Thursday, September 3, 2009

Nutrition 101: Choose Life (Review)

Nutrition 101: Choose Life! is a three-in-one family nutrition and health program for all ages that presents the major body systems, how they function, their common health issues, the benefits of good food and the consequences of bad food. This book by Growing Healthy Homes boasts 448 pages broken into the following six study units:

1) The Brain and Nervous System;
2) Digestion and Elimination;
3) Respiration and Olfactory;
4) Muscular and Skeletal Systems;
5) Cardiovascular and Immune Systems;
6) Endocrine System and Emotions.
This Biblically based curriculum is  packed with hands-on activities, science and art projects and nearly 80 family-friendly recipes.  Nutrition 101: Choose Life! contains a complete reference guide filled with nutrition facts, charts, practical tips and an exhaustive index.

The cost of a CD ROM is $79.95
Printed book is $99.95
Combo price of CD and printed book $129.95

As part of the Crew, we received this product in E-book format.  For the sake of my printer (and ink supply)  I did not print out all 448 pages.   I did however print out the table of contents, the lessons I chose to do for our family during the review process and various appendices (there are 31 in total) to go along with those lessons.

We spent our time studying the unit on the brain and nervous system.   The girls loved the diagrams of the brain, and even asked to cut someone's head open to see it better.  We opted AGAINST this activity...they were not amused by this executive decision on my part, but being the mom has its perks.

As part of each chapter, there is a recipe to try, and various activities to go along with what has been read and studied.  We made homemade guacamole, which turned out lovely.   However, it received four thumbs down in the taste testing department.    In defense of the recipe, neither my husband nor I care for guacamole, but thought the homemade version would be worth a shot.

Another activity that was suggested was to use the seeds from the avocado's to start your own plants.  The girls were much more agreeable to this part of the lesson.    Here is our day 1 photos.   According to my research these little guys should be starting to sprout soon.

Nutrition 101:  Choose Life!  is a wonderful resource for those wanting to learn more about God's wonderful design of our bodies; and for those wanting to make significant changes to their eating habits.   I highly recommend that you purchase the printed book or cd/book combo; to avoid the cumbersome task of being tied to the computer for the entire 448pages.  The information included in this fact filled book easily lend itself to lapbooking and notebooking activities.

Please stop by the Crew Blog to read more reviews of this product.

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