I had lots of fruit today. Why don’t I get credit for that?
There are many nutritious foods that don’t affect your score in this game. That doesn’t mean that you don’t benefit from eating them.
We’re not trying to capture every aspect of your diet here. We’re trying to get the best picture we can with the fewest possible questions. Although fruit is nutritious, vegetables tend to be more predictive of the overall dietary quality.
I had 4 servings of vegetables today. Shouldn’t I get partial credit?
You get nutritional benefits from every serving of vegetables–even if it doesn’t count toward your nutrition score. Eating five servings of vegetables isn’t just about the nutrients you get. It’s also about what you tend to eat less of when you eat that many vegetables! The questions and scoring are designed to reveal larger patterns.
I had 10 servings of vegetable today. Shouldn’t I get extra credit?
You’re body will appreciate the extra nutrients–even if it doesn’t raise your score for the day! Eating lots of vegetables is just one aspect of a healthy diet. Extra credit for extra vegetables would tend to obscure the impact of other habits. But to the extent that it affects other choices, it may still raise your score!
What if I don’t know how many servings or types of vegetables were in a mixed dish?
It’s perfectly OK to take your best guess! After all, you’re only doing this for you: We trust you to be fair. Picking apart a pot pie to identify and measure each vegetable is exactly the kind of OCD diet-tracking this tool is designed to replace. Who has time? Close enough is close enough.
Why can’t I count fish oil as a serving of fish? Isn’t eating fish about the omega-3 fats?
When you eat fish (or flax, etc.), you get more than just omega-3 fats. We’re also interested in what you’re probably NOT eating because you’re eating these foods instead! Certain dietary habits tend to be “markers” for other dietary habits. People who eat more fish eat less red meat, for example, although the same is not true of people who take fish oil. This quiz is designed to capture the impact of the “path not taken” as well.
What if I need to lose weight?
Choices that lead to a good nutritional GPA can also support your weight loss efforts. However, additional attention to portion size and caloric content may be needed. Tracking your nutrition GPA can be an excellent tool for maintaining your weight loss!
What’s a “good” score?
You can feel proud of a GPA of B or higher, especially if you can sustain it over time. Improvement is also worth celebrating, regardless of the number!Good nutrition isn’t about perfection; it’s about finding a balance between healthy habits and things you might eat simply for pleasure. It’s also about consistency. It’s not your best or your worst day but how your choices average out that counts.
How does scoring work?
Every day, you start out with 70 points. For questions 1-5, each Y is worth 5 points. For questions 6-10, each Y costs you 5 points. Extra credit is worth 5 points.