I know, I know, at my age, 49, healthy food choices are important. Oh, how I wish I had been a healthier eater when I was younger. I knew something about nutrition, but obviously not enough because my heart leans to white chocolate Resee Cups, M & Ms, Moose Tracks Ice Cream, and Whoppers.
Maybe this review isn't about sharing information with you, but learning and cleaning up my own nutritional life.
This book is meant to be worked through together as a family. Neat! The idea of the book is to learn together and CHANGE together! The goal is to become healthy eaters in 448 pages. The authors recommend that the family using this curriculum together...
- Get rid of junk food
- Make a list of healthy food each family member likes
- Each family member eats the healthy foods they do like
- Thank the Lord for each food and involve His help in changing
- Try at least one new thing at each meal
- Find healthy alternatives to those old favorites
The book is divided into 6 units, each unit containing 4 chapters. Every chapter has discussion questions, activities, additional resources, and recipes. One of my favorite things is all the "Fun Facts" scattered throughout each chapter. Here are the units:
- The Brain and Nervous System
- Digestion and Elimination
- Respiratory and Olfactory
- Muscular and Skeletal Systems
- Cardiovascular and Immune Systems
- Endocrine System and Emotions
The best thing about Nutrition 101: Choose Life! is that it is Christ-centered. Scripture is woven into every chapter with application to the subject at hand. I love that! You may want to read Fearfully and Wonderfully Made and In His Image by Dr. Paul Brand and Philip Yancey.
The second chapter, Brain Health & Nutrition, covers several diseases and conditions that affect the brain (Autism, ADD, Epilepsy, Dementia, and Alzheimer's) and Fats. Good and bad fats are explained, as well as healthy sources of good fats. The family activities include writing a funny or serious poem about brain food and experimenting to see how long it takes foods with different kinds of fats to go bad. Neat! In this chapter, you get to make Greek Salad.
Nutrition 101: Choose Life! would make such a fun family activity that even Dad would enjoy! Or this would make a great 24 week unit study on health. Add math and literature and you are good to go!
This book cannot replace an anatomy textbook for high school. Though it covers all the body systems, we are told what nutrients the body needs, but the chemical processes requiring these nutrients are not explained at the level high school students should be able to understand. I would use this text along with a more complex human anatomy text such as Apologia's The Human Body or Body by Design.
You can purchase Nutrition 101: Choose Life! on their website, Growing Healthy Homes.
Hey, maybe I'll make some healthy dishes! Happy healthy eating!
Merey (Meredith Ludwig Curtis)