Health on the Road: Maintaining a good diet
In all walks of life, making sure to have a good diet is important, but it becomes even more crucial when you’re spending an exorbitant amount of time on the road.
According to a study done by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 69 percent of the 1,670 drivers they spoke to were obese. Obesity can cause health issues such as Type 2 diabetes, diseases of the heart and blood vessels, respiratory problems, and various kinds of cancers, among many others.
Needless to say, it isn’t worth suffering through further medical problems when there’s something you can do about it.
By improving your diet, not only can you combat the aforementioned health issues, but you can also boost your overall energy. This increase in energy can allow drivers to be more aware while on the road and avoid mistakes that can be made when driving fatigued.
Of course, it’s important to note that it’s extremely easy to create bad eating habits when you spend weeks on end out on the road. Without access to a good home-cooked meal, eating fast food almost becomes a necessity at times.
Nevertheless, combating the creation of bad eating habits is a possibility. One way to do it that is affordable and accessible to drivers is meal prepping. Because truck drivers often work hectic schedules and have little time to make sure they’re staying healthy, meal prepping can help them kick start a healthier lifestyle.
Additionally, meal prepping helps mitigate a lot of the temptations while out on the road, as it makes food easily accessible for drivers. So, what kinds of food should you be using?
Well, that is mostly based on what kind of food you like, but there are some that are particularly better for meal prepping purposes.
Among proteins, eggs, lentils, ground meat, and chicken can all be used in different ways. Mix that in with other foods such as pasta, brown rice, quinoa, fruits, and veggies, and you have yourself a couple of good meals.
Because drivers can be out on the road for so long, it’s also important to be consistent with your meal prepping. Most foods won’t last more than 4 or maybe 5 days, so once you finish your weekly prep, you’ll have to get started on your next set of meals.
While you can meal prep using a variety of foods, the main focus when creating a meal should be making it as healthy as possible.
According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), you can positively affect your health by creating a deficit of 500 to 1000 calories a day, which should be considered when creating a plan for meal prepping.
The NHLBI also provides an in-depth analysis of further steps that can be taken, which you can find here.
Meal prepping may not work for everyone, but considering the health issues currently facing the trucking industry, it’s important to find a diet that works for you. It’s also important to remember that any diet should be supplemented by increased physical activity in order to create a healthier lifestyle.
So, what do you think about meal prepping? Has it helped you or do you recommend an alternative? Let us know in the comments or on social media!