About my ratings

I strongly believe that none of this is about being "perfect" or even trying to be "perfect."  Even assuming anyone could define perfect nutrition, even for their own health, I think the pursuit of  perfect would get in the way of enjoying life, and probably get in the way of the perfect health one seeks.  This is because the stress created by that constant pursuit would cause it's own set of health problems.  That obsession even has its own disease!  Orthorexia Nervosa is a term meaning an obsession with finding a perfect diet coined by Steven Bratman, MD.

At the same time, paying attention to finding good tasting, healthy food choices brings with it the rewards of the good tasting food itself, as well as an increased quality and maybe duration of life.


After I transitioned my own diet, I began to think of food choices in terms of three considerations; macronutrients, Quality, and micronutrients.  I also think about them pretty much in that order, with macronutrients usually being my primary consideration, followed closely by quality, while also thinking about micronutrients.  I do think of all of them together when considering food choices however.  More importantly I don't strive for perfect, as you'll see in upcoming posts.  I make choices that are far from perfect, but I do them with my eyes open and aware of what the impact might be.

With all this in mind, I've created what I think is a simple way to present what I think of some of my own food choices that I'll discuss in this blog.  I have one scale for each of the three considerations; macronutrients, quality, and micronutrients.  Along with that, I discuss why I gave each of the ratings.  None of this is exact.  It's really all my opinion, based on what I've learned.  It's all subject to change as I learn more, and none of it should be considered advice for what you should do.  You need to do your own research and make your own decisions.

I welcome your feedback!