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Monday, August 31, 2009

Healthy Nutrition While On The Road

Sticking to a healthy diet while traveling can be the most difficult thing to do in your life. If you make smart choices, a healthy diet isn't that tough an accomplishment. Because of the mobility of the trucking industry this is probably the best time in which to start a healthy diet, and if you are currently making healthy choices in your foods , modifying your diet slightly to accommodate travel is not as difficult as it may seem.
As a trucker, a healthy diet may have to include fast food and truck stop food, which can often be poor for your health, depending on whats available. When you plan your trip, find your food options online if the information is available, check if a vegetarian dish is available. Vegetarian dishes are sometimes more nutritional, but it really depends on what they will be serving. Eat oatmeal meal and toast every morning except one. I use a reward system I call the fat Friday system. I eat oatmeal and healthy protein as much as possible and if I do a good job I reward myself with a big fattening breakfast every Friday and dessert in my evening meal. This works for me in maintaining my weight and energy levels. I haven't gained any weight while eating this way and if you add some body weight exercise you can gain some muscle tone and that helps the way you look and feel. You may be tempted to stop at fast food restaurants and eat the foods found there. Avoid this whenever possible but if you don't have a choice don't buy the super size and make the healthiest choice possible.

Remember that you can take your own food when trucking. Carrying a loaf of whole grain bread, some lean lunch meat, and low fat cheese in your cooler is the best way to avoid fatty, high cholesterol meals. These are better choices and you’ll save money.

Make smart choices when you eat out. Choose salads or pasta, get the dressing on the side and ask for low carb. Many places print these diet options in the menu for the healthy eater. Control your portions. Order smaller sizes or split the meal in half. Put the other half in a doggy bag, and you’ll be on your way to healthy eating, even on the road.
Eating healthy foods when you travel is a challenge. Your health is worth it. When you eat healthier foods, you will boost your immune systems ability to fight illnesses that you are likely to encounter when traveling and boost your alertness so that you can have a safer more enjoyable trip.
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