While the goal of this website is to create happier, healthier drivers, we realize that not everybody is going to jump head-on into an intense kettlebell or jogging routine. For some, the road to healthy living starts with baby steps.
Today, we’re going to share some small, simple things you can do to gradually improve your health on the road. All of these health tips can be done regardless of weight or fitness level and are easy to incorporate into your existing daily routine.
- Use smaller dinnerware. Choose smaller plates, bowls, and utensils for your meals. People use visual cues to judge how much food to get. When you use a larger plate, it’s more likely you’ll pile up the grub until it looks full. Choosing a smaller plate will trick your mind into grabbing smaller portions.
- Take a multivitamin every day. They give you the daily recommended allowance of vitamins and nutrients and help prevent illness.
- Avoid the buffet. This is just asking for a diet disaster. It’s hard to refrain from overeating at a buffet because you want to get as much bang for your buck as possible, but if the food’s there, it’s hard to resist eating it. Avoid buffets at all costs and opt for a pre-portioned meal instead.
- Eat dark chocolate. Wait, what? I’m endorsing eating chocolate? Actually, yes, but I’m not advocating downing an entire Hershey’s bar every day…sorry. Dark chocolate, however, is very high in antioxidants, and consuming 4-6 grams of it every few days can lower your risk of heart disease!
- Portion control. Remove 1/3 of your meal from your plate as soon as you dish it out. This is a more accurate portrayal of acceptable portion control. Save the remaining 1/3 of food for a snack later.
- Put the fork down. Put your utensils down between bites. It takes about 20 minutes for the brain to register that we’re full. Putting your fork down between each bite will take up more time and force you to eat slower.
- Eat yogurt. The live active cultures in yogurt strengthen your immune system. Look for Greek yogurt for an added protein boost!
- Split a meal. This goes back to portion control. A single “serving” at a restaurant is often way too much for one person – split it with a co-driver or significant other, or save half for later.
- Bigger isn’t always better. You don’t need really need that extra large combo meal, do you? Don’t SuperSize your meal just because it’s an extra 50 cents.
- Drink before you eat. Often times when we think we’re hungry, we’re really just thirsty. Gulp a glass of water before a meal to prevent overeating.
- Turn off the TV. When we space out in front of the tube, we’re more likely to mindlessly snack. Cut out one of your daily TV programs and pick up a new hobby instead.
- On the side, please. Drowning your salad in ranch dressing totally nullifies the health-factor of it. Instead of fattening ranch or honey mustard, order a light dressing like Italian or Vinaigrette on the side. Dip your fork in the dressing rather than pouring it over the whole salad.
- Keep it clean. Brush your teeth, have a mint, or chew some sugar free gum after a meal. This signifies that meal time is over so you won’t continue snacking – you won’t want to ruin that minty fresh taste!
- Stay back. Park as far away from truck stops and supercenters as you can to get an easy walking workout in.
- Work out in bed. Do crunches before you even get out of bed in the morning! You’re already there anyway!