For a long time, I used measuring cups and spoons, plus the "deck of cards" thing, for meat. Now I'm also using a digital scale. I've started trying to guess how big the portion is, before I measure or weigh it, so I can see if I've become a more accurate judge of the correct portion size. The first time I saw a half cup of rice on the plate.... well it really isn't very much at all.
I would suggest you at least try the measuring cups-- most people already own a set of these. They'll work good for vegetables, pasta, rice (really easy to overdo it on the pasta & rice if you don't measure). For things that include a serving size on the package-- like crackers or pretzels-- I count them out and then put the package away.
Ruth in Cookeville, TN Central Time Zone
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