It is not unusual to hear about the importance a “balanced diet.” What exactly does that phrase mean? A wellness company known as HealthCheck360 put together a simple lineup to help understand just what a healthy diet consists of:
6-8 servings of grains. One serving equals one slice of bread, roughly 1 oz of dry cereal, or a ½ cup of cooked rice. **Choose whole grain options whenever you can!
4-5 servings of vegetables. One serving equals 1 cup of leafy vegetables or a ½ cup of other types of vegetables.
4 servings of fruit. One serving equals 1 medium fruit (about the size of a baseball), ¼c cup dried fruit, ½ cup of fresh, frozen, canned fruits, or fruit juice . **Choose 100% real juice whenever you can!
2-3 servings of milk, yogurt, or cheese. One serving equals 1 cup of milk/yogurt or roughly 1 and ½ ounces of cheese. **Choose the low-fat versions whenever you can!
2-3 servings of meat, poultry, fish, eggs, or nuts. One serving equals 2-3 ounces of meat (about the size of a deck of cards), 1 egg, 2 tablespoons of peanut butter, or 1/3 cup of nuts. **Go for “lean” options (skinless chicken, fish, etc) whenever you can!
Notice: Following this plan keeps the calorie count well in hand. Additionally, there is not much room for sugars, fats, and other junk food. You can visit www.heart.org for more information.
So there you have it – a balanced diet! As an over-the-road truck driver, it is more difficult to make this happen. You have to be INTENTIONAL about it. How important is your health to you? Plan ahead, keep a detailed shopping list, use the weekend to your advantage, and stock your truck the best you can using the resources you have.