Have you ever felt like you could eat anything in sight? Strike that. Have you ever felt like you could eat everything in sight? That is what we call a food emergency. This is when your blood sugar drops and using willpower to keep hunger under control is nearly impossible.

The solution to fight the lure of convenient fast food on our way home from work or choosing the vending machine in hour of need is quite simple.


Be prepared. Plan ahead and bring food with you.

First, here are some tips to avoid a food emergency. These tips will help you fend off the desperation mode eating.

  • Eat a healthy breakfast.
  • Eat every three to four hours.
  • Hydrate your body throughout the day.

Sooner or later, most of us will find ourselves in a situation where we become ravenous. Being prepared ahead of time will help you to make wiser choices when the moment of hunger occurs.

We suggest to help prevent poor decision making in weak moments that you create a emergency food pack.

What you will need:

  • Glass containers with lids or sandwich baggies
  • Insulated lunch box or mini cooler
  • Food with good quality protein, good fats, and low sugar content

Emergency food suggestions:

  • Canned wild salmon or sardines
  • Jerky
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Whole food or raw food protein bars
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Hummus
  • Cut up vegetables
  • Apples or pears

These are just a few suggestions to get you going. There are so many ways you can be innovative and keep things interesting. With a little bit of planning ahead you can be able to keep yourself out of the sticky situations and set yourself up for success.

Watch Dr. Hyman share additional tips to avoid food emergencies: