What Do We Eat?

Homeschool allows for the time and freedom to do and explore so many things. Sometimes the list can become quite long. Sometimes we start one and get so excited about another that we leave the first, second, and third hanging.

I think we should take time to make sure we finish a few things that we have started.

It’s good to see a cycle through from beginning to end, is it not?

One small project that we had started, left and now picked up again is food and nutrition.

In our family we are conscious of our health and engage our children in many a discussion about it. We are active, try not to eat a lot of junk and processed food (SUGAR), cook fresh homemade meals, and love our greens.

No, of course we are not perfect with this.

We have a friend that is a nutritionist and she claims that the best way to stay healthy long term is to not follow a fad diet or eating style. Just exercise regularly and eat your balanced food groups.

Do you know what it really means to eat a balanced daily diet from the 4 food groups?

I did not. So, I thought it would be a good lesson for us all to take on.

We looked up our Canadian food guide online and printed out each food group with the detailed information on serving sizes. We talked about what the food groups are and what kind of foods fall under each category.

On the back of each food group we wrote down the suggested daily servings for everyone in our family.

The kids drew out a chart for each day, which Ronan later decided to do on the computer and print off instead.  (Good thinking Ronan!)

Drawing Out The Food Chart

Drawing Out The Food Chart

Zahra's Food Chart

Zahra’s Food Chart

They put the food groups on the top of their chart and each meal on the side. Ronan records how many servings of each food group he has with each meal and snack. Zahra just checks off what food group she is meeting with each meal. (Not only does this help with organization but it is another practical math exercise in charts and graphs which is a part of stats and probability)

Serving Sizes

Serving Sizes

Chart Layout

Chart Layout

Ronan Created The New Chart on The Computer. This is Zahra's. She Checks Off The Boxes To Track The Food Groups She Eats For Her Meals In a Day.

Ronan Created The New Chart on The Computer. This is Zahra’s. She Checks Off The Boxes To Track The Food Groups She Eats For Her Meals In a Day.

After reviewing their data the kids saw that we can be a little heavy on daily protein. (Ronan can easily go over his serving size in his morning egg consumption.)

Our grain consumption is on target, and fruits and vegetable servings varies based on the individual. (We have green shakes made in a Vitamix but almost everyday, but my daughter will consume fruit as a snack compared to a bowl of cereal that her brother would rather have.)

Milk and milk products strangely enough does not have any recommended serving sizes on the Canada Food Guide. It just asks you to refer to the nutrition information on the label of the milk products you are consuming. What do you think of that?

This has been a great practice for all of us in better understanding labels, what we are eating and leading a more balanced life.