Healthy Eating – Portion Control

Healthy Eating – Portion Control

August 2, 2019 0 By William Morgan


Hi I’m Candy Cumming a Registered Dietician
with Sharp Healthcare and today we’re going
to talk about portion control. Because it’s
really hard to figure out how to set up a
plate. I like to use my hands and a clock.
Well, we want about 2 cups of vegetables on
our plate, so that would be one fist for one
cup, and the second fist for the second cup.
When we put the starchy thing on there you
know, your rice, your potato, your corn, you
just need one fistful or one cup of food.
And then when it comes to the protein part,
you know, the meat, the chicken, or fish,
you’re looking at about four fingers. Because
each finger roughly is about the size of an
ounce of meat. So you can think of your four
fingers, or the palm of your hand is about
the same size. Or if you want to, you can
think of the deck of cards as the appropriate
size of meat, chicken, or fish on your plate.
So I mentioned earlier that I always use a
clock too. Because I like to set up my plate
thinking of it as a clock face. Here from
12:00 to 3:00 you got your four fingers of
meat, chicken, or fish, whatever you prefer.
From 3:00 to 6:00, you got that one fistful
or one cup of starchy food, and then from
12:00 to 6:00 on the other side you have your
two cups of vegetables. So what does this
look like? Well we actually set up a plate.
Here it is. There’s your clock face, all
dressed up with food. So you have this beautiful,
two cups of vegetables here. Your four fingers
or your deck of cards worth of meat, chicken,
or fish and down here, your one cup of starchy
food. When you get all of that on a plate,
you have only about 400 calories. It’s really
nutritious and really filling. Be mindful
though, if you added a lot of extra butter
or sour cream, or fried all that food, you
could double or triple the calories on that
plate, and kind of blow the whole thing with
portion control. So remember, the clock face
and your hands, and you can set up a really
healthy plate. And now you just learned some
really basics on portion control.