Last time I blogged on healthy cooking, I mentioned running your numbers – but not overdoing it. Check a few things like Sodium or calories or Iron or whatever you need, but don’t get insane about it. You had to track the right numbers relevant to your goals – Active Numbers that led to your Goal Numbers (like lower weight).
But number-tracking is really only part of good healthy cooking, and for some people it’s barely an issue. For instance I lost weight and of the weight I lost, over a third of it was from changing what I ate, no measuring calories (just sodium, fat, and protein to stay healthy). What helped me the most was The Gestalt.