Wednesday, April 20, 2011

TOS Review - Nutrition 101:Choose Life!

I don't like shopping.
(I can hear some of you gasp in horror!!)
I also don't like crowds or traffic very much. (I can visualize some affirmative nods). It is then a given (well I think so) that I would appreciate the concept of a Mall. The one-stop-all-under-one-roof-place to purchase what you need and get out! Obviously to avoid the crowds I try and do this as early in the day and infrequently as possible.

Sometimes I feel a bit 'lost' as to what to teach the kids about a specific subject, or I get so involved in 'getting ideas and resources together' that we never actually get around to it! (Although I know none of you ever do that!) So again I think something like a Curriculum-Mall would be nice where you can go and 'get what you need and teach it'. 

Now imagine my absolute delight when I was offered to review a product that resembles a 'one-stop-all-under-one-roof-curriculum-mall-place. (Well, it's not as bad as Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!).

OK, I'll speak English.  

As part of the TOS Crew I was given a free copy of NUTRITION 101:Choose Life! by Growing Healthy Homes (c)

I'm all for Healthy (it makes you live longer) and as my man and I have recently started at the gym I was curious about this product. Now, if this was an actual, physical book you could be arrested for carrying a weapon because it has 448 pages! Yes, folks 448 pages all packed with healthy goodness and 'saige' wisdom.

I am fairly easy to please (well, I think so anyway) and I try to find something good in most things, but really, you WANT to get this product! Even if you don't want to teach this, it is more than worth reading it for your own (and your family's) benefit. After the kids and I did one of the chapters I thought I'd read on a bit. Well, I read and read and read and ... well, you get the picture.

My children LOVE broccoli. When they were younger they used to call it trees. (Well, because it looks like trees). One evening when I was a tad slow with dinner according to my then 4year old, I found him in the kitchen, head of broccoli in his hands munching away! Love it!!

My boy and his favourite food!

Did you know that the humble broccoli is 1) good brain, liver & heart food, 2) rich in Vit. A, Vit. B, Vit. C, Calcium, Magnesium, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Potassium and Fibre, 3) reduce the risk of developing Esophageal cancer, 4) can be eaten raw, 5) is an anti-oxidant and 6) it looks like trees! :)

I got ALL that information (and heaps more!) from this 448 page pdf file! - well, except for number 6.

So What exactly is this amazing product?

"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 into 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."

Each of the units are broken down into 4 chapters. At the end of each chapter there are discussion questions, activities (divided up between elementary and secondary aged kids), recipes and additional, clickable internet resources! At the end of the document (just before the Appendix) you will find an activity guide for each chapter, which is an answer key for all the activities. 
After all this you will find Appendix A all the way to Appendix EE!!!! with charts, health tips and other amazing information.
This is honestly a full curriculum peppered with Bible Verses and encouragement along the way. 

Who is it for?
Well, I can't believe you even asked that question!! It should be compulsory!!
This product should be on every bookshelf .... mmmm... ok on every desktop!! 

What did we think about it?
It should be obvious by now. We (specially me) LOVED IT!!! and I will continue to love it for a loooong time yet. 

How did we use it?
So if you think this is a good product just filled with great are wrong. They even tell you HOW TO USE IT!!! It's like the gift that keeps on giving.
An example of how to use this can be found on page 16 and includes the following:
Monday: Read the chapter and discussion questions
Tuesday: Review chapter and obtain ingredients for the "Power" Recipe
Friday: Share highlights during family meal time

We did:
Day 1: One of the chapters we read was the chapter on The Brain
Day 2: We finished the chapter and answered the discussion questions.
Day 3: We did the activity where the kids brushed their teeth with their non-dominant hand. They also wrote their names with their non-dominant hand. This was fun to watch! 
Day 4: We did some brain teaser games and read a "Puzzle adventure" book.

The Brain
(If this image is copyrighted please let me know)
Well, I can go on and on about this amazing product, but that will leave less time for you to read it yourself. 
So without further ado go and visit the website and purchase your own copy of Nutrition 101: Choose Life! 
CD-ROM Format for US$79.95 
Book Format for US$99.95
Combo for US$129.95

This is a product you will use again and again.

If you don't believe me or want a second opinion (which is always good) please go and read some reviews of my fellow Crew Mates about this product by clicking HERE

DISCLAIMER: As part of the TOS Crew I received this product for free in exchange for my honest opinion. I did not receive any other compensation. 

Do let me know what you think of this!!


1 comment:

Joy said...

Your review is good!! It was so hard to pinpoint what to talk about in a 400+ book!! :) Yawn. I was up 'til 2:30 polishing it.