Thursday, October 15, 2009

Nutrition 101: Choose Life!

Remember the old food guide pyramids that we learned growing up? Throw them out. Yes, I said it, throw them out completely. This curriculum has redefined that pyramid. The only thing missing is my chocolate food group. Oh, well. This curriculum is targeted for all age groups. Since I have three different grades in my household, it worked quite well as we began to go over it.

So far, we have talked about the brain and it's functions. Now admittedly, I had to explain quite a bit in the material but it made for good discussion and research. I have always loved looking up what I don't know and I'm trying to instill that in my children. Although in the microwave age, kids aren't used to waiting on information or being patient enough to learn by looking up. I believe the kids who are willing to do this will excel in all areas. My kids giggled over some of the names and of course, me being me, I took advantage and decided to make them a little sillier. They seem to remember things better when they have had fun with it.

The recipes and extra resources really made this curriculum a true curriculum. There are loads of activities to enhance each chapter and scores of resources at the end of the book to make looking up valuable information a snap. This curriculum, if followed, will change your way of looking at food and possibly change your whole life. It simply explains how these changes can enhance your goals at healthy living. Now, me, I eat junk and next year, well, we've decided to have a huge garden. I'm going to be taking the facts in this book and applying it to making the best garden for my family possible. The money savings that I will see in my food bill alone will allow me to buy better at the store for things I can't grow in my area.

I will admit, this book seems a little pricey, BUT (notice huge "but") this curriculum can be used in place of any nutrition curriculum that you currently use and can be used for all grades over and over again. Most health curriculums cover nutrition every year, but I have never seen one to cover it this well. I received my copy for free for review as a PDF download and it makes scanning through and searching so easy! The print book can be ordered for $99.95 and the CD-ROM can be ordered for $79.95. You can also order the combo (book and CD-ROM) for $129.95.

Being frugal is in my nature, but trust me, in the long run, this purchase would be frugal. It can be used for many years to come and somehow, I have a feeling that the nutrition sense in this book will not be outdated for some time to come. That reminds me, I need to go make a backup of my file, I can't afford to lose this valuable resource!

DebG, Head Nut (nuts are nutritional, lol)

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