The Trucker’s Diet: What’s Wrong & How to Eat Right
It is too easy to grab a quick and easy fast food meal or load up on fattening snacks and drinks at stops. The greasy and sugary foods may fuel you up and keep your eyes open but just as quickly they will have you crashing and in need of more. All you need to eat healthy is a little self-awareness and tips to point you in the right direction.
The Wrong Foods
Your basic truck-stop foods like chips, candy, donuts, fried chicken, french fries, basically anything fried or full of sugar are the wrong choices. That’s not to say the occasional treat isn’t fine but multiple times a day for several days is really bad. You may not even realize you eat that much if the last thing you remember eating is a sandwich for dinner.
Healthier Options on the Road
The same aisle that keeps the candy usually keeps mixed nuts and protein bars. These are much healthier options that will give you natural energy for hours, just don’t go overboard because nuts and protein bars can tend to be quite calorie-laden.
Switch out sugary energy drinks and soda for water and unsweetened tea. Imagine the money you can save by cutting out just the drinks and keeping a refillable water bottle with you!
If you have a long distance between stops and haven’t had food in a while, your body will be craving quick carbs that come from all the fat and sugar in junk food. Lots of stops have healthier options now so skip the cravings and find the sandwiches, salads, fruits and vegetables.
Multiple Meal Times
Having regular meal times can be difficult, so try having mini-meals or snacking throughout the day to avoid cravings or overeating once you’ve gotten to a stop. If you know you tend to snack out of boredom, pack healthy things like fruit, yogurt, veggies and granola bars in a cooler, this will also curb the tendency to overeat.
It’s not difficult to eat healthy, but it can be difficult to be conscious of your choices. Just a few simple adjustments and you can start on a path of healthier choices. You can still have your favorite unhealthy choice too, maybe save your favorite soda or fast food meal for a treat when you are finishing the last leg of your route.