ReedWe all know the main addictions: Nicotine, alcohol and narcotics. But what about that other addiction we don’t hear as much about? If you can’t go down the candy or snack cake aisle without grabbing a treat for yourself, if you eat so much you have to unbuckle your pants just to breathe, let’s face it. You have a food addiction.

Addictions, even food addictions, start slowly over time. Maybe as a child your parents made you eat everything on your plate before dessert. Maybe you have one of those ethnic mothers who always made sure you had just one more plate of her cooking. Whatever the cause of your bad habits now, you are an adult and you need to look in the mirror and have a serious discussion with the only person who can change your unhealthy lifestyle, you.

Do you think that at some point it will not catch up with you? Think again. I know it will catch up with you, because it caught up to me. Diabetic and weighing more than 250 pounds, I had to change my ways. And I did change my ways. It was easier than I thought it would be. It will be for you, too.

Here are 3 simple steps you can take right now toward a healthier you. By advancing one step at a time, you will find it’s not as hard as you think.trucker

Step 1: Substitute healthy snacks for unhealthy snacks. Forgo the chips and cookies for raw nuts or nuts that have sea salt. Even a small bag of pork rinds are better than all the sugar goodies.

Step 2: Stop adding sugar and flavored creamers to your coffee. Try half and half instead. Better yet, if you have a cooler, use heavy whipping cream, which does not have lactose.

Step 3: Stay away from soft drinks and energy drinks. The average soda has no nutritional value and as much as 13 teaspoons of sugar. Energy drinks, meanwhile, can have just as much sugar as soda and more caffeine than you’ll find in four Cokes. Instead, drink Perrier Lime or plain ‘ol water.

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