Monday, February 9, 2009

Portions and Calories

I know that this questions comes up a lot on Tosca's forum and when I saw it on the Eat-Clean Diet website in the Ask Tosca section I knew that I had to post it...

Question: "...why is it that some of the recipes you list the size of a serving and others you do not? As someone who has to watch every portion that goes into her mouth, it would be helpful to know say...if the Stew serving size is a 1/2 cup or a cup or more...I've gotten pretty good at "Jethro-ing" it out but, it would have been handy to have them all listed...instead of just a few."

Answer: "This is a great question and one that many people have asked. The simple answer to why we didn't include this info is that portion sizes are actually different for everyone. If you are a 5' tall woman then your portion will not be the same as a 6'4" man. We included calories, etc, because the staff here at Robert Kennedy Publishing insisted that we do so, but really calorie/carb counting is not a part of Clean Eating. Portion sizes are individual. Just try to make sure that in each meal you have the amount of lean protein that would be the size of your palm, starchy carbs that would fit in one cupped hand, and fruit and vegetables that would fit in two hands cupped together. Keep eye-balling it!"

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