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TOS Review – Growing Healthy Homes

on October 6, 2009

It think that we’ve hit a time in the span of the world where many families are trying to get healthy… eat healthy… stay healthy…  in order to do that though, you have to LEARN what healthy is, and what healthy means.

Enter in

The lovely folks at Growing Healthy Homes gifted the TOS Crew with an e-copy of their book Nutrition 101 – Choose Life!

Now, it may seem overwhelming at first when this 448 page tome arrives at your door, but it is well worth plugging through to get great tips on staying healthy, eating healthy, and cooking healthy.

From recipes to diagrams on how the respiratory system works, Nutrition 101 has it all.  is divided into six units covering the twelve main body systems, how they respond to nutritional practices, and how to eat in order for each to perform optimally.

It includes things like,

  • health statistics in the US (unfortunately, not for Canada though)
  • a food pyramid based on the health guidelines of the curriculum
  • sample menus
  • shopping lists (!!!!!)
  • how to select healthy fresh foods
  • maintaining kitchen and home safety

Whew!  I think I need a minute!

This is really a complete curriculum that above all emphasizes that we are fearfully and wonderfully made.  It is really nice to be able to pick up a book and know that there will be no talk of evolution, or anything like that.

One thing that made it hard for me to implement in my homeschool, is the fact that it is not a Living Book.  This is definitely a textbook, albeit with many fun little facts, and very good diagrams and descriptions.  The fact that it IS a textbook, made it difficult to keep my kids attention.

That being said, there are great little activities at the end of each chapter which are very fun and easy to do.  You can actually do the entire curriculum, turn around and do it again, only doing the “harder” activities.

The cost breaks down like this (in US funds)

Book and CD ROM – $129.95
Book – $99.95
CD ROM – $79.95

While it does seem a little bit pricey, you do have to remember that this is probably the only health curriculum you will ever have to buy, and that it is easily tweakable for all ages.

You can see what my fellow TOS crew members have to say about Nutrition 101 here.

Disclaimer: The only compensation that I received for this review was a free copy of the materials.


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