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format can be used to help you manage how you eat. It helps you see how much space each food should take on a
A plate format is so
simple that you can start using it right away. It lets you see how much space each food should take up on your plate.
Use a plate that measures 9 inches across. Draw an imaginary line through the center of your plate, and then divide one of the halves into quarters. You can use your hand to judge portion sizes. Follow these guidelines for lunch and dinner:
For breakfast, the concept is similar. One-fourth of the plate is a bread, starch, or grain. One-fourth of the plate is protein. The breakfast plate also includes a cup (8 ounces) of low-fat or fat-free milk and one small piece of fruit.
A plate format is easy to learn. It also can be used along with other methods, such as carbohydrate counting for
people who have diabetes.
January 25, 2013
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
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