Nutrition 101: Choose Life!

Nutrition 101: Choose Life!

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Item #: 049271
ISBN: 9780981695457
Grades: PK-AD

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When you're homeschooling it makes sense to study nutrition as a family, right? After all, you probably are all preparing and eating the same meals, and meal planning and shopping may even be cooperative efforts (if not, Mom is probably overworked!). Nutrition 101: Choose Life! was written for homeschooling families by a team of four moms (including two homeschool moms) to educate families about the relationship between our bodies and the food we eat. It's a unique book in that it is part textbook, part reference, and part cookbook. It's also a beautiful book, with glossy, full-color pages and good quality illustrations and photos. Finally, it's also biblically-based with plentiful Scripture references (KJV version) and a constant reminder that we are charged with maintaining the incredible body systems that God endowed us with. The course is divided into six main units, covering the major body systems: the brain and nervous system; digestive system; respiratory system and the senses; muscular and skeletal systems; cardiovascular and immune system; and the endocrine system and emotions. Units are further

divided into four chapters, each designed to be completed in about a week. The authors provide a suggested daily schedule; however, you can easily adapt this to fit your needs. Each body system studied ties into a study of a particular nutrient or nutrients that you are encouraged to work into your diet, and to this end, quite a few healthy, whole-food recipes are included. The end of the book is also literally packed with a huge assortment of appendices (including lots of helpful charts!) and a thorough answer key for the activities. Each chapter includes text for reading, discussion questions, activity suggestions for elementary and secondary students, additional resources for further exploration, a "power recipe" and related activities. Typically, you'll first read about a body system, learn its function and all of the major parts, then continue on to learn about common health issues related to that body system and their causes. This is usually followed up by a closer look at a particular nutrient or group of nutrients that is beneficial to that particular body system.

The "Power Recipe" (and associated list of activities) for each chapter is usually related to one of the featured beneficial nutrients. For instance, Unit 3, Chapter 4 is on the eyes. The first part of the chapter examines the parts of the eye and how the eye works. Then you'll read about eye sight issues including pink eye, sties, cataracts, glaucoma, presbyopia and age-related macular degeneration. Next you examine nutrients that help maintain eye health including antioxidants, beta-carotene (to be converted to Vitamin A), lycopene, anthocyanosides, DHA, lutein, zeaxanthin and others. Several foods that have an adverse effect on eyesight, including trans fatty acids and processed foods are also discussed here. Discussion questions include how to protect your eyes, what foods are bad for your eyes, and applying what you've read about the eye to a particular Scripture. The activities are hands on and include spending time blindfolded (elementary level), finding a percentage of family members that wear glasses or contact lenses (elementary), explaining the difference between an ophthalmologist and optometrist (secondary) and discussion other meanings of vision (secondary). The "Power Recipe" focuses on carrots as an ingredient for a fresh carrot juice smoothie, and several carrot and juicing activity suggestions round out the recipe activities.

The format of this course makes it extremely easy to use as a family. You can assign everyone to read (or read aloud) the text, and then get back together for the discussion questions. Discussion questions tend to be fairly easy if you've read or heard the chapter, so everyone would be able to participate here, maybe even over dinner! Depending on the ages of your students and the time allotted, you will probably want to pick and choose activities to assign. The featured "Power Recipe" would be easy to incorporate into a meal and the related activities may naturally fit into meal preparation.

While this course is packed with excellent information, recipes and activities, there are a few items I should note. First of all, for all of the anatomical information and vocabulary covered, there are no tests or worksheets to reinforce the reading. The focus of the course is really to educate families and encourage them to change their eating habits, not provide easily graded assessments! However, this would be fairly easy to supplement if desired. The recipes and foods you are encouraged to try are healthy whole foods with low to no sugar, whole grains and possibly some ingredients you haven't met before. If you've never explored your local health food store, you'll find quite a few reasons to visit it now! You'll also find that there are some pretty strong opinions presented here, for example, when discussing toxins found in household cleaners and personal care products, or when examining specific nutrients or supplements-including extensive recommendations for Young Living Essential Oils. You will likely come across something here that you may disagree with, based on your own beliefs, or at least something that will make you stop and think (or perhaps do some further research on). Lastly, I did notice a couple of typos in perusing this resource, which was disappointing in such an otherwise appealing book. Whether you are looking for a nutrition course or trying to educate yourself or your family on why you should eat healthier foods, this is definitely a resource to consider. It's one that you'll want to leave on the shelf long after you've "finished" the course, as you'll be referring to it again and again! 448 pgs, pb. Jess/Deanne

Publisher Description:

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. Its 448 pages include six 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.

Biblically based and packed with hands-on activities, science and art projects and nearly 80 family-friendly recipes, this program teaches and reinforces the why's of what we should eat, not just "because I said so." Containing a complete reference guide filled with nutrition facts, charts, practical tips and an exhaustive index, Nutrition 101: Choose Life! will serve as a constant resource for improved health and abundant living.

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Why did you choose this?
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Homeschool health/nutrition for the whole family. Hoping to help them understand why we choose to eat the way we do when it's so countercultural and not always easy.
Rachel C on Apr 27, 2023
Looking for a solid nutrition book with anatomy well-explained
Joyce B on Aug 13, 2022
Homeschool health/nutrition for the whole family. Hoping to help them understand why we choose to eat the way we do when it's so countercultural and not always easy.
Rachel C on Apr 27, 2023
It was chosen as a resource to be used for a Health class.
Stanya C on Sep 5, 2022
Looking for a solid nutrition book with anatomy well-explained
Joyce B on Aug 13, 2022
Recommended by my nutritionist as a helpful resource.
Julie F on Jul 6, 2022
It's a product that I can use to teach both of my kids together even though they are 7 years apart.
Melinda M on Apr 12, 2022
This is information that will serve our family now and for the rest of our lives, no matter what career path our children pursue. I like the readable format and the recipes provide motivation and application to my children.
Dawn D on Jun 26, 2021
Interest in nutrition and health for personal knowledge.
Susan G on Jun 22, 2021
This is an excellent curriculum for Health and Nutrition suggested by a friend. This covers a variety of age groups and the activities can be tailored to fit your students.
Kathy F on Jan 8, 2021
This book was highly recommended by other homeschooling families. Looking at a preview of the book, I wanted to read it myself!
Joshua C on Sep 16, 2020
homeschool education
Amy W on Aug 3, 2020
This is the only curriculum I have found that does not teach the old, outdated food pyramid! It is simple to use, interesting and fun! I love the nutritious recipes that are included too.
Hanna H on Jul 2, 2020
For a Homeschool Co-Op class
Dana H on May 24, 2020
Homeschool high school health
Brandi M on Mar 21, 2020
I chose this as our health curriculum as well as study material for our health coaching business.
Jennifer S on Feb 26, 2020
Homeschool Nutrition
Karen R on Jan 7, 2020
Textbook being used in homeschool nutrition course
Renee H on Jul 31, 2019
Exactly what I was looking for.
Noel A on Feb 28, 2019
To learn about nutrition with our family (also from a Biblical perspective)
Brenda M on Nov 5, 2018
Great online reviews for this book back when it was a free download online. Now it is only available for purchase. I have a daughter with thyroid issues so it is important for her to learn how good nutrition and good health go hand in hand. Planning to use this for science, as human anatomy as well as nutrition.
Elizabeth F on Sep 13, 2018
To teach nutrition to my homeschool kids through cooking foods that benefit the body.
Shawnda B on Sep 10, 2018
Loved the detailed review!
Jennifer R on Sep 3, 2018
Teresa R on Aug 15, 2018
Jessica B on Aug 15, 2018
Required for homeschool co-op class
Megan L on Aug 2, 2018
teaching a homeschool co-op class in the fall and looked perfect
shannon p on Jul 11, 2018
Teaching good health through good eating.
Kim T on May 18, 2018
My high school daughter needed a health credit with a nutrition component. This seemed most in line with what I believe constitutes good nutrition, and by including the body systems, can count as the health credit as well.
User on Apr 27, 2018
Was recommended and has a ton of good information in it. Can be used for different levels and as a reference book. Wish I had known about it for my other 4 kids!
Karen P on Mar 1, 2018
It looked like a good book about nutrition to teach my son.
Monica H on Jan 2, 2018
My son needs Nutrition 101 for a class at our homeschool co-op.
Shelley E on Sep 12, 2017
The relationship between biblical scripture and health.
Ozie W on Aug 25, 2017
A friend showed me her copy and I was impressed by the thorough treatment of how nutrition effects our body systems. My children have a strong interest in cooking as well as medical and body understanding, and I feel this will be a good fit.
A Nicole H on Aug 14, 2017
Educational content to help my teen make good eating and physical activity choices.
Paul C on Jul 28, 2017
I chose this for use in a co-op, homeschooling my son and in my business as a health coach. I like that it's a christian book and emphasizes whole foods.
Elizabeth A on Jul 2, 2017
I needed this book for a homeschool coop
Karen K on Jun 29, 2017
To teach my kids to eat healthy and to prepare healthy meals for their families.
Traci D on Feb 15, 2016
Spent a long time reviewing nutrition books to review with my children. This book seems to go along with the way I view nutrition and hope the book will instill what I already say at home. Somehow seeing it in writing has more value to some kids than from their own mother's mouth!
Tina T on Dec 4, 2015
It was chosen as a resource to be used for a Health class.
Stanya C on Sep 5, 2022
Recommended by my nutritionist as a helpful resource.
Julie F on Jul 6, 2022
Do you you have any idea when Nutrition 101: Choose Life may be available? Thanks!
A shopper on Feb 15, 2022
BEST ANSWER: The latest update is that we will have them by the end of March.
Is the CD-ROM included with the book?
A shopper on Mar 7, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Absolutely love this book however there is no CD-ROM for this program.
Do you know is there much difference than edition one of this book?
A shopper on Aug 15, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I only have used edition 3- love it! However, the phone number from their website growinghealthyhomes is under "contact". I'm sure they would be able to answer your questions.
May I have the DVD only?
Cline on Sep 2, 2017
BEST ANSWER: We carry the DVD only in combination with the book. We do not sell the DVD separately. You might check with the publisher - Growning Healthy Homes.
Is there a date this Nutrition 101 Choose Life is expected to be available?
User on Aug 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I'm sorry but this item appears to be out of print and permanently unavailable from the publisher.
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Rated 5 out of 5
More fun than "school"
Thorough and interesting with easy, delicious recipes. This doesn't seem like "school" according to my teen.
May 10, 2023
1 month ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great book with excellent information! Colorful and easy to understand!
February 8, 2021
over 2 years ago
Rated 1 out of 5
Very Biased
Not science based nutrition, and I am very disappointed in this book. I wanted my children to learn about eating healthy, living a healthy life style, etc. Not unproven causes of cancer and a glorified sales pitch of essential oil "detox diets" I would give this zero stars if I could. Diets shouldn't be promoted to children of any age, and this book is harmful.
July 25, 2019
over 3 years ago
Rated 2 out of 5
Informative, but not our style.
This is an informative text. I did not complete this text because I felt like I spent the majority of time reading at my children. It would be a good reference book.
March 7, 2019
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
This book is full of very helpful info and it is beautifully presented!!
August 15, 2018
over 4 years ago

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