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As you know, my husband is a cook and I am a dietitian. An interesting thing about cooks is that they are great at cooking regular foods. However, they’re often not so good at baking. This is because when a chef creates something in the kitchen, it’s a little bit of that and a little bit of this. In other words, the amounts aren’t exact.

This Does Not Work so Well in Baking

Whole Wheat vs White Flour

Whole Wheat vs White Flour Baking

Whole Wheat vs White Flour Baking

For example, when baking a quick bread, it’s important to carefully measure the flour as well as use the correct tools, including the appropriate measuring cups. You should NEVER use a glass pyrex-style measuring cup to measure dry ingredients (see caption). This is because you need to be able to flatten the top of the cup. You can’t do this with a glass measuring cup, so you’ll end up with an approximate amount which you don’t want when baking a high-quality product. You should always use a dry measuring cup to measure dry ingredients for greatest accuracy.  Personally I believe you should sift the flour prior to measuring as well for the lightest product. Another important thing to remember is that if you just dip the measuring cup into the flour instead of scooping it/spooning it into the cup, you will most like end up with too much flour and a heavier product.

Whole Wheat Vs White Flour Baking

This becomes even more crucial when you are using whole wheat flour.  When you exchange all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour, I highly recommend you weigh the flours. For example. If your recipe calls for 1 cup of all-purpose flour and you want to exchange it with whole wheat flour:

  1. Weigh 1 cup of the all purpose flour.
  2. Rather than measure out the whole wheat flour, simply weigh it until you get the amount you need. The amount will be slightly different, and most of the time the whole wheat flour will be heavier.

My husband has been a bit stubborn about paying attention to me when I try to explain this to him. As a result, he has created less than delicious baked goods time and time again. When we first got married, Ron was using glass measuring cups to measure his dry ingredients. Not only that, but he was using the dip method. So, of course, when I asked him to switch the all-purpose flour with the whole wheat flour, he ended up with a flat, heavy, not so tasty product.

He began using the correct tools. However, he has not been exact in his measurements. So, after years of him making inferior baked products, I finally convinced my husband to actually weigh four different flours so he could see for himself what I was talking about.

As my husband was conducting this little experiment yesterday, it occurred to me that this is an example of true science.  Observing the evidence rather than depending on another person’s word is what science is all about. 🙂

I highly recommend you do this with your kids (or husband) or some other lucky person so that you can teach them a thing or two about baking.

So, back to the experiment. Ron carefully measured and weighed 1 cup each of four different kinds of flour:

  1. All-Purpose Enriched Flour
  2. White Whole Wheat Flour
  3. Stone Ground Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
  4. Stone Ground Whole Wheat Regular Flour

The results are in and even I am surprised by the results.

Ron used the standard scientific method including using my handy-dandy FREE scientific method sheet found here.

Here is the results of our experiment:

All-purpose enriched flour – 124 grams

White whole wheat flour – 120 grams

Stone ground whole wheat pastry flour – 129 grams

Stone ground whole wheat regular flour – 134 grams

I was shocked to realize that the white whole wheat flour is actually LIGHTER than the all-purpose flour. I would never have guessed this!

This is SUCH a good example of how important actual observation is when forming a conclusion.

So, to sum it up:

  1. When baking, if you carefully measure and use the correct tools, you will be much more likely to create a high quality finished product.
  2. When switching out all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour, if you weigh the flour rather than measure it, you are more likely to get a satisfactory product.
  3. White whole wheat flour (this is simply another type of wheat) is actually lighter than all-purpose flour, and thus, is an excellent substitute for all-purpose flour.
  4. When you use white whole wheat flour, you will get more fiber, magnesium, vitamin B6 as well as any phytonutrients that are removed in the all–purpose flour.

Thus, you now know one of the secrets of high-quality whole wheat vs white flour baking.

In case you interested in going a little deeper into this subject, I did an internet search to see what else was out there. I found an awesome website (see below) that goes into detail as well as discusses another variable–how the brand you are using can also affect the weight of the flour.

https://www.cupcakeproject.com/how-much-does-a-cup-of-flour-weigh

Recipe a Week Cookbook

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Eugenics and Dog Breeding https://homeschoolingdietitianmom.com/eugenics-and-dog-breeding/ https://homeschoolingdietitianmom.com/eugenics-and-dog-breeding/#comments Fri, 26 Jul 2019 23:26:41 +0000 https://homeschoolingdietitianmom.com/?p=5261 Eugenics and Dog Breeding (post contains affiliate links). Dog Breeding and Eugenics Ever since I studied population genetics at the Institute for Creation Research, I have thought a lot about purebred dogs and why they seem to have so many health problems. The answer is partly explained by the fact that when you breed an […]

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Dog Breeding and Eugenics

Ever since I studied population genetics at the Institute for Creation Research, I have thought a lot about purebred dogs and why they seem to have so many health problems.

The answer is partly explained by the fact that when you breed an animal for specific characteristics, you are bottlenecking the gene pool.

Think of an upside-down bottle (or funnel) that starts out big and narrows to a small hole.

The top of the funnel—mutt—contains a greater variety of genes. As you go down, only some of the genes will be left over in the container—Dalmatian, for example. That is, the entire gene pool/potential you start with will be reduced as you go down through the funnel.

So, not only do you reduce the genetic potential as you create your purebred dog, when you go down the funnel, if some of the genes passed down are mutations, the chances of a mutation passing down and being expressed in the final “product,” has been greatly increased.

So, why would anyone want to do such a thing?

Firstly, a little background to explain why dog breeding became such a hot thing starting in the 1800s.

Dog types go back 1000s of years, and some selective breeding has been used as a way to make dogs more useful to help with work. For example, making dogs more useful for hunting, shepherding, and retrieving. In the 1800s, however, the idea of breeding for selective characteristics took on a whole new life

Charles Darwin’s new thoughts on the inheritance of characteristics as well as the ideas of Francis Galton, Darwin’s cousin, and the Father of Eugenics, fueled this new movement of dog breeding.

What is Eugenics?

The term Eugenics is the study and control of procreation as a means of improving hereditary characteristics of future generations.

Francis Galton, the Father of Eugenics, believed that humans, like animals should be selectively bred.

Two examples of Eugenics in practice:

  1. Hitler and Nazi Germany – Eugenics is one of the main theories that fed Hitler’s ideas for creating the “Superior Race.”
  2. Involuntary sterilization practices in the USA–that’s right folks—as late as 2010!*

“Few ideas have done more harm to the human race in the last 120 years than those of Sir Francis Galton. He founded the evolutionary pseudo-science of eugenics. Today, ethnic cleansing, the use of abortion to eliminate ‘defective’ unborn babies, infanticide, euthanasia, and the harvesting of unborn babies for research purposes (and forced sterilization—my note), all have a common foundation in the survival-of-the-fittest theory of eugenics.”

(Note that prior to World War II, Eugenics was a commonly used term. After World War II, however, the term became a dirty word. Now eugenicists are known as “population scientists,” and “human geneticists,” while “Eugenics Quarterly” has been renamed,  “Journal of Social Biology).”

So, what exactly is dog breeding?

Dog breeding is the practice of mating selected dogs with the intent to maintain or produce specific qualities and characteristics. When dogs reproduce without human intervention, their offspring’s characteristics are determined by natural selection. On the other hand, “dog breeding” refers specifically to the artificial selection of dogs, in which dogs are intentionally bred by their owners:

Natural Selection 

The process whereby organisms better adapted to their environment tend to survive and produce more offspring. (Not Macroevolution).**

Artificial Selection

“‘Selective breeding’ is the process by which humans use animal breeding…to selectively develop particular phenotypic traits by choosing which animals…will sexually reproduce and have offspring together.”

Original Dog Kind

All dogs are descendents of a wolf-like ancestor. In fact, the genetic diversity of the original wolf-life ancestor allows for variations such as Chihuahuas and Great Danes. It also allows for the fact that there are currently at least 200 different breeds of dogs.

So, if it wasn’t for this original diversity, humans would never have been able to create dog breeds in the first place. Not only that but

When a dog breed IS created, it decreases the gene pool of the animal being bred.

This, in turn, reduces the variability and the genetic potential of the offspring.

Problems with Purebreds – Some examples

  1. French Bulldog  – This dog is considered more valuable when the head is larger. So, the French Bulldog is bred to produce a bigger and bigger head circumference. As a result, >90% of French Bulldog puppies have to be delivered by Caesarean Birth.
  2. King Charles Spaniel – This breed has a mutation that causes “Syringomyelia,” which means the skull is too small to house the brain. As a result, when the brain gets too big for the skull, the dog experiences severe pain.
  3. Rhodesian Ridgback – This breed is valued for the ridges on its back. If a puppy is born without proper ridges, they are “culled.” (READ: SLAUGHTERED).  Although, it is claimed this no longer happens. To make matters worse, when the “proper ridges” exist, this is considerd a mild form of Spina Bifida. Thus, the diseased animal is preferred to the healthy animal simply because of the ridges.
  4. Dalmatians – Virtually all Dalmatians lack the ability to break down Uric Acid . This is the result of a mutation in their bloodline. Thus, when a person owns a Dalmation, they have to feed the animal a special diet to prevent bladder stones which are potentially fatal. Breeders have fixed this problem by adding back the gene to the bloodline. However, many consider these “LUA” (Low Uric Acid) variants to be “mongrels.”

Let’s Talk About Poodles

According to Wikipedia:

“The poodle has been bred in at least three sizes, including Standard, Miniature, and Toy. According to the American Kennel Club, which recognized the breed in 1887, the Standard Poodle is the oldest of the three varieties, and was later bred down to the miniature and toy sizes. The British Kennel Club also recognizes three sizes, stating that the miniature and toy are scaled down versions of the standard.”

(a) Standard – 

  1. Most likely of all dog breeds to develop a serious skin disease called “sebaceous adenitis”
  2. High risk for thyroid disease
  3. 40% of this breed die from cancer.

(b) Toy – Because they are so small, they have a high “miscarriage” rate. They require assistance, pups are often stillborn, and caesarians are common.

Personal examples:

Parents at one point tried to breed poodles for a little extra money.  They purchased 3 dogs; 2 females  and 1 male.

Dog 1 – Female – out of 2 litters, only one puppy survived (stillborn).

Dog 2 – Female – Too small – at risk of death if gave birth, so had to be spayed; developed kidney failure at a young age.

Dog 3 – Male – Had genetic defect that precluded breeding him. Parents found out after purchasing him and after the first litter (none of which survived).

Conclusions:

It’s understandable why certain dog breeds would be wanted and needed. For example, blind and other handicapped service dogs. But iI think t’s important to keep in mind the risks and the suffering involved in the breeding of dogs.

There are so many unwanted non-purebred (and even purebred) dogs in the animal shelters that could use a good home. If you just want a healthy dog for a pet. One that will probably live longer and have less healthy problems, I believe your best bet is to find a “mutt” and give him or her a home.

Here’s a great place to start: Mutt Rescue

If you’re a dog lover, check these adorable bookmarks out.

Why My Son Doesn’t Believe in Evolution

Notes and References

*Make sure you read this article, which is a PBS report. This subject is incredibly important to be educated on but is beyond the scope of subject I’m discussing.

http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/blog/unwanted-sterilization-and-eugenics-programs-in-the-united-states/

**Note that evolutionists (and Wikipedia) have a bias that states that new species are proof of macroevolution. Creationists do not use the term macroevolution in the same way. A new type of bird is not an increase in genetic information, which is what is necessary for TRUE macroevolution to occur.

https://creation.com/eugenics-death-of-the-defenceless

https://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com:

https://creation.com/eugenics-death-of-the-defenceless

http://hounddogsdrule.com/k9-classroom/canid-hybrids/

Creation Magazine – “Sick, suffering monsters and the eugenicists who created them” by Lita Cosner, pp 22-25 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poodle

https://www.yourpurebredpuppy.com/health/standardpoodles.html

http://toypoodles.com/Cape_Rose_Toy_Poodles/Should_I_Breed_My_Pet.html

https://creation.com/parade-of-mutants




 

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Is the Paleo Diet Biblical? https://homeschoolingdietitianmom.com/is-paleo-diet-biblical/ https://homeschoolingdietitianmom.com/is-paleo-diet-biblical/#comments Wed, 17 Jul 2019 04:00:00 +0000 https://homeschoolingdietitianmom.com/?p=4559 Is the Paleo Diet Biblical? I have always scratched my head every time I meet a Christian who claims to follow the paleo diet. My reasoning is based on the fact that the paleo diet has evolutionary pre-suppositions. Let me explain. (Post may contain affiliate links). Is the paleo diet biblical? Strictly speaking, the answer […]

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Is the Paleo Diet Biblical?

I have always scratched my head every time I meet a Christian who claims to follow the paleo diet. My reasoning is based on the fact that the paleo diet has evolutionary pre-suppositions. Let me explain.

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Is the paleo diet biblical? Strictly speaking, the answer is “no.”

First, let’s discover together the original basis of the paleo diet.

The paleo diet is also known as the stone-age or caveman diet. “Paleo” is short for Paleolithic.

This is defined as

“A very long period of human prehistory, extending from the first tool-using hominids at least 2.6 million years ago, all the way up until around 10,000 BP.”

This diet is based on the assumption of what people during this time period ate. For example, it is assumed that the food “paleolithic era” people ate was raw, because they hadn’t discovered fire yet. Thus, their diet consisted of raw animal meat, fruits and vegetables.

From the evolutionary perspective, people living during the paleolithic time period were “primitive.” In fact, according to the theory people hadn’t discovered fire and thus were eating everything raw.

According to the paleolithic theory, everything eaten was raw and unprocessed. Thus, it is assumed that grains, refined sugars, table salt, and dairy weren’t part of the diet.

You should take note of the time periods mentioned. The “10,000 BP” refers to “Before Present.” It is also supposedly the time when the “agricultural period” began.

I want to be clear when I say that before “10,000 BP” NO HISTORY was written. Hence, the term “pre-history” or “prehistoric.”

This is a very important point because this is when the scientist, archaelogist, or anthropologist has to start speculating because history wasn’t written down before “10,000 BP.”

Fossils that are dug up don’t have ages written on them, for example. And neither do most archaological artifiacts. So, it’s important to remember that this is when the true speculation begins regarding how much time as passed and how much “primitive” humans actually knew.

From a biblical creationist point of view, we need to eliminate the “primitive” aspect and the “millions of years ago,” when we discuss the Bible, because we know that humans were created in the image of God less than 10,000 years ago.

Now, let’s look at what the Bible says about diet. For example,

In Genesis 1, God said:

“Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you; and to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the sky and to everything that moves on the earth which has life, I have given every green plant for food”; and it was so. (Gen. 1:29–30)

The paleo diet does not allow any beans or peas (legumes), or cereal grains. I’m thinking they were included in the original mandate since they definitely come from plants that yield seeds.

Then after the flood, when Noah and his family came off the ark, God gave further direction:

The fear and dread of you will fall on all the beasts of the earth, and on all the birds in the sky, on every creature that moves along the ground, and on all the fish in the sea; they are given into your hands. Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.” (Genesis 9:2-3)

We can also evaluate what people during Bible days ate based on actual accounts. For example,

Prior to Sodom and Gomorrah being destroyed, Abraham was visited by three angels. Genesis 18:8 tells us what he served the men:

Meanwhile, Abraham ran to the herd, selected a tender, choice calf, and gave it to a servant, who hurried to prepare it. Then Abraham brought curds and milk and the calf that had been prepared, and he set them before the men and stood by them under the tree as they ate.” (Genesis 18:8)

The paleo diet does not allow dairy products.

The Song of Moses (Deuteronomy 32:1-43) states:

He made him ride on the heights of the land and fed him the produce of the field. He nourished him with honey from the rock and oil from the flinty crag, curds of cows, and milk of the flock, with fat of lambs, And rams, the breed of Bashan, and goats, With the finest of the wheat– And of the blood of grapes you drank wine.” (Deuteronomy 32:13-14)

Practically every food I can think of is mentioned somewhere in the Bible. Below are just a few examples:

Spices:

  • Anise
  • Coriander
  • Cinnamon
  • Dill

Fruits:

  • Apples
  • Dates
  • Figs
  • Grapes
  • Melons
  • Pomegranates

Vegetables and Legumes:

  • Beans
  • Cucumbers
  • Lentils

Grains:

  • Barley
  • Bread (Miraculous fish and bread provision–mentioned SEVEN times in bible)?
  • Corn
  • Millet
  • Spelt
  • Wheat

Click here for an exhaustive list of foods mentioned in the Bible.

Of course, many foods today are quite different, due to various human “improvements.” For example, genetic engineering (GMO) and hybridization.

It is interesting that God warns people in the old testament not to mix seeds of 2 different plants.

“Do not plant two kinds of seed in your vineyard; if you do, not only the crops you plant but also the fruit of the vineyard will be defiled.” (Deuteronomy 22:9)

In Leviticus 19:19 , the warning is repeated and includes forbidding the mating of two different kinds of animals:

“‘Keep my decrees. “‘Do not mate different kinds of animals. Do not plant your field with two kinds of seed…'”

Mankind in his attempts to “improve” upon nature is creating known and unknown problems. I believe modern day processing, which involves pesticides, hybridization, irradiation, GMO, and the like, is a big part of the reason for the health problems of so many.

For example,

Evidence suggests that the increase in gluten intolerance and wheat sensitivity is related to the hybridization of wheat.

https://www.verywellhealth.com/is-gmo-wheat-causing-increases-in-gluten-issues-562530

This may help to explain why many people feel better when they remove grains from the diet. It’s not necessarily the gluten, though gluten can cause problems.

Another potential key to the puzzle is that we eat a far less variety of grains than we did 100 years ago. And of course, people are much less likely to consume whole grains in sufficient amounts than they were 100 years ago as well.

So, to sum it up. The Bible clearly shows that a variety of foods were eaten. As Christians, we know that mankind was not “primitive” in the early stages of life on earth. We also know that many things are being done to the foods in our current supply and that these things are causing a large percentage of the problems we are seeing today.

So, is the “Paleo diet” biblical?

Can a diet that is based on evolutionary suppositions improve the health of people when it is diametrically opposed to the very things the Bible teaches? I think not.

Instead, what we should do, if we are concerned about the foods we eat, is try to eat organic and Non-GMO as much as possible. And of course avoid any foods that are known to be intolerable.

When we start limiting the variety of foods we are eating, however, we are in effect limiting our access to the potential nutrients those foods contain. Vegetables, fruits, beans, seeds, and grains were created by God for our enjoyment from the beginning of time. These foods contain important nutrients that are often low in people’s diets, including iron and folate.

Whole Grains Fact Sheet

The reasoning behind the paleo diet ignores this fact. And when you start with a faulty foundation, you are likely to come to faulty conclusions.

Stay tuned for my second article, “Is the Keto Diet Healthy?”

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Healthy Eating on A Budget https://homeschoolingdietitianmom.com/healthy-eating-budget/ https://homeschoolingdietitianmom.com/healthy-eating-budget/#respond Mon, 08 Jul 2019 18:06:00 +0000 https://homeschoolingdietitianmom.com/?p=6445 I recently released my “Meal Planning for Kids” curriculum, which teaches kids Healthy eating on a Budget. In this curriculum, children Pre-K through 12th grade learn foundational nutrition science while having fun. (Post may contain affiliate links). I chose to create “Meal Planning for Kids” for many reasons. First of all, consider these statistics: The […]

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I recently released my “Meal Planning for Kids” curriculum, which teaches kids Healthy eating on a Budget. In this curriculum, children Pre-K through 12th grade learn foundational nutrition science while having fun. (Post may contain affiliate links).

I chose to create “Meal Planning for Kids” for many reasons. First of all, consider these statistics:

My “Meal Planning for Kids” was designed to indirectly address the above issue and more.

As I am sure you already realize, knowing how to eat healthy and stay on a budget can be a challenging skill to learn. But it is SO important! By teaching your children through this curriculum,

You will be educating your children on creating a real-life budget based on real prices at a real grocery store.

It doesn’t get any more practical than that!

Your children aren’t going to simply create a budget, however. They are going to create a budget that is nutritionally adequate, calorie-appropriate, and delicious for the entire family.

One of the assignments for the curriculum is to create a 2-day menu or meal plan for a family of 4. However, it can be adjusted, depending on your family’s size. This is just ONE of the many assignments you will be able to schedule for your kids to do.

I am master’s degree-level Registered Dietitian and I studied Public Health for my master’s degree. Thus, I think it’s important to focus on prevention. For example, teaching kids behaviors and choices that will lead to a healthy weight and a healthy body. When a person grows up with a healthy weight and body, they are less likely to develop diseases such as Diabetes and Hypertension.

Note, however, that this curriculum is not weight-focused. This is simply one example of how it can be applied.

My overriding goal is to teach kids important health science and nutrition principles that meet scholastic requirements and build life-long skills. And “Meal Planning for Kids” will help them to achieve health and well-being as adults.

Kids also develop research and writing skills, critical thinking, and budgeting while completing this curriculum.

LOTS of hands-on, practical activities are included in this 147-page curriculum package.

Activities include real-life skills. For example, how to pick the best, most nutritious foods, at the best price, while at the real supermarket. Kids will also learn what goes on behind the scenes at the grocery store, what influences prices, and more.

Once kids complete this course, they will be proficient at planning a menu for an entire family.

Plus, this curriculum assists kids in gaining valuable experience working as a team.

“Meal Planning for Kids” is appropriate for preschoolers, elementary, middle, and high schoolers.

So, if you have multiples, “Meal Planning for Kids” is an economical way to meet health science requirements for all the kids in your family, pre-K through 12th grade.

High school kids (9th-12th grade) who spend at least 150 hours completing this course (which is absolutely possible considering the amount of work included), will earn 1 full unit of high school credit.

The introductory price of $19.97 will not last for long. So, the time to take advantage of this price so you can teach your kids “Healthy Eating on a Budget” is NOW.

Included with this thorough course is a Bonus Activity Book which enhances the health science activities in the main course, allowing for further collaboration and time spent on subject. A $5.00 value.

*I have included in the BONUS section, the Entire set of FDA-created materials (complete with tables and a glossary) that will allow for your children to complete the questions I have included related to vitamins, minerals, label reading, the different types of carbohydrates (sugars, sugar alcohols, fiber), fats (saturated, unsaturated, trans-fat), proteins, sodium, cholesterol, and more. This will make it easier for your students to answer the lengthy and involved questions I have created to go with the FDA-created materials. (By the way, these questions could satisfy college requirements as well).

Meal Planning for Kids is a digital download/printable type course. 147 pages

Click here to purchase

Other things on my site you might be interested in:

Nutrition and Food Science Mega Pack

What Attracts Kids to Fast Food?

Entrepreneurship and our Children

Etsy Masterclass for Teens

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Entrepreneurship and Our Children https://homeschoolingdietitianmom.com/entrepreneurship-and-our-children/ https://homeschoolingdietitianmom.com/entrepreneurship-and-our-children/#respond Fri, 21 Jun 2019 17:58:33 +0000 https://homeschoolingdietitianmom.com/?p=5860 Entrepreneurship and our children. I’ve been thinking a lot about entrepreneurship lately. (post contains affiliate links). My son, Nathan, is far from being a typical learner, and he has some unique talents and abilities that don’t necessarily show up in traditional school testing. Many of you saw the train clip he made a few days […]

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Entrepreneurship and our children.


I’ve been thinking a lot about entrepreneurship lately. (post contains affiliate links).

My son, Nathan, is far from being a typical learner, and he has some unique talents and abilities that don’t necessarily show up in traditional school testing.

Many of you saw the train clip he made a few days ago. (And if you didn’t, because you haven’t subscribed to my email list yet, fill out the form below so you don’t miss anything else)! This kind of stuff seems to come naturally to him. The only difficulty is getting him to do stuff that isn’t in his current special interest area.

However, it is occurring to me more and more that he doesn’t have to have a lot of different things going on.

All he needs to do is find one niche he can concentrate on. Something that he is really good at.

And he can start his own little business doing whatever it is. For example, making videos of trains, posting on You Tube, creating clip art, and selling it on Etsy. That, in essence, is what entrepreneurship is all about.

As Nathan gets closer and closer to working age, I’m finding it to be much more uplifting and much more satisfying to know that he is learning things that he will actually use when he is out of school.

Sure he needs to be able to read and write, understand math, science and history. And he is getting schooled in all of these subjects.

However, the life skills he needs to learn, such as how to budget, how to prepare food, how to create his own products, and how to better interact with others. All of these things he’s also learning. And they will serve him much better as an adult than just focusing on the book work.

Since he’s going into the 9th grade this fall, I’ve been thinking more and more about what he will be doing once he gets to the point of starting a career.

And, this blogging thing I’ve been doing for the past year has given me new trust in the ability of people to do anything they want. Especially if it means thinking outside-of-the-box.

This is why I believe it’s important that we as parents consider entrepreneurship as a possible path that our children may take.

Consider these statistics:

  • Two out of every three jobs created each year are created by entrepreneurs
  • Half of Americans either own or work for a small business.

I don’t know about you, but I’m thinking that we as parents should give this entrepreneurship idea some serious thought! With all of the changes that are going on in our country and worldwide, ignoring these facts could lead to our child’s detriment!

So ask yourself: Am I training my children to think like entrepreneurs? Or am I instead training them to think like workers?

The traditional school system tends to teach children to think like workers. And unless we are outside-the-box thinkers, we tend to try to emulate that system in our own homeschooling. I know I did and I still struggle with this concept. But I’m spreading my wings out more and more each year, and I know that you can too!

We need to remember, that a system intentionally designed to create workers who obey orders without thinking, is the absolute opposite of Entrepreneurship.

This is why I was so excited when I first heard about lifechooling! Every year, since I started homeschooling Nathan in 4th grade, I’ve been gravitating toward this way of thinking without even realizing it.

I have found that by giving my son plenty of free time to explore his God-given gifts, not only am I encouraging him to be creative and think like an Entrepreneur. I am raising a much happier and well-adjusted child.

So, beyond giving your children free time and the chance to explore their talents and abilities, how can lifeschooling help you teach in a way that helps your children become the Entrepreneurs God designed them to be?

This is the purpose of the 2019 Lifeschooling Conference, July 11-13.

To help encourage you and give you tips to help in your important calling of raising children who are happy, well-adjusted, free to be who they were called to be, and true Entrepreneurs in their own right!

There will be speakers who really know their stuff when it comes to entrepreneurship!

So, if you want your kids to not just learn academic facts, but you also want to help them learn how to make a six-figure income without swapping hours for dollars, then you need to attend this conference!

The Lifeschooling Conference is a unique, 3-day, virtual event where pioneer homeschoolers, as well as modern leaders in the movement will come together to show homeschoolers how to “merge life with homeschooling.”

Topics include not only entrepreneurship of our children, but also:

Merging everyday activities with homeschooling

Lifeschooling through mentorships, in the younger years, and in the teen years.

and much more!

Not only that, but you will also get:

Daily Facebook Live devotionals from Ana Willis of “They Call Me Blessed”!

Facebook Live Q&A with speakers after their video sessions, so you can get your questions answered!

A swag bag worth hundreds of dollars (if you choose the All-Access or Premium Access ticket)!

Other perks and freebies if you purchase an upgraded ticket!

Oh, and as I’ve mentioned several times, it’s FREE.Entrepreneurship and our Kids

So sign up now before you forget.

And you will receive a reminder email when the conference draws closer and when it is ready to start. Not only that, but you can participate in our Facebook group (In fact you don’t even have to sign up for the conference to participate in the group–I didn’t know this until this week). So if you aren’t ready to sign up because you want to know a little bit more, you can join the Facebook group here. I will be there, and hope to see you there!

Last, but certainly not least, if you visit the site (you don’t have to sign up for conference), and enter your name in the drawing (scroll down to the bottom of the page), you will have the chance to win a cash prize at the end of the conference. Click the “$200 Summer Cash Giveaway” box to the above/left to enter.

Click here to join us on Facebook. I know you don’t want to miss this! The group is awesome, with all sorts of amazing people participating. And it’s not a huge group either, currently less than 200, if you’re a bit shy, like I am.

Sorry this is so long, but I’m really excited about this conference and you should be too!!!!!

Hope you have a great day and weekend,

Speaking of entrepreneurship and our children…click here for more information on The Etsy MasterClass for Teens

And for an AWESOME and affordable printables class that the whole family can benefit from, click here.

Another I’ve written to help with teaching your reluctant learners:

10 Ways to Encourage Math and Writing

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What’s in Your TV Dinner? (post may contain affiliate links).

I used to LOVE Banquet TV dinners, especially the ones with Salisbury Steak and mashed potatoes. As a single person, they were my go to when I felt like having a hearty meal but didn’t want to cook. I especially loved them because they were so cheap.

But of course after studying nutrition all those years, I started to compulsively read ingredient lists. As a result, I haven’t had a Banquet TV dinner in 20 years.

I’m going to take a risk here and tell you why I’m bringing this up.

I had a dream a couple of weeks ago about a Banquet HUNGRY-MAN dinner. (That’s right, I’m a bit nuts)! =)

Anyway, In the dream, there was a mom struggling with behavior issues in her son, and a doctor had written a note asking if by any chance her son’s behavior issues that day started after eating lunch.

His lunch, by the way, was a Banquet Hungry-Man dinner.

I remember thinking, “Wow! What a good doctor!” I remember the mom was worried about too many calories. However, in the dream, I was remembering and explaining to her about all of the stuff they put in those Banquet dinners, and how much better for you homemade cooking is.

She was a person who liked cooking, but didn’t have a lot of time. Sound like anyone you know?

When I woke up that morning I knew I needed to invest some time and energy into looking at what exactly the current Banquet dinners contain.

My husband went to the store for me—he’s such a great guy—and looked for the Hungry-man version, they didn’t have it, so we settled for the regular Banquet dinner.

When he brought it home, the first thing I noticed was that the label was WAY smaller than it was 20 years ago—though that could just be my aging eyes! LOL

I wish I could say I was totally shocked by what was on the label, but of course I wasn’t. My husband took a picture of the ingredients, so I could read them, I kid you not!

First of all, The mashed potatoes had nearly 3 lines of ingredients, including Monosodium Glutamate (MSG), BHT, and a bunch of other yucky stuff; the salisbury steak patty, over 2 lines with MSG also as an ingredient; the apple dessert contained some choice ingredients as well. If you want to see what’s in the dinner, here is the link to Banquet. (Though, keep in mind that the company spends an unusual amount of time “explaining away” the bizarre ingredients).

What's In Your TV Dinner?

We’ve discussed the potential health dangers and behavioral effects of artificial additives and preservatives, including MSG, previously. Click here for the post on “Artificial Additives and Our Kids Health.”

What’s In Your TV Dinner?

Since the ingredients, in my opinion, are truly horrendous, and since the main reason we eat TV dinners is because they’re quick and easy, my hubby and I put our heads together to create a yummy alternative. Ron and Nathan prepared the salisbury steak with mushroom gravy, mashed potatoes and corn last Thursday.

And last night, Ron finally prepared the Apple Cinnamon Dessert.

See below for recipes.

Salisbury Steak

  • 1.5 lb. Ground Sirloin
  • 1 cup Bread Crumbs
  • 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 cup Diced Onions
  • 1/3 cup chopped Parsley
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Granules or 1Large Clove
  • 1/3 tsp Pepper
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mixed well

  2. Form patties about 4oz each should make 6 patties

  3. put patties in hot frying pan medium heat cook for 15 min. on each side

 

Mushroom Gravy

  • 8 oz. Mushrooms
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 1 tsp. Beef Base
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 Tbsp. flour
  • 1 tsp. butter
  1. the same pan you use to fry the steak

  2. add mushrooms and garlic, butter

  3. cook mushrooms for 10 min.

  4. add water beef base bring to a boil

  5. mix flour with 1/4 of water until smooth no lumbus

  6. add to pan a little at a time until it becomes thick cook for 5 min. more

 

Creamy Mashed Potatoes

  • 4 medium Potatoes
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. Butter
  • 3 Tbsp. Milk (Whole, cream)
  1. peel and cut potatoes into quarters

  2. cook for 20 min. or until tender

  3. add milk, butter salt

  4. mash until smooth and fluffy

 

Cinnamon Apple Dessert

  • 4 apples Gala or Fuiji (you can use most any apple you want)
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. butter (optional )
  • 1 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1 cup brown Sugar
  1. peel and core apples

  2. Slice apples into 1/4 in. slices

  3. put apples water cinnamon lemon juice butter brown sugar in pan

  4. cook for 30 min.

  5. add cornstarch to some water (cold water)make a slurry

  6. add to apple mix to thicken

This meal shouldn’t be too difficult, and most of the ingredients will be freezable and reheatable, just like a ”real” TV dinner. 🙂 Also, if you are concerned about calorie content, don’t forget that you can reduce serving size.

In the meantime, here are some older posts I have written related to diet and our kiddos (even though some of them focus on ADHD or Autism, they really do apply to all of us, because artificial additives aren’t good for ANYONE, and we all need a healthy, balanced diet).

ADHD and Diet Part 1

Foods High in Protein (and Iron)

What Interferes with Iron Absorption?

In case you haven’t seen it yet, I wrote an article on “Why My Son Doesn’t Believe in Evolution.” Click to read it here.

DON’T FORGET TO SIGN UP FOR THE FREE LIFESCHOOLING CONFERENCE! (BY THE WAY, I HAVE DONATED MY FOOD SCIENCE AND NUTRITION MEGA PACK TO THE SWAG BAG. The Swag Bag VALUED AT OVER $400, IN CASE YOU DECIDE TO UPGRADE).

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Ready for Reading Phonics https://homeschoolingdietitianmom.com/ready-for-reading-phonics/ https://homeschoolingdietitianmom.com/ready-for-reading-phonics/#respond Sat, 08 Jun 2019 03:33:20 +0000 https://homeschoolingdietitianmom.com/?p=5267 Ready for Reading Phonics – Level 1 is a brand new curriculum recommended for ages 4-6. (Post contains affiliate links). Ready for reading is a complete, thorough course, from beginning to end, and includes the following course objectives: Ready for Reading Phonics Course Objectives: Recognize and name all letters of the alphabet. Learn initial consonant […]

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Ready for Reading PhonicsReady for Reading Phonics – Level 1 is a brand new curriculum recommended for ages 4-6. (Post contains affiliate links).

Ready for reading is a complete, thorough course, from beginning to end, and includes the following course objectives:

Ready for Reading Phonics Course Objectives:

Recognize and name all letters of the alphabet.

Learn initial consonant and short vowel sounds for all 26 letters of the alphabet.

Begin reading words with short vowel letter patterns and consonant blends.

Master 20 sight words.

Ready for Reading Phonics is divided into the following 9 sections:

1) Lesson Plans: Each week a letter of the alphabet is introduced and a flow
of activities is suggested. Alphabet (saying letters), Sounds, Tactile ideas such as clay and sand.

2) Thematic Units: A list of thematic unit ideas for each letter. For example, incorporating other subjects (besides reading, math, writing). This is a great time to pick something your child is interested in!

Jen gives a list of possible subjects. For example, animal types, insect types, fruit types, and tons more.

3) Reading Tips: Ideas for guiding your child and promoting reading in your
home!

4) Assessment Forms: Help with keeping track of letter and sight word mastery.

5) Alphabet Strips: Correspond to flashcards and provide guidance during
reading and writing lessons.

6) Flashcards: All 26 letters, both capital and lowercase. Corresponding
sound/picture card for each letter (available in black+white and color). 100
sight word cards.

7) Worksheets: Each letter of the alphabet has 4 corresponding worksheets.

  • Circle the letters
  • Write the letters
  • Color the beginning sound picture
  • Match the upper and lowercase letters

HELP WITH IDENTIFYING THE LETTERS

Different variants of each letter to help reduce confusion when seeing letters in the “real” world. For example, the letters are shown with different font types, sizes, with upper and lowercase as well.

LOTS OF COLORING AND PICTURES FOR VISUAL LEARNERS

LOTS OF WRITING PRACTICE!

8) Games: 8 ORIGINAL games for fun practice, plus ideas for creating and incorporating
more games and play into your lessons.

ALL THE GRAPHICS YOU NEED TO PRINT AND CREATE YOUR OWN GAME BOARDS.

9) Readers: 10 engaging ORGINAL beginning readers are provided so children can
begin reading and experiencing success!

Flexible lesson plans provide a suggested sequence of letter introductions. However, if you prefer to teach the letters in alphabetical order, or present letters in context of a thematic unit, please feel free to do so!

Alphabet Strips to print and attach to your child’s desk or other work area.

Alphabet and sight word knowledge sheet records so you can keep track of which letters you child knows.

NOTE: You can use the Ready for Reading Phonics curriculum with everyone in your household. And Since it’s a printable, this means you can print more than one copy as needed. This will save you money when compared to traditional workbooks, which usually require you to purchase a separate workbook for each child.

You will have the ability to print out a color copy or a black and white copy if you prefer to not use color ink. The Ready for Reading Phonics curriculum is available through Teachable.com and Jennifer Merckling has created videotaped step-by-step instructions to help you set the course up and be ready to roll.

And don’t forget to use the code save20 to receive 20% off. But hurry, you don’t want to miss this limited time offer.

Other things you might be interested in (within this site):

10 Ways to Encourage Math and Reading

5 Best FREE Nutrition and Exercise Apps

Etsy Masterclass for Teens

Colors of Nutrition Food Science Activity Pack

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Creation and our Kids https://homeschoolingdietitianmom.com/creation-and-our-kids/ https://homeschoolingdietitianmom.com/creation-and-our-kids/#respond Fri, 07 Jun 2019 17:42:50 +0000 https://homeschoolingdietitianmom.com/?p=4558 Why My Son Doesn’t Believe in Evolution – Creation and our kids. I wrote an article recently that is posted on LifeschoolingConference.com  In order to avoid confusing Google, I wasn’t able to post the entire article here. However, I have included a short blip to get you started. Read the rest of this well-written, thought-provoking […]

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Why My Son Doesn’t Believe in Evolution – Creation and our kids.

I wrote an article recently that is posted on LifeschoolingConference.com 

In order to avoid confusing Google, I wasn’t able to post the entire article here. However, I have included a short blip to get you started. Read the rest of this well-written, thought-provoking post here.

And after you read my article, don’t forget to sign up for the conference. The conference will bless you and it’s FREE!

Here are the first few words of the post just to give you a taste of the subject matter:

First to clarify, I want to make sure that everyone reading this understands that there is a distinct difference between macroevolution and microevolution.

Creation and our Kids – Macroevolution versus Microevolution

Macroevolution states, “All things evolve in a positive beneficial direction.” For example, macroevolution is generally defined as the process by which one type of animal, for example, fish, evolves into a completely different type of animal, for example, amphibian.

This requires an increase in genetic information, which has NEVER BEEN SHOWN to happen.

Natural Selection, on the other hand, is the process whereby organisms adapt to their environment, survive, and thus, produce offspring. Natural Selection is an example of microevolution, which HAS been observed in the laboratory. For example, microevolution is what happens when bacteria develop immunity to antibiotics. Antibiotic resistance is not the result of click here to read the rest of the article….

For more information on Lifeschooling and to sign up for the FREE conference, click here.

Click here for God Created Dinosaurs Freebie in my store.

To read more on the subject of Creation and Evolution:

When Did Dinosaurs Live?Creation and Our Kids: Why My Son Doesn't Believe in Evolution

Did Humans and Dinosaurs Live at the Same Time?

What the Heck is Coelacanth and why should I care?

My Autistic Son Hates School

What Does the Bible Say About Race?

Bunnies: Cute and Cursed

Are Easter and Passover Related?

Click here for Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Click here for FREE Father’s Day Cards

 

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Awesome Father’s Day Gift Ideas https://homeschoolingdietitianmom.com/awesome-fathers-day-gift-ideas/ https://homeschoolingdietitianmom.com/awesome-fathers-day-gift-ideas/#respond Wed, 05 Jun 2019 18:44:28 +0000 https://homeschoolingdietitianmom.com/?p=4891 Of course I had to come up with some awesome Father’s Day gift ideas for you to get your gift-giving creative juices flowing. And who better to help me with that than my hubby? (Post contains affiliate links). I mean, if my husband doesn’t know what a man wants for Father’s Day, who does, right? […]

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Of course I had to come up with some awesome Father’s Day gift ideas for you to get your gift-giving creative juices flowing. And who better to help me with that than my hubby? (Post contains affiliate links).

I mean, if my husband doesn’t know what a man wants for Father’s Day, who does, right?

So, I put him to work…

And let me tell you, this was no small task for him. He is not, what you would call, “typewriter inclined,” if you know what I mean. He’s the “hunting and pecking” kind of typist. Plus, he really had no clue how to use affiliate links before this little project. But guess what? He does now! =) LOL

So, here are some awesome gift ideas for Father’s Day that any man will be happy to have.

You will notice that many of these are “cooking” connected. For example barbecue accessories and such. This is because it goes with our theme here on Homeschooling Dietitian Mom. However, my hubby couldn’t resist adding a few other gadgets to his list.

In fact, he hasn’t said it, but I’m pretty sure this is HIS Father’s Day wish list! HA!!Awesome Father's Day Gift Ideas

Awesome Father’s Day Gift Ideas

  • Men’s Flannel Long Sleeved Shirt – Flannel shirts come in handy on cold days. Plus, they look really nice and are versatile. For example, they can be worn alone or layered, and are great for camping in the wilderness.
  • Karoad Black License Plate Frames – This is what is needed to keep the license plate from curling up. Men think stuff like this is important.
  • Beam Electronics Universal Smartphone Car Air Vent Mount Holder Cradle for iPhone – If your dad is anything like my husband, he likes having his phone propped up while in the car. Especially if you are using GPS. My husband chose this one because he has an iPhone 7, and because the price was right.
  • Etekcity Ultralight Portable Outdoor Backpacking Camping Stove – My husband knows about cooking gear, so you can trust that this is a goody.  It is so portable it doesn’t even look like a stove. This stove would be great for a hiker or anyone else who’s going to be outside for an extended period time, including fishermen. Especially, if they don’t like eating cold food or they want to eat their catch right then and there.
  • WORSPODAY Survival Gear Kit – These are always good to have when you are out in the wilderness.

More Awesome Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Free Printable Father’s Day Cards

25 Gifts a New Mom Will Love

Subscriber Only Freebie Page

6 Reasons You Need Vitamin B6

 

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MLK Jr K-12 History Curriculum https://homeschoolingdietitianmom.com/mlk-jr-k-12-history-curriculum/ https://homeschoolingdietitianmom.com/mlk-jr-k-12-history-curriculum/#respond Wed, 05 Jun 2019 17:12:27 +0000 https://homeschoolingdietitianmom.com/?p=4766 Sara Bean’s MLK Jr K-12 History Curriculum provided me with some surprises. I actually thought all of this time that MLK Jr. was a Christian. Now, I’m not so sure. (Post may contain affiliate links) For example, a little internet digging will uncover that he didn’t hold to the same beliefs about Jesus and the […]

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Sara Bean’s MLK Jr K-12 History Curriculum provided me with some surprises. I actually thought all of this time that MLK Jr. was a Christian. Now, I’m not so sure. (Post may contain affiliate links)


For example, a little internet digging will uncover that he didn’t hold to the same beliefs about Jesus and the virgin birth. In fact, it appears he denied much of what most Christians believe about the gospel. Also, many sources claim that he was unfaithful to his wife numerous times, including the night before he died.

Another thing I had never heard was that MLK Jr. was beaten by his dad because he didn’t believe his son was studious or hard working as he thought he should be. It turns out that MLK Jr. never wanted to be a preacher, though he did eventually receive his doctorate in theological studies.

The first thing to remember when purchasing this MLK Jr K-12 History Curriculum, is that it’s meant to be a supplement, as opposed to full-blown curriculum

So, for example, this would be a perfect short unit study to use for MLK Jr.’s birthday or some other time when you want your children to remember MLK Jr. The MLK Jr K-12 history curriculum is not too complicated, so if your kids don’t like school, this might even be a great way to break up the “monotony” of school and give your kids a chance to just have some fun.

In other words, you can sneak in some new vocabulary words and reinforce history with this curriculum without bogging down your school day.

As far as activities for the kiddos to learn about Dr. King. There are many. For example,

Martin Luther King Jr. K-12 History Curriculum

Lists of facts

Including details about his college experiences, and how he got involved in the Civil Rights Movement. Also, some of his favorite quotes are included. Information about his boycotts, marches, and movements is also part of the curriculum package.  You will learn about some of the things MLK Jr. struggled with as well.

Vocabulary

For Elementary through 12th grade is included, and I learned some new words!

The number and complexity of the words increases by age. However, all kids can learn all words, if you want. It’s up to you as the teacher what words and how many you choose to assign to your kids.

Martin Luther King Jr. Curriculum Review

Creative Writing Projects

Opportunities to write. For example,

  1. School Life – The creation of a school.
  2. Learning and Writing about Rosa Parks.
  3. Your children’s opinion on various subjects related to boycotts, Rosa Parks, and civil rights in general.
  4. An opportunity (towards the end of the curriculum) to envision something the student can change, with the inspirational quote, “I Have a Dream” as a backdrop for unique ideas.
  5. An organizational diagram is included to help with brainstorming.

Research and Writing

  1. Writing Prompts – Children are given the opportunity to choose a topic of their own, do their own research. They can choose the  internet or books.
  2. Students have an opportunity to discuss their own opinions about segregation, for example.
  3. Students can express verbally through a speech, drawing (perfect for right-brain thinkers), or traditional writing.

Martin Luther King Jr. Curriculum Review

Arts and crafts Activities

For example, the curriculum pack includes suggestions for researching MLK Jr. quotes and creating bookmarks. Children can make their own unique bookmarks. Here are a couple of examples of what they can do:

MLK Jr. K-12 History Curriculum

Also, a page with blank books so that the child can write the names and authors of books they have read on MLK Jr. They can also decorate and color these books.

Cooking

Martin Luther King Jr.’s favorite meal is mentioned in the MLK Jr K-12 History Curriculum, with a suggestion to cook and eat it. Yummy!

And last, but not least, supplemental links are provided to give children even more ideas.

Good Job Sara!

Click here for Sara’s K-12 Heart Unit Study Curriculum

10 Ways to Encourage Math and Reading

Healthy Choices to Make When Eating Out

 

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