Healthy Eating On The Road

healthy eating on the road
My fiance is a truck driver and constantly on the road. How can he eat healthily?

At the truck stops the food choices are mostly grease buckets and burgers. Subways aren’t very common and the Burger Kings don’t have salad choices that most do.

I’ve been a long haul and local truck driver for 6 years. I pack healthy foods at home (like leftovers) in Tupperware and place them in my truck’s fridge or plug-in electric cooler. I used to be gone for about 5 days at a time and I had healthy food for at least 3 of the 5 days. It also cuts down a lot on take out expenses. Because of the constant sitting for 14+ hours a day he needs something without very much starch or carbs. A week full of pasta with sauce-won’t be very healthy. But it is very hard trying to find something one likes a lot. I know. My wife tried for months to find foods I would enjoy and it was hard. So we decided on one dish of Pasta, one dish of salad (add cheese and croutons if he wants the extra flavor), canned products (like

But it is very hard trying to find something one likes a lot. I know. My wife tried for months to find foods I would enjoy and it was hard. So we decided on one dish of Pasta, one dish of salad (add cheese and croutons if he wants the extra flavor), canned products (like noncondensed soup) a week. As for snacks, this might sound different but if you have an oriental aisle in your supermarket check out their snacks. I found so many snacks there that are very low in calories, healthy (at least healthier than Americanised snacks like fruit roll-ups). Some snacks will be tasteless but others would be really filling. Think negative calories like celery. It’s negative calories because you spend more calories eating it than you do consuming it.

As for meats, he can have deli meats although it has calories and some might argue it is very unhealthy. However, there are so many choices today with lean ham, turkey, and chicken so you can eat these as healthy alternatives. Meat replacements-canned beans. How do you heat up your food without a microwave? Easy. Have him put his windshield defroster heater on full and place the dish/can/box on the heat outlet on the dash. It gets really hot so drive with your windows open for about 10 minutes. I place it on the dash for 10 minutes before I plan on stopping with windows open-presto-your food is now hot. Next, fluids. Water is the best of course but I used to drink a can of 355ml Minute Maide Orange juice every morning and a V-8 every lunch. I began losing weight very slowly after all of this and I was sitting for 15 hours day. As for exercise, every brake check I would power walk twice around my truck and trailer (I used to run mountains Alberta and BC so lots of brake checks). While watching TV in the back I would use my dumb bells (20lbs each) until I was sore. I find exercising boring but when I watch TV I barely noticed it.

Next, fluids. Water is the best of course but I used to drink a can of 355ml Minute Maide Orange juice every morning and a V-8 every lunch. I began losing weight very slowly after all of this and I was sitting for 15 hours day. As for exercise, every brake check I would power walk twice around my truck and trailer (I used to run mountains Alberta and BC so lots of brake checks). While watching TV in the back I would use my dumb bells (20lbs each) until I was sore. I find exercising boring but when I watch TV I barely noticed it.

I hope this helps. And just so you know I had asked this question years ago and had received everything I told you here from the dozens of responses I received. Now I run only locally and am at home every night. I do the same though. I have healthy snacks, canned products or leftovers, and plenty of water. Lots more exercise though since I usually switch trailer 4 times shift on switches. Oh and pop is the worst-need caffeine drink coffee. For some reason us men lose weight faster when pop is eliminated from our diets than women do-go figure. If he needs cream-beware. Those flavored creams (hazlenut, irish cream, etc.) are really calorie full. Choose regular milk or coconut milk.

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