Since how much food you eat at one sitting is important, organize your plate in a way that keeps your portions in check. Lewis suggests that half your plate is made up of vegetables and that the other half is divided between a starchy food and a protein, complemented by fruit and dairy products at the meal or between meals. “Where we get into trouble is when we start to combine carbohydrates, such as eating bread and potatoes at the same meal – say, a dinner roll and a baked potato or a burger on a bun and fries,” she explains. The plate method will also help you be as consistent as possible with your eating habits, advises Lewis. “Eating the same proportion of different food groups at consistent times will help you avoid spikes and drops in blood sugar levels,” she says.