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The Importance of Nutrients


Healthy eating requires us to eat a number of nutrients every day. In fact, there are 40 different nutrients we need in order to keep our bodies healthy. That’s a lot of nutrient we need to know about! Luckily, we can break down all of these nutrients into smaller categories in order to keep them organized in our minds and make sure we get all of the food products we need.

First and foremost, everyone needs water in order to live a healthy life. Without water, we naturally become dehydrated and will eventually die. On the average, one can only survive without water for about seven to ten days. We lose water through perspiration and through daily bodily functions, so water must be replenished. Drinking about eight glasses a day is recommended. Of course, water is found in food products as well as in drinks, so we can get these eight glasses by consuming such things as cantaloupes and watermelons.

Of course, we need much more than water every day to survive. Another group of nutrients we cannot live without are proteins. Proteins are found in foods such as meat, eggs, and soy products. They provide the amino acids needed to build muscle tissue as well as help to make some of the hormones in our bodies. Red blood cells and hair are also made from protein.

Along with proteins, a body also needs adequate amounts of fats and carbohydrates in order for us to have enough energy during the day. Fats are primarily used for energy during intense activity, like exercising, while carbohydrates are primarily used for energy during fewer intense activities, such as sitting as in the case of truck drivers. Both the fats and the carbohydrates that we eat in a day can be stored for later use as fat, so it is important to eat enough for energy. However, it is also just as important to regulate our intake in order to stay slim and healthy. In the event that we are not eating enough fats and carbohydrates, our bodies can also provide itself with fuel from proteins.

Vitamins and minerals are also important nutrients for our daily lives. We get these from fruits, vegetables, milk, and most natural sources of food. Some of our foods, such as bread products, can even be enriched so that we get more vitamins and minerals in our bodies. There are dozens of nutrients that we need to consume regularly, such as iron, thiamine, vitamin C, and vitamin D. If we are eating a healthy diet, we can most likely get enough vitamins and minerals from our food intake, but we can also take vitamin supplements to make sure that we are getting the right amounts we need to maintain body function. Supplements may also be available to help with other nutrients as well, so if you are worried, talk to your doctor about how you can be certain you are eating a healthy amount of nutrients.

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Do Truckers Have the Right to Strike?


Truth About Trucking “LIVE” talk radio show – Tuesday, August 19th, 2008 at 6:00 P.M. EST

Please join us as we discuss the aspects of a major, nationwide truckers strike in the United States.  My special guest will be Wayne Weisser of Las Vegas, Nevada….as we open up the phone lines to discuss this important topic.  Also available will be our instant messenger service where you can “blast” me a question or comment.  Unless Tropical Storm Fay knocks us out….we will be “LIVE” on the air…..come and be a part of the show!



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Is Trucking Right For You?


Are you considering a career in trucking? How do you know if it’s the right choice for you? Join Allen on Sunday, August 17th at 6:00 PM EST on Truth About Trucking “LIVE” talk radio, as he shares his thoughts on how to determine if trucking is the right career for you!

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“Ask the Doctor” Radio Show Postponed….


Due to a family emergency, the “Ask The Doctor” radio show featuring Dr. Joseph P. Nesheiwat has been postponed and will be rescheduled for a later date.

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Women In Trucking

Ellen Voie to appear as guest on Truth About Trucking “LIVE” talk radio – August 26th, 2008 at 3:00 P.M. EST.Ellen Voie is the President/CEO of the Women in Trucking Association – Their mission statement says it all : “Women In Trucking was established to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their accomplishments and minimize obstacles faced by women in trucking”.

Ellen serves on the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Motor Carrier Association and was involved in adapting the Wisconsin Driver’s Manual. She is the recipient of the Skinner Humanitarian award, which is presented annually to a trucking advocate in her state. She helped found and organize the Trucker’s Pride Day in Waupaca, Wisconsin and convinced Governor Tommy Thompson to proclaim the event as a statewide “Trucker Appreciation Day.”

Ellen has written extensively about trucking and family issues, and her articles have appeared in print and internet magazines. She is also a published author – ‘Marriage in the Long Run’ – a collection of some of her most popular columns. She holds a Master’s Degree in Communication from the University of Wisconsin.

Join Allen as he welcomes Ellen Voie to the show to learn more about this great organization, and the roles and accomplishments by women in trucking!

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Earn More Money with Your CDL


Are you considering getting your CDL? Worried about passing the CDL exams? This is an excellent program that will guarantee you’ll pass the CDL exam the first time! Want to know how to make more money with your CDL? The answer is simple…..the more endorsements you have…..the more money you can make! That’s it! Each endorsement is like an extra pay bonus…..HazMat, Tanker, Doubles, Triples, Passenger……even if you never use them, just having these endorsements will open up a ton of extra employment opportunities for you, giving you more chances at a successful career in trucking than just…..”over the road.”

Not only will this program guarantee you’ll pass the standard CDL exam the first time…..but you’ll pass any and all endorsement exams you choose to take…..and it’s GUARANTEED!

Don’t stress over the CDL exam and all of its endorsement tests……check out this program and you’ll ace ALL of the tests! You have my word on it!

Here’s the program!

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Trucking Blogs and Forums


A great means of information is provided for those interested in trucking through the use of trucking blogs and forums.  Have a question about a certain motor carrier?  Check out the forums?  Wondering about a truck driving school?  Post a question on a trucking forum.  Have a great story to tell or enjoy reading about other drivers’ adventures?  Log in to one of the trucking blogs.

Here is a list of some of the favorite blogs and forums that AskTheTrucker enjoys on a regular basis:

What better name for a trucking blog than, well……..truckingblog!

Like adventures and great stories?  Then check out Adventures in Trucking.

Considering a career in trucking?  Learn more about it at Life on the Road.

Want to know what other drivers are saying about a company?  Look at the Trucking Boards.

What better way to communicate than by Trucker to Trucker?

Does the open road appeal to you as a possible career?  Then look down the Road to Trucking.

Great blogs…..great forums……be sure to check them out!

Allen Smith




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Driver License and Department of Motor Vehicles State Listing


Rules and regulations concerning the issue of a driver license and specifically a commercial drivers license, (CDL), varies from state to state. Although these variants are not too great, it is always best to check with the State’s Department of Motor Vehicles to understand the guidelines and requirements for obtaining a driver license for a particular state.

Listed below are the 50 states, plus the District of Columbia with links to each State’s DMV website in order to make your search more simplified.

















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Trucking Talk Radio Show Debuts


We were pleased to have launched our first broadcast of the Truth About Trucking “LIVE” talk radio show earlier today, entitled “HazMat Operations.”  If you happened to miss it, you can hear it now by following the link below:

Be sure to catch our next live show, Saturday, August 16th at 4:00 PM EST, when you can “Ask The Doctor.”  Thanks for listening…………

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Woman in Trucking- They’re not Just Driving


Woman have come a long way in trucking. Meet Laura Hunt, an employee for UPS who has been honored with the very prestigious Top Gun Award at DTS( Driver Training School).

Read More about Laura and her story. We’d like to hear more from our Lady Truckers also. Woman in Trucking are very committed and take their career quite ernestly. We’d like to say, “Thank You” to all.

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