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The Zimbabwe Hand Jive: A Simple Method Of Portion Control


Dr. Kazzim Mawji invented this technique to help people living with diabetes easily figure out portion sizes.  Today, the Zimbabwe Hand Jive is used all over the world.  It uses your hands as a measurement tool to gauge appropriate portion sizes of carbohydrates, fats, proteins and vegetables.  A well-rounded meal includes one of each of the following:

  • Palm = 1 portion of protein (meat/fish/poultry)

  • Closed fist = 1 portion of carbohydrates (grains & starches)
  • Thumb = 1 portion (tablespoon) of fat-heavy foods (peanut butter)

  • Cupped hands = 1 portion of fruit or vegetables

Carb Counting

Carbohydrate counting is a meal planning tool for people living with type 1 or type 2 diabetes