Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Portion Distortion

By Lisa VanWilliams

Restaurants supersize our plates and sometimes it can happen at home too. Try to remember some basic control tips so your one serving doesn't turn into a Godzilla size portion.  The Mayo Clinic makes the following recommendations to control your portion sizes.

  • A serving of fish (3 ounces) is the size of a deck of cards
  • A serving of pasta or dry cereal (1/2 cup) is the size of a hockey puck
  • A serving of fresh fruit (1/2 cup) is the size of a tennis ball
  • A serving of butter (1 teaspoon) is the size of one die

    Dr. Lisa Young is a nationally recognized nutritionist and author of the Portion Teller Plan, and she recently did an article for the Huffington Post where she gives these 5 tricks to not things get out of control:
    1. Choose the smallest size available
    2. Steer clear of bulk sizes, at least when it comes to food.  (Don't get the 50 count of Famous Amos and muffins at Costco)
    3. Mind your plate size
    4. Eat with your stomach, not your eyes
    5. Fill up on fruits and veggies



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