As a class A driver, you know how hard it can be to eat a nutritious diet while you're on the job. Truck stops, restaurants, and diners sell primarily heavy or processed fare that tastes good but will wreck your health over time. Because driving can be a monotonous job, it's hard to avoid the temptation to snack on whatever's available. Our clinic's nationally certified DOT examiner, Dr. Hutchings, has a few tips for Redding drivers who want to eat better for their health.
Nutrition Matters for Drivers
"Just one cookie won't hurt." Have you ever used this line to justify an unhealthy snack to yourself? It's true that one treat won't do much harm, but if you make a habit of grazing on high-calorie, low-nutrition foods, your waistline -- and your back -- might start to notice. This is a problem for a couple of reasons:
- Driving is already hard on your spine, and if you're overweight, those extra pounds add even more pressure.
- If you sustain an injury such as a sprain or strain on the road, poor nutrition will make it harder to heal.
How to Get the Nutrition You Need on the Road
Eating well on the road might be tricky, but it's not impossible. Here are a few things you can do to improve your diet while working.
- Bring pre-made meals and snacks with you. If you have a refrigerator in your cab, you can bring hummus, hard-boiled eggs, vegetable sticks, and sandwiches, for instance.
- Choose water instead of soda. Sugar is highly inflammatory to the body, and avoiding it helps you cut lots of empty calories from your diet.
- Make healthy substitutions wherever you can. For instance, if fast food is your only option for dinner, opt for a side salad instead of fries with your burger.
- Consider investing in a small oven or slow cooker so you can cook and reheat healthy meals in your vehicle.
A Redding D.O.T. Examiner Can Help You Improve Your Diet
Dr. Hutchings, our nationally certified DOT examiner, can do more than just administer your regular DOT exam. He also provides nutritional counseling services. Visit our clinic for professional guidance on how to eat well on the go. In addition to helping you create a practical meal plan that works with your nutritional needs and your busy schedule, Dr. Hutchings will also help you learn which nutritional supplements are most beneficial for you and why.
Visit Redding D.O.T. for Nutritional Counseling and Whole-Person Care
Redding D.O.T. is your one-stop destination for your bi-annual DOT exam, chiropractic care, nutritional counseling, and more. You can reach us for an appointment at 530-221-4991.