Growing Healthy Homes
I want to feed my family healthy, so they grow up strong and active, ready for whatever life throws at them.
But like most families, we’re busy. The day-to-day crazy gets in the way, and we cut a corner here, a corner there… and at some point down the road, we realize that we’re moved quite a ways from that Healthy Eating goal.
But changing, once we’ve gone that far, seems like an insurmountable task. Where do we start? What are the most important areas to focus on? And where on earth would we find the time to figure it out?
Growing Healthy Homes has a solution, a road-map if you will, to a healthier lifestyle. Nutrition 101: Choosing Life! is a guidebook ready to lead your family to the land of healthy eating , and it doesn’t just show you the way: it gives you reasons to go, and tools to make the path all the smoother.
Nutrition 101 is packed full with nearly 450 pages of info, definitions, charts, diagrams, color photos and illustrations. It’s available in two forms – a hardbound book or an electronic version, or purchase the discount bundle for the convenience of both. As reviewers, we received a PDF evaluation copy, but rest assured, this is one book I’d love to have on my shelf.
- The Brain and Nervous system
- The Digestive System
- The Respiratory, Olfactory, Auditory and Visual Systems
- The Muscular and Skeletal Systems
- The Cardiovascular and Immune Systems
- The Endocrine System & Emotions
Each unit has four chapters. The text recommends a schedule of one chapter per week. The material is intended to be used, discussed and implemented as a family: activities are suggested for elementary and secondary grades, but it’s easy to adapt and use as a whole. Each chapter includes discussion questions, suggestions for addition resources, and a “power recipe” that utilizes that information presented in that chapter. At the back of the book is an activity guide, aka the answers, so you can make sure you’re headed the right direction.
Don’t expect any worksheets here – everything is discussion and hands on. There is very little that you’d likely want to photocopy… a couple of checklists/charts, and the recipes. Given the nature of the materials, there isn’t a list of items that you’d need – instead, consider it a recipe to apply to the way you choose, purchase, and prepare food as a whole.
Nutrition 101 is designed to be both text and reference: the units could actually be repeated on a yearly basis, and each year, increasing adherence to the principles taught within. Even if you only work through the material once as a whole family, the resources within Nutrition 101 will have you pulling it off the shelf time after time. There are more then 30 appendices included!
For us, it’s not something that we’ll be likely to fully immerse ourselves in, at least not in a sudden, abrupt jump. But persistence, and a steady movement toward more healthy goals is worth working for.
Tomorrow, April 21, at 4:00 EDT, The Old Schoolhouse is hosting a webinar with Sera Johnson, one of the authors of Nutrition 101.
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**I received this product for free as a member of the 2010-11 The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Crew so that I could provide you with an honest review of it by our family.**