Challenge for a Healthy Lifestyle.
Being a trucker is not easy. Now-a-days, it is even more difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle while on the road. The ease of fast, delicious deep fried food found in so many rest stops, and trucking stations tempts the taste buds, and leaves us in the industry seeking more, without realizing how it affects our health. But lets be real, it isn’t good for us. Nearly every stop offers a fast food option, and with that, a habit forms of poor food consumption.
Lets look at some statistics,
The daily percentage of carbs in ONE fast food meal is 42.6% of the average daily intake. That is nearly half of the carbs recommended in one day alone.
According to www.smart-healthy-eating.com, studies indicate that of all the items on the McDonald’s menu, only seven of them contain NO sugar. Talk about a sugar fix! It’s in your drink, your dressing, on your burger – it’s even on the fries! So, if you are looking to decrease your sugar intake, take a step in the right direction to by avoiding fast food!
Considering these, it is clear that eating fast foods are a silent killer. But remember, ITS A HABIT, and breaking habits take time, and dedication. Here are some simple steps to learning to break these terrible habits.
Step 1: Challenge yourself!
It’s hard being able to challenge yourself to try new things, but the risk pays off. Challenge yourself to think ahead, if you know you are going to be on a haul that lasts just over twelve hours, plan for two meals and a healthy snack. Some examples may be,
-Turkey and Cucumber Sandwich. With this delicious option, you will be able to prepare the night before, with inexpensive sliced turkey from the local deli, low fat mayonnaise, sliced cucumbers and tomatoes, black pepper, and any other toppings you find desirable. Possibly a delicious spread of horseradish, or top it with some heart healthy avocado. The options are endless, and you are creating a delectable, and most importantly, HEALTHY lunch that is easy to fix on the road. To keep the sandwich as delicious as possible, separate the bread and turkey from the toppings,and assemble just before eating. Be sure to refrigerate the sub before eating. To finish it off, try a glass of ice tea that you can make the night before. Let it cool in your mini-fridge while you are on your trip. This easy and delicious option will help you make that first step in a healthy lifestyle!
-Tuscan Tuna Wrap
3 ounces light tuna, drained
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup diced tomatoes
Dash of salt and pepper
2 whole-grain tortillas
1/2 cup baby spinach
This delicious option can be prepared the night before as well. Prep time is less than ten minutes, and it can be eaten cold, or heated up in a small microwave. Find the total recipe and more, here
Finally, you want to prepare a snack that will hold you over when those gruiling driving hours get long. Try a juicy apple and a fresh cheese stick. With this, you will be getting protein from the cheese, and sweet juicy hydration from the apple. You know what they say, “An apple a day keeps the Doctor away!’
Be aware of cravings… They are known to taunt us! When this happens, make sure you have a piece of sugar free gum handy. Pop the gum in, turn on the radio, and get to work! If you chew the gum, you will cool the desire to eat something. Concentrate on the road, and your surroundings to quiet the chatter in your mind. Be patient with yourself, drink LOTS of water, and soon enough, you will find the craving is gone, and you won’t have to pull in to the next truck stop to fulfill your cravings.
So there you have it. You can start challenging yourself now with step one. Before we add anything more in, we want step one to be a success. It’s called a “challenge” for a reason, there will be times when it isn’t as easy as we want. In the end, however, it WILL be worth it. Take your time though, and remember, unhealthy eating is a habit, and it takes time to break those habits. If you fall through the cracks once in a while at the beginning, give yourself permission to pick yourself back up, and keep going! You are doing this for you, and your family! And we want you to be healthy too. Keep going, and soon we will be changing the world, one truck at a time.
If you have any questions, comments, ideas, or recipes YOU would like to share, comment below, or email. I can’t WAIT to hear from you!