If you had asked me a few years ago if I could ever manage to eat a few almonds or a few olives or a few pieces of chocolate and not attack the whole can/jar/bar, I would have said, “unlikely.” I now know, after a lot of practice, it’s possible. Know thyself, and know that thyself can change over time.
And speaking of Spark People, they have a fine new cookbook out, Sparkpeople Cookbook (full disclosure, Hay House, who is also my publisher, sent me a copy). The recipes are simple, and offer a healthy approach to cooking — up the vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and lean proteins, while lowering the sugar and saturated fat. It’s smart about substitutions without sacrificing flavor. And for those who calculate such things, every recipe ends with a nutritional analysis.