"I'm fasting all healthy food," I declared to my family as I popped a bad cholesterol-building cookie in my mouth. "Can someone pick me up some eggnog?"
I know, I know, at my age, 47, 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 first unit is on the brain and nervous system. In the first chapter, The Brain, an excellent job is done explaining the parts of the brain and what they do in clear, easy-to-understand language. I could imagine myself reading it aloud to the entire family and keeping everyone's attention from the youngest to the oldest. The illustration was beautiful, clear, and labeled properly in bright, cheerful colors. The engaging questions for family discussion ranged from comparing your brain to a computer, to wearing bike helmets, to playing video games, to Scripture references. Likewise, the family activities using non-dominant hands for activities, playing 20 Questions, playing Memory, and researching the word lobe. I was impressed. There were many links and resources to gain further insight. The rest of the activities were an introduction to nutrition, making nutritional choices, and choosing fresh produce. We also got to make Guacamole. Yummy! And healthy!
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.