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Eating on the Road – Nutrition for Truck Drivers – Part Three

Diana Steele, RD – Eating for Energy

Diana Steele of Eating For Energy was one of SafetyDriven’s speakers at our Speakers Series held during the Apna Truck Show on June 10, 2017. Following is part 3 of 3 of what was shared during her talk. Click here for Part One, and here for Part Two.

  1. Portion Control:

    don’t eat from the bag or box, pre-portion foods you may eat too much of. Take a break for meals, pay attention to your food, slow down, eat with others, eat from a plate.

  2. Emotional Eating:

    Delay, Distract and Substitute. Bring your hobby with you. Break bad habits with new good habits.

  3. Be Active:

    Even 15 minutes a day makes a difference. Use a pedometer for motivation. Get up and stretch every few hours to take pressure off your back. Stop at the service plaza to stretch. Walk around the picnic area, do high knees on the spot, drop and do 10 push-ups. Go to the gym or walk while your truck is being unloaded. Set a goal, write it down and commit. Activity will bring oxygen to your brain and help you focus on the road and keep you awake. You will get more benefit from raising your heart rate than a cup of coffee when you feel tired. Think about how you want to be strong and independent as you get older. Being active will help you do that.

  4. Foods that make you sleepy:

    Too much refined carbohydrate, sugar and fat.

  5. Get quality sleep:

    People who sleep less than 5 hours per night are more inclined to be overweight. Use ear plugs, eye shades, melatonin, no caffeine 4-5 hours before bed, limit alcohol, have a small carbohydrate snack if you are hungry.

  6. “You will get more benefit from raising your heart rate than a cup of coffee when you feel tired.” – Diana Steele

    Goal setting:

    Identify your weaknesses or areas that need improvement. Select one goal and 3 action steps to achieve it. Look at yourself not your circumstances. It may in fact be easier to stay on track when on the road because it is all up to you. Nobody to temp you or distract you from your goals. Don’t look at it as a weight loss goal. Look at it as a lifestyle goal and if weight loss happens then great.

  7. For more information contact Diana Steele at Eating For Energy,

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