Friday, April 10, 2009

Book Review- Eat Healthy, Feel Great

Ok, I'll admit it.  I'm obsessed with healthy eating, healthy living, feeding my kids right, and  teaching them good nutrition.  Here is another great resource that we've enjoyed.  Eat Healthy, Feel Great by Dr Sears talks to children about making wise food choices using a traffic light analogy.  Foods are labeled either red light foods (that we should not eat), yellow light foods (that we should only eat occasionally), or green light foods (that we can eat all the time).  There is actually a tear out poster in the back of the book that we laminated and have hanging in our kitchen.  Lucy will often ask if something is a "green light food" and we refer to the poster and discuss our food choices.

Eat Healthy, Feel Great talks about how food affects our bodies and helps us stay healthy.  It is written in such a way that young children can understand it, but contains a good amount of information that even older children can learn from.  Things like complex carbohydrates, preservatives, hydrogenated oils, and various vitamins are defined in simple terms.  I love that on the first page the mom is breastfeeding the baby and in later pages the baby is worn in a sling while grocery shopping.  We have already learned a lot from this book and plan to read it many more times!   

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