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Get On The Ball: Measuring Healthy Portion Sizes

By Margaret Martin, RD, MS, LDN, CDCES November 18, 2015Pearls of Wisdom Blog

No matter the season, everyone loves sports! Some popular fall and winter sports include golf, the Baseball World Series, ice hockey, and indoor games like cards and billiards. Playing sports can be great exercise. Watching sports is a great way to spend time with family and friends. But, did you know some basic sports knowledge could also help you practice better nutrition and even lower your risk of cancer? Let me explain.

Practicing good eating habits can reduce your risk of cancer and cancer recurrence. Some good eating habits include: eat less than 18 ounces of red meat weekly; avoid alcohol or only drink 1-2 drinks daily; eat more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low- fat dairy; and maintain a healthy body size for you. All of these good eating habits have to do with eating proper portion sizes.

A lot of the time it can be a challenge to portion your foods correctly. You can’t always have a scale or measuring cups with you! Keep it simply by using different balls and common household items to size up your portions. Use this easy reference chart of sports equipment, game pieces, and common household items to keep you healthy and your portion size in check.

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Author Margaret Martin, RD, MS, LDN, CDCES

Nutrition Educator Margaret Martin is a Licensed Dietitian and Nutritionist in the State of Tennessee as well as a Certified Diabetes Educator. Margaret graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics and received her Master’s Degree in Nutrition Science & Public Health from the University of Tennessee. With more than 10 years of experience in Clinical Nutrition, Margaret has also worked in the insurance industry with WellPoint Inc. and Blue Cross Blue Shield providing telephonic nutrition consultations, service assistance, and web-based nutrition education. In her free time Margaret volunteers with the American Lung Association’s annual “Lung Force Walk" in Middle Tennessee. She belongs to the Oncology Nutrition & Diabetes Care and Education Dietetic Practice Groups of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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