Most people don’t think about eating. We eat what we can, when we can and that’s about the end of it. As much as we would like to, our busy lives just don’t allow us enough time or money to eat a balanced diet. Recently, people have started to question what our food is actually made of, which has led to many healthier options and better access to certain foods. It seems that everything these days is vegan or gluten-free, which is important to vegetarians and people who can’t tolerate gluten….and that’s about it.
But what about the rest of us? What about the people who still can’t afford a $5.00 hormone-free, gluten-free salad the size of an appetizer? Or those of us who don’t have time to cook every night because we spend most of our lives outside of our homes? We still have to deal with the cheap, high-fat, high-calorie food that tastes delicious, yes, but contributes to multiple health problems that will end up costing us thousands in medical bills. What about us?
Bottom line is, that a lot still needs to be done when it comes to the food that is available and the population that has always been neglected when it comes to nutrition is you, truckers. You, who have the most important job of bringing food from the farms to the table get gypped when it comes to your own health. I’ve been thinking about why this is since Bill first asked me to start this blog and I still can’t say why.
Whether it’s because it’s too expensive or because it’s just too hard to squeeze an entire kitchen into your truck, the fact still remains that the trucking industry just does not consider nutrition as an important part of your career. This seems a little unfair to me, considering y’all are still expected to maintain a decent level of fitness.
Sure you’re taught how to do your pre-trip inspections and how to keep track of your hours, but no one really teaches you how to maintain a decent diet while on the road. However, you can still be considered unqualified if your medical exam doesn’t meet a certain standard. In fact, DOT can deem you unsafe to drive if you require insulin to control your diabetes, or if your blood pressure is too high (might I mention that type 2 diabetes and hypertension can both be improved, and sometimes even reversed, with a proper diet…just sayin’).
This just doesn’t make sense to me considering that you spend most of your time out on the big road, which means most of your food comes from your fridge (which, lets be honest, can fit about an energy drink and some chips) or truck stop food.
Now, my goal isn’t to give you guys advice on eating your vegetables and packing salads in your truck that will look like your kids’ science project in a couple of days. No, I want to give you guys some tips that are REALISTIC with your career and your lifestyle. I want to provide some information that might help you guys control any existing health problem or even prevent them, because the pure nature of your career leaves truckers with a very high risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and obesity.
Take it or leave it, I just want to give you the facts, because it seems that no one else is willing to do so. So whether my advice is helpful or if you think I’m just too green to know anything (and I’ll admit I don’t know how hard it is to be a trucker), I just want to put it all out there, just in case some of you are willing to listen.