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Do You Eat and Drive?

by Courtney on March 17, 2011

Top ‘o the mornin’ to ya’ll, and…

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!

Whether you’re Irish or not, I hope you celebrate in one way or another…whether it be wearing your green or enjoying a nice cold beer later on. I am already wearing my green, and plan on taking part in the latter this evening.  Winking smile

Workout

I got St. Patty’s Day started with a great workout!

  • 20 mins HIIT (20 seconds @ 9.5mph / 40 seconds @ 4.5mph)
  • 25 mins Yoga (from 10lb Slimdown YOGA)

After getting ready for the day, it was time for some breakfast. And I figured, what better way to celebrate St. Patty’s Day with…

a Green Monster!

In the mix:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 3/4 cup frozen strawberries
  • 2/3 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 2 big handfuls of spinach
  • 2-3 ice cubes

YUMM! Smile

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Food Behind the Wheel

So yesterday, as I was driving home from work, the sun was shining bright, which meant one thing: a great opportunity to people watch!

I can’t help it, I absolutely LOVE people watching. I find it just so fascinating to see how everyday people go about their daily lives. Does that make me creepy? I promise, I’m not. Winking smile

Anyways, so as I was enjoying my people watching in their cars yesterday, I quickly began to notice just how many people were either eating or drinking behind the wheel. (Don’t worry, beverages looked to be the norm!)

I became so intrigued that I actually decided to try to count how many drivers I could find eating or drinking while driving while on my way home. Surprisingly enough, within my short 15 minute commute from work to home, I encountered 18 drivers either eating or drinking. 18!!!

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m certainly a fan of enjoying a lovely Starbucks beverage while on the road…

or even a little snack…

But I will admit…I have been known to tote some foods with me in the car that are not exactly “driver friendly.” Take, for instance, my attempt to dip a banana into peanut butter container…

Hey, don’t judge me…but don’t do it either. It’s messy. I don’t recommend it! Confused smile

So now I’m curious!

Do you eat or drink (non-alcoholic beverages!) while driving? What do you think is acceptable, and what is not?

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1 cait March 17, 2011 at 8:12 am

hmm what a great post- I usually eat a bar or something “simple” and “driver friendly” so I can at least have ONE hand on the wheel while I attempt to snack ha but there have been sometimes while I try and eat a MESSY sandwich and it either 1. ends up all over my lap or 2. I swerve everywhere trying to keep it all together. opps!

Have a great St. Pattys day dear! xo
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2 Faith @ lovelyascharged March 17, 2011 at 8:16 am

We had the same breakfast this morning, hehe! I had it from a beer mug too, just to make it that much more appropriate ;)

I used to eat in the car LOADS (when I had an hour-long commute), so I’ve had everything from yogurt to pizza to an omlette. Yeah, SAFE. not.

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3 Mo March 17, 2011 at 8:17 am

Maybe it’s just ’cause I’m a total chicken, but I only drink at red lights. I get thirsty pretty easily and my water bottle is the kind you have to tilt your head back to drink out of, so it just doesn’t seem very safe to do it while the car is moving. :P And I’m a fairly new driver, so I’ve yet to need to eat while driving haha. I do think a Clif Bar or even a banana is fine, but I’ll never understand how some people drive while eating huge hamburgers, which I have witnessed several times on the road! If a ketchup-covered pickle fell in my lap while I was driving I would not be happy. :S

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4 Alicia at AliGirl Cooks March 17, 2011 at 8:18 am

I usually eat my breakfast in the car during my long commute, but only if it is handheld. I save the oatmeal for when i get to work!
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5 Colleen @ The Lunchbox Diaries March 17, 2011 at 8:38 am

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Oh Lordy, I love people watching. I could seriously do it for hours. I don’t normally eat or drink while I’m driving because I like to sit and enjoy my food – I feel like I can’t do that when I’m driving (even though I am sitting).
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6 Jess@atasteofconfidence March 17, 2011 at 9:16 am

I am never really THAT rushed, so I never eat and drive- though I will have water or something.
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7 Tara @ The Game of Life March 17, 2011 at 9:30 am

I hate eating while driving… for one I start to swerve off the road and two you cant even enjoy it!!
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8 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine March 17, 2011 at 9:34 am

Ohh that’s a really fun little observation thing!! Totally gonna have to count next time I’m driving. I drink behind the wheel, but rarely eat. I like to concentrate on my food!!
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9 Erin @ The Grass Skirt March 17, 2011 at 9:52 am

I recently saw a woman eating pizza while driving and was a little surprised! I am not a fan of eating in the car because I don’t really get to enjoy the food when I do that. If I am on a long trip though, I’ll have a nutrition bar or some almonds. I’m always drinking in the car- non-alcoholic beverages of course. :)
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10 Jenny (Fit Girl Foodie) March 17, 2011 at 10:32 am

I usually drink water or coffee in the car, maybe snack on a bar but not a whole meal lol I usually park somewhere and eat whatever it is that I have. How funny the number of people you counted! I didn’t think it was so many
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11 Emily March 17, 2011 at 10:46 am

I am terrible. I have definitely been known to eat some messy things behind the wheel. Salad? Sure. Oatmeal? Why not. If I had a way to plug in my blender I’d probably make smoothies while en route to places.
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12 Cara March 17, 2011 at 11:00 am

I don’t eat in the car day to day but when I’m in a rush or on a road trip I always have coffee, water, and some granola bars and fruit! I tried yogurt once…. the key is to try drinking it, but I wouldn’t recommend.

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13 Alexa @ Simple Eats March 17, 2011 at 11:48 am

I love people watching, and NO that doesn’t make you creepy :) I definitely drink and drive (coffee!) and if I eat, it’s usually something like a granola bar…otherwise, I swerve!
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14 Dani March 17, 2011 at 11:49 am

I can’t lie that I have been tempted to eat in the car before while driving. The worst is when I’m hungry & just got some food to-go. When the smell starts permeating the car, it’s really hard to resist and grab a bite or two.

Your smoothie looks amazing! I think I might throw in some Superfood into my smoothie so it adds some green. :)
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15 Shayla March 17, 2011 at 12:52 pm

Haha if that makes you creepy than I’m one with ya!! I love people watching too and my hubby makes fun of me for always doing it….I just find it so intriguing too how people go about their day and the little idiosyncrasies you catch people doing.

I rarely eat my meals in the car because I really like to enjoy my food, I like to make it special and savor it :) But I will definitely drink something, like a water or coffee, or I’ll have a small snack to tide me over to my next meal or have a pre workout snack while I’m driving to the gym.

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16 Stefanie @TheNewHealthy March 17, 2011 at 1:24 pm

I love people watching too! It’s so fun! :) I do eat in the car, although I know I probably shouldn’t! I try to keep it to easy to eat foods–buttt that doesn’t always happen!

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17 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey March 17, 2011 at 1:35 pm

The only time I really eat in the car is my afternoon snack on the way home from school! Then, it’s something that’s easy to eat, such as a larabar or nuts/raisins!
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18 Sarah March 17, 2011 at 1:36 pm

I’m such a people watcher too! Sometimes I do it without noticing! Then my bf gets upset because he thinks I’m not paying attention – of course I am though! I’m a woman and I can multi-task! :)

My thoughts on eating & driving:
Eating one-hand snacks behind the wheel – ok. Eating a full on hamburger/meal behind the wheel – not ok. People should definitely pull over if they’re gonna do that!

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19 Kristi March 17, 2011 at 1:40 pm

I’m more of a drinker behind the wheel, but I eat sometimes. I usually try and keep the food simple though if I’m eating and driving.

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20 Sarah March 17, 2011 at 2:43 pm

I started my day with a lovely green monster as well, It had to be done :)

I used to eat in the car ALL THE TIME! But that was back in the day when i was counting calories and eating my meals at the same time every day. If it was “dinner time” i had my dinner wrapped up and ate it wherever i was.

Now i dont like driving and eating at all! I cant enjoy what im eating if im driving. Although snacking is another thing :) I could snack anywhere on anything haha
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21 Erica March 17, 2011 at 3:50 pm

i usually have a coffee or water that i drink in the car, but eating…not normally. i’m not coordinated enough for that. hahaha. i may steal an occasional fry or 2 if there’s fast food in the car though…
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22 Jordan March 17, 2011 at 5:15 pm

I’m totally guilty of eating in the car. Usually if I’m in a hurry on my way to work or church I’ll try to eat a yogurt or apple in the car…an apple is much easier than a yogurt :)
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23 fsugirl! March 17, 2011 at 5:29 pm

I generally don’t eat while in the car. I usually only drink water or coffee or Green Monsters. But, I chew gum…. that doesn’t count, right ? ;) Happy St.Patrick’s Day! :D Just curious, are you Irish? I’m basically 110% Irish (if that’s possible!) ;)

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24 Courtney March 17, 2011 at 7:27 pm

You betcha I am! :)

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25 Brenda March 17, 2011 at 7:17 pm

I eat my breakfast every morning on my way to work while driving! It’s always a peanut butter, banana, and chia seed sandwich.

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26 Heather T March 17, 2011 at 8:31 pm

I eat my breakfast every morning while on my way to work. It’s usually and english muffin with peanut butter but I have eaten oatmeal (in a mug, not a bowl) while driving to work.

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27 Nikki March 17, 2011 at 10:56 pm

Before my boyfriend and I moved in together and I stayed at his house, and would drive an hour home the next day, I ate oatmeal in the car. I would get hot water from a gas station for free, bring my own oats and mix it. It’s borderline messy.

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28 Kristen March 18, 2011 at 12:39 am

I do eat and drive. But I feel that when I drink and drive (not alcoholic beverages of course haha) I have more control. Eating takes more concentration I think. Probably not good to do either

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29 Jennifer March 18, 2011 at 1:33 am

I’m surprised I’m the first to bring this up, but I avoid eating in my car whenever possible because I don’t like crumbs in my car! And I hate getting in someone else’s car and seeing crumbs, ick! I have noshed on granola bars and I have sneaked fries, but even as careful as I am, I’ll still wind up finding a granola bar crumb or piece of fry salt on my seat when I get out of the car, sick.

I drink in my car all the time, usually water, coffee or tea, but I put a straw in pretty much all of my drinks, so it’s not distracting at all – my eyes don’t even have to leave the road! ;)

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