Keeping track of your food intake through spark's My nutrition helps you keep focused on your intake goals. You become more conscious of what you eat, how long it will take to log it in. Some things you're not going eat because its just too time consuming to enter it into the system. If it's too much trouble to log it then maybe you shouldn't eat it. Tracking your intake helps foster consistency also. Being aware of how much you consume enables you to refine & modify your food intake accordingly.
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In order to prevent that "mindless eating" that can occur when you buy larger packages of snack foods (such as crackers, almond, etc.), I keep snack size Ziploc baggies on hand. As soon as I bring the food home, I divide it out into "actual serving size" portions in the baggies, and store them in the cupboard. Then when I want a snack, I can just grab one of the pre-packaged baggies & not worry about the extra calories from over-estimating what I've eaten.
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