- Eating well reduces your chances of developing cardiovascular disease, obesity, cancers and other health issues.
- Good nutrition improves your wellness and gives you energy.
- Nutritious foods give your body and mind the vitamins and minerals they need to be healthy, strong and productive.
- Good nutrition can reverse health problems helping you avoid conditions like type 2 diabetes and obesity.
- There is a strong link between mood and food. What you eat can affect how you feel. Eating healthy foods can have a positive impact on your mental health.
- Eating nutritious food helps you stay alert and safe to drive.
- Eating healthily can improve your sleep.
Schedule regular times to eat nutritious food.
Start with a small change that is easy to maintain.
- You could try swapping a processed afternoon snack with a healthy snack from your fridge: cherry tomatoes, blueberries, snow peas, low salt jerky, cheese, boiled eggs.
Plan your food for the whole day and eat most of your food earlier in the day.
Plan to eat all your food within a 12-hour window. Your body needs 12 hours in a 24-hour cycle to finish processing the food you eat.This may help you get a better night’s sleep.
Plan to eat mostly from your fridge or 12-volt oven, rather than food from the roadhouse.
- Place your fridge within easy reach.
- Take frozen meals from home and place the meal in your 12-volt oven two hours before a scheduled meal stop.
Plan your portion size.
- Use collapsible silicon tubs or plastic tubs to divide food into portions.
Try to eat lean meat such as poultry and fish. Red meat a few times per week is also fine but try not to eat it every day.
- Lean protein helps you feel fuller for longer. Examples are meat, fish, eggs, nuts and seeds.
- Lean protein has less than 10g of total fat (or 4.5g of saturated fat). White fish and chicken are good sources of lean protein, as well as eggs, dairy, nuts and seeds.
Aim to include five portions of vegetables every day.
- Try eating as many different coloured vegetables as you can.
Every time you eat, start with vegetables that make you chew and protein to make you feel satisfied quickly.
- In your truck, eat vegetable sticks and nuts or wraps with salad and lean meat for something quick.
- In the roadhouse, choose different coloured vegetables or salad first, then a lean protein (something that isn’t fried if you can) to go with your vegetables.
Snack only when you are hungry.
- If you are bored, listen to music or a podcast.
- If you are lonely, connect with a mate or your family or Health in Gear.
- Your body can trick you into thinking you’re hungry when you are actually thirsty.
Reduce the amount of sugar you eat.
- Refined sugar from lollies or starch (like chips, potatoes, pasta and bread) makes you hungrier, can make it more difficult to focus, and interrupts your sleep schedule.
- If you eat refined sugar or starch, have them as a treat earlier in your day.
- Swap sweet treats out for vegetables, protein, or fruit.
- The National Heart Foundation of Australia has a list of recipes that can be pre-made, frozen and reheated for a meal stop.
- You can sign up for a Healthy Dinner Plan that is designed for you by the Heart Foundation.
- The National Heart Foundation of Australia recipes tell you the number of portions that you can get from each recipe they have listed.
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