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Preparation for eating healthy on the road.

Preparation for eating healthy on the road.

Part 2.

Preparing for healthy eating on the road.

It’s Mr. Miles here sending out warm wishes and safe travels again!

The last time we chat (see; part 1.) we talked about eating healthy foods and what that can do to your overall well being – both mental and physical. It’s important to always have an idea of what you’re putting in your body and what that can mean. No one wants to feel sluggish and lack energy when getting a  load down the byways and highways. Let’s talk about preparing for healthy eating on the road as it will take some effort but with a little bit of effort can become routine. Now that you’re aware of some of the health implications of “quick food” there are almost endless and countless healthy options and alternatives to consume when you’re away from home. So, let’s slip this rig into overdrive and start breaking down how you can cook up tasty treats and chow down in no time!!!

Storing food and preparing meals is a lot easier than it sounds when you’re away from home. Since your ride is essentially your home for long stretches of time, you have to treat it that way.  Of course a mini-fridge is a big bonus but if you don’t have one, get a good camper cooler that runs on 12 volts – there super efficient which means easy on your battery and alternator. Plus, it’ll pay for itself quicker than you may think if you’re not seeking ice every day. Even without a fridge, you can still whip up some mean dishes that pack plenty of punch. Where the real fun starts in “Flavor Town” is with creativity and low energy consumption. Ever consider how much heat your engine produces? More on that later but heck, blenders are even a possibility. Who doesn’t want a fresh strawberry smoothie to start your day?

Health food for professional drivers.

Non GMO is always a plus! Professional drivers need a healthy, very well balanced and nutritious diet when on the road. Productivity, awareness, decision making and energy all play a role.

 

Smart storage of your smart food.

Where do you store your food? That all depends on your rig space, but there’s room – trust me. That’s the beauty of storage containers. They take up little to no space and are as convenient as they come. On the floor, in your seat, or in trunk or sleeper bunk there are always spots to secure your food. Cereal, pasta, breads and canned goods can all be at your disposal with the help of containers.

Now of course perishable foods need to be kept cold, but proper storage of your food and ingredients can be simple and very effective. The freezer Ziploc bags are my very first choice when it comes to ensuring my food is stored safe and well preserved. You can call me cheap but I’ve even washed these out and re-used them before. Costco has great deals on them (as low as .03 per bag). The Betty Crocker storage containers sold at Dollar Tree  are second on my list and are cheap. They’re also great for storing grapes, watermelon, blueberries, pineapple – basically any kind of fruit or vegetable can maintain its flavor and freshness is these modern marvels of creation. With just two items you’re on your seriously on your way to many a side dish or main course. Plus you’ve got storage. Just like Emeril says: Bam!!!! Don’t forget to go easy on the salt and try your best to make sure those veggies non-GMO. Many genetically modified foods are missing important components of complex vitamins, can cause allergies and all kinds of disorders – possibly even cancer!!! Also, to keep your mind and body in tip-top shape, stay away from gluten. It’s best avoided and can turn your stomach and insides into a carnival ride you don’t want to be on! The bumpy road has enough potholes and danger areas. Don’t make your gut an up-and-down roller coaster

Aluminum foil is another weapon that can turn a boring Monday into creations that would even have 5-star chefs doing a double take. Seriously. The uses are endless with this master invention. Don’t have a portable burner or stove? No problem. Throw some potatoes, carrots and onions, to go along with seasonings and your choice of lean beef, pork or chicken, wrap it in foil and place it on your manifold. Look who’s got engine stew in no time!!!

While mentioning “master inventions” I found this photo on the web. Now these folks have the right idea:

flatbed trailer next to mobile home

These folks aren’t going to let anything get in their way when it comes to a nice home cooked meal and enjoying it. Even with snow on the ground!

Planning is preparing. Preparing is planning. Make your meals in advance if you have the time. This saves you money and time. I’m not proposing you don’t go and check out that roadside diner once in awhile but the less you do the more your body will be thankful and your wallet will like your decision to keep the pedal to the metal. The $8.99 tenderloin with a side of greasy fries can find another home in someone else’s stomach. You’ll feel better and even look better by eating right. It’s like anything else; you get out what you put in.

Healthy gluten free pasta with fruit and veggies.

Gluten free pasta is pretty darn delicious and very easy on your digestive system. Give your body the food items it deserves. You might just find it’s even cheaper to eat healthy in the long run.

Last but not least. We gotta keep everything clean. The last thing you need is to be barreling down the road
So keep your gas tank full, your eyes on the road and keep pounding that pavement. You’re a driving machine and you know how to recharge your batteries and the proper fuel you need to keep your engine running as smoothly as possible. Just remember – everything in moderation.

Stay tuned for tons of recipes I have waiting on the back burner that are gonna blow your socks off that won’t blow your budget. They’re easy as pie to make and you’ll be a Master Chef in no time. Now Mel over at the diner might miss some business from you, but old Flo can kiss somebody else’s grits!!!

Happy Trucking. Have something you’d like to add or ask? Feel free to jump in online and comment at the bottom of any of my posts and have your voice heard. NO taxes, NO surcharges and NO fees! If I can’t get you up and running properly I’m certain our readers can.

Keep’n it real and keep’n’ it high and wide!

Mr. Miles for
WideloadShipping.com

Pilot cars oh pilot cars

Pilot cars oh pilot cars

Pilot Cars

Are you looking for a pilot car company?

If you are in need of a pilot car company to escort your oversize shipment we’ve created the PiloTrac system to assist you in doing just that. Not only will it show you where pilot car companies are located but it will show you where they have pilot cars located live in real time. Pilot car companies simply post their existing available locations and they show up on our live map. It’s very easy to use and only takes a few click. If you would like to locate pilot cars in North America you can see how easy it is below:

Pilot Cars

Our system makes it easy and efficient for both pilot cars and users. Simply choose the pin that is closest to where you need service and give them a call. It’s that easy!

Our history with pilot cars has evolved.

Over the years the needs of pilot cars and trucking companies has evolved. The amount of effort spent locating the right pilot car company takes a lot less. Thanks to technology oversize trucking company dispatchers, owner operators, etc. aren’t required to “data mine” and call all over the place trying to locate a company that is the closest to their shipment. With PiloTrac it’s simple; instead of a pilot car company directory that shows you where the company is based out of we’ve designed a system that allows the pilot car drivers to post their actual locations. Not only where they are today, but where they’ll be in 10 days from now. This way shippers can locate them based on where they are at and not where they are based out of. Have a look for yourself. Below is a picture that is typical of what you will find when searching for a escort for your oversize load:

Locating pilot cars and escorts.

Here we have a excellent example of what it took to locate pilot cars in the past.

North America, Alaska, Canada and Mexico

Alabama pilot cars:
Birmingham, Alabama
Huntsville, AL
Mobile, AL
Montgomery, AL

Alaska pilot cars
:
Anchorage, Alaska
Fairbanks, AK
Juneau, AK

Arizona pilot cars:
Flagstaff, AZ
Kingman, AZ
Phoenix, Arizona
Tempe, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Yuma, AZ

Arkansas pilot cars:
Fayetteville, AR
Hot Springs, AR
Little Rock, Arkansas
Pine Bluff, AR

California pilot cars:
Bakersfield, CA
Beverly Hills, CA
Fresno, CA
Los Angeles, California
Mendocino, CA
Malibu, CA
Oakland, CA
Palm Springs, CA
Redding, CA
Sacramento, CA
San Diego, California
San Francisco, California

Colorado Springs, CO
Denver, Colorado
Greeley, CO
Steamboat, CO
Vail, CO

Hartford Connecticut, CT
Middletown, CT
New Haven, Connecticut
Newport, CT

Washington, D.C.

Dover, DE
New Castle, DE
Wilmington, Delaware

Fort Myers, FL
Jacksonville, Florida
Miami Florida, FL
Orlando Florida, FL
Pensacola, FL
Tallahassee, FL
Tampa , FL

Americus, GA
Atlanta Georgia, GA
Columbus, GA
Macon, GA
Savannah, GA

Boise Idaho, ID
Nampa, ID
Lewiston, Idaho
Pocatello, Idaho

Chicago, Illinois
Marion, IL
Springfield, IL

Fort Wayne, IN
Gary, Indiana
Indianapolis, IN

Cedar Rapids, IA
Des Moines, Iowa
Dubuque, IA
Ottumwa, IA
Sioux City, IA

Kansas City, Kansas
Leavenworth, KS
Topeka, KS
Wichita, Kansas

Lexington, KY
Louisville, Kentucky

Billings, MT
Great Falls, Montana
Helena, MT
Missoula, MT

Lincoln, NE
Omaha, NE

Fernley, NV
Las Vegas, Nevada
Reno, NV

Manchester New, NH
Portsmouth, NH

Atlantic City, NJ
Avon, NJ
Clinton, New Jersey
Franklin Lakes, NJ
Jersey City, New Jersey
Newark Airport, NJ
Elizabeth, New Jersey

Albuquerque, NM
Clovis, NM
Las Cruces, NM
Roswell, New Mexico

Albany, NY
Buffalo, New York
Long Island, NY
New York City, NY
Quoge, NY
Rochester, NY
Southampton, NY

Charlotte, North Carolina
Fayetteville, NC
Greensboro, NC
Raleigh, NC

Bismarck, North Dakota
Fargo, ND
Grand Forks, ND
Minot, ND

Portland, Oregon
Salem, OR
Eugene, OR
Medford, OR
Bend, OR

Baton Rouge, LA
Marien, LA
New Orleans, LA
Oakdale, LA
Shreveport, LA

Bangor, ME
Mars Hill, ME
Portland, Maine

Baltimore, Maryland
Bethesda, MD
Salisbury, MD

Boston, MA
Braintree, MA
New Bedford, MA
Quincy, MA
Springfield, Massachusetts
Worcester, MA

Ann Harbor, MI
Detroit, Michigan
Grand Rapids, MI
Pontiac, MI
Saginaw, MI
Traverse City, MI

Duluth, MN
Minneapolis, Minnesota
St. Paul, MN
Rochester, MN
St. Cloud, MN

Biloxi, MS
Hattiesburg, MS
Jackson, Mississippi
Tupelo, MS

Columbia, MO
Kansas City, MO
Springfield, MO
St. Louis, Missouri

Philadelphia, PA
Bedford, PA
Pittsburgh, PA

Dallas, Texas
Austin, Texas
Houston, TX
San Antonio, TX

WideloadShipping.com carriers can most definitely benefit from using the PiloTrac system as it’s free. For more information on that topic see our earlier article.

Unfortunately, we created a “loadboard” within the PiloTrac system however pilot cars were confused by it so we decided to remove it. They expected all of the oversize trucking companies to post their loads rather than “click and call”. More on that release can be found here.

Here a look at our earlier system.

What exactly is a pilot car?

Anytime you hear the word “pilot car” (differs from Honda Pilot) it is referring to a vehicle that either leads (pilots) or follows (chases) oversize or heavy haul shipments. It is acting as a “escort” for trucking companies that are hauling shipments in excess of the legal maximum size or weight determined by the state it is being shipped within. Trucking companies that specialize in oversize and heavy haul freight typically have a very powerful tractor unit combined with a trailer that is usually flatbed oriented in order to accommodate the item being shipped. Typical items are large tanks, airplanes, passenger and cargo jets, wind energy parts, rocket parts, etc.

Drivers of pilot cars are usually certified by a state training class and have knowledge of the roads and bridges they are travelling on in order to ensure the shipment is not blocked by any bridges or utility obstructions however the state usually determines the routing. At times if the state has difficulties with the routing they may require a route survey be completed prior to authorizing the shipment to proceed with movement. In this case the pilot car company will be required to use a height pole and determine the best route for the shipment and submit it to the state for approval which allows for the oversize shipping permit to be approved so the actual transport of the item may proceed.

The pilot cars primary responsibility is to ensure the safety of motorists first and second to protect both public and private property.

Professional drivers can go long and far with healthy foods.

Part 1.

Professional drivers can go long and far, especially on a healthy diet.

Allow me to introduce myself. They call me Mr. Miles. If I may, I’d like to formerly educate you on something that has come a long way in the last 10 years but has seemed to elude the professional driving industry; the topic of driver nutrition. Now before anybody drops this, turns their keys and hits the road running, they need to understand just how important the fuel we put in our bodies truly is. Just like the truck you’re keeping between the lines, our bodies are also high-tech machines that need key ingredients for optimum performance. When we the don’t get these ingredients in the proper ratio things start breaking down.

A breakdown could be just around next the corner if steps aren’t taken to change what we consume behind the wheel. We’re gonna break this down into 3 parts for you The first one just as important as any of the other:

1. AWARENESS

Be aware of the foods that you put in your body

So while your favorite roadside diner probably hooks up a mean plate of biscuits and gravy with fried taters, you can bet 10 to 1 the ingredients they’re using aren’t anywhere near the top of the shelf as profit is the name of the game. These days pretty much everything has wheat in it from flours to breads and about anything that comes in any kind of packaging. The wheat industry is subsidized by the Federal government and every year we grow more than we need. So what do we do with it? – use it as a filler, in everything, including makeup. I bet you didn’t know that the word gluten is a Greek word that means “glue.” My guess was glutton, but the key here is I don’t know anybody that wants to go down that sticky road especially since it leads to LGS or Leaky Gut Syndrome which is known to effect your throat, joints, colon, skin, thyroid, adrenals, mouth and sinus. Kind of sounds like a truck driver. Do I have your attentions now? See for yourself:

Anyway, whether or not you consume it, wheat inflames your intestines. The ancient Greeks knew this and that is why they used “ancient grains” to make everyday breads instead of wheat. Breads made out of wheat we’re used only on special occasions once or twice a year.

So back to our own bodies, essentially what we’re doing is being jolted around the roads and highways with already inflamed intestines which isn’t good for the rest as our neurons are created in our stomachs and nobody wants leaky stomach which is gut sharp and alert. No one wants that feeling of brain drain when that meal you just ate sits like a rock in your stomach. How do drivers out on the road accomplish this goal? It’s a lot easier than it sounds.

How the stoach works and leaky guy syndrome.

Our bodies need fruits and vegetables – non GMO to boot, so our stomach can create the proper neurons that go to your brain and affect the decisions you make. The more and better neurons you have, the better decisions you make.

Always have healthy snack on hand in your rig. It’s a lot easier to munch on those goodies than pulling over. Like my uncle always said – the less time opening the cab door means more money for me. Now that doesn’t mean don’t pull over and rest. And that doesn’t mean you can’t indulge once in awhile and knock down those greasy tenderloins or take that hot beef sandwich to “pound town.” This is about getting into healthy habits. Everyone out there has their go-to staples. Limit those if you can. You’ll feel a lot better. Acid reflux and heartburn are not friends of mine, nor should they be yours.
Processed carbs and refined sugars are out my brothers and sisters. Keep these to a strict minimum. The alternatives are endless – protein bars or shakes, yogurt, cottage cheese, mixed nuts, beef jerky, veggies, fruits and probably most important – water. It’s a lifeline and keeps you chugging along. Ditch the soda and energy drinks – there full of empty calories and won’t sustain you over the long haul.

Now’s here’s the part I don’t like to discuss, but it is reality and the hard truth. Not changing to a healthy routine of eating the right things can lead to a whole host of problems. They’re not pretty. Stroke, cancer, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and sleep apnea are just some of the maladies that you’ll have to deal with if a diet isn’t modified to make your body work more smoothly. Don’t drive on the wrong side of the road. There are warning signs. The good part is a lot of problems associated with what food you put in your body can be reversed. The human body is an amazing instrument, but how you treat it and what you put in it is of the utmost importance.

Also, try to eat four or five small meals a day. There are all kinds of salads and wraps out there to fill the void in your stomach. If you like seafood, salmon is easy to store and eat as well. Pot roast with carrots and potatoes is also a champion choice on my winning Roadmaster squad. There’s only healthy all-star truckers on my roster!! We’re winners and we feel good about what we’re doing.

So the next time you hit up your grocery store, make a list. Shop with your head and your heart. Sometimes your stomach wants to pull the trigger on that Hungry-Man frozen TV dinner. JUST SAY NO!!! Keep your game plan real and stick to the outer aisles – the more you hit the center of the store, the more you will be inundated with junk food in packages.

Stay dialed in for more recipes from the Doctor Miles in the coming weeks that are fresh, ready and easy to prepare!!! I’ll also touch on items and appliances that will blow your mind on what you’ll be able to cook and prepare in your cab. We’ll also talk about ways to keep your body moving with exercise routines that take no time at all. You’ll feel better and I know I will knowing that my road hounds are gettin’ ‘er done!!!

Keep’n it real and keepin’ it wide!
Doctor Miles for
WideloadShipping.com

Read; part 2.

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