Finding healthy food on the road can be a challenge, but when you find it, do you understand why it’s healthy? Nutrition labels help you make informed food choices and guide you on what and how much to eat. Reading the labels and understanding why something is good or bad for you can assist you on your journey to healthier lifestyle.
Check to see if your serving is the same size as the one on the label. If you double the serving size on the label, you need to double the nutrition amounts. In a nutshell, this tells you how many calories are in a serving and provides a recommend serving size to stay within those calories. If you are counting calories as part of your diet, this is important information to know.
Calories provide a measure of how much energy you get from a serving of food. A person’s size and activity level determine total calories needed per day. The recommend caloric intake for a 32- year old man to maintain his weight of 200 pounds is 2,544. However, if you are looking to lose weight, you could use this information to determine how many calories to cut from your diet and/or how many calories you need to burn through activity.
Protein can come from animal sources like chicken or beef or from plant sources like lima beans or wheat. Try to incorporate plant proteins such as beans, cereals and whole grains into your diet.
Too much sodium can contribute to high blood pressure. Processed foods usually contain a high amount of sodium. Be careful about the amount of processed foods you are taking in and try to balance your diet with fresh or organic items.
A healthy diet an important part of leading a healthy lifestyle. In combination with staying active, your diet can improve your sleep, help you maintain a healthy weight, lower blood pressure and help promote your overall health.
Visit www.fitness.gov for more information.
Do you ever wonder what it’s like to spend every waking and working moment with your spouse for weeks at a time? According to Sherry and Kevin Hastings, it can be challenging, but also extremely rewarding. The Hastings, a professional truck driving team for Con-way Truckload, were recently named Company Team of the Month. They have been driving together for the past three years – Kevin has been driving professionally for more than 31 years and Sherry joined the industry about three years ago after their children moved away from home.
The Hastings have learned how to make the most of each other’s company while on the road, including becoming each other’s motivation to get fit and stay healthy. The couple, who reside in Utah, admit that during the first few years of their respective careers, they each gained about 25 pounds. Soon after making that realization, the figured out their healthy routine, and they want to share their secrets with other professional drivers.
It is difficult to find time to work out while on the road. Even when time and space don’t allow traditional exercising, the Hastings always make time for stretching. According to Sherry and Kevin, truckers walk with a forward lean because of a lack of stretching their lower back and hip muscles. It is also important to stretch the shoulders. Here are a few suggested yoga stretches for long drives.
When it comes to diet on the road, The Hastings recommend eating something small but filling every 2-3 hours. Typical snacks for the couple include celery sticks, snack bars, turkey jerky, nuts, string cheese, oranges and apples. These foods are easy to pack in the truck. They also warn other drivers to steer clear from bread, sugar and desserts, as those calories can add up quickly. They recommend having salads and other healthy options during mealtime.
Congratulations to Sherry and Kevin on their successful careers as professional truck drivers. Stay safe and healthy out there!
Kevin and Sherry Hastings on the road trip of their lives!
You’re a truck driver. One day you’re exploring the East Coast, driving through the Shenandoah Valley, braving the heat of the south or experiencing the altitude in the Midwest and the next day – who knows where in the country you’ll be! It’s the greatest adventure of all time. It’s a career and it’s a lifestyle. It’s the life of an over-the-road driver, and we want to experience the “road trip” with you!
This month, we are hosting a True2Blue Road Trip contest on our Facebook page. Submit a photo (or photos) from your travels and vote for your favorites – or encourage your friends to vote for yours. Be mindful of conditions and only take pictures safely and legally. Contest is also open to non-truck drivers on road trips, so feel free to share. Winners will receive one of four ticket packages for NASCAR or college football events (not to mention bragging rights), and winning photos will be featured on our Facebook page. Below are a few of the many amazing submissions we have received so far.
Do you thrive on the freedom of the open road? Share your favorite photos with us!
1. Snap a photo of your road trip view. Be creative!
2. Submit your photo, here.
3. Vote for your favorite photos and share!
Our panel of judges will choose a winner based on the photos with the most votes. Good luck and safe travels!