Portion size for carb-dense vegetables


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I understand that the majority of your plate should be filled with vegetables.  But is that referring primarily to green vegetables? What is the appropriate portion size for sweet potatoes, spaghetti squash, etc? Thank you.

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This is really going to vary from person to person, and even for the same person may be different at different times, depending on activity level, stress, and hormones.

Everyone should strive to eat a mix of different types of vegetables. That doesn't mean every meal needs every type, but over days and weeks, you should have a decent variety.

As far as starchy vegetables, most people seem to do well with about a fist-sized serving once a day. People who are very sedentary may be okay with less. People who are very active, who are prone to depression or anxiety, or who are in the week or so leading up to their period may need more.  

Just FYI: Spaghetti squash is not super high carb, it has about a third of the carbs in a similar amount of sweet potato, about half the carbs of a similar amount of butternut squash. It's still more than say, zucchini or cucumber, but it's not really that high.

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