It is never too late to discover some healthy meal tips for truck drivers! Of course it is always easier to grab whatever there is to buy at a truck stop. However, does it offer some (if any) nutritional benefits for you? Road meals don’t have to be unhealthy. There are many ways in which you can create some healthy habits, so here are some meal tips for truck drivers:
1. Don’t forget to drink water
It can do so many good things for you. Staying hydrated is at the top of the list, but it may also help you lose weight. Another reason to go for H2O? Sugary drinks are linked to obesity and type 2 diabetes. If you aren’t a fan of plain water, add flavor with slices of orange, lemon, lime, watermelon, or cucumber.
2. Don’t wait to be hungry
Although you can’t anticipate when you will get really hungry, you can curb your appetite to avoid overeating.
3. Plan your meals
It’ll help you save time and money in the long run. Block out some time, then sit down and consider your goals and needs. Do you want to lose weight? Cut back on sugar, fat, or carbs? Add protein or vitamins? Meal prep keeps you in control. You know what you’re eating and when. A bonus: It’ll be that much easier to skip those doughnuts while driving.
It’s a myth that if you skip breakfast you will cut down calories! Skipping breakfast will only make you overeat the rest of the day. Eat a healthy, protein sourced breakfast like eggs, lunch meat and/or a protein shake!
5. Healthy snacking
Munching on a bag of chips every now and then won’t do any good, but healthy snacks like fresh fruits (we recommend apples) and nuts will help you keep your hunger from hitting the danger zone. An apple a day won’t just keep the doctor away, it will keep your waistline from expanding. A 2003 study in the journal Nutrition found that women who ate three apples a day for three months lost more weight than those who were fed a similar diet with oat cookies for snacks instead of fruits.
6. Lunch and Dinner should be smaller meals than Breakfast
Just stay away from fast food at all costs!
7. Don’t eat four hours before bed
Bedtime snack is an extra meal and, therefore, extra calories. Also, it may disrupt your sleep – and you don’t need that! So help yourself and try your best to eat four hours before going to bed!
Try to adopt a more realistic attitude about healthy eating to establish habits that you can live with long term. There is a popular method to build habits called the 21/90 rule. Short version is: it takes 21 days to create a habit, and 90 days to create a lifestyle. So why not start today?