Does portion size affect blood sugar?

Do I have to measure my food?

Yes, it's the only way to be sure you're getting the amount of food your diet specifies. It's not easy to recognize a half cup of orange juice or rice, unless you've measured them out a few times, and six grams of beef would be even harder. A food scale is a good investment in the beginning of your diabetic days to get you on the right measuring track.

If you're really conscientious about weighing and measuring your food at first, you'll be amazed at how quickly you learn to eye measure or, as with bread, hand-weigh, when you're out to dinner at a friend's house or in a restaurant. (Hint: sometimes it helps to discreetly nudge your food into little piles, the better to estimate the quantity.) You may get so good at this eye measuring and hand weighing that you can do weight and quantity guessing parlor tricks, like the guy who guesses weights at the circus. Of course, the real and worthwhile trick is using your skill to eat the exact amount of food on your diet.

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