Hello fellow survivors,
Before I say anything else, I must make it clear that I'm not suggesting anyone should be gaining or losing weight. What we are looking at here is the calories needed to sustain weight.
OK, so, I've been looking at home grown organic vegetables as a source of nutrients, alternative to shop bought produce. I think its time to take a look at how much vegetable produce we need to consume to retain a fighting fitness.
First, the numbers
This is the Mifflin - St Jeor formula. There are others, but this is the latest:
Men (10 x weight in Kg) + (6.25 x height in cm) - (5 x age in years) + 5
Women (10 x weight in Kg) + (6.25 x height in cm) - (5 x age in years) - 161
I'm a man, let's say I weigh 76Kg (12 Stones), I'm 178cm tall (5' 10") and 40 years old. The calculation would look like...
(10 x 76) + (6.25 x 178) - (5 x 40) + 5
That works out at...
760 + 1112 - 200 + 5 = 1,677 calories per day. That's how much fuel my body engine needs to carry me about and power activities. 1,677 calories, per day, would be, for me, enough.
What does that look like in vegetable form?
Working with a small growing space, we need to be sure we commit the greater portion to crops with a high calorific value, while still leaving some room for things we like, and things that provide other vitamins and minerals.
GROW SOY BEANS!
I'm not going to mess about, there isn't time. 100g of Soy beans provides 471 calories, nothing else, in terms of things you could grow, comes anywhere near. The best effort is the avocado, which provides 160 calories per 100g. Believe me, I'm as surprised as you are.
So how do we grow soy beans? I'll be looking into it and sharing what I find tomorrow.
Thanks for reading and keep surviving.