Staying Regular OTR

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midnight fox's Comment
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I hope everything comes out for you in the end.


Moe's Comment
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Things are moving along better for me now. Pun intended. I've been consuming more h2o, staying close to my diet etc.

I think my body was just reacting/adjusting to the OTR gig.

Thank you all for the advise and encouragement!


Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Moe, our bodies don't need fiber to stay regular. That's one of the many nutritional misnomers we hear all the time. I don't eat an ounce of fiber and I have no issues whatsoever. I'm a carnivore - 99% of what I eat is meat, eggs, and dairy. I don't eat vegetables, I don't get any fiber, and I'm in elite shape. I've been training hard under a professional coach 6 days a week for over two years now. My health and fitness are incredible.

Water intake is the key. You need a lot of water to stay regular. In fact, if you eat a bunch of fiber without drinking tons of extra water the fiber will make the situation even worse. Fiber requires a ton of extra water to flush through your system. Not drinking enough water is causing problems, then eating fiber on top of that is making it worse.

Focus on eating a lot of meat and eggs, and drink a lot of water. Try to limit your carb intake from bread, potato, and pasta. Try to limit your dairy for a few days because that can make the problem worse, also. Drink at least 3 quarts (liters) of water per day.

Listen, this idea that you have to drive a ton of hours all at once is also a misnomer. Throughout my career, I very rarely drove more than 2 - 3 hours at a time without stopping, and I averaged 3,200 miles per week. Stopping every 2 - 3 hours just to use the restroom and walk around for 5 minutes makes a world of difference in how you feel. You'll be far more healthy mentally and physically with short, frequent breaks and you'll turn just as many miles over the long run.

I don't know how many carbs you're used to getting, but if it's a lot you may find yourself feeling lethargic from the cut in carbs. Keep a few energy bars or granola bars in the truck with you. If you feel lethargic, have one. It will perk you right up. It takes a while for your body to adapt to a low-carb diet, but once you do it's miraculous.

Experimenting with your health and fitness is very important. Try different things, even if they go against the advice you hear all the time. I hate to say it, but nutritionists have been a complete disaster for us. They've been completely wrong for decades. In fact, back in the 80's and 90's the food pyramid had "breads and grains" as the basis of our diet, and they said to avoid fatty foods. They created a generation of diabetics hooked on carbs and fundamentally lacking the critical fats your body desperately needs. Now vegetables are the big thing. Do we look like we're built to eat plants? Look at a horse, cow, sheep, goat, deer, and antelope. They're built to eat plants. Do we seem to be built like that? No, obviously not. We're built to hunt and eat meat.

Eat a lot of meat and eggs, forget the fiber, keep carbs low, and drink a minimum of 3 quarts of water per day. If you feel lethargic just eat a small energy bar or granola bar. Do that as an experiment for 2 - 3 days and you'll find that all your problems will be solved.

IDMtnGal 's Comment
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In fact, back in the 80's and 90's the food pyramid had "breads and grains" as the basis of our diet, and they said to avoid fatty foods. They created a generation of diabetics hooked on carbs and fundamentally lacking the critical fats your body desperately needs.

Not only that, but my generation (60s-70s) is 1 in 8 times likely to have Alzheimers. Our kids generation is down to 1 in 6 times. Our grandkids are now down to 1 in 3! This info came from the Council on Aging lady that puts on a Caregiver meeting monthly in Twin Falls county ID. She attends all sorts of meetings to learn about caregiver issues.

The meeting she attended was presented by one of the doctors that is studying Alzheimers. In the mid to late 70s, the "nutritionists" started in with 2% milk and before long skim milk. Then eggs had to be cut back to 2 no more than 3 a week. Red meat was bad for you, so only eat it a few times week and cut off the fat. Cooking with bacon fat was a no-no and was replaced with soybean, canola, corn, etc. They have pushed fat out of our lives and we need fat to fuel our bodies and brain.

Funny thing is, even tho I'm overweight, my cholesterol is low and I attribute that to the meat I eat. Now to eat more meat and cut out the carbs and drink more liquids.


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