“Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” (3 John 1:2) How has our soul prospered, my friend? If we have come to the saving knowledge of Christ, then we are rich in every way, reborn in the image of Christ and able to overcome the power of sin. That’s just a quick summary! But, the apostle John also writes in this verse that he prays for our health to prosper! Can you look at yourself and your family and feel confident that they are prospering in health?
It doesn’t take a genius to look around our society and notice the obesity problem that plagues our country. According to the World Health Organization, the
So, how do we change the momentum in the lives of our families? This isn’t something that can happen by “tweaking” a few things here and there. We need a paradigm shift in our understanding, conviction that will lead to action and then tools to implement the changes we know are life-giving, even life-saving. Hosea 4:6 states that “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” This implies that the knowledge is there to be discovered, if we are willing to make the effort.
Enter a wonderful program that makes living healthy attainable: Nutrition 101: Choose Life! (Taken from Deuteronomy 30:19 “…now choose life that both you and your children may live.”) A bit anatomy and biology book, a bit health course, recipe book and bible study this informative volume makes renewing your mindset in these areas a breeze! The authors, Debra Raybern N.D., Sera Johnson, Laura Hopkins and Karen Hopkins have packed this 448 page book with everything you need to be able to make these longed-for changes. They are also all homeschooling mothers that have used this material in their home and know that it works.
This curriculum can be used at home, as a unit study approach, or used in a coop just as easily. Although it is designed to take a chapter a week to complete, it could be done several years in a row, choosing different enrichment activities and recipes to give it variance. There are a wide variety of suggestions, good for different ages, which will keep things fresh for everyone. Really, good habits will come from repetition so everyone would benefit from hearing this information and being reminded of it as they swim upstream in our junk food society.
I personally love the clear, vibrant photos that are used in the book. From close up, 3-D renderings of nerves to beautifully prepared meals, the book encourages study by being well put together. Each chapter ends with Discussion Questions, Activities (including Power Recipes to put into practice what you are learning), and Additional Resources to delve deeper, if so desired. I really appreciate the emphasis on natural health care, using food to synergize your body systems for optimum performance and self healing, too. The Appendix also contains a variety of worthwhile articles on topics ranging from microwaves to minerals and from mold to milk. There’s just so much good stuff in this book, I really hope that you will get your home a copy and prayerfully use and apply it.
As Christians, our standard and statistics should be much higher than the worlds in all areas of life (we are, after all, children of the Creator of all life, with a great Instruction Book to follow!). Instead, we are sadly mirroring the world in so many ways; divorce rates and loss of purity within our youth included (don’t even get me started!). I would venture a guess that we may be ahead of the game on the obesity scale since potlucks and fellowship meals can be one of the main ways we commune together as a body. Please don’t think that I have all of this down either. It is one of my biggest struggles! I love food, I love to cook and I have a serious sweet tooth. Eating right is a continual battle, but one I can take the offensive on thanks to the thoroughness of Nutrition 101: Choose Life! and by maintaining a dependence on the Lord for strength to make good, daily choices.
To obtain your own copy of this terrific program, visit their website at www.growinghealthyhomes.com where you can order the hardbound book for $99.95, the CD-Rom for $79.95 or both for a discounted total of $129.95.