Anyone noticed how difficult it is to eat healthily whilst doing a lot of driving and traveling? It is no surprise then that many truck drivers or long distance drivers, who spend considerable length of time on the road, end up gaining weight and developing numerable health conditions. There is no reason that your profession should cause you to eat poorly, yet finding healthy options is in no way easy. Luckily, this guide will help you make simple swaps to eat and live healthier.
1. Avoid Junk Food
Honestly, the temptation of stopping over at a fast food joint or a bar is huge. They’re abundantly available and convenient too. But, you might want to consider that every time you eat junk foods, you’re abusing your body. Do it for long enough and it’ll tell on your health.
So, resist the urge to stop over for fries and chicken or drive through that McDonald outlet. Avoiding junk food also means drinking less beer, fruit juice, ice cream or soda and more water whilst driving. Even diet soda is out of it. Those drinks give you an almost instantaneous rush after taking them, but a terrible low soon after. Hence the reason you tend to feel tired soon after downing a bottle of soda.
2. Snack on Fruits
Whenever you need to make a pit stop or find a grocery store during your travels, stop by and grab some fruits that you can eat on the go. Even if you’re not used to it right now, give it a try. Fruits are excellent for you because they are rich in fiber that makes you less hungry, antioxidants and essential vitamins.
They are an excellent nutrient delivery system. And because you’re sitting down all day, there’s a possibility of developing diabetes. Because of the sedentary nature of the work, it increases the risk substantially. As simplistic as it might sound, eating fruits will surely help keep your health in top shape and probably save your life.
So, pack yourself a cooler of fruits and veggies at every available opportunity and you’ll notice that your health will get better, you’ll feel less tired often, the “fog” in your head will clear, and you’ll have more energy.
3. Eat More White Meat
It is believed in some quarters that real men love steak. There’s nothing wrong with this at all. However, you might want to take cognizance of the fact that red meat equals a bad heart. So, sure you can indulge in the occasional steak. In fact, if you haven’t had steak in almost a month, you are entitled to one. But, for the better part of your time on the road, take only white meat or fish. These are generally healthier for your heart and will reduce your chances of keeling over from a heart attack whilst driving.
That’s basically it. If you want to indulge in one or more of the “forbidden” foods occasionally, by all means do so. But adopt a healthier eating lifestyle and habits and you’ll live long and in great health.
This article was written by Brian Levesque. Brian is a health nut who loves hitting the gym and eating clean. He is passionate about bringing healthy eating to the forefront of people’s priorities and does so through education and his writing for DriverPhysicals.com. You can learn more about Brian by visiting his Google+.
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