5 Ways to Prevent Bored Snacking on the Road


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We recently had a fan on the Healthy Trucker Facebook page ask a question that a lot of people struggle with, not just truck drivers.

“My problem is that I can’t stop eating when I’m bored. With me being an OTR driver, I’m bored a lot. It’s getting worse, I don’t know how to fix it!”

Naturally, we had to ask fellow drivers what their thoughts on the matter were. Check out some of their responses in the post below and keep reading for suggestions on how to prevent bored snacking on the road.

Choose healthier snacks.

If you absolutely must snack, choose healthy snack options like carrots, apples, and celery. As Pat says above, not only is it healthier but it takes longer to consume, and at least there’s vitamins and nutrients in fruits and veggies. Plus, if there’s no junk food on the truck to begin with, then you’ll be forced to pick something healthy to munch on.

Chew some gum.

Often times we just need a distraction, and chewing gum is an easy way to mimic snacking without downing tons of junk food (and calories).

Drink some water.

It can be tough to distinguish between whether we’re hungry or just thirsty. An easy way to prevent bored snacking is to drink some water, wait 20 minutes, and see if you’re still hungry. If so, have a small healthy snack. Often we’re just dehydrated or thirsty and a bottle of water can fix that up right away!

Distract yourself with a hobby.

Prone to snacking when there’s nothing else to do? Find something to occupy your time when you’re bored, like going for a walk, reading a book, or doing a hobby. Keeping your mind occupied can serve as a distraction for that urge to snack.

Brush your teeth.

You’ll be much less inclined to have a little snack if it means ruining that clean, minty fresh feeling!

Your Turn

What do you do to prevent bored snacking on the road? One of the above, or something else? Let us know below by:

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About Amanda

Amanda is a former digital communications coordinator and frequent blogger for the TheHealthyTrucker.net, a website focused on truck driver health initiatives. Our mission is to encourage truck drivers to embrace a healthier lifestyle by providing both expert advice and real world experiences. Let us be your co-driver on the road to a healthier, happier life!