Hal Elrod

I know this is a departure from topics I normally address on the podcast, but I hope you’ll listen and take this episode seriously, as well as read this email for more details and resources. I took the time to record this for you from a place of moral obligation. 

I don’t know if you’re aware, but we are experiencing a severe, unprecedented global supply chain crisis, and I’ve been researching and considering what this could mean for all of us. Specifically, there is a realistic possibility that we could experience food shortages in the relatively near future (this fall/winter). I’m talking about grocery stores and restaurants not being able to get food, and thus each of us having to rely on our own supply for an unknown length of time. 

After experiencing relatively minor food shortages when the pandemic hit (think empty grocery shelves and no toilet paper), and more extreme shortages here in Texas last winter during what was known as the “snow-pocalypse” (it was very difficult to find any meat at grocery stores), and now paying close attention to the current supply chains (I have friends in related industries who have confirmed it’s even worse than we’re being told), I encourage all of us to get at least a 30 day supply of food. Although being prepared for longer (2-6 months) wouldn’t hurt. 

As for what food to buy, if you Google “emergency food” you’ll get a bunch of unhealthy 25-year shelf life foods that are loaded with preservatives. But if you value eating healthy, I recommend simply ordering organic rice & beans, as well as mung beans that you can sprout (Google how to do that) – so that you can have “living” food that is also high in protein (7 grams of protein per 1 ounce). None of those are very expensive, even the organic stuff. I get all of the above on either Amazon or FoodToLive.com. 

As for meat, I recommend stocking up now and if you can afford it, getting a deep freezer to store it in. My wife and I found a used one on Craigslist and also use it to freeze a good amount of organic vegetables. We also got a backup generator to power our fridge and freezer, in case we lose power like we did last winter in Texas, for 5 consecutive days. 

If you want more variety, you might also consider buckwheat, oatmeal, nuts, freeze-dried fruits, and canned foods. Also, if you live in an area that experiences frozen pipes or power outages, stock up on bottled water and/or get a water filtration system like a Berkey filter (last year we also lost running water for 5 days). 

To be clear: I’m not advocating hoarding or panic buying. Consider that if we each buy a little bit more now, while supply chains are still in tact, and stock up on what we might need in an emergency situation, then if we reach an emergency situation, those who prepared in advance don’t have to go to the store and take food off of the shelves from those who weren’t prepared.

And BTW, I’m certainly not trying to scare you. That’s not my intention here. Preparation isn’t about becoming paranoid. Quite the opposite. It’s about knowing that you’ll be ready for whatever comes, rather than worrying about what might be. 

In this short episode, I explain what I’ve been doing to plan ahead, including actionable steps you can take and resources you can use to be prepared. Hopefully our supply chains get figured out, but I’d rather us all be safe than sorry/hungry. 🙏🏼❤


  • The two mantras I live by–and why I don’t see any value in sustained fear.
  • Why we may experience unprecedented food shortages this winter.
  • The longest-lasting, most affordable, healthiest food you can buy that isn’t loaded with preservatives.
  • The benefits of eating living food. 
  • Why I’m not advocating hoarding or panic buying–and how to help people who aren’t as well-prepped as you.


“I don’t prepare so I lay awake at night worrying about stuff, I prepare so that I can sleep well at night knowing that I’ve prepared.” - Jon VromanClick To Tweet


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Hal Elrod: Hello and welcome to the Achieve Your Goals podcast. This is your host, your friend, Hal Elrod, a fellow human being, doing this thing called life with you. And today we’re going to talk about how to be prepared, not paranoid. How to be prepared, not paranoid. I posted on social media about some supply chain issues and potentially, food shortages that may be coming, that are actually already showing up in grocery stores and the restaurant industry. And I wanted to share it with you as well and just talk about some of the things I’ve done to prepare, and then give you some actual actionable resources that you can take as well.


And again, the theme of us just being prepared so that we don’t have to be paranoid because when you’re prepared, you’re able to sleep well at night. With that said, before we dive into the episode today, which, by the way, is one of the shortest episodes I’ve done in a long time. I got to the point where I’m like, I already think that’s all I want to share. And it was 26 minutes. I go, wow, that’s a short one. So, you’re going to get a lot of useful, valuable, actionable information in a very short amount of time.


Before that, though, I want to just take a minute to acknowledge and thank the sponsor of today’s episode, Organifi. And if you value health, I’d imagine that you do, I think most of us do. We don’t always act in alignment with that value because it’s sometimes easier to eat on the go, eat quick things, whether it’s microwavable or fast food, whatever. But if you want kind of a shortcut to health, Organifi at least gives you a plethora of nutrients in a simple, easy-to-consume manner. You just tear open a packet of Organifi or open the lid, scoop in green juice, red juice, a variety of superfoods and adaptogens to boost your health, boost your energy, calm your stress, help you sleep better, you name it. Head over to Organifi.com/Hal. Again, that’s Organifi, O-R-G-A-N-I-F-I, Organifi with an I, Organifi.com/Hal, and check out their products. I use them every day, and if you find something you like, use the code Hal, H-A-L at checkout, and you’ll get an additional 15% off of your entire order.


And without any further ado, let’s talk about it, how to be prepared, but not paranoid.




Hal Elrod: Hey, goal achievers, it’s Hal Elrod. And welcome to the podcast today. Today, I’m going to talk about a few things, food this winter, and really just about being prepared. I posted on Facebook and social media on Instagram the other day. Actually, I’m going to read the post to you about this. And actually, it was yesterday, I think, and got lots of feedback, mostly positive, people either saying, yes, I’m aware of this, or others saying thank you so much for letting me know, I had no idea. And then a few saying things, like, Hal, you’re creating a panic, and this and that.


And my intention with the post that I’m going to about read in today’s episode is in no way to create a panic. I’m a big fan. There are two mantras, if you will, that I live by. One is to be aware but not afraid. Be aware of what’s going on in the world, be aware of what’s going on in your life, but don’t be afraid, right? There’s really usually no value in any kind of sustained fear. And the other is to be prepared, but not paranoid. My good friend Jon Vroman, founder of Front Row Dads, always says, I don’t prepare so I lay awake at night worrying about stuff, I prepare so that I can sleep well at night knowing that I’ve prepared.


And so, let me just read the post, and then we’ll dive deeper into this than I was able to do on social media, including a lot of the questions that I got, all kind of incorporate those into today’s podcast. Well, let me read the post, and you’ll get where we’re going here. Here we go. Friends, I know this is a departure from what I normally post, but please take this message seriously. Our supply chains are in unprecedented disarray, including those that impact our food supply. Thus, there is a very realistic possibility that we could come to a point in the near future, this fall or winter, when we experience food shortages, like we’ve never experienced before.


I’m talking about grocery stores and restaurants not being able to get food delivered to them for an unknown amount of time. Think about this for a second. So, if you’re listening right now, think about this. If you weren’t able to get food from a grocery store or a restaurant for weeks or even months, who knows, hopefully, it would never go that long. But really, when you think about that, like we’re so dependent on, I need food, so I’m going to go to the grocery store. As a society, we used to be self-reliant. I forgot that I read the stats, but like a hundred years ago or 50 years ago, like what percentage of society actually farmed and grew their own food, not even farmed, like as farmers, but they just grew their own food. And then today, that’s such a lost initiative. Most don’t do that anymore.


So, anyway, so think about that for a second. If you got to a point where there were food shortages, by the way, we’ve seen these before. When COVID hit, we’ve seen it last year, last winter in Texas, we’ve seen food shortages where the grocery store shelves were empty. Right now, there are a lot more factors at play from the cargo ships at sea to the– right now, there’s fertilizer, there are all these supply chain issues that are affecting the food industry. So, for example, I watched the video today that all these farmers are explaining they cannot get the supplies that they need, primarily fertilizer to grow food, and that is unprecedented for them, is what they’re saying. And so, that will eventually catch up to the food supply.


So, anyway, back to the post. If you couldn’t get food from a grocery store or a restaurant for weeks or months, how long would your food supply at home last? This is a very real possibility right now based on factors that are already in motion and that are outside of our control. Now, normally, I don’t pay much attention to the fearmongering news, but after experiencing food shortages when COVID hit, think empty grocery shelves, as well as last winter during the Texas snowpocalypse, and now paying close attention to the current disruptions in our supply chains, I have friends in related industries who have confirmed it’s even worse than we’re being told. It’s worse than they’re reporting on it, probably because they don’t want to create panic, which is, I think, important, but I encourage all of us to do the same, at least getting a 30-day supply of food.


Now, as for what food to buy, you can Google emergency food and get a bunch of unhealthy 25-year shelf-life foods that are loaded with preservatives. But if you value eating healthy, I recommend simply ordering organic rice and beans, as well as mung beans that you can sprout, and Google how to sprout mung beans, M-U-N-G, mung beans, so that you can have living food that’s also high in protein. Mung beans have 7 grams of protein per 1 ounce, they’re very high in protein. And none of those are very expensive, even the organic stuff, none of those options, right? Organic rice and beans.


I’ll give you guys a website. You can get stuff on Amazon, but personally, there’s a brand and a website that sells bulk nuts and seeds and rice and beans and all sorts of stuff, it’s FoodtoLive.com. So, I’d encourage you, that’s a great place to start, FoodtoLive.com. Now, you might also consider stocking up on organic buckwheat, oatmeal, nuts, freeze-dried fruits, canned food, lots of bottled water, and storing meat and vegetables in a freezer. And then you might want to get a generator to power your fridge and freezer in case you lose power. And again, this isn’t like doomsday prepping that I’m talking about. It’s just last winter in Texas, we lost power. Millions of homes lost power for, I think it was roughly five days. But think about that, your food in the fridge, it’s not going to last.


Now, people that were smart, they took their food and they put it outside in the snow, right? Like, so luckily, there was kind of a way around that, but you might look at getting a generator to handle your refrigerator, your freezer, a deep freezer if you have one. And one of the most popular generators is a Honda 2200. It’s one of the most efficient and effective. There are less expensive options, though. Champion makes a good generator, and you can find those just about, again, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Amazon, Tractor Supply, those types of stores you can find generators.


Was there anything else that I wrote? If you have any questions for me around specifics, please feel free to post them in the comments, I will do my best to answer every one, the same goes on a podcast. If you have any questions around this topic, feel free to post them at HalElrod.com/403, I believe. Let me double check. I think today’s episode is going to be 403, but I’m not 100% positive. Yes, it is, alright, we’re right. So, HalElrod.com/403. If you have any questions on what we’re talking about today.


So, in that post, I just screenshotted some headlines, one from Today, “Fall may bring more grocery shortages. Here’s what to expect.” Another one from SmallBizTrends.com, “Current Food Shortages - What Your Business Will Have Trouble Getting Right Now.” Another one from Parade, “Food shortages at local supermarket are about to be a new normal if they aren’t already. Current shortages result from a combination of increased demand, USDA data shows that demand for foods is up 13% versus last year, and tightening supply.” And by the way, all of these headlines, I made sure they were all current. They’re all from October of 2021. And then another one from Thrillist.com, “More Food Shortages Are Coming This Fall. You might have to get a little creative with your Thanksgiving menu.”


Now, this is happening also in real time. In fact, when I posted this, one of my good friends Brianna Greenspan, either her or her fiancé Josh Eidenberg, one of them posted pictures that they took. They were at a restaurant that they normally go to and they went there, and it was closed. And they said, “We’re closed because we cannot get enough food.” And then, I went and just started doing a little Google search and found there’s a lot of restaurants and grocery stores, oh, and my wife, again, this is as real time as it gets. Yesterday, she came home and said she was at Trader Joe’s, the grocery store, and there were limited amounts of things on the shelves. And she went up to, I think, one of the cashiers and said, “Hey, do you guys have more of this in the back?” And I’m trying to remember what my wife said, I’m paraphrasing. But basically, the woman looked at her with a very concerned look and said, “We have nothing in the back and we don’t know when we’re getting anymore. Everything on the shelves is all that we have.” And my wife came home, she’s like, “I’m a little nervous or scared.” The lady at Trader Joe’s was like, not star-struck, but whatever the word would be for just kind of awestruck that, yeah, we don’t have any food in the back, this is all we have. And we don’t know when we’re getting more.


So, my intention here is not to create fear or panic. When we are in fear, we don’t operate well. We don’t make good decisions, right? We don’t think clearly. In fact, I want to take a minute to address that. I did an episode a few weeks back on becoming fearless. And I want to remind you, before I go further, I’m going to talk about food today. I’m going to talk about preparing. I’m going to talk about what things you can do, really practical things. I already gave you one, FoodtoLive.com. And as I said in my post, you can get all the calories you need off of organic rice and beans, and then get organic mung beans so that you can sprout them and have living food.


One of the questions I got in my post was, what’s the point of sprouting mung beans? And what’s the benefit of living food? Only to think about this, food is energy. Think of it that way. Food is energy. And when you cook your food, you’re essentially killing much of the life energy that was once alive in that food when it was growing. It’s already begun dying. Once you literally take a piece of broccoli, cut it off the stock, you put it in the grocery store, and it’s dying every day that it sits in that grocery store. In fact, every day from the day it was sliced, when the fruit is sliced from the vine, it begins the dying process. It begins dying. But the beauty of that is if you want to have energy, you eat living foods, and sprouting foods like mung beans, you can sprout a lot of different foods, broccoli sprouts, you can sprout lentils, you can sprout a lot of different things. I like mung beans, it’s my favorite, one, because it’s so high in protein 7 grams of protein per 1 ounce.


So, here’s the benefit of living food. Think about it. Instead of food dying the moment that it’s cut from the vine, when you start sprouting a mung bean, what happens is you soak it in water for about 12 hours. So, in the morning, I’ll put a bunch of mung beans in water, soak them in a jar, and then 12 hours later, I’ll dump the water out. And then I wait for about four or five more hours or the next morning, depending on when I do my sprouting. And when I do that, then they start sprouting. Literally, a little tail, it looks like a tail, starts growing out of each of the mung beans. And so, think about that from just a practical sense. It’s literally living energy. So, food is energy, and the moment you cut food from a vine, it begins dying, right? Or the moment you kill an animal, the food begins dying, the energy begins dwindling. But when you sprout something, it’s literally coming to life. And then that life energy, you’re consuming it when you eat it. So, that’s the point of having sprouts is so that you have a living food source if you’re not able to get fresh produce and that sort of thing. It’s one of the healthiest things that I found that you can eat. So, I eat it all the time, by the way. I eat a salad every day, and every day, I put sprouted mung beans in my salad. So, that’s something I’ve been doing for a long time.


But let me recite this about fear because this is what I talked about a few weeks ago, and it’s really important because what I’m sharing today is in no way, I don’t want you to be in any sort of fear at all, I want you to be aware but not afraid so you can be prepared and not paranoid, right? You follow? Write those down. Remember those. Aware but not afraid, and prepared but not paranoid. So, this is what I shared last week. Have you found yourself worrying about the future? And here’s the breakthrough, here’s the paradigm shift. Consider that worry isn’t caused by imagining things we’re afraid of as much as it is caused by imagining ourselves not being able to handle the things we’re afraid of.


So, when you feel fear, affirm that you can handle anything that comes your way. So, that was a paradigm shift for me, is realizing that, oh, I’m not afraid of the thing, whatever the thing is that I’m imagining. I’m afraid that I won’t be able to handle the thing. That’s where the fear actually stems because on the other hand, imagine if instead of envisioning some difficult or scarier for some future circumstance and feeling like you can’t handle it, perceiving that you won’t be able to handle it and then feeling fear, what if instead you will envision that same difficult event or circumstance, but see yourself being able to handle it with ease? Then there’d be nothing to fear. So, it’s not the circumstance we’re afraid of, it’s our perceived inability to handle the circumstance that causes our fear.


So, in preparing, when you prepare, like I said, you prepare, and then you’re not paranoid because you’ve taken the time to prepare. And so, I want to be really clear, I’m not advocating hoarding. Hoarding, meaning buying for more than you need out of fear, which is usually done out of fear, or panic buying for more than you need because that just exacerbates the problem now. And I can’t calculate if everybody listening to this podcast buys some organic rice and beans if that’s going to create some sort of issue, I don’t know. I want to share with you what I’m aware of to the best of my ability, and then you make your decision on how prepared you want to be. And for me, it’s not about hoarding, it’s about getting a little bit more of some supplies to have on hand so that I would be able to handle any kind of unexpected emergencies, such as the pandemic when grocery stores were empty and you couldn’t get toilet paper, right? And also, when the snowpocalypse in Texas last year, again, the same thing, you couldn’t get meat. All of the meat in stores was empty.


So, now, here’s the beauty of it. Think of it this way, here’s the beauty of preparing when it’s not an emergency. And this actually counteracts anyone that’s concerned with like, Hal, you’re promoting hoarding, and that’s going to make the situation worse. Now, here’s the deal. If you’re not prepared, then when the emergency strikes, everybody rushes to the store. And that’s why during the snowpocalypse in Texas last year, there was no meat. Now, my wife and I, we’ve got some meat in the freezer. So, if a snowpocalypse happens again this winter, then we don’t have to rush to the grocery store and buy off the shelves and deplete the food supply when it is most needed. We just walk out to our freezer and we have meat available.


So, I want to share that perspective or that way of looking at it because that was one of the– and I didn’t address that in my post, but that was one of the pieces of feedback I got is, Hal, you’re adding to the fearmongering, and now, you’re essentially promoting hoarding, even though I wasn’t promoting hoarding, but they felt that my post would promote hoarding. But again, no, it’s preparing now when there is an ample supply so that if there’s ever an emergency, you don’t have to rush to the store and take away from someone else that didn’t prepare. And that’s kind of my intention with this episode and with me posting that the other day is to have as many of us prepare. And I have a little extra on hand, too, for friends and family that maybe didn’t prepare. I keep some extra on hand as well.


In fact, one of my friends, she’s a big-time gardener and she has a philosophy that 15% of her yield is for people in her life that that are not prepared. So, she plans for that. So, all the food she grows, she grows 85% for her and her family, and she sets aside 15%. She cans, she’d freeze dry. She does all sorts of stuff to have food to give to people that if there is an emergency and they weren’t prepared, she can help add to the food supply, which is a beautiful thing. And something I think we should all be considering is how can we be in a good place so much so that not only can we take care of ourselves, but we can actually take care of friends and family and others in need? And I’m always optimistic that our food supply chains get figured out, but I’d rather all of us be safe than sorry we’re hungry, right?


So, yeah, I don’t know that there’s much more to share than that, now that I think about it. Well, let me think if there’s anything else that I should share. I mentioned foods to get, if you want to eat healthy, you can always go to the emergency supply and get the 25-year shelf life stuff. Although I’ve heard that because of the supply chains that some of the biggest suppliers of emergency food, that stuff that lasts for 25 years, they actually don’t have any. I think Mountain House, one of my friends said that Mountain House, which is like it might be the number 1 supplier, if not one of the top few, they’re out of stock, and they said they don’t know when they’re going to be getting any back.


So, I encourage all of you to consider this. And of course, you don’t have to listen to me, no problem. But I love you genuinely, I love you and I care about you enough that I wanted to at least bring this to your attention. And again, one website, FoodtoLive.com is where you can find, and for me, it’s got to be organic, like I won’t eat pesticides. And I don’t mean that like on a high horse, it’s just that I had cancer. And Roundup, the number 1 pesticide, has been shown to cause cancer. And so, it’s like, I’m not willing to put anything in my body knowingly that that could cause cancer for me. So, for me, it’s got to be organic, and so, Food to Live. I don’t know if all of their food is organic, FoodtoLive.com, but all of the stuff I buy bulk, rice and beans there, and nuts and seeds and all sorts of stuff. And all the stuff I can get there is organic. So, I think that’s it.


If you have any other suggestions or questions, please let me know. Oh, no, there are a couple more things I wanted to share. One is water, you might consider getting either bottled water or getting a Berkey water filter or both. I have a Berkey water filter. My friend Mike Dillard highly recommended it. And it’s kind of the industry standard for being able to filter water. In fact, I’ve read that you can filter pool water and then you can drink it. That’s how good of a filter it is. Now, I don’t know, I’d have to be in a real emergency to have to start drinking water out of my pool, but hey, if that’s an option, that’s an option. So, B-E-R-K-E-Y, so you can Google Berkey water filters. They start somewhere around maybe $150 or something like that, maybe less, actually. They have small ones, and they go up to a few hundred bucks, but that’s an option. But definitely, obviously, we can survive without food for a few days, water, I think, what is it? 24 hours or whatever, not nearly as long. So, you might want to get some bottled water, get a Berkey water filter.


And again, this is not doomsday prepping. That’s not what I’m advocating for here. It’s just prepping for this winter based on what happened last year, not everywhere, of course. San Diego was fine. But the food shortage stuff, that could be anywhere and everywhere based on the supply chain issues, like that’s not a winter thing, not literally, it’s just a cause and effect thing that’s occurring right now. What’s the other thing? Oh, and then the generator I mentioned, there’s been talk of power outages across, I don’t know the specifics of where, but I know we experienced. And by the way, I want you to keep this in mind. In Texas, we were out of power for five days last year. And that’s Texas, by the way, we’re not a winter state, which is why it caught us by surprise, but out of power for five days. 


Now, because of that, they let us know, they being the state or the government agencies that control the power grid, they told us, I think we were within 24 hours of the grid going down. They said it would have been down for two months. So, I want you to think about that. If there is no power, like I’m glad I didn’t forget this part, because I want you to really think about that, if the grid were to go down for two months, that would mean that grocery stores would not be able to keep their groceries cold, their refrigerators wouldn’t work. Gas stations wouldn’t be able to pump gas. We’ve had all these weird cyberattacks lately, the part of the Southeast grid was down for, I don’t remember how– this was like a month or two ago. It was down for an extended period of time, though, for many days. And no one could get gas because the gas stations didn’t have power to power the gas pumps. So, you think about that, in a grid-down situation, you got to be pretty self-sufficient because, yeah, the grocery stores, they might have backup generators, but if they can’t get fuel, that’s only going to last them for so long.


So, again, this isn’t doomsday prepping, this is just being practical and looking at, okay, let’s learn from the recent past and then let’s be prepared as best as we can so that we’re not paranoid, so that we go, yeah, I’ve got a month for the food for my families, and water, so we’re good. I’ve got a generator and I bought some fuel. Like for me, personally, we got some five-gallon fuel tanks off Amazon or whatever so we have some fuel tanks and we have some propane and just a few different options for power and that sort of thing. So, I just want to share with you, just consideration. No, not consideration, sorry, take action. Don’t consider this. Don’t just go, yeah, I’ll consider that. Like, I would encourage you to get some food, maybe get some water, get some fuel source, especially if you’re in a spot where you could lose power. But again, who knows? Who knows what? With these hackers and stuff, like who knows what the cause of power loss is going to be? It wasn’t the winter when the Southeast lost power, this was summer. This was in the summer. In fact, a friend of mine had a cross-country camping trip planned where they had a trailer and they had to cancel it because their route was directly through all of the states that you couldn’t get gas. So, they had to cancel their trip because of that, totally unpredictable. So, I’d rather be prepared. So, don’t be paranoid and be aware but not afraid. And that’s it.


If you have any questions on this, I will really engage in the dialog. You can leave me a comment at HalElrod.com/403, on social media where I posted about this yesterday, I posted on three Facebook accounts and one Instagram account, and to my knowledge, I’ve responded to every single question on all four of those posts, and I will do the same on this podcast episode, Episode 403 at HalElrod.com/403. I think that’s it.


Goal achievers, friends, family, members of the Miracle Morning Community, truly, I love you, I appreciate you. I am not sharing this to cause any fear. Like I said, fear is imagining a circumstance and imagining that you won’t be able to handle it perceiving that, but if you spend some time now, just go on FoodtoLive.com and order some rice and beans, and get some water, whatever, then you’ll feel prepared. And so, then when you perceive the future of, oh my gosh, if something happened where we couldn’t get food for a bit, I’m okay, I’m okay. So, I really want to help you to achieve inner peace as best I can. And this is just a practical, logistical consideration for you to do that. So, if you have any questions, head over to HalElrod.com/403, ask away. I will answer them. I love you. Thank you so much for listening, and I’ll talk to you next week.




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