Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Growing Healthy Homes ~ Nutrition 101

Growing Healthy Homes, LLC has found a way to present gentle, Biblically based information to families to educate and steer them toward healthy lifestyles.

I recently had the chance to review  Nutrition 101: Choose Life! This wonderful book is available in  both a hardcover format of 448 brightly colored pages for $99.95 or the more portable digital edition CD-ROM for $79.95.  It is also possible to purchase both together in a combination for $129.95.  (don't miss the special coupon code at the end of this review!)

The book is absolutely beautiful.

The pages are easy to read, the photos and illustrations are brightly colored, and there are highlighted areas all throughout each chapter.

The content covers quite a bit of information.  It's not a cookbook, and it's not only about eating.  It's got anatomy and physiology, some chemistry and environmental facts, nutrition (including an updated food pyramid), Biblical reference, health and safety and home economics.  This is definitely a book that will be used for years.

The book is broken into 6 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

Each Unit is broken into 4 Chapters.  The chapters are well written and full of interesting vocabulary.  I think this could be used with children of all ages.   Even young ones will like working through this with the family.

Once the main lesson material is covered there are discussion questions, activities, and additional resources are listed in case you'd like to learn even more.   Then there are recipes related to the subject matter.

Activity Guides for each Unit are located in the back of the book.

What's especially nice about  Nutrition 101 is that it isn't preachy.  They give lots of interesting facts, and there is a scientific bent, but it isn't harsh or judgmental.  This is exactly the type of thing my children respond best to.  Now, they will be able to gather information, and make choices based on things they know.   Kids with Asperger Syndrome don't like a wide variety of foods by nature, but this book makes new foods seem interesting, and at least taste worthy.

Once the main Units are completed, the authors add some final thoughts that are very beautiful and encouraging.

Almost as incredible as the main portion of the book are the appendixes.   You will find over 120 pages of charts, checklists, helpful hints safety tips and other useful information.

I am thoroughly impressed by the both the quality and the quantity of information in this book.  I think it's been a great addition to our home.

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**I was given a copy of this book in digital form in order to write an informed blogged review.  This is not a compensated or sponsored post, and my opinions are genuine.