If you hate counting calories, calculating carbohydrate, protein or fat grams, and having to remember details about food groups of the food pyramid, there is a simple method on how you can plan your meals.
- All you have to do is take a dinner plate and mentally divide it into four sections.
- At each meal, fill two sections with vegetables or a vegetable (the more variety, the better) and a fruit. On the other side, fill one quarter of the plate with a serving of protein such as lentils, beans, tofu, chicken, fish or lean meat. In the remaining quarter, fill up with whole grain such as whole-wheat roti or pasta, or brown rice.
- This way half of your food comes from low calorie, high fiber plant based foods, i.e. fruits and vegetables, one quarter from starch and another quarter from protein.
- Dividing the plate alone is not enough. You should control your portion size as well.
- You don’t have to equip your kitchen with extra measuring spoons, measuring cups or foods scales and begin measuring and weighing your food before you eat.
- All you have to do is picture portions of food relative to the size of a deck of cards or to a tennis ball. For example:
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