellow.”

If not certain, if bug or animal is safe to eat, you can always use it as bait.


Birds / Mammals – They are wary of humans, and can be difficult to catch. Even if caught, the animal will need to be killed and processed.


Throwing Stick


Remove any branches or obstructions that might impact flight. Take a wide stance, and throw side arm.


Most wild foods must be cooked. Roast over an open fire, or make a stew if container is available.


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