I hear it all the time from drivers…
“I’ll eat better when there’s healthy options at the truck stops… Not just fast-food restaurants!”
And I get it, it’s hard to get excited about eating healthy when all you see is drive-thrus and value meals.
But if you have that mindset, you’re never going to eat healthy. Because the truck stops aren’t going to change. They’re making money, why would they? And with that mindset, you’re going to keep playing that waiting game for the rest of your career. You’ll still be hoping one day that truck stops give you the “permission” you need to finally eat healthier….
But what if I told you that you can find healthy options at any fast-food restaurant? Sounds interesting, right?
Later in this article, I’m going to give you examples of three healthy meals at three different fast-food restaurants. But before we do that, we need to talk about why so many drivers don’t think it’s possible to eat healthy on the road.
And I like to call it the “light switch” mindset.
You flip it on, you’re eating healthy. You turn it off, you’re ordering a Big Mac, large fries and a Dr. Pepper…
There’s no in-between. And you’re either all in (eating completely clean) or all out (*Googling “closest Krispy Kreme”*).
But that’s not how eating healthy works.
Eating healthy is a spectrum. On one end you have the healthiest diet in the world, while on the other end you have the most unhealthy diet in the world. Most drivers are somewhere in the middle. Some are closer to the healthy end of the spectrum, while others are closer to the unhealthy end. But everyone is somewhere in the middle.
Here’s the problem with the light switch mindset. Most people think they have to jump all the way over to the healthiest diet in the world end of the spectrum on Day 1 to make progress. And that’s why most diets fail within a few days to a week. It’s not sustainable, and you’re setting yourself up to hate your life. And it doesn’t have to be like that!
Instead, think about it like this: Make small changes that you can sustain for a long period of time. Once they become automatic, you can start stacking new habits into your day-to-day routine. With this approach, you push the needle 10% closer to the healthy end of the spectrum. Your day-to-day life doesn’t look that much different. And it feels like something you could do for the long haul (yeah… I know that was a dumb trucking pun lol)!
One of the easiest ways to do that is by ordering a healthier option at the restaurants you are already eating at. This doesn’t even change your regular day-to-day routine. But you can make a lot of progress toward your goals in the meantime! So, let’s look at three different healthy meal swaps you can make at popular fast-food restaurants out on the road.
Check these numbers out: If you pick the ✅ meal, you would save 620 calories, 31 grams of fat and 102 grams of carbs…
Now multiply that by three meals a day, 365 days a year over the course of your whole career…
After 20 years of driving, the driver eating the ✅ meal every day is going to look a lot different than the driver eating ❌ ….
Pro tip: Stop drinking your calories. So many empty calories get consumed through drivers’ daily soda… It’s hard to lose weight when you’re sipping on Mountain Dew for 10 hours a day!
If you pick the ✅ meal, you would save 1,525 calories, 97 grams of fat and 124 grams of carbs…
Pro tip: You don’t even have to jump from a large fries to a side salad. You could get a small or medium-size fries and still save calories!
If you pick the ✅ meal, you would save 979 calories, 48 grams of fat and 135 grams of carbs…
Pro tip: Popeyes’ Handcrafted Blackened Tenders might be the biggest hack of healthy eating at fast-food restaurants. They’re healthy and taste amazing!