If you’ve kept up with our blog, then you know we’ve covered truckers’ health and wellbeing seriously. We’ve gone over ways to stay fit on the road with recommendations for apps to keep you accountable and even healthy eating tips.
We want to continue the health-conscious trucker resources with a list of foods you should avoid while driving. And don’t worry, we aren’t just going to talk about how bad fast food is for you. We’ll be giving you some real insight that could help you decide between certain foods.
If you don’t put in the proper planning and care, long-haul trucking and finding loads for trucks can be challenging. Read on for more of our best tips to stay healthy while on the road.
Avoid Eating These Foods on the Road
We have a few thoughts on things you should avoid when behind the wheel, ranging from items that are dangerous to eat while driving or that could have detrimental effects on your health. Here are the top 5 foods all long-haul truckers should steer clear from.
- Sugary Drinks: Raise your hand if it’s second nature for you to grab a soda, energy drink or anything in between when you’re starting to feel a little tired. While it may be tempting to reach for one of these drinks, you’re doing your body no favors, inside and out. Sodas, sweet teas, energy drinks, and even some coffee drinks that have a ton of sugar are surefire ways to put on some pounds. Work at making water your primary beverage of choice.
- Snacks that Splatter: Soup in a cup, jelly-filled donuts, or even an ice cream cone may seem harmless and convenient, but they’re actually dangerous. Sure, they aren’t the healthiest of options, but they’re also tough to manage while driving. If you need a snack while on the road stay away from these three, plus anything else that may splatter and become a distraction.
- Spicy Foods: You don’t have to give up spicy food completely, but if you find that you’re prone to heartburn and bloating after a meal with a kick, then cut back on how often you have spicy foods. These foods can cause discomfort and distract you from doing your job.
- Fried Foods: French fries, potato chips and other snacks high in fat can take a longer time to digest which can cause stomach pains, cramping and acid reflux, which won’t be fun as you’re on your way to your next destination.
- Salty Stuff: Salt not only leads to bloating and weight gain, but it will also make you thirsty meaning you’ll be reaching for a drink more often (hopefully water).
If you found that many of the foods on our list are your go-to snacks, don’t worry. Being a long-haul driver carrying truck loads means being able to adapt, so tackle one item at a time and see what areas are easiest for you to change.
If you’re worried about eating while on the road, consider packing snacks like hard boiled eggs, hummus, veggies and fresh sandwiches to help keep your appetite at bay, and to be sure you’re not reaching for foods that will do more harm than good.