Pantry living empowers choice, increases self-reliance and wellness, and supports pathology prevention. When we talk about choice, we’re talking about the two components of choice; alternatives, and the ability to experience the consequences of selecting one of those alternatives.
ISSUES: It’s just this. When I choose an item on a restaurant menu, and the waiter delivers something else. Did I really have a choice? When I decide to have oatmeal for breakfast, and find out I only have sweetened crunchy stuff from a cardboard box- do I really have a choice? We say NO!
To own a choice, you must create alternatives, and be sure to have the supplies in your “Pantry” supporting any alternative you may want to select. We assume if it's not in your pantry, then it’s unavailable to you. Now, how to keep your pantry supplied with pathology prevention supplies, and what are those supplies is the question.
STRATEGY: Think of your pantry, remember that abstract container, we wrote about above, it delivers everything your plan requires. Now, more specifically, we are talking here about your health plan. Hopefully, this health plan comes from evidence gathered, and is sufficient to match the demands of your health needs.
Our strategy entails three steps:
- Current Stock: Identify what you currently have in supply. This is your current pantry. For convenience, it might help to organize the pantry according to the pathology preventions practices. This way you can quickly identify which practices you are able to provide. Another way is to organize your pantry according to groups and locations found in the grocery store. This way you can quickly determine inventory levels and more easily maintain a shopping list. It’s your choice.
- Desired Stock: Determine what should be in the pantry based on your health plan. You can get advice from your primary care providers, such as dentist, nutritionist, pharmacist, chiropractor, physical therapist, and sports coach. Include food supplies, medical equipment, and bandages. Everything you need to support your health plan. Once again, it is your choice if you make the decision. If it's not in your pantry, it is not your choice. It’s really that simple.
- Gap: Now, just identify those items needed to take your pantry from its current levels to the desired levels. Normally this isn’t the problem. The larger problem is having the time and money available to stock the pantry at higher levels.
Use a milestone roadmap, with each milestone bringing you closer and closer to your goal. Space the milestones far enough apart that your budget can support the pace.
At first you may choose one organ system for the pantry to support - such as your cardiovascular system. Now do you need a blood pressure device, the Cardiovascular Revitalizer® infusion, and don’t forget that oatmeal.
Here’s the fun part. In your roadmap, with milestones based on your paycheck frequency, you acquire everything to fill the your pantry gap. You are in control; it really feels good. I wouldn’t be surprised if this wasn’t some form of mental health therapy.