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Is It Possible To Be a Vegetarian Survivalist?

How to be a survivalist and a vegetarian

You don’t have to eat meat to survive in the wild

Survivalist is not the same thing as being a meat eater.

It is rather an assumption of many that those which are in a wilderness situation will be hunters and fishers.

Granted, if you are used to eating meat then you will probably want to either detox yourself prior to wilderness survival or stick to having meat in your diet.

However, if you are a vegetarian you can still survive.

Here are a few ways in which you can be a survivalist and a vegetarian.

Get your proteins from mushrooms

If you have researched and know which mushrooms are ok to eat (because you do not want to be hallucinating or dead from eating the wrong kind) then these are great ways in which to gain your needed proteins. 

Vegetarians have long been using mushrooms as a meat substitute, and seeing as how your body is going to require some protein and that growing beans and such may take a while, mushrooms may be the best solution to finding your proteins.

To find suitable mushrooms, you will need to look for moist areas.

Typically, you can find mushrooms growing along the base of trees, close to fallen wood, or along riverbanks and streams.

The best time to find fresh mushrooms are after heavy rains.

You can probably find a great many if your geographical location gets a fair amount of dew/ moisture. Again,  know which ones are safe to eat.

Using a survival guide which lists common edible plants and herbs is recommended.

Have a selection of seeds in your survival gear

When you pack your survival gear, ensure that you pack a wide range of non-hybrid seeds.

The reason that you want to avoid hybrid plants are due to the fact that they do not produce any seeds that will yield another crop.

In other words, you may get some produce this season, but unless you find some seed you will not get anything else from it.

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Ensure that the seeds you choose are for all seasons. You do not want to be dependent upon a spring crop or a fall crop.

Have seeds which can be planted year round and know when to plant them. When harvesting your food, keep a portion of the food set aside so that you have your next batch of seeds.

Gather natural plants and herbs only for the day.

If you are going to be a vegetarian and a survivalist then you will need to be able to identify which foods are edible and which foods can kill you.

Once you have done this you will need to only gather enough food for the day.

Why is this?

Natural food will wilt and ruin very quickly, especially if you are in an area that sees a great deal of heat.

Also, the moment that you pick a plant, the nutritional value of the plant starts to diminish quickly (this is why the canned produce that you get from a grocery store only gives you about 20% of the original nutrition where fresh produce gives you around 60 to 70%).

Areas which have a great deal of natural food supplies should be mentally noted and visited often.

Keep in mind that on bushes which yield berries that the more you pick the more will be produced in most cases.

This is the fundamental principal behind pruning and essentially you will be doing such when you collect from these bushes.

Pack nuts into your survival gear

Instead of packing dehydrated meats and contents which you are not going to eat, substitute such with dried no or very low salted nuts.

You may want to also consider packing some dehydrated fruits and vegetables into your pack.

Trail Mix is a great solution if you pick one from an organic site or make it yourself.

Do not get commercial brand trail mix as they are the equivalent of stuffing your bag full of potato chips and other junk food.

Pretzels with a ton of salt, salted peanuts, chocolate candies, and seasoning salts should be avoided.

The main point is to keep the sodium level down and the proteins up.

Eat seaweed and other water grasses

If you want to have a well saturated meal (meaning that you will have greens with a great deal of nutrients and moisture) consider eating the grasses from the riverbed and stream.

Avoid eating anything which has visible fungus/slime upon it. 

Of course, you will want to try to cook the grass to remove bacteria from the water and use your water filter for any water you take out of the stream to drink.

If you are located near the ocean or any other salt water sources, you will more than likely not be able to drink the water unless you have a special filter to purify it (which I have not come across on any survivalist site).

However, you can gather the seaweed that dominates these areas and make a large stash of food from it. As seaweed can be eaten both fresh as well as dried, it is ideal for the vegetarian survivalist.

Pack vitamins into your survival gear

As it may be a bit hard to find plants, herbs, berries, and nuts which will provide you with all the vitamins and minerals that your body will require to survive, it is highly recommended that you pack a few bottles of vitamins into your survival gear.

Ensure that you get one of the brands which offer you all the essentials that your body will need and not just a specialized mineral (unless you know that you are somewhat deficient in that area).

By adding in the vitamins you can somewhat supplement what is lacking as you gather your food.

This is not a food substitute, but rather a method in which to ensure that you do not become malnutritioned while seeking out a spot with sustainable natural food.

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Steven Swift

Steven has been interested in Survivalist Tips and prepping for years. He wanted to share the tips and tricks he learned with the world to help them be prepared for any type of dangers/emergencies. He is the owner of Sovereign Survival

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Ben - September 8, 2015

Can you do it? Sure. Should you do it. No. In a survival situation being able to adapt to a changing environment is key. Having dietary requirements due to genetics (or another scenario where your health is our of your control) is one thing. But if it’s due to ethical or moral reasons then you’re severely limiting your survivability. Fat is so much more calorie dense than carbohydrates that I’d say it’s worth its weight in gold. One kilo of lard is about 9000 calories. How many calories am I going to expend foraging for herbs and other greens? Will they provide the same caloric volume?


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