Diabetes has become a worldwide epidemic. Once you have diabetes, you live with it for whole life. Fortunately, you can take steps to control the situation. Portion control tools are simple and effective methods to help you manage your blood sugar levels and keep your weight on track.

What are portion control tools?

Controlling diabetes always includes eating a balanced and healthy diet. But, you may be unable to know how to eat the exact amount of foods that is recommended. For that purpose, portion control tools were born.
Some types of portion control tools are meal measure tools, measured serving spoons, graduated cups, and smart portion chill containers.

What are effective portion control tools?

Effective portion control tools are the ones that help you build a healthy diet fitting your health condition. A healthy diet is a way of eating that includes an abundance of foods:
  • Fresh vegetables. Starchy vegetables such as corn, beans, peas and non-starchy vegetables such as broccolis, peppers
  • Whole grains such as rice
  • Fruits, especially whole fresh fruits, such as oranges, grapefruits
  • Non-fat dairy products such as non-fat milk or yogurt
  • Lean protein such as lean meats and fish
  • Poultry.
There is no perfect diet, so eating a variety of foods using portion control tools is the key to a healthily designed diet for diabetic patients.

How to create your own tools?

You can create your own portion control tools. It is simple though it may not determine the exact amount of foods you need in your meals. Try these methods:
  • You can use a specific tool or a dinner plate (a large plate) to create your own portion. If you use a dinner plate, draw a line to divide the plate into two equal parts. Do this again for one of the two parts.
    • Fill the largest part with non-starchy vegetables such as peppers, broccolis. In one small part, put your grains and starchy foods such as rice, pasta, peas, corn. In the other small part, put your protein such as fish, lean meats.
    • Do not forget to use a small amount of healthy fat or oils such as nuts, seeds, avocado.
    • Add fresh fruits or fruit juices or non-fat dairy products.
  • Choose sugar-free drinks such as water of tea.
  • You can use a scale to know the exact portion sizes.
  • Some types of spoons or cups may help you know the estimated value.
It is important for diabetes patients to eat healthy meals which include various kinds of foods with the right portions. You can use specific tools that available at the market or create your own tools.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnose or treatment.

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