For years truck drivers have been complaining about the mostly unhealthy food choices there are at truck stops. So what makes truck stops so unhealthy? Most truck stops are made up of fast food restaurants and junk food. Because of this many truck drivers tend to suffer from various health issues such as diabetes, obesity, arthritis, heart disease, and many more hurtful and painful health problems. We've listed below some ways for helping you make healthier choices while being a truck driver.
Having a Balanced Diet
Having a balanced scheduled diet is very important especially since being a truck driver means being on the road for long periods of time. Making healthier choices can be hard but definitely worth it and having scheduled times planned before your day can help you get in your calories and help so you don’t miss a meal. While most fast food places are full of fattening products there are still some choices that can benefit your health. When finding a place to stop at for a bite to eat, look for stops that have a good variety of healthy options. Packing lunches and extra food can be very beneficial, try to have healthy snacks packed ahead of time just in case you aren’t close to a stop when it’s time for you to eat. Snacks like these can be easily put together if you know what to get. We’ve put together a list of things to look for when going into a truck stop restaurant for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even a list of snacks to watch for before making your trip.
- Real cheese
- Sourdough Bread
- Roast Beef Sandwich
- Whole Wheat Bread
- Fresh Meat
- Salads (side)
Snacks (packed before hand)
- Any type of fruit
- Nuts such as peanuts, almonds, and walnuts
- Saltine Crackers
- Peanut Butter Sandwich
When driving long distances it is wise to stock up on your meals, if you get to a truck stop that has a good variety of healthy options, especially if you will be on the road for a long time stock up and buy extra food just in case you don't have time to stop for your next meal.
Sitting in for a Meal
It is nice to have a break from that long day of sitting in a truck getting fresh air and even resting while eating your meal is a great way to relax it is also beneficial to your health. So try making time to eat in whenever you can.
At CTC Trucking we care about our drivers and we want all truck drivers to live the healthiest lives possible. Hopefully this article will help with that goal. If you are interested in working for CTC Trucking or if you have any questions please contact us.