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Christopher Columbus – a lapnote


Last week we did a study on Christopher Columbus using  a free lapbook from Hands of a Child.  I’ve done lots of posting on our lapbooking/notebooking or as I call it our lapnoting – I cannot think of anything simpler for a homeschooling family with more than one child to do to simplify teaching.  Combining several areas of study, history, science, etc lapbooks can really help streamline studies making it easy to teach multiple ages/grades at one time.  For my younger ones (if I include my 4 year old) I do all the cutting for the books the night before.  With a little prep work using lapbooks can simplify and save a lot of time. 

Here are two pictures of the girls begining lapnote of Christopher Columbus.  Bethanne’s is first and Hannah’s is second.  I’ll post more pictures of the finished lapnotes another day.

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MamaBuzz Tour: "Sir Quinlan and the Swords of Valor; Sir Rowan and the Camerian Conquest " by Chuck Black


I’ve had the pleasure of reviewinga book by Chuck Black before and couldn’t pass up this opportunity to review Sir Quinlan and the Swords of Valor and Sir Rowan and the Camerian Conquest.  Knowing that these books are as much fun for an adult to read as they are for children, meant that they would get a lot of love.

Both books are written with making sure that Christ is honored and teaching Biblical truths in an allegorical form.  With friends and with the Prince on their side the knights are sure to overcome the Dark Knight’s power and triumph for the Prince (who in case you’re not sure, is representative of our Lord Jesus Christ).  Can a Knight defeat the evil that has invaded his countryside of Cameria?  Will evil triumph or will the light of the Prince?  To find the answers to these questions you’ll have to read, Sir Rowan and the Camerian Conquest and Sir Quinlan and the Swords of Valor

 

Knowing that Chuck Black has a passion for children, he has six, means that I know he’ll try to put out literature that he wouldn’t mind his own children reading.  I feel safe putting these books published by Waterbrook Multonmah into my children’s hands without pre-reading them, but then again I enjoy reading them myself.  I can’t wait until my son, who is 4, can begin to experience the great books that await him and his imagination written by Chuck Black.   

**This is a Mama Buzz review. The product was provided by Waterbrook Multonmah for this review.

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Fun in the Sun!


The last few days have been unseasonably warm – in the 80’s – that, in my opinion, is not fall in Ohio.  Thankfully, by the time this actually posts it’ll have begun to feel like fall again.  Of course the children are enjoying it and playing on their swingset that my inlaws (their Grandparents) bought for them over the summer.  They really enjoy it, although we are looking at getting another swing addition.  My son has a little thing he came up with called ‘under dog’ he goes all the way back to the house and runs to the swing yelling as loud as he can “UNDER DOG TO THE HOG TO THE RESCUE”  I and my husband have no idea how or why he came up with this but it’s VERY cute.  So here are some pictures of the children just enjoying time outside and Bethanne enjoying a caramel apple (and yes she eats all the time with her fingers).

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"The Lord's Prayer" by R.T. Kendall


From the Bethany House website:

No prayer is better known–or more misunderstood–than the prayer Jesus provided in his Sermon on the Mount. Turning a keen eye to this much-loved topic, Dr. R. T. Kendall unlocks the transforming truths of what we now call the Lord’s Prayer. With wisdom and depth, he offers thoughtful exposition on the life-changing revelations contained in each line of this amazing prayer, including:

• interpreting and praying in the will of God
• the purpose of the Lord’s Prayer
• when to pray the Lord’s Prayer
• how unanswered prayer can be a sign of God’s favor
• misusing the Lord’s Prayer
• why pray at all?
• and more

Readers will come away not only with a model for prayer, but with a revolutionary way to pray effectively while drawing closer to the Father.

My Opinion:

I’ll admit I had a very hard time getting into this book, I think it was more the way I felt I was being lectured at instead of reading a book.  I understand that the author wants to de-stigmatize the Lord’s Prayer as one that becomes rote and recited because someone says we have to as a way to be cleared of sin or just because that’s they only prayer we know but I also couldn’t relate to a lot of what the author was writing about.

I don’t think that just because I don’t pray the Lord’s Prayer every time I pray means that I am praying the wrong way or that because I ask for something that may not be God’s will for my life (another baby, a little more money, go on a mission trip, etc) that God will not respond to my prayer.  I love the Lord’s Prayer and feel it’s one of the most beautiful and reverent prayers but I cannot understand that I need to pray it all the time in order for God to hear me.  I think the author has done a great job in getting readers to see the Lord’s Prayer in a different light which can be a good thing.

**I was provided a copy of this book from Chosen (a division of Bethany House) in exchange for my honest review, no other compensation was given.

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"And Then Came Life" by Glenn Greenstein and Robert Parrish


I’ve never heard of biofiction before reading this book by Glenn Greenstein and Robert Parrish but I must say that I hope to find more biofiction put our by quality Christian authors.  This book chronicles the story of a man who from his boyhood struggled with homosexuality, to a marriage, divorce to return to being a gay man, marriage, divorce, and then victory in Christ!  This book had me gripped from the go since I never thought anyone could leave this lifestyle behind but I also know that the God I serve is great and He can do anything – He rescued me.

This book is not for the faint of heart, it is descriptive, and in that respect I was somewhat taken aback because I tend to stay away from books like that but I also know what the author’s intent was – to make the reader feel what being in this lifestyle is like – addicting and controlling.  Satan was at work to destroy this man’s life and he almost succeeded in doing so but once again our Lord pulls him from the depths and raises him up.  Some scenes were heartbreaking, parents whose only concern is where their next fix is coming from and a dad who belittles the masculine side of his son as were the man, David’s life as a man lost in an evil world.

While I would say be cautious in who reads this I definitely see it being a benefit for those wanting to work with recovering homosexuals or who knows someone in that lifestyle.  This book will hopefully make you stop and think the next you see a person living this life – David was shunned by Christians when he left that life and started attending a church – or who has left that life.  As Christians we are told to hate the sin we are not to hate the person – God grieves at any of His people who leave Him and we need to do our best to bring the Truth to a hurting people while helping them heal.

You can purchase a copy of the book at Amazon.

**I was provided a copy of this book from Robert Parrish in exchange for my honest opinion, no other compensation was given.

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Attack of the….


Praying Mantis!!!!

The other day as we were leaving there was a praying mantis on our window so at the risk of holding everyone up I ran back inside for my camera.

We’ve had an abundance of praying mantis’  this summer – we wonder if it’s because of the garden – but this is the first one I’ve been able to photograph.  I have flipped the picture as he or she was at an odd angle – so our mailbox really isn’t upside down :)

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TOS Crew: Soli Deo Gloria Resources; William Tyndale God's Smuggler


Vendor Name:  Soli Deo Gloria Resources

Vendor Contact InformationSoli Deo Gloria Resources Contact Page 

Name of Product:  William Tyndale, God’s Smuggler

Price of Product:  $8.00 e-book

Age Range:  K-12

Other Products from Vendor:  Bible, History, Science, and more.

**I received a copy of this E-book from Soli Deo Gloria Resources in exchange for my honest review, no other compensation was given.

We are a family who enjoys unit studies, whether for all year or just as a way to break up our year doing something different and fun, so having a chance to review a unit study from Soli Deo Gloria Resources was very much up my alley.  If you aren’t familiar with unit studies they are a way to focus on one subject but combining several other areas that surround that topic.  For example in the William Tyndale study, you’ll not only study him and his contribution to the Christian faith but also happenings in the 16th century.  Unit studies usually cover all subject matter except for math although there are exceptions to that, the William Tyndale unit covers history, science, geography, character study, Bible, art, and language arts.

Unit studies are great if you’re a larger family wanting to keep all your children together for the majority of your school day, this unit is good for Kindergarten through 12th grade.  The first thing you’ll begin with is gathering items you’ll need for your study such as videos, books and/or websites, you can use the ones suggested or use your own.  Kim Kargbo has outlined what you’ll need to do for further preparation such as gathering the above materials, decide what to do with the paperwork as well as some other easy prep work.  I forgot to mention that?  Unit studies provide a quick way to do school with little prep work on the teacher’s (parent’s) part which can make things more enjoyable for all.

This is a 5 day study with between six to nine activities to do, and you don’t have to do them all or you can.  If you want to do all the activities then you can also allow for a longer time for the study and stretch into a longer period allowing for more in depth study.  If there are items for just elementary or high schoolers to do then it’s easily distinguished what needs to be done for each grade and some items can be done as a family, like the time line.  This study is a wonderful addition to use as filler or if the teacher just needs a slight break from the usual school routine.

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Fun-For-the-Whole-Family Hour


Group Publishing has set sail on a brand new expedition, where families will embark on an adventure to discover God’s love. In their very first Fun-for-the-Whole-Family Hour event, Group partners with Walden Media and 20thCentury Fox, using scenes from the new Narnia movie, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Fun-for-the-Whole-Family Hour combines eye-opening discussions and upbeat music with the thrilling adventure of Narnia in an experience that connects all ages with each other and with God.  

Fun-for-the-Whole-Family Hour is one action-packed hour where participants will discuss never-before-seen clips from the movie, listen to music, watch a skit, and grow in their faith. Participants will divide into family groups of no more than five. Each group is given their own expedition pack, which contains an interactive expedition map that uses water to reveal hidden messages, guiding each family to look at God’s transforming love in a whole new way. It also includes a CD with all the music so families can continue their adventure at home. Clips from the Narnia movie will help them explore how God’s love changes us. Fun-for-the-Whole-Family Hour makes reaching families easier than ever.

Fun-for-the-Whole-Family Hour is flexible, easy to implement, and a great value. Everything you need to get started is in the Leader Pack, which includes:
·         Leader Guide
·         DVD containing a promotional video and clips from The Voyage of the Dawn Treader 
·         CD containing clip art, publicity helps, drama script, and PowerPoint song lyrics slides
·         Family Expedition Pack (sample)
·         Publicity Poster (sample)

Fun-for-the-Whole-Family Hour came out of a desire to let families share in simple, life-changing experiences like the ones kids explore at Group’s vacation Bible school. “In Group’s many years of ministry experience, we’ve seen families connect in unique ways during VBS,” according to Group’s Shannon Velasquez. “Fun-for-the-Whole-Family Hour brings families together for laughter, drama, and music, creating a starting point for family faith-building conversations.” 

Group has a reputation of being hands-on in growing children’s relationships with Christ, and this new product does not disappoint. Nothing fires you up like seeing kids “get it” as you teach…and seeing the children you serve grow closer to God.  This practical, time-saving resource makes that happen.  

Fun-for-the-Whole-Family Hour Leader Pack—ISBN 978-0-7644-4288-9/$19.99
Fun-for-the-Whole-Family Hour Family Expedition Pack—ISBN 978-0-7644-4289-6/$5.99
Fun-for-the-Whole-Family Hour Publicity Poster Pack—ISBN 978-0-7644-4287-2/$9.99
Group Publishing, August 2010

My Opinion:

This is  really neat kit especially if you are looking for something different to do as a family on a weekend or even to break up the weekdays.  All it takes is an hour, but that doesn’t include interruptions and far be it from to tell my children not to ask questions about our Lord!  It does have clips from the new Narnia movie due out in December, which didn’t bother us, but I know some would not want their children to watch this, however I didn’t see anything objectionable.

While it would definitely be a good outreach ministry for a church to put on during the school break in the winter or maybe even a church with limited funds to do instead of a VBS, this is good for just families as well.  If you didn’t want to do it as a family it would be a fun way to liven up your devotion time before beginning your home school and spread it over a week.  I can see so many possibilities with this program – and if you’re creative you could probably think of more!

**I was provided a Fun For the Whole Family Hour leader pack from the B&B Media Group in exchange for me posting the information and my honest opinion, no other compensation was given.

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Downtime!


There is something about a sleeping child – peacefulness, they look so peaceful and I could spend hours looking at a sleeping child, if I wasn’t so tired myself before they fall asleep however I snapped this picture of Christian sleeping on the floor he dragged out his huge Car comforter and made himself comfy in the walkway.

Here is another one from earlier with the same blanket but he was on the couch – so peaceful.

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FIRST tour: Eat This and Live! For Kids by Don Colbert, M.D. with Joseph A. Cannizzaro, M.D.


It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old…or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!

Today’s Wild Card author is:

 

Don Colbert

 

and the book:

Eat This and Live! For Kids

Siloam; 1 edition (September 7, 2010)

***Special thanks to Anna Coelho Silva | Publicity Coordinator, Book Group | Strang Communications for sending me a review copy.***

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Don Colbert, MD, is board-certified in family practice and anti-aging medicine and has received extensive training in nutritional and preventative medicine. He is the author of numerous books, including two New York Times best sellers, Dr. Colbert’s “I Can Do This” Diet and The Seven Pillars of Health.

Joseph A. Cannizzaro, MD, has practiced pediatric medicine for thirty years with specialties in developmental pediatrics, nutrition, and preventive medicine. He is the founder and managing pediatrician for the Pediatricians Care Unit in Longwood, Florida.

Visit the author’s website.

Here’s a video about the adult version, Eat This and Live!:

Product Details:

List Price: $17.99
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Siloam; 1 edition (September 7, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1616381388
ISBN-13: 978-1616381387

AND NOW…THE FIRST CHAPTER:

EATING HABITS OF

THE NEXT GENERATION

Eating Habits and Our Future

How Has an entire generation of hefty eaters changed the face of the world? By starting young. And once again, this unflattering trend originated in America. In the United States, 17.1 percent of our children and adolescents?that’s 2.5 million youth?are now reported to be either overweight or obese.

As a result of childhood obesity, we are seeing a dramatic rise in type 2 diabetes throughout the country. And because of the connection obesity has with hypertension, hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol), and heart disease, experts are predicting a dramatic rise in heart disease as our children become adults. The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) reports that overweight teens stand a 70 percent chance of becoming overweight adults, and that is increased to 80 percent

if at least one parent is overweight or obese. Because of that, heart disease and type 2 diabetes are expected to begin at a much earlier age in those who fail to beat the odds.2 Overall, this is the first generation of children that is not expected to live as long as their parents, and they will be more likely to suffer from disease and illness.

If you do not take charge of your food choices for yourself, at least do it for your children. Children follow by example, by mirroring the behavior of their parents. Don’t tell them to make healthy eating choices without doing it yourself. I’m sure most of you love your children and are good parents. But ask yourself: Do you love your children enough to make the necessary lifestyle changes? Do you love them enough to educate them on what foods to eat and what foods to avoid? Do you love them enough to keep junk food out of your house and instead make healthy food more available? Do you love them enough to exercise regularly and lead by example?

If you answered yes to those questions, it is important that you not only take action right now but also that you make changes for them that last a lifetime.

But let me be honest; this is not an easy fight when it involves your children’s lives. As the little boxes of information on this page illustrate, the culture in which your children are growing up is saturated with junk food that is void of nutrition but high in toxic fats, sugars, highly processed carbohydrates, and food additives. Consuming these foods has become part of childhood.

You can do it, but you must be prepared to stand strong! That’s why I am ecstatic that you have picked up this book. I believe you now hold a key to truly changing your life and your children’s lives.

Stand Strong!

If you’re planning on taking a stand against this garbage-in, garbage-out culture, expect some opposition from every front. During the course of a year, the typical American child will watch more than thirty thousand television commercials, with many of these advertisements pitching fast-food or junk food as delicious “must-eats.” For years, fast food franchises have enticed children into their restaurants with kids’ meal toys, promotional giveaways, and elaborate playgrounds. It has obviously worked for McDonald’s: about 90 percent of American children between the ages of three and nine set foot in one each month.

It’s All Part of the Plan

Fast-food establishments spend billions of dollars on research and marketing. They know exactly what they are doing and how to push your child’s hot button. They understand the powerful impact certain foods can have. That is why comfort foods often do more than just fill the stomach; they bring about memories of the fair, playgrounds, toys, backyard birthday bashes, Fourth of July When your kids can’t visit the Golden parties, childhood friends . . . the list goes on. Advertisers have keyed into this and products?most of which are brought learned to use the sight of food to stimulate the same fond childhood memories.

School Cafeteria or Fast Food Franchise?

When your kids can’t visit the Golden Arches, it comes to them. Fast-food products?most of which are brought in by franchises?are sold in about 30 percent of public high school cafeterias and many elementary cafeterias.

An Alarming Trend in Children’s Health

By teaching your children healthy eating habits, you can keep them at a healthy weight. Also, the eating habits your children pick up when they are young will help them maintain a healthy lifestyle when they are adults. The challenges we face are imposing. The state of children’s health today is, according to recent measures, at its most dire. The rise in rates of complex, chronic childhood disorders has been well profiled. Here are some concrete examples of the current state of children’s health:

Cancer remains the leading cause of death by disease in children.5

Obesity is epidemic.

Fifty percent of children are overweight.6

Diabetes now affects 1 in every 500 children. Of those children newly diagnosed with diabetes, the percentage with type 2 (“adult-onset”) has risen from less than 5 percent to nearly 50 percent in a ten-year period.

Asthma is the most prevalent chronic disease affecting American children, leading to 15 million missed days of school per year. Since 1980, the percentage of children with asthma has almost tripled.

Approximately 1 in 25 American children now suffer from food allergies.

From 1997 to 2007, the prevalence of reported food allergy increased 18 percent among children under the age of eighteen years.

One in 6 children is diagnosed with a significant neurodevelopmental disability, including 1 in 12 with ADHD. Autism affects 1 in 150 U.S. children, an extraordinary rise in prevalence.

Babies in one study were noted, at birth, to have an average of 200 industrial chemicals and pollutants present in their umbilical cord blood.

These statistics are sobering indeed, and perhaps the most sobering is the rise in childhood obesity. Why? Obesity plays a part in several other chronic illnesses that are also on the rise among children. And there’s an unwelcome side effect?more kids are being put on prescription medications for obesity-related chronic diseases. Across the board, we are witnessing increases in prescriptions for children with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, depression, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and asthma. There must be a better way.

Top Three Tips for Parents

1. Lead by example. Your child will have an extremely difficult time making healthy eating choices and exercising

regularly if you don’t consistently show him or her how.

2. Take baby steps that lead to lasting changes. If your child is overweight, avoid diets that promise instant

3. Take your time as you replace your child’s old habits with healthy ones. This goes hand in hand with tip #2.

You’re in this for the long haul. It takes time to adapt to a new lifestyle. Be patient as he or she adjusts to the new eating habits and activities that you will be introducing.

What we need now is an absolute paradigm shift. No longer are the “one drug, one disease” solutions of the past appropriate. These are times that demand out-of-the-box thinking. That’s where this book can help. If your child is overweight or you want to lower his or her risk of becoming overweight down the road, there are many positive, natural ways you can address the situation. In this book, Dr. Cannizzaro and I provide you with information and ideas to help you help your child.

Understanding Childhood Obesity

Now that we’ve shared the bad news about the childhood obesity epidemic in the United States, let’s make sure you really understand the terms overweight and obese. Many people have a general sense as to how these words are different, yet in recent years the delineation has become clearer. Various health organizations, including the CDC and the National Institutes

of Health (NIH), now officially define these terms using the body mass index (BMI), which factors in a person’s weight relative to height. Most of these organizations define an overweight adult (twenty years of age and older) as having a BMI between 25 and 29.9, while an obese adult is anyone who has a BMI of 30 or higher.12 For children and teens, BMI is measured differently, allowing for the normal variations in body composition between boys and girls and at various ages.

For ages two to nineteen, the BMI (or BMI-for-age) is pinpointed on a growth chart to determine the corresponding age- and sex-specific percentile.

· Overweight is defined as a BMI at or above the 85th percentile and lower than the 95th percentile.

· Obesity is defined as a BMI at or above the 95th percentile for children of the same age and sex.

BMI is the most widely accepted method used to determine body fat in children and adults because it’s easy to measure a person’s height and weight. However, while BMI is an acceptable screening tool for initial assessment of body composition, please remember that it is not a direct measure of body fatness. There are other factors that can affect body composition, and your child’s doctor can discuss these with you.

If you think your child may be overweight, start by talking to his or her pediatrician. (See the box on the next page for some suggested questions to ask your child’s doctor.) After determining your child’s BMI and targeting a healthy weight range for your child, make a plan together as a family. It’s a good idea to include any regular caregivers in this plan as well. Set a goal for the whole family to get lots of exercise and eat a healthy, well-balanced diet. Keep reading for more ways to help your

family!

Wondering About Your Child’s Weight?

Five Questions to Ask Your Pediatrician

I understand that you probably don’t want to talk about the possibility that your child may not be at a healthy weight. To help make this as painless as possible, I recommend asking your doctor the following questions to get the conversation started.

1. What is a healthy weight for my child’s height?

Your doctor will use a growth chart to show you how your child is growing and give you a healthy weight range for your child. The doctor may also tell you your child’s body mass index (BMI). The BMI uses a person’s height and weight to determine the amount of body fat.

2. Is my child’s weight putting him or her at risk for any illnesses?

Based on your family history and other factors, your doctor can help you to determine what health risks your child may be facing. Overweight, inactive children with a family history of type 2 diabetes have an increased risk of being diagnosed with the disease. High blood pressure can also occur in overweight children.

3. How much exercise does my child need?

The National Association for Sport and Physical Education recommends at least one hour of exercise a day. Your doctor will be able to suggest specific ways to help your child, such as walking the dog, playing catch instead of video games, and other forms of activity.

4. Does my child need to go on a diet?

Although an overweight child’s eating habits will probably need to change, I don’t advise using the word diet because it focuses on short-term eating habits that are rarely sustainable for long-term health. Children (and adults) who become chronic dieters are setting themselves up for problems with their metabolism later in life. A healthier approach is to put your whole family on the path to a healthy lifestyle with gradual but permanent changes. The recommendations in this book are a great place to start.

5. How do I talk about weight without hurting my child’s feelings?

Your child might be sensitive about his or her weight, especially if he or she is getting teased. Above all, the message must never be, “You’re fat,” or “You need to lose weight.” Instead, it should be, “Our family needs to make better choices about eating and being more active so that we all can be healthy.”

Why Food Choices Matter

All men are created equal, but all foods are not! In fact, some food should not be labeled “food” but rather “consumable product” or “edible, but void of nourishment.” Living foods?fruits, vegetables, grains, seeds, and nuts?exist in a raw or close-to-raw state and are beautifully packaged in divinely created wrappers called skins and peels. Living foods look robust, healthy, and alive. They have not been bleached, refined or chemically enhanced and preserved. Living foods are plucked, harvested squeezed?not processed, packaged, and put on a shelf.

Dead foods are the opposite. They have been altered in every imaginable way to make them last as long as possible and be as addictive as possible. That usually means the manufacturer adds considerable amounts of sugar and man-made fats that involve taking various oils and heating them to high temperatures so that the nutrients die and become reborn as a deadly, sludgy substance that is toxic to our bodies.

Life breeds life. Death breeds death. When your child eats living foods the enzymes in their pristine state interact with his or her digestive enzymes. The other natural ingredients God put in them?vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, antioxidants and more?flow into your child’s system in their natural state. These living foods were created to cause your child’s digestive system, bloodstream, and organs to function at optimum capacity.

Dead food hit your child’s body like a foreign intruder. Chemicals, including preservatives, food additives, and bleach agents place a strain on the liver. Toxic man-made fats begin to form in your child’s cell-membranes; they become stored as fat in your child’s body and form plaque in his or her arteries. Your child’s body does its best to harvest the tiny traces of good from these deadly foods, but in the end he or she is undernourished and overweight.

If you want your child to be a healthy, energetic person rather than someone bouncing between all-you-can-eat buffets and fast-food restaurants, take his or her eating habits seriously. Now is the time to help your son or daughter make the change to living foods.

Isn’t it Really Just Genetics?

For every obese person, there is a story behind the excessive weight gain. Growing up, I would often hear it said of an obese person that she was just born fat, or he takes after his daddy. There s some truth in both of those. Genetics count when it comes to obesity. In 1988, the New England Journal of Medicine published a Danish study that observed five hundred forty

people who had been adopted during infancy. The research found that adopted individuals had a much greater tendency to end up in the weight class of their biological parents rather than their adopted parents. Separate studies have proven that twins who were raised apart also reveal that genes have a strong influence on gaining weight or becoming overweight. There is a significant genetic predisposition to gaining weight. Still, that does not fully explain the epidemic of obesity seen in the United States over the past thirty years. Although an individual may have a genetic predisposition to become obese, environment plays a major role as well. I like the way author, speaker, and noted women s physician Pamela Peeke said it: Genetics may load the gun, but environment pulls the trigger. Many patients I see come into my office thinking they have inherited their fat genes, and therefore there is nothing they can do about it. After investigating a little, I usually find that they simply inherited their parents propensity for bad choices of foods, large portion sizes, and poor eating habits. If your child is over weight, he or she may have an increased number of fat cells, which means your child will have a tendency to gain weight if you choose to provide the wrong types of foods, large portion sizes, and allow him or her to be inactive. But you should also realize that most people can over ride their genetic makeup for obesity by making the correct dietary and

lifestyle choices. Unfortunately, many parents forget that to make these healthy choices, it helps to surround a child with a

healthy environment.

 

My Opinion:

With this colorful book on nutrition and health for children even the youngest of readers will enjoy looking at it.  Dr. Colbert along with Dr. Cannizzaro has a lot of information packed into this little book but even so it’s well organized, quick to read and a good reference starting point.  With chapters on good nutrition, breastfeeding, eating while pregnant, restaurants, exercise and more this book will provide you a good jumping point for getting informed about you and your child’s health.

The authors do strongly recommend vaccinations, however they also stipulate that they won’t criticize those of us who either selectively or don’t vax at all.  They do include a delayed schedule if you want your child vaccinated but doing it at a delayed schedule to prevent some of the side effects that occur when multiple vaccines are given together.  I appreciate that they don’t blast parents who have chosen what is in their families best interests as I was expecting to be told how horrible we parents are who don’t or selectively vax.  Too bad more doctors aren’t like the authors in respecting that parents make the choices for their children and not the doctors.

I really enjoyed this book as did my 8 1/2 year old and my husband who usually doesn’t get as fascinated by books as I do.  If you’re looking for something as a quick reference guide on nutrition, and it’s not all about the children, then this is a good choice.  Even if you are more naturally minded there is information regarding good for you spices, detoxing, and special diets like those for inflammatory issues (I had no idea asthma, diabetes, and other chronic conditions are the result of exposure – long or short – to inflammatory foods) are touched on in this book.

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