Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Growing Healthy Homes ~ Nutrition 101 : Choose Life!

We have had the privilege and joy of reviewing a wonderful book from Growing Healthy Homes entitled Nutrition 101: Choose Life! As a homeschool mom I spend a lot of time teaching my children in all kinds of subjects. Feeding their minds is important and will help them in life, but what about feeding their bodies properly as well? We all try to feed our families the very best foods we can, but what advertisers and supermarket shelf items tell us is healthy, aren't always the best choices.

But where do you even start? How do I convince my family that we need to change the way we eat? Nutrition 101 was written in such a way that it is perfect for those of us starting from "scratch" in trying to improve our eating habits. The most important thing is, it teaches you WHY eating healthy is so important!

What is Nutrition 101 : Choose Life?

Nutrition 101 is a book written like a unit study, it can be used for all ages from toddlers to adults. It covers a wide variety of subjects including science, anatomy, biology, nutrition and health. It is biblically based, and full of hands on activities, recipes, and even science and art projects. You can use it as a curriculum, or for meal planning and preparation. You can even obtain multiple licenses and permission to print more than one copy from the publisher and use this program to teach at a co-op, private school, church group, family home group, or extracurricular clubs like Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts.

What did we think of Nutrition 101 : Choose Life?

Just reading the introduction got me very excited about using this program in our home! Here is the paragraph that got my attention.....

If the principles in Nutrition 101 are already a part of your family's lifestyle, use it to enhance your food preparation and meal time experiences. This teaches the whys of eating the way you do. Rather than, "Mom said I cant have that," they can say "I choose not to eat that because I know what it does to my body."

Of course we all would LOVE it if our kids said this! But the question I asked myself was, do I say this? Or even think it? Most of the time the answer was no. My days get so busy, and our budget is so tight I often trade nutritious foods for convenience or inexpensive foods a lot. It was ME who needed to make these changes, and teach my family how to eat for their health, not just to fill their bellies.

Over the past few weeks we have made some major changes around here because of this book. I really think about what we are buying, and what we are eating. One of the surprising things is we are not spending any more on healthy food than we were on unhealthy food! Yes, I do spend more time in the kitchen, but it has been enjoyable time spent with my children. My husband has even got involved, and has his co-workers asking about the changes in his lunches at work.

Want to hear the best part? I honestly feel better, have more energy, and although I do not have a scale I can tell I have lost a little weight. My clothes aren't fitting as tightly as they did before. By simply eating real whole foods I have noticed a difference.

I am so thankful for the opportunity to review this wonderful book, it has been an answer to prayer! You can read an excerpt from the book by clicking here.

Nutrition 101 is available as a 448 page book for $99.95, or as a CD/ROM for $79.95 or get both for $129.95. You can use the code TOScrew11 to receive 15% off your entire purchase from Growing Healthy Homes. It is the same discount you would receive at a homeschool fair.

Read what other members of the TOS Homeschool Crew thought about Nutrition 101 : Choose Life!

Disclaimer ~ We received a PDF version of this product in exchange for an honest review after using it in our homeschool as a part of the TOS Homeschool Crew. No other compensation was given. All opinions expressed are my own and may differ from those of others.


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