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Nutrition/Healthy eating cooking curriculum?

Nutrition/Healthy eating cooking curriculum?

Have any of you done a nutrition cooking class for your high school dc? My dd14 and I BOTH need to eat healthier, and she would love to learn to cook more and eat better. We are both a little overweight, not a lot. Me due to my thyroid and heart meds, (they have me intentionally in hypothyroidism right now,to control my heart, and Ive gained 40 pounds) and being unable to really exercise due to my health. Daughter is 5'4 and weighs 170,although it is almost all solid muscle from gymnastics. She has very large legs and shoulders, but again, they are very muscular. She isn't fat, weighs a size 7, just has a lot of weight.

I hate cooking, but what I do cook is all simple, carby stuff that I throw together without recipes....pork chops, noodles, roast chicken and rice, meatloaf, biscuits and gravy, that kind of thing. My daughter loves cooking although is somewhat careless in the kitchen...ie...we tease her about how many fires she has started, and she is not allowed to cook if her older sister or I aren't home. Lol

What we need is a good curriculum that teaches not only cooking but health and nutrition while she learns to cook. I need low fat, low sodium (which I usually leave salt out of anything I make anyway) for my heart and weight. She needs high protein, high iron for her anemia and for her muscles. We BOTH need more NUTRITIOUS foods and a more balanced diet with more veggies, although most veggies I can't stand. Also we are both super busy so these need to be things she can learn and do without taking a ton of time.

Is there anything out there that might meet all the criteria? If any of you have done something like this with your dc, I'd love to hear reviews, opinion, pros and cons of what's out there. Thanks!

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I find it very difficult to pick any Home-Ec curriculum because there are always going to be some foods that we enjoy that we want to add to our list of recipes for them to learn and recipes that are in the curriculum that we all wouldn't eat, so we would have to tweak. That being said, it is easier for me to adjust something already planned out than to create a plan from scratch.

We are using Healthy Home Ec.
http://www.rainbowresource.com/proddtl.php?id=058442

It has a lot of great nutritional information. We don't make all the recipes. We do substitute some of our recipes for hers. It is a good starting point for us.

ETA: I think the information in the book I listed is good, but as far as lifestyle changes, that is a different challenge. Are you looking to follow any specific eating styles?

Personally, I would start with a meal plan. Plan your weekly meals together ahead of time. This will give you a plan so you're not falling back on foods you are trying to avoid, and it will save you money. Then shop. The bulk of your groceries should be bought from the perimeter of the store. Most foods in the aisles are processed and high in sodium. Fresh foods are kept on the perimeter of the store because of the turnover rate (it expires quickly). Your carbs should be complex carbs-fresh vegetables. Eat more veggies than fruit to keep your sugar intake to a minimum. If you struggle to eat veggies, try juicing them with some fruit.

This post was edited on Nov 02, 2017 09:00 AM

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have you looked into subscription based meal planners for a short term use???

saving dinner has variety in eating plans and such. they probably have samples and such
take a look ???
https://savingdinner.com/

There are other similar programs out there. It's like buying pre made academic lesson planners and such. takes the stress of it off. you can get monthly plans and such.. some with video or other instructions on cooking, etc.

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I typed a long reply, and then lost it. This will be a shortened version.

FMTV food documentaries have been helpful for our family. Use with discretion. Food Matters movie is a great place to start.
www.fmtv.com Some of the same movies can be watched on Amazon and Netflix.

12 Steps to Whole Foods: https://greensmoothiegirl.com/12-steps/

Books by John Robbins: https://www.johnrobbins.info/

Recipes by Chris Wark, who defeated stage 4 colon cancer through diet and lifestyle changes: https://www.johnrobbins.info/

Recipes and a great shopping list here: http://www.anticancermom.com/anti-cancer-diet/

Book Nourishing Traditions. Totally different outlook than what I listed above, but still a lot of great info.

We’ve found all of these resources to be invaluable as our family has transitioned from the Standard American Diet to a healthier, Whole Foods approach. I have counted many of these as part of our educational curriculum when filing our school reports.

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Agreeing with everything laughable moments said above. I wanted to suggest the book "In the Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto" by Michael Pollan. Also the website "100 days of real food".

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Thank you.
I just saw that I gave the wrong link to Chris Wark’s site. Here is the correct link: https://www.chrisbeatcancer.com/

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Thanks! I will look into all these links and suggestions in the morning.

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