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A bit about the F.A.I.L.S.A.F.E. diet…

Our families have special needs, and special needs require special accomodations.  We, like many other families, have undergone major overhauls in the way we function so that our children can have the best lives possible.  We have tried conventional (and some not-so-conventional therapies) in order to help our kids, with varying results.  It was this that has led us to our most recent overhaul-nutrition.

The thought of overhauling our culinary routine was daunting (to say the least).  It has taken us a lot of research and many hours of organization to get to where we are.  Starting out, Beth’s family just tried GF/CF (gluten & casein free) which appeared to work at times but was not hitting the nail on the head.  Digging a bit deeper into special needs nutrition we stumbled upon the vaious works authored by Sue Dengate (www.fedup.com.au).

Sue has written multiple books based on the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital’s (RPAH) elimination diet (www.cs.nsw.gov.au/rpa/allergy), a structured plan designed to test what food chemicals may be the cause of multiple physical & behavioral symptoms.   The list is numerous, but seemed to touch on everyone in our home.  Convinced that this was the direction we needed to take, we bought the books and then hit a snag…the books are all written for the Austrailian population.  There are many more similarities than differences in our food cultures, however, the differences are enough to stumble upon.  The internet was somewhat helpful, however, much of what was listed was out of date or just copies of what was already in the books.  It took months of “deciphering” the diet & modifying to US terms/brands before we could actually begin the process.

What we have come up with are many shortcuts, grocery lists, conversion lists, & new recipes that we would love to share with other US families that are also on this journey, & to ease the transition for the many new families to follow.

Please feel free to use any of the information that we post for your personal use.  We welcome your ideas & input…Enjoy & good luck.


Disclaimer:  Beth & Kim (blog owners) are not medical professionals & this information is in no way to be used or substituted for medical advice.  Sue Dengate &/or the RPAH are not associated with nor have they endorsed the content of F.A.I.L.S.A.F.E.intheUSA.wordpress.com.


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