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How much food should you be eating in a day?
Posted 2011-10-31 by Bambi Christman in Nutrition

Determining the correct amount of food to eat in a day still seems to be a big stumbling block for the majority of people who come to me for nutritional and weight management advice. And most people don't like my answer ... because it seems too "simple". Well, it IS fairly simple. Unless you are a competitive athlete training 2 hours or more in a day, you really DON'T need as much food as most Americans shovel down every day. And you DON'T need to count, weigh, or measure anything. Here's a VERY simple way to get the proper portions of food:  Whether you are sitting down to 3 meals a day, or eating 4-5 smaller meals a day, the answer is the same: within your 8 hour window of eating, you should be consuming a minimum of 3 servings of clean protein (deck of card size) and approximately 6 fist size servings of vegetables. No, this is NOT an exact science, and YES, individual metabolic rates, digestive issues, etc., etc., can change these portions .... but for the GENERAL population trying to get a handle on food portions, this simple \"measuring\" system will work for you.  What IS ESSENTIAL to know and understand is, I am referring to eating CLEAN, nutrient rich foods when using this formula. PROTEINS: hormone and antibiotic free beef and poultry (pasture raised, free range, NOT corn fed) and wild caught fish. And these proteins should be served with NO sauces. Instead, season with herbs or douse with lemon or lime juices. VEGETABLES: steamed or cooked lightly in olive or coconut oil.  Or combine your proteins and veggies in a salad, a soup, or a stew. OK, now I'm veering off into an entirely different post: healthy Paleo receipes. For some great inspiration, check out recipes here:  http://everydaypaleo.com/category/food/

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