Thursday, September 24, 2009

Review: Nutrition 101 - Choose Life!



Think back to your old health, biology, and Home Ec. classes in school.

Remember learning about how all the different body systems worked together, how our bodies develop as we age, and (the best part!) how to make an éclair er…I mean… a healthy nutritious meal? Well, let me assure you that all of that knowledge combined doesn’t even come close to the amount of material found in this next review product.

Published by Growing Healthy Homes, Nutrition 101 – Choose Life! is a massive (read: HUGE, 448 pages worth)3 –in – 1 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 is no ordinary, run-of-the-mill health curriculum. This baby’s golden!


Bible-based and unit study-esque in approach, Nutrition 101 – Choose Life! is broken down into six easily-digestible (Ha! Get it?) units:

  • The Brain and Nervous System (I thought this one was really cool)
  • Digestion and Elimination (for some reason, this one was my kids’ favorite. Go figure.)
  • Respiration and Olfactory
  • Muscular and Skeletal Systems
  • Cardiovascular and Immune Systems
  • Endocrine System and Emotions

Each unit contains a series of discussion questions, grade/age appropriate activities (hands-on, written, and oral), a “power recipe” that correlates to the lesson (example: the first recipe is guacamole, because avocados are good for the brain), and recommended additional resources, such as books or websites, for further study.

My children and I have enjoyed working our way through this book, and have enjoyed impressing Daddy with our newfound knowledge even more! (“Hey, Dad? Can you name all the parts of the brain? I can!” or “Hey, Dad? Do you know how long you should chew before swallowing?”)

Presented in an informal yet engaging manner, and filled with colorful charts, graphics, photos and lively text, Nutrition 101: Choose Life! is by far the most thorough health/biology curriculum I’ve ever seen! Honestly, I learned more from this product in the past few weeks than in 12 years of health class. Don’t believe me? Check out the free sample pages available here. 

Nutrition 101: Choose Life! is available on CD for $79.95, a book for $99.95, or as a combo (book/CD) for $129.95.

Now, before you get sticker shock, please note that you can use this product with your entire family, for many years to come. It covers everything you’d need to know about keeping your body healthy “as unto the Lord”.

Like I said, this product is absolutely golden! I love the format, the colors, the activities—everything! I especially enjoy the fact that it doesn’t just “say” what foods are healthy, it actually explains why. Operating without this crucial knowledge will cause us to destroy ourselves from the inside out.

I highly recommend this product to each and every homeschooling family out there. You won’t be disappointed! To learn more about this product, please visit their website by clicking here.

And with that, we jubilantly award Nutrition 101: Choose Life! two thumbs up! :)

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