Eating Healthy as a Truck Driver
When you’re constantly on the go and spending your days in unfamiliar places, it can be tough to maintain a healthy diet plan. It takes discipline to prepare high-quality meals or buy groceries while on the road, and the temptation to pass through diners or fast food restaurants is one most drivers experience.
Drivers also have deadlines, so choosing between a quick stop at McDonald’s or a healthy sit-down meal at a restaurant can be the difference in delivering your load on time or getting a call from dispatch asking why you haven’t arrived yet.
And let’s face it, eating out for every meal can be expensive, so sometimes fast food provides a cheap and filling option. Luckily for drivers, there are solutions to keep your body and your budget healthy on the road.
Say “No” to Soda
Choosing soda over water or juice can add inches to your waistline and put a dent in your wallet faster than you think. Drinking water will keep you feeling full for a longer time, and a reusable water bottle can help sustain both your budget and our planet!
Don’t Eat Before Bed
When we eat before going to sleep, we burn less fat. Our bodies also have trouble processing carbohydrates in the evenings, which could be due to reduced insulin sensitivity at night. With that in mind, try to keep portions small and meals healthy in the evenings.
Where’s My Snack Pack?!
It’s easy to reach for the candy or a bag of chips when you’re rushing around, but if you prepare a cooler with healthy snacks like fruits, veggies, and yogurt ahead of time, you can cut down on snacks with empty calories. Additionally, fruits and veggies tend to be high in fiber, keeping your stomach and your wallet feeling full for longer.
Up Your Protein Game
Several studies have indicated that protein-rich foods can increase cognitive performance and leave us feeling full longer. Options like beef jerky, cheese, and nuts are readily available at almost every rest stop and provide a protein-packed punch!
Research from the Mayo Clinic has shown that people consistently eat more food when offered larger portions. Try preparing smaller rations when cooking for yourself, or ordering only the amounts you need when dining out.
Don’t Skip Breakfast
A healthy meal early in the day can kickstart your metabolism, helping you burn calories throughout the day. It also helps give you the energy you need to remain alert on the road!
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