I managed to last six days at home eating nothing but potatoes. I lost fifteen pounds. I think one of the best things about Penn's Potato Diet is that it takes You away from salt. You would be amazed how good simple foods like a salad with only a little tabasco for dressing tastes after days of eating only unsalted potatoes. Of course, I don't think eating nothing but potatoes for two weeks is very practical for an over the road truck driver to lose weight. For over the road weight loss My Trucker Diet worked great and you're seldom hungry and I never felt like I was torturing myself doing it.
"In fact, exercise helps nutrients diffuse into cartilage in the knee and keep it strong and healthy." Here's the link.
Miso has umami sometimes called the fifth flavor...It tastes GOOD, think chicken soup without the chicken, and it's fermented which means it has probiotics. In order to keep the vitamins and probiotics viable don't boil it. I heat up 16 ozs of water in the microwave and add two tablespoons and mix up. Or go into the truck stop fill your thermos with hot water and add the Miso and shake up for a good tasty broth while on the road. The down side is Miso has to be refrigerated and has quite a bit of salt. Also make sure the bag says "Non-GMO" or Organic. The bag in the photo below doesn't say Non-GMO so Next time I'll be more careful. If You are interested in learning more about the health benefits of Miso here's a link to an article written by a doctor.
Since Green Jackfruit is packed in brine the first thing I did was rinse it well. Then Boil until tender. It took 45 minutes.
Chopped up an entire bunch of Garlic and a quarter yellow onion (not shown)
Five minutes before Jackfruit is finished boiling I add the onions and Garlic to hot pan to caramelize a bit. Dump the caramelized onion and garlic into a bowl and take the now soft Jackfruit, rinse and use a wooden spatula to mash it in the wok. It really does look a lot like tuna (or chicken) when mashed. One Dill Pickle and two to three giant tablespoons of Mayo...I then chopped up half a cucumber from the garden for crunch because I didn't have any celery.
I added salt and pepper to taste...Jack Fruit lives up to it's name and has the texture of cooked Tuna or maybe a bit more like Chicken, and is very neutral in flavor...So it's up to You and what You choose to add that's going to give it the flavor. Wish I would have had that celery or green peppers to add for a little more crunch. However Jack Fruit really does live up to its reputation as Jack fruit of all meats, the perfect meat free meat dish.
I won't show You the photo of me eating it on a cracker because it's supposed to be Paleo AND Vegetarian. But it makes a great dip or can be eaten straight from the bowl....Here's a song about Tuna Fish...Enjoy!
Found a cassette tape I'd made years ago from when I used to play on the streets. Sorry about the audio maybe when I get time and money I'll be able to make a better one.
Cream of Tartar AKA Potassium Bitartrate is loaded with potassium which is something that smoking can cause you to be deficient in, and Cream of Tartar is also a purgative and makes You poop (so go easy on it). It also is said to make cigarettes taste bad. When You mix Cream of Tartar with fresh squeezed orange juice the added Vitamin C with the added potassium become a catalyst and work together to cleans your body of nicotine.
When You decide to quit smoking take a teaspoon of cream of tartar mix it into some orange juice and guzzle it before bed.
This will help your body repair itself and get rid of the nicotine. It takes 2 to 3 days for a typical human to be clear of the nicotine. That's why you may feel on edge. So, you may want to have your family duct tape you to a chair the first few days your quitting cigarettes. But after that you're home free. Here's Directions.
One thing I know is that truck drivers have a lot of time to think and many of us have worn a lot of hats. This is the perfect recipe for being a writer. Driver Have You got a story banging around your head waiting to be told? why not put it down in writing. I did and I'm letting You critique my work here. Read the first section of my book "A Work of Fiction" then send me an Email and a paragraph or two with what You think about this "Work of Fiction" and if You choose, I'll send You the password so You can read the entire enchilada for free.
Great for those times when I'm out with the family and everyone else wants the food one star, and I like mine five! I also find this transforms my 89 cent bowl of canned chili to a flaming gourmet quality dish with a heat that lingers. And this Ghost Pepper Powder has a nice smoky flavor too. Keep this away from children.
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
Been trucking since 96. My main interest is having a good healthy life.