Failsafe Cookbook

Overview

Using groundbreaking research, Sue Denegate has shown that learning difficulties, behavioral problems, and minor chronic illness can all be linked to an intolerance to food chemicals. In this hugely expanded compendium, Sue has compiled hundreds of new and improved recipes that are free of harmful chemicals as well as up to the minute information about food intolerance and elimination diets. These tasty, healthy, and easy-to-follow recipes cover breakfasts, lunches, main meals, and desserts as well as special ...

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Overview

Using groundbreaking research, Sue Denegate has shown that learning difficulties, behavioral problems, and minor chronic illness can all be linked to an intolerance to food chemicals. In this hugely expanded compendium, Sue has compiled hundreds of new and improved recipes that are free of harmful chemicals as well as up to the minute information about food intolerance and elimination diets. These tasty, healthy, and easy-to-follow recipes cover breakfasts, lunches, main meals, and desserts as well as special occasions, vegetarian cooking, and gluten-free food. Perfect for kids and adults, this is the ideal guide for building healthy families through diet.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781741668766
  • Publisher: Random House Australia
  • Publication date: 3/28/2007
  • Edition description: Updated edition
  • Pages: 316
  • Sales rank: 820,249
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Sue Dengate is the founder of the Food Intolerance Network and the author of Fed Up.

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What Every Parent Should Know About Food Intolerance

1. Food intolerance is not the same as a food allergy

When my daughter was born, I knew she was at risk of allergies because her father had hayfever and a food allergy. If Howard ate even the smallest amount of broccoli, within minutes the inside of his mouth started itching, his throat started swelling and he needed antihistamines. True allergic reactions like this - a reaction to the proteins in foods - are generally easy to identify. They can be confirmed by skin-prick tests and can be life-threatening.

Hamidur Rahman had never had a severe reaction to peanuts but he avoided them because they made him feel itchy. Although his mother informed the teacher in charge of a school excursion about his peanut allergy, Hamidur died in 2002 at the age of 13 after taking part in a peanut butter challenge during the excursion trivia night. Peanut allergy is increasing. Helpful information about food allergies for parents and schools is available from www.allergyfacts.org.au.

So I followed the allergy recommendations of that time. I breastfed fully for five months and delayed introduction of known food allergens, avoiding peanuts during pregnancy and breastfeeding because I rarely ate peanuts anyway. As it turned out, my daughter didn't develop allergies.

What I didn't know at that time was that food intolerance - reactions to chemicals such as additives and salicylates in foods - is much more common than allergy. The behavioural reactions to foods that would come to dominate our lives were due to intolerance, not allergy, although it is possible to have both. In theory, everyone can be affected if thedose is high enough, but some families, like ours, are more sensitive than others.

2. You won't know if you are affected

Research shows that consumers will make the connection between what they eat and how they feel only if the reaction occurs within 30 minutes. As true food allergies - such as a reaction to peanuts - generally result in a quick response, they are relatively easy to identify. On the other hand, most intolerance reactions can be delayed for hours, even days, or build up slowly. If a child has a bad day on Monday, few parents think, 'That's because we had takeaways on the weekend.' Yet that's the way it happens, so most people who are affected by food additives don't realise they are affected.

3. Food intolerance can disturb every area of child-rearing

Parents assume that they will know if their children are affected by foods - or that someone will tell them - but that's not what happens. As the levels of potentially harmful food chemicals have slowly increased in our foods, their effects have crept up and have gradually come to be regarded as 'normal', or as new illnesses that require medication.

If one person in a family is affected you can be sure there will be others in the family who are food sensitive too, although they will probably be affected in different ways. It is common for mothers to comment: 'I thought I was doing this diet for my son's overactivity, but now I realise we all need to know about it.' Symptoms of food intolerance can include the following (and there are more details on p. 269):

The quiet ones • inattentive, dreamy or lethargic • anxious, depressed, has panic attacks or selfharms • speech delay, learning delay • grizzly, miserable (in babies and young children).

The restless ones • irritable, restless, easily distracted, restless legs • wakes at night or goes to bed like a jack-in-the-box • loud voice, talks too much, makes silly noises.

The defiant ones • loses temper, argues with adults • refuses requests, defies rules • deliberately annoys others, blames others • touchy or easily annoyed • angry and resentful.

The others • hives, eczema, nappy rash, cradle cap, thrush, other rashes • sensitive stomach, e.g. colic or reflux, recurrent mouth ulcers, constipation and/or diarrhoea, stomach aches, bloating, bedwetting, sneaky poos, incomplete evacuation • asthma, stuffy or runny nose, frequent colds, flu or ear infections • headaches, migraines.

It is possible to have symptoms from more than one category, and adults can be affected just as much as children.
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Table of Contents

Are You Affected by Food Chemicals? 1

What Every Parent Should Know About Food Intolerance 5
Avoid these additives 15
How we did our elimination diet 17
A rating scale 23
The 13 Commandments 25
The Fridge List 26
Failsafe substitutes 27

Weights and Measures 28

Breakfasts 31

Lunches and Snacks 39
Lunches 40
School lunches 49
Snacks 52
Finger food for babies and toddlers 59
Drinks 60
Icypoles and icecups 66
Main Meals 69
Soups and stews 69
Meat 73
Chicken 90
Seafood 99
Vegetables and vegetarian meals 102
Salads 118
Eggs 121
Pizza and pasta 124

Something Sweet 132
Desserts 132
Muesli bars, muffins, cakes, biscuits and slices 158
Sweet treats 173

Others 183
Fats and oils 183
Spreads 185
Dips 188
Sauces 190
Odds and ends 194

Food for Special Occasions 199
Birthday parties 199
Christmas cakes and puddings 202
Easter 204
Salicylate and amine recipes 204
Eating out 209
Failsafe weight loss 211
Travelling, camping and hiking 214
Failsafe gardening 218
Medications and remedies 221
What about nutrition? 224

Gluten-free Cooking 228

Shopping List 247

Checklist of Common Mistakes 255

Frequently Asked Questions 262

Symptoms of Food Intolerance 269

Support and Further Information 297

Notes and References 299

Index 305

Nasty Additives Wallet List 315
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