Ok so my Dad drives a truck for a living, and he said yesterday to me:
“Hey Anj, since you’re into this nutrition and healthy stuff, I want some advice. Assuming I can resupply at a grocery store or super walmart once a week, what should I get?”
This is HUGE guys. I really am trying to figure out an easy sensible nutrition plan for him, but I’m having a hard time coming up with a good answer. The one thing I told him for sure is that he would have to start eating more than once a day. He only eats one meal a day, in the evening when he stops his truck for the night.
He also smokes, and does not do any sort of physical activity aside from unloading freight. (the job he’s on right now actually is quite demanding, he moves a lot of weight every day so he’s getting enough for right now) I can’t see getting him to actually start lifting or training in any sort of way, but he is thinking about quitting smoking again.
He drinks coffee all day until he eats dinner. He says the reason he hates eating earlier is it makes him feel groggy and tired, which is bad on the road. I know it’s just because he loves eating a lot of carbs and if he ate more sensibly his energy levels wouldn’t dip like that.
His current diet for the past year or so has been usually a footlong subway sandwich and a bag of chips for dinner every day (this is actually an improvement over previously- he used to eat more burger fast food type stuff), and he’s not that fat, only a little chubby, as he’s probably lost 30 lbs. in the last year from eating more Subway. (insert Jared joke here, lol)
-He has a small mini-fridge in his truck.
-Most truck stops have microwaves you can use, but rest areas and warehouse delivery places he stays parked in sometimes do not have any microwaves for him to use. So heating food is not really an option.
-He is simple and does not mind repetition eating the same foods over again.
-Food prep time should be kept to a minimum- simple things like making a sandwich.
Getting him to eat more than 3 times a day will be next to impossible. I did get him to agree to eat breakfast. I’m working on lunch.
I have ideas, but I’m willing to bet that you guys would have better ideas about what to tell him. He’s looking for a specific grocery list, and basically a daily plan of what to eat and when to eat it, that he can repeat every day while out on the road. I’m having a hard time figuring out how to get veggies in there, and what he could eat during the day that wouldn’t make him feel sleepy.
Any suggestions you guys have would be MUCH appreciated. I would like to help him actually meet his nutritional needs and be healthier, so I’m not rushing to answer him before I’ve really thought it through. He fully intends to implement whatever nutritional plan I come up with for him. This is kind-of exciting!
I’m going on a mini-road trip for the next couple days but I’ll respond to this thread as soon as I can. Thanks in advance!