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Handy Portion Guide Approach to Portions

The Canadian Diabetes Association's Healthy Eating Plan for people with diabetes emphasizes portion sizes and balanced meals.


"The Plate Method"
A method that helps you visualize portions using a plate.

See below for a handy portion guide.

Fruits/Grains and Starches

An amount the size of your fist represents one portion of fruit or Grains and Starches choice.



Eat as much as you can hold in both hands.


Meat & Alternatives

Choose an amount no bigger than the size of the palm of your hand and the thickness of your little finger.



Limit fat to an amount the size of the tip of your thumb.


Milk & Alternatives

You can drink up to 250 ml (8 oz) of low-fat milk or 175 g of lower fat yogurt with a meal.


You can print out this guide and keep it on your fridge.