With the start of the new year, did you make some nutritional goals?
Have you been considering a new approach to wellness with diet, exercise, or other life/home changes?
I received a timely review copy of the Treasures of Health Nutrition Manual from Designed Healthy Living a couple months ago, and it has been at our fingertips for browsing at the dining table. Multiple family members looked through the book during visits over the past weeks, appreciating the quick-read format and succinct reference information to answer nutritional questions.
I found this book helpful in working through the question of whether or not to use supplements (based on eating a healthy, real food diet). The information provided helps provide reasons when they may be necessary, or offering food alternatives instead.
At one point, I appreciated the current research information on Vitamin D supplements. My midwife tested my blood vitamin D levels this winter. Even though I’ve consciously tried to add real foods rich in this vitamin to my diet, we found that my results were still very low, and needed supplementation during this season of pregnancy (and soon, nursing again).
I loved the analytical recommendations of nutrient-rich raw milk (with its naturally-occurring lactase for digestion), grass-fed/pastured meats, avoiding the “Daily Dozen” produce and GMOs, and using only natural sugars. (However, I would recommend pairing this book with Nourishing Traditions, as I prefer to avoid soy altogether and use “real fats” such as butter and coconut oil, for example.) The author is a bit more accepting of soy consumption than I am, and more cautious- but still encouraging- of the use of fats.
The biblical perspective of the Nutrition Manual is refreshing. If you’re in the midst of transitioning your food choices or embarking upon a new diet, it can be especially helpful to meditate upon the encouragement of Bible verses.
The Nutrition Manual is also a resource for lifestyle information, encouraging healthy exercise, biblical & medical perspectives on birth control, chemicals in the home, and even some healthy tips for pet care!
Designed Healthy Living offers a selection of materials, in addition to the Nutrition Manual book, including Bible studies for groups, a cookbook, DVDs, and more.
They are offering to give away one copy of the Nutrition Manual to a Frugal Granola reader!
To enter the giveaway, visit the Designed Healthy Living website, and leave a comment on this blog post letting us know what product most interests you. You can also download free ebooks and preview book pages (on the left side). (I’m thinking the free “Daniel Fast” ebook may be helpful if you’re planning a fasting time during Lent this spring!)
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