My children and I will be working our way through Food Renegade’s “Real Food Nutrition and Health” book during the fall and winter months as part of our homeschooling curriculum.
We’ve hit on nutrition in other homeschooling curriculum options and let me tell you, it has always been disappointing. Until now.
Finally! A Nutrition Text That Gets It Right.
Kristen Michaelis is Food Renegade, and her nutrition text is engaging and informative. She wrote the text for high schoolers, but she’s coming out soon with a text for younger elementary aged kids. My girls, who are 11 and 13, will do great with the high school text. It is probably too old for my son C. (9), but that’s all we have right now.
After looking through Kristen’s book the last few months, I feel confident that it will give my children a solid grasp of real food nutrition. I’m excited for what we all will learn! I will appreciate being able to sharpen and refine my understanding of nutrition, too.
Interestingly, even though Kristen writes about nutrition, she will try to steer us clear of it. I like that. Here’s why:
“We need to shift our focus away from “nutrients” and toward “food” in order to understand the effects nutrition has on health. Why? Because whole foods are so much more complex than nutritional science can understand. …if the scientific study of nutrition has taught us anything, it’s that whole, real foods have a complex relationship of nutrients both within themselves (a carrot is more than beta-carotene, a tomato more than lycopene) and with the other foods we serve them with.”
I’m totally on board with that. Would you like to join us in our study? The book spans 11 chapters and we will keep an easy pace of working through one lesson (chapter) per week. Kristen takes a classical approach to homeschooling, which I love, and the chapters offer engaging reading materials, for independent study or reading aloud.
Her current text is for older children, ages 12 and up. She’s planning a text for elementary aged students, as well as a coloring/activity book for the much younger. They will be ready hopefully soon, but in the meantime, onward and upward!
You can get a FREE sample chapter by clicking right here.
I’ll be taking a stab at writing discussion questions and follow-up activities for the chapters (though Kristen is working on that, too!). I invite you to work your way through the book and discussions with us. I will make a weekly blog post about each chapter, sharing our impressions and what we learned, and asking you to share your family’s thoughts.
Even if you’re not homeschooling your children, we’d love for you and your kids to join us. Wouldn’t it be great for you to counter-act the false information in the school systems with nutrition information that respects God’s design?
We won’t start for some weeks yet, as my family still has summer projects and vacations happening. I anticipate starting toward the end of August, with the following tentative schedule. Or, you can download the schedule as a PDF.
- Week of August 23: Chapter 1 — Food, Not Nutrients (discussion PDF / blog post)
- Week of August 30: Chapter 2 — What Traditional Food Cultures Can Teach Us (discussion PDF / blog post)
- Week of September 6: Chapter 3 — Healthy Fats & Oils (discussion PDF / blog post)
- Week of September 13: Chapter 4 — Health Meat, Seafood, & Dairy (discussion PDF / blog post)
- Week of September 20: Chapter 5 — Healthy Vegetables & Fruits (discussion PDF / blog post)
- Week of September 27: Chapter 6 — Living Foods & Superfoods (discussion PDF / blog post)
- Week of October 18: Chapter 7 — Grains & Legumes (discussion PDF / blog post)
- Week of October 25: Chapter 8 — Bone Broths (discussion PDF / blog post)
- Week of November 1: Chapter 9 — Sweeteners (discussion PDF / blog post)
- Week of November 8: Chapter 10 — The Keys to Health (discussion PDF / no blog post)
- Week of November 15: Chapter 11 – Real Food for Real Life (discussion PDF / no blog post)
Grab a sample chapter here to check out Kristen’s engaging, passionate style.
Want to Join Us? Please Do!
If you’d like to take part, please do the following:
- Comment below to say you’re in!
- Buy the book for high schoolers* (here’s the text for elementary students)
- Come back here the week of August 16 to grab the discussion notes for Lesson 1.
- Come back the week of August 23 to share your impressions of lesson 1, and grab the discussion notes for Lesson 2.
- Rinse and repeat.
- Invite others to join us, too!
*The immediate download PDF eBook is $19.95; the 203 page, spiral-bound printed book is $29.95. GNOWFGLINS will earn a commission on each sale, but honestly, we’d be doing this study whether or not we were associated. Thank you for supporting GNOWFGLINS with your purchase. You should also know I’m very thankful to be undertaking this study with Kristen’s permission.