Failsafe Diet

 So What is the Failsafe Diet?

The food we and our parents grew up on are not the same as today. There is a massive use of additives in today’s food to make it look and taste better to the modern eye. These additives have flooded the market in our everyday grocery items and sadly the majority of people have no idea what they are actually consuming or if or how it is affecting them.

Fortunately my husband and I stumbled upon the work of Sue Dengate on the fed up web site and the RPAH Allergy Unit and were amazed by what we discovered. To realise that things I was buying in good faith like the children’s yoghurt for my son was actually affecting him was a huge wake up call. It was like my daughter suddenly had a kamikaze death wish whenever she ate  yoghurt or foods with 160b in it! Once we made the connections, we decided we had to do something about it.

The failsafe diet is all about avoiding artificial colours, flavour enhancers, preservatives, synthetic antioxidants, and cutting down to low salicylates, glutamates and amines. Sounds daunting when you hear it like that, but speaking from experience it isn’t, you just need to take a deep breath and take it one step at a time so you don’t get overwhelmed.  It’s worth the change to experience a positive more peaceful household that you never imagined possible!  All these things can affect behaviour, tantrums, learning difficulties, sleep patterns, bed wetting, rashes, anxiety, asthma and so many other conditions. Isn’t your health or your families worth looking into?

This link will to give you a helpful overview to food intolerence:

Introduction to food intolerance

How to start failsafe eating: a step by step guide:

Do you feel this diet could be the answer you have been looking for? This link will give you an easy helping hand and show you where to start. For some, just cutting down on certain foods and numbers will show a huge change. For others doing what is called an elimination diet will help to rule out what the main triggers are.

How to start failsafe eating

It is important to know you are not alone on this journey! There is a forum on the Fed Up web site, blogs with helpful recipes (see my links), Facebook Failsafe Diet support groups with lots of people on line ready to help with any questions you might have. Plus books about it  and cookbooks you can buy. Sue Dengate has her 2 books, Fed Up and The Failsafe Cookbook, and I highly recommend the RPAH  Elimination Diet Handbook. You can also email via the Fed Up web site for a list of Dietitians in your area who specialise in the diet.

I am not an expert, and do not claim to be. I am just a mum who has seen first hand what a difference a change in the food you eat can make and I am passionate about it!



Here is a link to a printable brochure from the Fed Up Website:

Fed up Brochure