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As the East Coast prepares itself for Hurricane Earl, folks are evacuating the shorelines, battening down the proverbial hatches -- and making extra trips to the grocery store. Even if the wind is howling outside, after all, you still gotta eat. The Christian Science Monitor -- based in Boston, which expects to be hard hit by Earl -- consulted an expert to put together a few tips for how to shop for this (and any) potential disaster.
First, what not to buy: salty, fatty canned meat. Marcia Magnus, professor of Dietetics & Nutrition at Florida International University and lead author of The Healthy Hurricane/Disaster Cookbook, told CSM, "That's the worst thing you can do." Florida has dealt with plenty of hurricanes, and this Floridian advises going for highly nutritious canned veggies as well as oatmeal and dried fruit. Disaster or no, think rationally, not emotionally. "Under post-disaster conditions, everybody is at maximum anxiety levels. If there isn't physical loss, there often is emotional loss. What we tend to do when we have emotional loss is find comfort in food," Magnus points out.