Get Out Your Measuring Utensils

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2011-05-17 13:07:32 -0500
Started 2011-05-05 08:02:13 -0500

One cup…more or less. Is that how you fill your plate? One deck of cards or two in portion sizes? Whose fist do I use for a visual on portions? Mine or my husbands?

There are all kinds of ways to gauge your food portions, but how many of us really stick to it? When I am measuring my portions with actual measuring cups and spoons it helps me so much. My levels do better when I am being honest in my measuring and counts. When I get comfortable with eyeballing my food, I will find I need to dig out my cups again and get rid of the excess.

What do you do to keep your portions on track for good control?

30 replies

Lloyd M
Lloyd M 2011-05-15 12:16:33 -0500 Report

I use a food scale extensively. It is simple, and does not dirty any extra dishes. With experience, you can use it for liquids as well. I measure in grams, it is very accurate.

GabbyPA 2011-05-17 13:07:32 -0500 Report

I just saw your other post in the "How do I count carbs" discussion and that was great. Thanks

MewElla 2011-05-07 09:04:49 -0500 Report

Portion control can make it or break for me. It's not fun, but a necessity…thanks for the reminder.

Pynetree 2011-05-07 08:59:26 -0500 Report

…very timely reminder for me! I've been having higher than normal, morning BG readings…have to get back to measuring and tighter control of portion sizes!

Cookie Roma
Cookie Roma 2011-05-07 03:05:01 -0500 Report

Even before I was diagnosed I used the salad plate that comes with my dishes. Its like a very shallow bowl. While I do measure I also make sure to not eat more than can go on this dish.

MystieDawn 2011-05-06 15:55:10 -0500 Report

I'm just getting back into the habit of watching my portion sizes and carb intake- the carb intake is where i get stuck- i lose track so very easily and sometimes i find that some items ive consumed have more carbs or sugars in it than i thought- which throws me off..tracking portions for me~ i use palm not fist, and if i have to eyeball it- half of what i think it should be..that way it wont go wacko…lol :)

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-05-05 11:14:32 -0500 Report

Depends on how hungry you are on whose fist you use! I prefer the deck of cards for "Hand and Foot" because it is 6 decks of regular cards. It is a tough balance between portion size, carb count and fiber count. This AM I had a Kashi cereal. It has 10g of fiber, 45 carbs per serving. Seriously, a 3/4 cup serving of cereal hardly puts a dent in me. I double it and add milk and I am up to my 5 carbs that I allow for a meal. I use to eat 2 bowls or 4 servings. Now I am still hungry when I leave the table, most of the time. I am working on it, but it is tough, especially because my sugar is so wacko.

jayabee52 2011-05-05 11:07:54 -0500 Report

I use a divided plate. It's a size between a salad plate and a dinner plate. and it is divided in 3 compartments and has a lip which raises about 1.5". It kinda looks like something you'd feed a toddler with. (If i had a sippee cup to go with it, I'd be stylin! LoL!) And it has a lid which snaps on the top. I got it free about 4 years ago at a diabetes fair put on by ADEMS here in Las Vegas.

GabbyPA 2011-05-06 10:37:40 -0500 Report

I used to have one of those and I used to pack my lunches in it for work. It has long since departed. I didn't think of it until you mentioned it here. I will have to look for a new one. Maybe with the sippy cup accessory and cute cutlery.

joni55 2011-05-05 08:53:00 -0500 Report

I have been eyeballing it and haven't lost any weight lately, so I guess it's back to the measuring cups and I need to get a scale. sigh.

kdroberts 2011-05-05 08:09:41 -0500 Report

If I need to, I use a scale or measuring jug. I don't like cups and spoons for measuring so I rarely use them.

GabbyPA 2011-05-05 08:19:58 -0500 Report

What is a measuring jug?
I also have a food scale that I use. That is the most helpful with my proteins.

kdroberts 2011-05-05 08:41:55 -0500 Report

It's a jug that measure liquids. Mine has fluid oz and ml readings on it. I like using ml for liquids and grams for most food, ounces for others.

GabbyPA 2011-05-05 09:00:28 -0500 Report

Oh, okay. A liquid measuring cup then? I have dry measuring cups and liquid ones, as they do differ quite a bit. Just ask someone who uses a dry measuring cup to make a recipe for liquid measurements. It can get rather soggy.

GabbyPA 2011-05-10 09:40:35 -0500 Report

That worked. That is what we call a liquid measuring cup here. I had never heard the term jug for it.

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