Nuts For Truckers...Nuts, even Peanuts are Good For Truckers and Diabetics, Because the G.I. and the G.L. is Low... and What's a Glycemic Index and Glycemic Load, and What are They Good For?
Nuts are good for You because they have lots of nutrients like biotin and good fats and protein, and because they have a low (GI) glycemic index, AND even more important a low GL (glycemic load).
What is a Glycemic Index (GI) and what does it mean you may ask. The glycemic index, is a system to measure how quickly or how slowly a food causes your bodies blood glucose level to rise. Pure glucose (sugar) scores 100 on the GI. It's pure sugar and of course, makes your blood sugar raise up the fastest. On the other end of the spectrum you have stuff like chickpeas (hummus) which only score a six on the G.I. because they cause your blood sugar level to raise very slowly. If You're an endurance athlete then you may want foods with a high GI, because your body has to supply energy to your muscles. If you're trying to lose weight, are diabetic, or someone that doesn't get much exercise like most of us truckers, then you may want to stay away from foods with a high GI.
There's more to staying healthy than just eating foods with a low glycemic index though. According to a Harvard Health Publications article, there are foods that have a very high GI Like Watermelon, which score an eighty, or the lowly peanut, which scores a 50; yet, don't cause your blood glucose level to rise much at all. This is because they posses very little carbohydrate per serving.
In order to make good food choices, You need to know how quick the glucose enters the bloodstream, and how MUCH glucose (carbohydrate) it has in total per serving. These two factors together, are called the glycemic load. You find the glycemic load "by multiplying the grams of a carbohydrate per serving, by the glycemic index, (GI) then dividing by 100. A GL of ten or below, is considered low. Twenty or above, is considered high."
That Lowly peanut that scored a sky high fifty on the GI, on the GL only scores a one and a cashew only scores a three! So, by all means driver. Instead of chowing down on something like say... raisins, which have a GL of 28. Keep your blood sugar low, and buy a can of mixed nuts, and wash it down with some whole milk, which has a GL of four, or tomato juice with a GL of three, and make it a great healthy, low blood sugar day driver
Here's a link to an awesome article which explains all this much better than I do and which also has a chart that shows the glycemic index AND the glycemic load for 100 different foods. http://www.health.harvard.edu/diseases-and-conditions/glycemic_index_and_glycemic_load_for_100_foods
Helps me get rid of the wintertime blues. Sunshine in a bottle. It's cheap, can be bought almost anywhere, and is good for the body and mind. Your body doesn't produce this stuff, so If I can only have one store bought vitamin in my life (especially in the wintertime) then this is the one.
Looking To Make a Change Driver? How about a Beginner's all the way up to College Level computer Coding course for Free?
So, why not take half an hour at lunch or when you wake up in the morning driver and learn coding. I found a website (the Khan Academy) that was setup by one of the smartest people in the world to help other people learn valuable math and science related stuff for free. I was amazed, and made it through my first hour of learning some Java Script, without throwing my laptop.
Warning it's not easy, (no talking for ten days). But it can give you some valuable tools to use for life. http://www.dhamma.org.
One of the perks of driving long haul is being able to spend your down time in places that you'd never see, or normally would have to go on vacation and spend money to see. I got to spend an extra day in Lethbridge AB Canada. Glad I invested in a Nikon camera a number of years back. You certainly don't need an expensive camera to take excellent photo's.
The plains of Alberta are amazing in the fall. Blue sky and moisture laden clouds taking turns. I felt fortunate I didn't get rained on during my hike.
Just for fun I shot this of some high prairie clover. I was pleasantly surprised to be able to get this close up photo with my 55-200 telephoto lens.
For the Emergency Responders that put your lives on the line for us every day
I had a chance to drive for a week with a driver that had retired Army, and he would play this song to keep on truckin'. So I posted it for Sam. It's quite catchy. I'm not affiliated with the Army in any way. This advertisement is the only example of the song I could find online.
One of the hardiest plants growing in the arid environment of the tropics is called the Moringa Tree, aka The Drumstick Tree. Originally from the foothills of the Himalayas. The Moringa can now be found all kinds of places even here in the USA. Except you have to use a greenhouse; so here, it's a seasonal crop. It turns out that this plant when it is dried has more nutrients, amino acids, and vitamins than just about anything growing. Like 4 times the vitamin C of an orange by weight, 8 times the potassium in a Banana, and 18 times the iron that's found in spinach. It is, according to many the ultimate super food. It's even being planted in drought stricken areas because it grows so well and is so nutritious for both children and adults. I bought this powder from a market in Spokane for $60 dollars for a pound but you can find it a LOT cheaper online. Here's a good source. The farmer says this stuff is so potent that you might not want to take it close to bed time because it will keep you awake. I take it as a delicious meal replacement when I'm in a hurry in the morning, it has a faint green and nutty taste. Here's a link to a website that tells all about this amazing plant.
Eggplant and Cauliflower Drizzled in Olive Oil Tapenade made with 1/4 cup Oil, minced fresh parsley, basil, garlic powder, celery salt, pepper to taste. Also love Uncle Dans salad dressing...Instead of plain mayo.
Moving forward. I bought a clothing rack today at walmart to hang Tie Dye on...
It's been over a year since I took this photo of an Omburger (Outstanding Mushroom Burger) that an old friend Mark Nelson and I whipped up after a night of commiserating at Dennys. I thought by now after a year driving big truck that I'd have enough money saved up to start Omburger Restaurant.
I still have the food truck and the hot dog cart sitting in the backyard.
A lot has happened in the last year I've gotten a business license and a food handlers permit However things keep changing while moving forward (slowly). The vision I have always had for Omburger involving healthy tasty food I wanted Omburger to be fun. I had a vision of wearing and selling tie dye while serving healthy (vegetarian) food.
I've never bragged about Petro's Food before now, that I can remember. But, If you're traveling through Wells Nevada. You might want to stop at the Petro Travel Center and fill more than your fuel tank...
I was blown away by the salad bar and the authentic Posole...Well mostly authentic because the waitress said the chef had used pork instead of tripe. It worked out well though. He used all the same spices as the traditional Posole and it was delicious. The Louisiana White Fish was lightly breaded, flavorful, and tender. A low carb meal fit for a king.
Only 14.94 for Louisiana White Fish, coffee, soup and salad... I kept it low carb and subbed cottage cheese for the starch.
Make sure to cook your Morels first or they can make you sick...
All you need is some eggs, milk (I use heavy cream) morels, butter, capers, salt and pepper, Chili Peppers and hot sauce. For some reason I think it tastes best when cooked in a cast iron skillet.
Pretty cool video that talks about how the chemical that makes Curry yellow also makes cancer cells become mortal and die just like regular cells. I love Indian food so this is good news indeed.
This plate of Paleo goodness was created by my better half Terrie.
For some reason over the last several years. My life shattering cosmic truths have been delivered by beautiful women. I first noticed this phenomena in San Pedro when a beautiful Belizean lady told me about growing up on a tropical farm with no electricity. From her wisdom came the breakthrough I needed to come up with my Trucker Diet and lose over 50 pounds 354 to 297 in less than nine months. Life happened, and not long after reaching my objective and getting below three hundred pounds. I decided to celebrate my victory by starting a new career as a writer slash, (I know it sounds like a cliche)… taxi driver. I found sticking with My Trucker Diet hard to do while working graveyard. I did manage to follow it close enough that I didn’t regain more than ten pounds of the weight I’d lost. After a couple years driving taxi I purchased a very expensive food truck which to this day has become a very expensive lawn ornament. It was the same day I bought my food truck and ran out of money that I got a phone call offering me a job hauling cars again.
I jumped like a cat pushed into a bathtub back into the far more lucrative world of long haul trucking. I told myself this was only short term to build up a nest egg. I also told myself this was going to be my chance to continue where I’d left off using my Trucker Diet to lose another 50 pounds. It didn’t work out that way though. I couldn’t get below three hundred to save my life. I’d hit a plateau and was stuck. I considered just starving to achieve my goal. But that would be cheating and I hate being hungry. Besides, I’d already bragged about my Hunger Free Diet and now it wasn’t working!? But I know my Trucker Diet works, I wheedled to myself I’ve lost over fifty pounds using it AND was hunger free doing it. Why wasn’t it working as good the second time? I’d been puzzling about this dilemma for a year and had almost given up on finding a breakthrough when my information showed up… At two a.m. on a Tuesday at Boise Auto Auction, Hand delivered by… Yep, you guessed it a beautiful woman.
Actually, it was Bonny (and yep, sorry guys, she’s married) and while quite striking as a human being, she’s earned my respect, because she happens to be a heck of a good car hauler. But I digress… We started talking, I told her about being stuck at a plateau. Turns out she had been dealing with some weight gain also. We commiserated about the hazards of trucking and getting older and trying to stay healthy on the road. “You look great! What have you been doing to stay so fit?” Says I.
“I’ve stopped eating potatoes and grain based food.” She said as she gave her tie down bar a hefty pull, that made the frame of her truck groan in protest.
“You’re on the Atkins Diet?” remembering the diet that my mom had been on in the 80’s that allowed you to eat anything you wanted except carbs.
“No, it's a Paleo Diet program.”
“Oh, you mean like a caveman diet.” I’d heard of Paleo, but had never checked it out, couldn’t get past the vague idea my brain had come up with of hairy un-groomed people running around picking berries, and throwing rocks at rabbits. Then eating them raw. She set me straight…Turns out most Paleos cook their food. Then she handed me a bit of “Paleo” zucchini bread that tasted pretty good and the run down. Paleo Diet, in a nut shell according to Bonny, “no potatoes, no grains, no beans, no processed foods.” She also gave me the name of some books and some websites where I could learn more. I promptly forgot the names of the books and websites but one thing she said had stuck…”No potatoes, beans, or grain based food.” The next morning at the Cottage Cafe in Cle Elum Washington I had an omelet with chili and sour cream, “no hash browns please.” I ordered cottage cheese and fruit instead. Wait a minute you might ask. I thought she said “No beans.” Yep, it’s true, from what I’ve read beans aren’t Paleo. But I’ve found chili to be a staple of most restaurant menu’s and in my opinion it’s a low carb way to add some variety to an omelet or as a side dish.
Dinner on my return trip from Spokane, once again the Cottage Cafe. This time I ordered their awesome chopped steak dinner which comes loaded with fried onions and veggies, including squash and raisins. I also had a salad and substituted cottage cheese for the baked potato. I even remembered to ask my waitress to leave the croutons OFF my garden salad with ranch dressing and chose to ignore the garlic toast which was tough to do because I love garlic anything.
Chopped Steak Dinner (below) is one of my Paleo favorites from the Cottage Cafe in Cle Elum.
I’ve noticed since I decided to eliminate most carbs from my diet that my vision seems to be a lot clearer. I’m thinking my fuzzy vision after eating had a lot to do with the carbs I used to load up on. So I’ve integrated this mostly paleo diet program with My Trucker Diet to form a two pronged attack. And boy does it work.
Breakfast: french press coffee, fresh fruit and heavy cream sweetened with stevia.
Anyway, I’m feeling better, and have reached new lows in weight and highs in health since I've added Paleo to my arsenal. Here's a link to a blog post about how my medical blood work has improved since using my New Trucker Diet/Paleo Diet program together.
In fact it works so well that I've put everything I've learned (including several recipes) into a book. You can check out this Paleo Diet Program for Truckers at Amazon for less than the cost of a burger and support this website too!!!
Keep in mind foods like the sausages in this picture are not considered Paleo, however the bacon, as well as grapes and strawberries, are. I don’t mind eating them over the road (hot dogs) though, because they’re so darned convenient, low carb (and tasty)…Just remember not to dose them up with Ketchup which has lots of processed sugar.
Now available on Kindle. The Hunger Free Trucker Diet.
Reality is, that running and maintaining this site costs money. Health Trucker was and is a labor of love. However, it's time for this little website to start paying it's own way. The Healthy Trucker Diet is now available for purchase at Amazon on Kindle. The Trucker Blog will continue to be open to all.
Much gratitude to all our readers.
Found a good book about one mans search of different world spiritual/religious practices to improve and quiet the mind.
It's by John Coleman, a CIA agent after the Korean War, whose hobby was researching the religious practices of countries he was working in. When his cover is blown, he retires and start looking in earnest for the best way to quiet the mind. His travels take him all over the world, including (but not limited to) places like Burma, India, and Thailand. I found it a good read. I've included a link to the website that practices the type of meditation that he decides he likes best, and to which he even becomes a teacher. The title of the book is The Quiet Mind and you can upload it for free, although you might choose to pay for it, to support a good cause. Enjoy.
Only have a couple hours to spare and need something awesome and Paleo for dinner?
Enter my Lodge Dutch Oven.
*Secret Ingredient. Half a cup or so of (rather sweet but nice) Red Wine.
Infra Red Heat Lamp Not Just for Keeping your Baby Chickens warm. It also may be Good for Circulation and Even Help with Joint Aches and Pains.
If you've got one of those 250 watt red heat lamps like I do. You might want to try a little light therapy. Some of the benefits of Infrared light according to Dr. Lawrence Wilson M.D. include.
"Improved circulation. Deep penetration, up to several inches inside the body. Improved oxygenation and even hydration of the tissues. Infrared effects, which may include faster tissue healing and others. The energy of the lamp is often very relaxing for muscles and for the nervous system."
Here's a link to Dr. Wilson's Website.
You can get an infra red heat lamp at most hardware stores for around 20 dollars.
So I decided to make some cabbage soup. There's a ton of recipes on line. But none quite like mine.
I fried everything in coconut oil until it was mostly carmelized (except the carrots which are tough mamma jamma's so were only scorched, nor the cauliflower which I added last to cook.
Been trucking since 96. My main interest is having a good healthy life.