"Roll on momma like I asked you to do, And roll on eighteen-wheeler roll on"

Thomas Shulin
By Thomas Shulin Latest Reply 2012-06-27 08:27:26 -0500
Started 2012-06-21 18:09:38 -0500

Hi everyone I have a new patient with a twist (or turn) of a problem. Her and her hubby are truck drivers. So watching their diet is very hard. They can't just pack up a cooler that can last for a week on the road. And the food at truck stops are by far the worst but sometimes their only option. They do avoid the major don't like potatoes and high carbs. But they still can only find fast food joints when trying to make their deadline. Any ideas?

15 replies

jnblair 2012-06-27 08:27:26 -0500 Report

I travel alot and in the beginning it was hard but i found where there's a will there's a way its hard to find those good places with low carb and good for you meals but if you put forth a little more effort you'll find them.

pixsidust 2012-06-24 14:00:20 -0500 Report

Stopping at grocery stores with food bars along the way. Many of these out of the way places have Super Center Walmarts. Buy some salads and veggies, cheese sticks, sugar free puddings etc…It will change their landscape

TsalagiLenape 2012-06-24 07:47:33 -0500 Report

Yes its called planning ahead…I drive trucks not CDL like them but I do plan ahead. By buying what I know will last me like certain fruits. I plan out my daily food. Somethings like the Special K bars help instead of eating a candy bar. You can also find some places like the Pilots or Flying J's that have hot food ready. If you make the time, you can plan things out. I do it all the time. I have a co-worker who is a diabetic with no health insurance and cant get his meds so his BG's run around 300 which he thinks or thought was normal. Now he is learning to make better choices when he has to pick up things from the truck stops. If we can do it so can they. I wish them luck. Hugs

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-06-23 15:45:04 -0500 Report

This is too funny, as my father was a long haul driver and when my mother would go with him, she actually made meals that cooked on the engine! She would prepare it and put it in foil or other heat proof container and let it cook so as to be ready when they were. She made roast and veggies, soups, baked potatoes, hot sandwiches, deserts, etc. I have to mention mom was a fantastic cook and could be very inventive. She was doing this long before it was ever mentioned you could cook this way.

Sadly, I didn't like to cook, so instead I did even better for me and married a pro hockey player that has a chef's degree! I almost never cook, thankfully:)

Caroltoo 2012-06-22 02:07:18 -0500 Report

If they are trucking together and can't find a place to park the rig while they eat a decent meal, perhaps one could get out and order "to go" meals while the other found a place to park in a large lot and came back when the first one called to say he/she had dinner and was ready to be picked up. They could eat somewhere on the road that provides a pull out.

Nick1962 2012-06-22 09:56:37 -0500 Report

True! Usually on the outskirts of most larger cities, there's a mall of some sort, which usually includes a food court. Plenty of highway access and parking in the outlying areas of the parking lots most weekdays.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-06-21 18:40:07 -0500 Report

My husband was often out for 8 or more weeks at a time I went with him about half of the time. We used our Burton and other brands of shoe box type stoves. Had two electric coolers that would keep things about 30 degrees f cooler than the temperture outside of them With some froozen food inside it would help lower the temp and give better holding times. Also insulated coolers which frozen vegies would keep well chilled for about two days. we used up the food in them first. We could manage fairly well avoiding truck stop food. My husband ran all the lower 48. He knew were the Wal Marts were trucker friendly and local groceries. So we could get in and restock our supplies fairly regularly.
Depending on the fast food joints, there could be safe options for them.

techguy87114 2012-06-21 21:28:07 -0500 Report

There are so many healthier options at fast food places these days iIhave to say its all in the choices they decide to make at the order line..

Grilled chicken sandwich with no mayo, lettuce and tomato. No cheese. Sounds pretty healthy to me. Maybe take the top bun off and eat it "open faced". They can get a salad in place of fries. if not, then just the sandwich. This is by far only 1 option of many out there..

if you try hard enough and care a little more than normal you can make it work.. its a challenge but not impossible.. make it a game and the person with the most points wins a "cheat day" or something.

Good luck! the cooler idea and stove idea is a great one.. never been on the road so I am not versed with it but sounds like Graylin Bee has the right idea.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-06-21 22:02:31 -0500 Report

The shoebox does great for making hard boiled eggs. Used to eat them plain or as egg salad, or mixed with tuna salad.
It works to cook dry lentils, similar to using a slow cooker. Lean cuts of meat slow cooked nicely. Made soups. Often we used the precooked frozen chicken or steak strips for either soups, chefs salads, or wraps.
Our cooking was measured in miles rather than minutes. Depending on the states speed limits 100 to 120 miles was the distance from stopping for the meal it would be started.
Some quick easy truck breakfasts I used were:
Yogurt, at about 15 to 20 carb serving ,and cottage cheese, mixed fifty fifty,
Or the 15 carb single serving size of no sugar added applesauce with a piece or 2 of string cheese and a handful of almonds.
Or cottage cheese and 8 carb single serving size of water packd peaches.
The single serving sizes work best for ease in storage, prep, and clean up. Living in a semi without running water can make food prep a messy challenge. We always used a disposible alluminum pan in the shoe box cooker, made clean up easy.

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