Experienced truckers who eat healthy on the road.

Discussion in 'Driver Health' started by Bizzarrogeorge, Jun 20, 2022.

  1. Bizzarrogeorge

    Bizzarrogeorge Bobtail Member

    Jun 18, 2022
    I have a question specifically aimed at those who found out how to, and have had success eating healthy foods while out on the road.

    In general, when a new CDL holder gets assigned to get trained for a couple of months by a Company Trainer, is it frowned upon (generally speaking) to bring any sort of cooler for the Walmart fruits and veggies you eat?

    The reason I ask is that when I looked over the new driver packing lists forums, I'm not seeing word one about that. Are you expected to stop eating healthy for the duration of training, at the expense of your personal health?

    I apologize for this weird question, but I'm hoping some like minded drivers within this health Forum might understand where I coming from, and clear this up for me. I beat diabetes, changed my diet to as close to whole as possible, which just means eating lots of produce, lean meats and seafood, plain beans and legumes, whole grains, seeds and nuts, and oil +vinegar
    Mrs dash instead of added salt, and black tea, black coffee, and lots of water.

    It all tastes great, but I am a realist, and I know that what I just described sounds terrible to pretty much everybody out there, but I have had great success with this, love every meal, and this simpler way of eating has also fixed my cholesterol, leaned out my body by 30 lbs, and now food I used to live on is not appealing to me. Plus, if I started eating all that processed food again, I'd begin reversing my last 2 years of progress.

    TLDR: I eat healthy. Are driver trainees usually permitted to bring a cooler on trainers truck so they can carry fruits and veggies on ice?
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  3. F4T6UY

    F4T6UY Medium Load Member

    Oct 24, 2017
    Very South Texas
    Not likely. Cooler takes up a lot of space. That being said, talk to your trainer. He may appreciate what you’re trying to do. Or, he may be an insufferable prick. I was somewhere in the middle.

    One trainee showed up carrying a pair of sandals, a very lightly packed backpack, and a 5 gallon water jug (yeah, like from a water cooler). He said he was on a new diet where he mixed a bunch of minerals, vitamins, and supplements in the water and that was pretty much all he was “eating”.

    As his new dietician for the next 8 weeks, I advised him that he was no longer on that silly diet until he got his own rolling cubicle. But I was mindful of his new healthy mindset, and showed him moderation. I only had 1 honeybun for breakfast instead my usual 2.

    But, where there’s a will, there’s a way. You’ve already proved that once.
    Last edited: Jun 20, 2022
  4. Big Road Skateboard

    Big Road Skateboard Road Train Member

    May 2, 2021
    Lots of the better fuel stops will have some healthy options. Quarters are tight with two, so I'd doubt you'd be able to bring much.

    Your health doesn't have to suffer, but your wallet might.
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  5. F4T6UY

    F4T6UY Medium Load Member

    Oct 24, 2017
    Very South Texas
    But seriously, there’s not a lot of space in these trucks, and your a guest in his home for the most part.

    If he’s a reasonable dude, y’all will be able to work something out. Or put in for a more reasonable trainer.
  6. Chieftains

    Chieftains Medium Load Member

    Jul 18, 2021
    Creative name. Sorta fits the bill I guess
  7. tlalokay

    tlalokay Medium Load Member

    Jun 3, 2014
    El Paso, TX
    Eating "healthy" and sharing a small space with someone usually don't mix. As another commentator mentioned, to eat "healthy" on the road, be prepared to pay a premium, even if/when you have your own truck.

    The keys to keeping the pounds off while driving are exercise when stopped and "healthier" snack foods while driving.
  8. Lennythedriver

    Lennythedriver Road Train Member

    Feb 14, 2020
    I eat pretty healthy on the truck. I cook my own meals from scratch, sometimes I cook them at home and freeze them and if I don’t have time for that I’ll just cook them out on the road. I have a crockpot and a few other ways to cook different things where I can load up on veggies. I also eat a lot of spinach salads with all kinds of healthy toppings and I generally start my day with a green smoothie. But I can’t imagine doing all that while going through training. No trainer is going to put up with that. You’re just gonna have to do the best you could do eating out and ordering as healthy as possible for a few weeks and then go back to your diet once you get your own truck.

    but yes, you can eat very healthy out on the road. Keep the healthy food stocked on your truck and then your mini fridge and you won’t have the temptation to eat the truckstop junk.
  9. Eddiec

    Eddiec Road Train Member

    Feb 2, 2015
    Switch to healthy natural foods that provide adequate calorie intake that don't take up too much space. Nuts, beef jerky, apples, bananas, raw carrots, cans of tuna come to mind. Easy to buy and store.
  10. silverspur

    silverspur Heavy Load Member

    Sep 26, 2012
    Bring some multi vitamins with you. You can survive on road food for 4-6 weeks.

    Most truck stops have low sugar protein drinks, Kind bars and at least once a week you will have access to a grocery store/ Walmart, even if you have to walk there from the truck stop.

    You're not going to be burning that many calories behind the wheel, so you'll be able to cut your food intake.
  11. a.paul

    a.paul Light Load Member

    Aug 8, 2021
    How do you keep the blender clean?
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