With so many different health problems running rampant these days, many people need to (or choose to) follow special diets and have different dietary considerations than others. Maintaining a special diet can be difficult, even without the added pressure of spending 11 hours behind the wheel of a truck. But with a little planning and a lot of patience, a special trucker diet can be followed when working as an over the road truck driver.
Today, we feature 6 special trucker diets along with grocery tips and suggestions for maintaining these on the road.
Key Points: A diet that does not include meat, poultry, or fish. Variations do not allow dairy and/or eggs. A vegetarian diet for truckers can actually be maintained fairly easily on the road since there’s not as much food (like meat, cheese, milk, etc) that needs to be frozen/refrigerated. Several “sub-categories” include:
Lacto-vegetarian: a diet that excludes all meat, poultry and fish as well as eggs. Dairy products can be consumed.
Lacto-ovo vegetarian: a diet that excludes meat, poultry, and fish but allows dairy and eggs.
Ovo-vegetarian: a diet that excludes meat, poultry, fish and dairy, but allows eggs.
Vegan: a diet that excludes meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, and any animal byproducts.
Good for: dropping pounds; preventing chronic diseases; treating existing illnesses like rheumatoid arthritis; those who have ethical, religious, or environmental reasons against consuming animal products.
Cons: potential nutrient deficiencies (for example, vitamin B12, vitamin D), a radical change can make it a difficult diet to follow.
What to Buy: Fruits and veggies, whole grains, dairy and eggs (if appropriate), meat substitute like tofu, soy, or tempeh, dairy substitute like almond or soy milk, egg substitute, and legumes like beans and lentils.
Key Points: A diet based on what our prehistoric ancestors would’ve eaten.Think lean meat, non starchy fruits and vegetables, and high fiber. Proponents believe we haven’t evolved enough to digest legumes, dairy, or grains, all of which are restricted from the diet.Cons: Easy to miss out on nutrients from dairy and grains; potential of increased risk for heart problems due to the diet’s high meat consumption; restrictive.
What to Buy: (Grass fed) meat, seafood, fruits and vegetables, eggs, nuts and seeds.
Key Points: A diet that restricts carbohydrate consumption. High carb foods which are easily digestible are replaced with lower carb alternatives like salad vegetables, however fruits are usually allowed. Low carb diets generally tend to be high in protein.
Good for: diabetics; to treat/prevent obesity, cardiovascular disease, and high blood pressure, dropping weight and increasing muscle definition.
Cons: High protein diet could lead to increased consumption of saturated fat, loss of calcium and essential nutrients.
What to Buy: Non-starchy vegetables, low sugar fruits, meat, eggs, nuts and seeds.