How To Stay On Restricted Diets While On The Road?

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Luke O.'s Comment
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Ive been checking around and havent found much insight on this other then stocking up at walmart as much as possible. Im on a 1500mg sodium diet a day, and that truck stop food would screw me real fast. Hell I went to the diner and had chicken fried steak yesterday with my wife and that thing messed me up all day. So what do you do? Starve or what?

Also the other thing Im worried about is TnT , how do I survive something like that, while on a restricted diet, without impeding on the trainers lifestyle? I imagine Ill get placed with someone who eats truck stop food like everyone else, and I can see it now, Ill be starving the whole way through.

So any tips on how to be as non-inconveniencing as possible while still managing to stay healthy while being stuck with someone else in their home on the road?



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Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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Many truck stops have hard boils eggs. At CFI there is no team training and you may be able to prepare food on your trainer's truck. Go to a local truck stop and see what's there you could eat. It won't be much.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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West Side doesn't do team driving either, so you are on the same schedule as your trainer. My trainer there cooked all his own food on his grill whenever we stopped for our break or while being loaded it unloaded. We mostly stayed at Walmarts so he would buy meat they have on special and cook that for dinner. you can probably find time to do the same if you do the same.

Turtle's Comment
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By the sounds of it you've pre determined that you're going to starve. Teaming may be no picnic, but there's no reason why you can't eat healthy while doing it. I did it. Others have done it. You aren't the first person with specific dietary needs.

You answered your own question. Stock up at Walmart. You can prep yourself with several days or a weeks worth of food easily in one stop. You can even take care of it during your 30 minute break, while your trainer is sleeping. Although admittedly a Walmart parking lot may be a little scary for a newbie.

The point I'm getting at is don't go into this with a defeatist attitude. It's not as difficult as you think. Discuss your needs with your trainer, and make it happen.

Yes you are living in your trainer's home, and need to adjust to their lifestyle. But what is often forgotten is adjustment is a two-way street. Your trainer is getting paid quite handsomely to live with you and to train you. They should adjust a little to your lifestyle as well. A quick stop at Walmart is hardly too much to ask.

Don't shy away from a team training company simply because of that. It should be a non issue.


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Brett Aquila's Comment
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I went to the diner and had chicken fried steak yesterday with my wife and that thing messed me up all day

Well you're not too concerned about that diet I'd say if you're eating like that. Chicken fried steak is gonna mess anyone up.

You can definitely eat healthy enough on the road, even during training. Truck stop diners always have salads and regular sandwiches and such. It might not making the cover of health and fitness magazine, but there will be plenty of decent options.

Stocking up at the grocery store or Walmart is definitely your best bet. Try to make a huge list of healthy food that doesn't need cooking or refrigeration and really stock up big time on that stuff. That way you always have healthy options with you for the times you're stuck at a rest area or a shipper where the vending machine is your only option.

Stop eating chicken fried steak.



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Cwc's Comment
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If your worried about it look into Huel. Human fuel.. Meal replacement that you can mix as needed. 500 calorie serving has about 410mg of Sodium. Which could be lower but would work just fine for you. And it's probably a fraction of fried anything.

It's alot easier to scare yourself out of doing something than it is to just nut up and do it.

Also it will work to help you gain wieght or lose it. You just need a scale and to pay attention to what it's doing for you.

Also you can add fruits, water, milk or whatever you want really. Start slow so use it to skip a meal a day for awhile then skip two and so on.

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