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There are so many great meals you can make on your truck with an Instant Pot. We are by no means endorsing Instant Pot, but we know that ease of use and quick meals are something all truckers could find beneficial.

Using an Instant Pot or a Crock Pot (Here's a link to one of our favorite slow cooker recipes: http://www.globaltransportinc.com/blog/post/slow-cooker-beef-stew-in-the-truck) can save you time, money, and it's a lot healthier than eating fast food or gas station food all of the time.

We compiled a list of some of our favorites, and we wanted to share with you!

http://www.number-2-pencil.com/2016/09/04/instant-pot-pressure-cooker-french-dip-sandwiches/

https://www.livinglocurto.com/baked-potato-soup-instant-pot/

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Most drivers have a slow cooker in their cabs. If you don't you may want to think about investing in one. We posted about slow cookers in this blog from a few months ago: http://www.globaltransportinc.com/blog/post/simple-cooking-simply-awesome With the cold weather upon us, we figured we'd share one of our favorite recipes for beef stew that you can cook in your slow cooker.

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Slow Cooker Beef Stew that you can make at home or in your truck!

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I hate the word "diet". Diet means a short term change in your eating behavior, and if you want to live a long and healthy life, you need to change the way you eat.
There is a ton of research that is available at our fingertips. It seems like there are millions of personal trainers with blogs and Instagram pages that will tell you "YOU HAVE TO EAT THIS, AND YOU HAVE TO EAT IT AT THIS TIME, COOKED THIS WAY!!" Frankly, most of it is bullshit.
This may look like a lot of information to some of you, especially the people who live off of fast food and truck stop diners, but it's really not.
These are a few keys things to remember if you're trying to eat healthier.

  • Stay away from processed food as often as possible. If it comes in a wrapper, it's probably not good for you.

  • If you can't pronounce most of the ingredients, put it down.

  • Protein is your friend. Whether you're trying to gain or lose weight, protein helps you feel fuller longer and gives you the energy you need to make it through the day.

  • Too much of anything is bad. Portion control is good. It's really that simple. Too many fruits can be bad for you, too many vegetables can upset your stomach, and too much meat can be harmful. An easy way to determine portion sizes is: 4 ounces is usually about the size of your palm, and that's one serving of meat. You need 2-3 servings of fruit a day, and they should each be the size of a baseball. Eat 3-5 servings of veggies a day (1/2-1 cup).

  • You need carbs to fuel your body, but a lot of fruit and vegetables already have carbs in them. Google it if you want to know. Use a MyFitnessPal or another app to log your intake; whatever you need to do to measure and manage your intake for awhile.

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    Global Transport Inc. is always looking for ways to inspire our drivers and our office team to lead a healthier lifestyle.

There are so many benefits to spending time outdoors, especially if you live someplace like Cleveland (where our headquarters office is located).
When you live somewhere with longer winters, you generally spend more time indoors. This means that it's really important to get outside when weather permits. People who live in colder climates and spend more time indoors are more likely to have a vitamin D deficiency. Having a vitamin D deficiency can lead to:

  • difficulty thinking clearly

  • bone pain

  • frequent bone fractures

  • muscle weakness

  • soft bones that may result in deformities

  • unexplained fatigue

Spending more time outdoors (while wearing sunscreen) is a natural and free way to ensure that you're getting vitamin D. Getting enough of this hormone (that’s right hormone, not a vitamin) is essential to maintaining a healthy immune system. Those who don’t get enough Vitamin D are more likely to suffer from osteoporosis, cancer, and Alzheimer’s on top of all of the above mentioned side effects of a vitamin D deficiency.
Being outdoors and getting fresh air also improves your sleep and is obviously healthier for you than sitting inside (an office, a house, or a truck cab). According to the California Air Resources Board “indoor air-pollutants are 25-62% greater than outside levels and this difference poses a serious risk to health.” (source). Such health risks include heart disease, lung cancer, chronic bronchitis, and asthmatic attacks.
Sitting too much results in impaired fat burning capacity, decreased bone density, increased blood pressure, and a shortened life span. Exercise can help prevent or improve heart disease, strokes, type II diabetes, obesity, back pain, osteoporosis, and a host of psychological disorders. Exercising outdoors has benefits over the gym: people who run outside exert more energy than those on treadmills (and same for cyclists), people enjoy it more, and consequently, will do it for longer periods. Being outdoors and moving; even if it's just walking, can vastly improve your health.

Spending time in nature has been linked to improved attention spans (short and long term), boosts in serotonin (the feel good neurotransmitter) and shows increased activity in the parts of the brain responsible for empathy, emotional stability, and love (whereas urban environments do the same for fear and anxiety). Being outdoors is good for the brain!

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Global Transport, Inc. is a company that truly believes in the importance of your quality of life.

Something that most people don’t think about is protecting their skin while driving. The harsh reality is that truckers or anyone who spends a lot of time on the road is more likely to get skin cancer on their left side. “Nearly 53 percent of skin cancers in the US occur on the left, or drivers’, side of the body, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology”. In one particular kind of skin cancer, the distribution pattern was even more lopsided: 74 percent of all melanomas in situ (early, non-invasive melanomas that have not spread from their original tumor sites) were on the left. Invasive melanomas are the deadliest skin cancers, killing an estimated 8,650 people in the US ...

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At Global Transport, Inc., we're huge advocates of living a healthy life. Our safety director doubles as a driver a couple days a week and maps out his days by including a run during his break or finding out where the nearest Planet Fitness is ($11 a month gets you a national membership AND you can shower for free there) and figuring out where he can park his truck; he plans this all before he starts driving. Every hour on the hour, our billing department gets up and moves for 5 minutes. Usually it's a combination of planking for a minute and 30 seconds, wall squats, leg lifts, yoga stretches, and twisting on their Simply Fit Boards. I personally have to do physical therapy exercises for a shoulder injury (not work related), so when our ...

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The owner of Global Transport, Alex Zaytsev, is a big believer in going green in every sense of the term. From our trucks to our yard, he encourages everyone to waste as little as possible and grow as much as possible. Our headquarters office is surrounded by fruit trees. We have apricots, peaches, limes, and several other fruit varieties. We're growing fruits and vegetables as well as several types of flowers. We're able to walk over bags of fruit to our neighbors in the community and share the abundance of goods with our employees. We compost and recycle. Why? Because it's the right thing to do. Everyone can make an impact. Your impact is not measured by how big of an impression you make, but how much effort you put forth. As a company...

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I'll always remember my first two weeks at the gym. I finally decided to sign up for a membership, which took me a few months to work up the courage to do. It took me another week to even get to the gym. Then I spent two weeks on a treadmill for 30 minutes followed by doing crunches in the "ab" room. I was uncomfortable, I didn't know how to use any of the machines, and there was NO WAY I was going into the weight room with a bunch of men and women who looked like they could lift me over their heads (and I certainly didn't know the term I was looking for to describe that was overhead press). Finally, I said to myself "This is dumb. I spent a lot of money to get on the right track. No one here is going to judge me, and even if they do, at...

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Mental health is just as important as physical health. If you can't tell by our previous blog posts, we're big advocates of healthy living. The easiest thing to neglect is not your physical health, but your mental health. And to be a well rounded healthy person, you need to find a way to increase your mental, emotional, and physical health.

  • Being active for 20-30 minutes a day is actually a great way to keep your mind healthy as well as your body. When you increase your heart pressure, your body releases Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor, or BDNF. Your body will also release endorphins, which make you feel great.
  • Stimulating your brain. Find something that you're curious about and spend time in focused thought.
  • Finding a creative outlet. Being creative is great for your brain. When you find a creative outlet, you're constantly challenging yourself to think in innovative and unique ways. We have a driver who's into airbrushing artwork. There are literally thousands of ways to harness your creative side, and any of them are a good way to get your brain going.
  • The most important part of mental health is staying connected and doing good deeds. This can be challenging for drivers, especially drivers who are only home occasionally, but it's a vital ingredient to a quality state of mind. There are always shelters in need of a helping hand or organizations that could use extra help. Another great way to feel like you're giving back to your community and doing some good is by becoming a part of Truckers Against Trafficking. We are not endorsed by them, but we feel very strongly in their fight to end human trafficking. You'd be amazed how much you can help just by being alert and aware of your surroundings.
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