It is common knowledge that eating healthy foods is beneficial to your wellbeing, in some cases even life saving. So why isn’t everyone eating right? We know making major life changes isn’t an easy task and taking control of one’s personal health is no exception. It can be overwhelming and difficult, especially while working and living on the road. The reasons for not attempting a healthy diet or being unsuccessful at one vary from person to person. However, a support system, a solid plan, and realistic goals can get you on the road to better health.
What you put in your body is 75% of the battle to living a healthy lifestyle. Learning how to get the maximum performance out of your body engine means knowing what food fuels are best for you. A common complaint among those making dietary changes is that they are always hungry. Eating a low-fat menu can leave you wanting more, but you don't have to eat the kitchen sink or return to your old habits to feel satisfied.
Protein is one of the best fuels for your body. Protein is the building block of every cell in your body, and should be the foundation of every meal. Protein comes in all shapes, sizes, and flavors. Chicken, turkey, lean cuts of meat, cheese, fish, eggs, beans, nuts, and cottage cheese are just a few of my favorite sources of protein. By including a little lean protein with each meal you can feel full longer. But you need to understand how much protein is enough (rule to follow: your fist is equal to a portion size) and not all proteins agree with everyone. This is where you need to experiment with your own body to find the right protein for you. Protein takes longer for your body to digest so it stays with you longer (much like whole grains). It can help you stick to a low-fat diet and in turn help you lose weight without losing your energy.
It’s essential to start the day with a good source of protein. Living and working on the road can make accessibility to good choices challenging. If you don’t have time in the morning to eat a healthy breakfast, be prepared and have your cab stocked with some staples as a back up. Remember, if a good choice is not available, you will make a bad choice. Consider carrying protein bars and/or shakes, fruit with almonds and walnuts, or greek yogurt with oatmeal. They are all a good source of protein while you are on the go.
Do your homework and read the labels to avoid overloading on sugar and carbs. This is where you learn to listen to your body. Stay tuned for more Health Smart tips on Team Run Smart. Check out the healthy recipes posted in the Trucker’s Health Smart Cookbook contest. You can submit your healthy on-the-road recipe for a $10 Wal-Mart gift card and the chance to win a FIT system! Consult your doctor or health care consultant for more advice on exactly what nutrition is ideal for you.
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