|Low Carbs and High Mileage: Healthy Eating on the Road|
You have to count calories and watch what you eat, but then feel guilty hours later when you stop and pick yourself up 3 scoops of Baskin Robbins’ Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream.
But, hey, the government says you need to be healthier, and your spouse says you have to diet. But honestly, you can’t stand the idea of eating rabbit food.
I’m sure eating a salad while at a truck stop will go over well too, right?
HA! The truth is, you don’t have to become a tree-hugging herbivore to lose weight and eat healthier while on the road.
You just need to try the ultimate diet for truckers. Now I know. Some people hate this diet (because they can’t control themselves around potato chips, present company included). And others love it.
Give it a try for yourself and make your own decision. Sure the first week will be rough, but it gets better - a lot better.
The Low Carb Trucker Diet
First off, here’s a list of everything you can eat:
- All the meats - beef, pork, game meat, chicken, lamb, turkey, etc.
- Fish and shellfish - salmon, mackerel, herring, etc.
- Eggs - boiled, fried, scrambled, and omelettes
- Natural fat - butter and cream
- Vegetable that grow above ground - cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, brussel sprouts, asparagus, zucchini, eggplant, olives, spinach, mushrooms, cucumber, lettuce, avocado, onions, peppers, etc.
- Dairy - real butter, cream, sour cream, yogurt, high-fat cheese, etc.
That’s a lot of food! This diet won’t be so bad, right?
When on a low carb diet the foods you should focus on are those that are high in protein and fat.
But, just like any good ole diet there are foods you need to avoid - we call them carbs/carbohydrates.
To lose the most weight and to be the healthiest while out on the road, avoid these foods:
- Sugar - yummy but the worst for it. Soft drinks, candy, juice, sports drinks, chocolate (unless dark chocolate), cakes, buns, pastries, ice cream, etc.
- Starch - bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, french fries, potato chips, etc.
- Beer - also known as liquid bread
- Fruit - in moderation
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How to Stick to it While on the Road
Why is that? It’s because fast food joints are so good at convincing people to eat their food. With their catchy slogans, bright signs, and cheap prices - it’s no wonder that McDonald's sells 75 hamburger every second.
Not only that, but sometimes a quarter pounder with cheese is just more fulfilling when you first bite into it. Sure feels like regret afterward, though.
So beat the carvings and prepare your meals before you get back on the road. Know what you can have, have snacks readily available, and stop at grocery stores instead of fast food places when you get hungry.
The Results of a Low Carb Diet
Just like any diet, the first week is going to be tough - extremely tough.
You’ll probably make more bathroom trips due to the large amount of protein you’re eating, you’ll have cravings for chips and sugary food, and you’ll feel sluggish.
But then it stops. After that first week it all gets better. Your energy will pick back up, your body will regulate itself, and you’ll start looking and feeling much better.
It’s an easy diet to stick to and there’s no calories to count.
So leave the lettuce for the rabbits. Try a low carb diet for a month and then give us your opinion on it.