The Zimbabwe Hand Jive: A Simple Method Of Portion Control


Dr. Kazzim Mawji invented this technique to help people with diabetes easily figure out portion sizes. Today, The Zimbabwe Hand Jive is used all over the world.  It allows you to use your own hands as a measurement tool to gauge appropriate portion sizes of carbs, fats, proteins and veggies.  A well-rounded meal would include one of each of the following:


  • 1 palm = 1 portion of protein (meat/fish)

  • 1 closed fist = 1 portion of carbs (grains & starches)

  • 1 thumb = 1 portion (tablespoon) of fat heavy food (peanut butter)

  • 2 cupped hands = 1 portion of veggies or fruit