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Nutrition book for kids about 8-12yo or a teen?

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    I am a homeschooler, and am working on planning out a human body study for my 5th grader, next year. I'd like to cover nutrition, as well, but the books I'm aware of are not ones I will agree with, particularly regarding fats and grains. I've seen at least one book for preschoolers from a primal/paleo perspective, but that one is WAY too young for a 10yo.

    I will also have a 13yo, who will do a different science program, but would probably read anything I could find to give her.

    Does anyone here know of a book I could use to teach nutrition to my 10yo or for my 13yo to read?

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    At 13 yo, I would probably go with the books you read. What convinced you to believe Paleo-Primal was proper/right/accurate? Use those. And also - nutrition is one of those things that has to be modeled in the home to be believable to a kid. I am assuming that you are "living proof", as it were, that this WOE works, and if that is the case, you supply real-life evidence.

    I have nothing specific for the 10 yo, but why not pull in that young book, anyway? I homeschool as well, and we never shy away from any book, above, at, or below grade level, if the info is accurate/appropriate for what I am teaching. One of the joys of schooling your own - everything can be used as an educational resource. If I find something, I will let you know!
    I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC


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      I'm thinking I might go through and mark the "standard" nutrition book I have (Janice VanCleave's Food and Nutrition), skipping one or two chapters (food pyramid) and some sentences or paragraphs ( don't eat much saturated fat....). The rest of the info is pretty good, so it might still be pretty usable.


      • #4
        I went through and crossed out a couple sentences here and there, and made notes of 1-2 chapters to skip entirely. The rest of the book is really good, and I think I can use most of it. Not something I want to just hand to her, but since we do a lot of our science together, I think it will work.