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Nutrition for Truck Drivers: How to Be Healthy on the Road

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Little is said about the health of truck drivers, and this is in vain. They have a very stressful job, in which timing is essential. Consequently, drivers are more likely to focus on the timely goods’ delivery rather than their health. A sedentary lifestyle, irregular working hours, bad habits also have a terrible effect. It can be challenging to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle in such a situation. This solution will prolong your happy and healthy life; this article will tell you how to do it.

Why is it important

Let’s talk about statistics? Research claims that more than 1 million drivers in Canada eat during work. Summing up the circumstances mentioned above, an employee can get serious health problems. This profession has a high risk of obesity, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and digestive issues. Another study says that 7 out of 10 drivers are obese. However, this can be prevented — with the help of food.

Lifestyle recommendations

This should be monitored by companies, truck dispatchers (here you can see the best of them), and drivers themselves. It is noted here that it is vital that the employer understands the problem and contributes to its solution. 

  • Eating every 3-4 hours to maintain concentration and feeling full. Truck drivers can eat up to 2,000 calories in one meal, which isn’t the norm;
  • Drink a lot of water. We often confuse hunger with thirst. Drink more water — not coffee, tea, or soda;
  • More movement. Take yourself a 15-minute walk to get some fresh air, stretch your joints, and burn some calories during refueling;
  • No purchased food. You can take food with you for 2-3 days, and not buy bars and sandwiches at the gas station. You can buy a portable oven and refrigerator so fresh and warm food is always with you.

Food Recommendations

Here is a list provided by truck dispatchers in recommendations for drivers. What should they eat at work?

  • lean meat (poultry, fish, boiled or baked in the oven);
  • fruits and vegetables to maintain an average level of vitamins and trace elements in the body;
  • nuts, legumes, sea cabbage;
  • natural yogurts and fermented milk products;
  • boiled eggs;
  • oatmeal, flax, bran, lentils, barley;
  • healthy fats in the form of avocado, redfish, and olive oil.

It is crucial to monitor health for those who work in stressful and sedentary positions. These tips will help you find a healthy lifestyle and new eating habits.

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