Friday, September 25, 2009

Are You What You Eat??

Okay, we all know that to some degree we are what we eat, right? How much does knowing that help you curb your cravings and hamper your hunger for junk? If you're like me, it helps, but not as much as it should! Maybe knowing more about why we should make different choices and making the information more meaningful would encourage us in our quest to get healthy.We received Nutrition 101: Choose Life by Growing Healthy Homes (a complete homeschool nutrition curriculum!) for me to review as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew, and I must say that I was thrilled! Our family had been learning about our food, and healthful choices, for about a year, and it seemed like the more we learned, the more questions we had! I couldn't wait to start this curriculum!!

As it turns out, it was very thorough, and my smaller children couldn't quite keep up with all it had to offer, but our fourth-grader (and her parents!) absolutely loved learning about all of the fascinating parts of our bodies that we take for granted. There is so much to this complete nutrition program that we were able to gloss over it for the little ones this year, picking out main ideas from each section to learn and discuss, and give a bit more information to our older child.

We talked about the brain and how our foods affect our brain's ability to function, and we discussed those "gummie vitamins" the kids take and what they do for their brains. We learned about the digestive system and how the speed with which we consume our food affects our bodies, and we made spice cookies that actually help our digestive systems (this one amazed the kids!). Nutrition 101: Choose Life is neatly divided into units, with chapters within each unit, review questions for the end of each chapter, and recipes to use your new information right away! There are also additional resources right there for you at the end of the sections so you can dive into more information should you need to (did I mention that the more we learn, the more questions we have??).

All in all, we were able to get quite a lot of great information, some delicious recipes, and a more Godly way to look at what we put in our mouths, and by extension, our bodies. We anticipate years of pulling this curriculum out and diving into all of the details we were not quite ready to process this year. {To see what my fellow TOS Homeschool Crew Members had to say about Nutrition 101: Choose Life click here.}

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