A successful career as a trucker doesn’t need to mean eating unhealthy meals at every rest stop. There are many ways you can maintain a healthy eating plan while on the road each week. By implementing a few simple tricks and tips, you’ll enjoy healthier meals—and a healthier body—throughout your career.

Choose Protein-Rich Snacks

Protein takes longer for your body to digest than carbohydrates, sugars, and fats—thus, meals and snacks that contain higher amounts of protein will keep you full for longer. Choosing protein-rich snacks such as hardboiled eggs, nuts, Greek yogurt, and cottage cheese will help to keep you feeling full and satisfied for longer, reducing the amount of calories you eat overall.

Use Smaller Plates

Enjoying your meals off smaller plates will make your brain think you’re eating more, even when you’re actually not. When your plate looks full, it’s easier to stop eating when you’ve cleared it than when there is plenty of extra room on that plate for more food. You can also implement this trick with your drinks—use a tall, thin glass to avoid drinking more than one serving size of soda, juice, or other calorie-rich beverages.

Avoid Skipping Meals

Many truckers face this dilemma: while on the road, there may be no healthy options when you get hungry. Some are tempted to skip meals in an attempt to avoid eating junk food, but this tactic is actually counterproductive. Starving your body, even for a day, will only make you more likely to overeat during your next meal, whether it’s healthy or not. If you do find yourself stopping for fast food when there are no other choices, simply try to compensate by making sure you have healthy meal options the next day.

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