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Truckers Eating Healthier

Spending long hours on the road makes it very hard to eat right and keep up with your healthy lifestyle. Straight out of truck driving school, drivers are at risk for weight gain and health complications associated with being overweight because they spend so much time just sitting behind a wheel, often compromise on sleep, and don’t have access to healthy food day in, day out. This is why it is more important than ever for truck drivers to create their own meal plan and even pack their own food for the day.

Eating fast food on the road is not only expensive, but can also lead indigestion, gastrointestinal discomfort, and weight gain. A good diet plan will help any truck driver maintain a healthy weight and also prevent some serious health problems in the future.

Diet Tips for Truck Drivers on the Road

Drivers who depend on fast food restaurants, diners, gas stations, and other eateries to get through their long days will find that they gain weight very easily and have a hard time keeping their energy levels up. Fast food and even restaurant food is laden with unhealthy fats and sugars.

Eating just two or three large meals per day can cause some digestive problems and make it harder for the driver to digest and burn off the meal before the next one. This is why eating smaller meals five to six times per day just makes more sense. Space these meals every three to four hours apart over the course of the day and you’ll experience fewer hunger pangs, cravings, and periods of low sugar levels.

Other essential diet tips for truck drivers include:

  • Split up your meals so that you’re eating more frequently throughout the day. Just pick the times that are most convenient for you and stick with a schedule. This may not be the same every day, but you’ll be much better off spacing out your meals instead of eating very large meals all in one sitting.
  • Eat a good breakfast. Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day because it breaks the “fast” of going without food for eight or more hours while you were sleeping. Stick with steel-cut oatmeal, high fiber cereals, and low-sugar breakfasts whenever possible.
  • Stick with lean protein. Tuna, turkey, chicken, salmon, and tofu are some of your best bets when it comes to meat and proteins. Avoid eating red meats frequently throughout the week and focus on adding more lean protein choices to your menu each week.
  • Eliminate simple carbs from your diet. Avoid white rice, white potatoes, and white flour-based foods because these can increase your blood sugar levels fast. Stick with slower-absorbing carbohydrate sources like brown rice, sweet potatoes, and whole wheat products.
  • Don’t be dependent on energy drinks and soda for energy. Drink more water and green tea every day. Soda, energy drinks, and caffeinated beverages will take their toll on your health.

Eating healthy while on the road needs to be a priority throughout your truck driving career. If you don’t pack your own meals, you’ll need to make an extra effort to find healthy food options at the restaurants you make a pit stop at and stock up on healthier items at the gas station.

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