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 09-13-2012, 09:31 PM #1 Junior Member     Join Date: Aug 2012 Posts: 10 Please help, I don't understand how to portion out the recipes I am frustrated because I want to get into the recipes but the ones that make several servings are confusing in that i have no idea how to portion it to come up with 4oz protein, 8oz veggies, etc. For example, the cheeseburger soup recipe: it says it makes 4 servings, but how much of what PER SERVING? How many cups or whatever do I serve myself and since everything is kinda mixed together in these recipes how do I know I'm getting even amounts of what is needed at each meal (like I said 4oz of this, 4oz of that, etc.) Thank you in advance for helping explain, I'm getting so tired of plain broccoli and separate plain meat
 09-13-2012, 11:33 PM #2 calorie counting works!     Join Date: Sep 2005 Posts: 187 S/C/G: 164/ticker/135 Height: 5'6" I'm not on the MRC plan, so I can only speak generally. If a recipe says it makes 4 servings, and there's a total of 16 oz of protein in there, then 16 oz divided by 4 servings means that each serving has 4 oz of protein. In something like a soup, you make sure you're getting 1 serving by measuring the total volume (maybe the whole batch makes 4 cups) and dividing by 4--one cup would be one serving and would contain 4 oz of protein. A casserole is probably easier because you can just eyeball cutting it into 4 pieces. One piece is one serving and would contain 4 oz of protein. But it is possible that one serving could contain 3-1/2 oz of protein and another could have 4-1/2 oz of protein, depending on how the size of the meat bits. I figure that it evens out if I eat the whole dish over four meals. If it's important for this plan to be completely exact at each meal, then you're probably better off sticking with the separate broccoli and meat meal. __________________
09-14-2012, 11:27 AM   #3
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 Originally Posted by reji I'm not on the MRC plan, so I can only speak generally. If a recipe says it makes 4 servings, and there's a total of 16 oz of protein in there, then 16 oz divided by 4 servings means that each serving has 4 oz of protein. In something like a soup, you make sure you're getting 1 serving by measuring the total volume (maybe the whole batch makes 4 cups) and dividing by 4--one cup would be one serving and would contain 4 oz of protein. A casserole is probably easier because you can just eyeball cutting it into 4 pieces. One piece is one serving and would contain 4 oz of protein. But it is possible that one serving could contain 3-1/2 oz of protein and another could have 4-1/2 oz of protein, depending on how the size of the meat bits. I figure that it evens out if I eat the whole dish over four meals. If it's important for this plan to be completely exact at each meal, then you're probably better off sticking with the separate broccoli and meat meal.
Thank you for your help but I am a still confused. If you imagine spooning out soup with a measuring cup or ladle you will have various amounts of liquid, meat pieces, and vegetable pieces. When you scoop it out 4oz of protein doesn't just end up on your spoon, and what I am trying to say is that it is mixed in with the vegetables and liquid so how would you come even remotely close to knowing what portions of each nutrient you were serving yourself? And I don't mean this to sound snarky but I do think one has to be on the diet to understand how important the ratios per meal are in order to stay in ketosis. But I thank you for your help.

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 Originally Posted by yankeeoregon Thank you for your help but I am a still confused. If you imagine spooning out soup with a measuring cup or ladle you will have various amounts of liquid, meat pieces, and vegetable pieces. When you scoop it out 4oz of protein doesn't just end up on your spoon, and what I am trying to say is that it is mixed in with the vegetables and liquid so how would you come even remotely close to knowing what portions of each nutrient you were serving yourself? And I don't mean this to sound snarky but I do think one has to be on the diet to understand how important the ratios per meal are in order to stay in ketosis. But I thank you for your help.
When I make soup I keep the protein separate and then add it to the broth/veggies. That way I know the amount I'm getting.

Hope that helps...
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09-15-2012, 05:50 PM   #5
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 Originally Posted by yankeeoregon And I don't mean this to sound snarky but I do think one has to be on the diet to understand how important the ratios per meal are in order to stay in ketosis. But I thank you for your help.
No worries. That's exactly why I mentioned that I'm not on MRC. I didn't have all the details on your plan, but I wanted to offer at least a little help.
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 Originally Posted by yankeeoregon Thank you for your help but I am a still confused. If you imagine spooning out soup with a measuring cup or ladle you will have various amounts of liquid, meat pieces, and vegetable pieces. When you scoop it out 4oz of protein doesn't just end up on your spoon, and what I am trying to say is that it is mixed in with the vegetables and liquid so how would you come even remotely close to knowing what portions of each nutrient you were serving yourself? And I don't mean this to sound snarky but I do think one has to be on the diet to understand how important the ratios per meal are in order to stay in ketosis. But I thank you for your help.

I don't mean to sound snarky either, but one doesn't have to be on MRC to understand ketosis. Ketosis is not so fragile that simply dividing a recipe by eye, is going to break the fragile balance. Sure if you drain out all of the veggies and all of the veggies in one portion, and all the meat in another, then you MIGHT risk disrupting ketosis (even then probably not, unless the veggies are high-carb veggies), but by dividing the recipe into equal portions that look to contain similar amounts of each ingredient, you're not going to risk breaking the fragile balance of ketosis - because the balance isn't so fragile.

You don't have to take my word for it. There are many resources online, both for MRC specifically and for other ketogenic diets. So browse these sites (just google ketogenic diets) and browse the FAQ sections if you don't believe me, and see if I'm not telling you the truth.
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09-16-2012, 07:21 AM   #7
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 Originally Posted by kaplods I don't mean to sound snarky either, but one doesn't have to be on MRC to understand ketosis. Ketosis is not so fragile that simply dividing a recipe by eye, is going to break the fragile balance. Sure if you drain out all of the veggies and all of the veggies in one portion, and all the meat in another, then you MIGHT risk disrupting ketosis (even then probably not, unless the veggies are high-carb veggies), but by dividing the recipe into equal portions that look to contain similar amounts of each ingredient, you're not going to risk breaking the fragile balance of ketosis - because the balance isn't so fragile. You don't have to take my word for it. There are many resources online, both for MRC specifically and for other ketogenic diets. So browse these sites (just google ketogenic diets) and browse the FAQ sections if you don't believe me, and see if I'm not telling you the truth.
Thanks, Im going to google these & check it out, I think the problem is that mrc convinces us that even one bite off plan kicks you out of ketosis for 3 days so that makes it pretty scary to go off your serving amounts if you really want to stick to the diet. They convince us that it really is that fragile of a balance
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09-16-2012, 07:52 AM   #8
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 Originally Posted by yankeeoregon I am frustrated because I want to get into the recipes but the ones that make several servings are confusing in that i have no idea how to portion it to come up with 4oz protein, 8oz veggies, etc. For example, the cheeseburger soup recipe: it says it makes 4 servings, but how much of what PER SERVING? How many cups or whatever do I serve myself and since everything is kinda mixed together in these recipes how do I know I'm getting even amounts of what is needed at each meal (like I said 4oz of this, 4oz of that, etc.) Thank you in advance for helping explain, I'm getting so tired of plain broccoli and separate plain meat
you could always divide the recipe and only cook one serving at a time. My cookbook only shows 2 servings for the cheeseburger soup but one serving would be as follows.

2 oz lean ground buffalo, turkey, or chicken (or more depending on if you are on meta-slim plus or not)
1.5 oz chopped green onion
2.5 oz chopped celery
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp dried parsley
1 tsp canola oil
1 cup hot water
1 envelope cream of chicken supplement
1 oz chedder cheese cubed
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