Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Nutrition 101: Choose Life
I love this book. Ever since I was in high school I have been reading everything I could get my hands on about health and nutrition. My parents liked to tease me about being "the healthiest corpse in the graveyard", but I didn't care. I've always thought that what life we do have we should try to enjoy fully. I've also always had a strong suspicion that what we eat has alot to do with how we feel. And at Growing Healthy Homes unbelievable as is may seem, are four people who agree with me.
Based on sound scientific research and flavored with a Biblical perspective, Nutrition 101 is chock full of information on each of the body's systems and each one's specific nutritional needs. This is a text that can be used year after year for health class in all grade levels. With young children, you may just want to touch on the basics of each chapter, and do one of the fun activities and make the power recipe. Older children can study in more detail, delving into such areas as the Nervous System and amino acids, diabetes, heart disease and natural and artificial sweeteners and their effect on the body.
My personal favorites were the alkaline/acid food charts in the Appendices, and the menu ideas. I printed out copies of the "Food Pyramid Serving Checklist" and found out I wasn't doing nearly as well as I thought I was in trying to include more vegetables in our daily menu. This has become a favorite reference for my weekly meal planning.
Nutrition 101 will help you to raise healthy eaters as children learn and understand how food is processed, what preservatives do to our bodies, advantages and disadantages of natural vs. artificial sweeteners. There are lots of fun projects and a power recipe incorporated into each week's lesson (see activity guide starting on page 285). In the very first chapter, The Brain, children make guacamole and sprout an avocado seed. High schoolers study the effects of ethylene gas (from and apple) on the ripening process.
The initial investment in this product does seem a bit high, at $79.95 for CD, $99.95 for the book, and $129.95 for the combo, but keeping in mind that it is designed for repeated use, year after year with all grade levels, and that works out to about $10 a year for just one child, less than that for more children! When you find yourself and your family actually eating better, likely there will also be a substantial savings in health care as well. An extra bonus the company has offered to Homeschool Crew readers - that's you! Is a special 15% off. Just go to their website and enter the coupon code at checkout: TOScrew11.
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We received a special download edition of Nutrition 101: Choose Life for review purposes. No other compensation was received for this review.