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“Hi Could you please ask what diets are around for helping with children’s behaviour? Thanks” Do you know any diets for helping with children’s behaviour?

Posted by Hannah, 08/05/13

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  • No sugar!


  • Clean eating, if it’s got a long use by date it’s probably not good


  • Failsafe Diet is the best. We’ve been on it for six years now and it helps me just as much as it helps the kids! You’ll want to read Fed Up (by Sue Dengate) and grab yourself a copy of the Failsafe Cookbook. It’s my go-to book for recipes we can tolerate, and also has some gluten-free recipes (which is good for me as I’ve had to go gf too). There are many failsafe-friendly dietitians around, I recommend seeing one if you have concerns that food may be causing issues within your family.


  • Yes agree fed up is fantastic, its quite restrictive though. We started out by cutting out preservatives etc. Check out the pages Healthy Angels -fostering s positive start and Cut out the Crap.


  • My son is now 21 but when he was younger we used a book called Fed Up by Sue Dengate. I swear by it. Still in our local book shop.


  • I think it’s called “fed up with children’s behaviour “. There is a book and a supplement can be downloaded. Its more than cutting out certain things, it looks at food groups and the big one is preservatives and colours. It’s been a while since I read it.


  • I don’t know about diets as such, but you can get books like “Additive Alert” that tell you the numbers (for colours & preservatives etc) on packets & what they are & what they can cause – eg asthma, behaviour problems etc. So cutting out horrible numbers can make a big difference. Some children are also affected by gluten in their diet, salicylites etc etc. A lot of the time, apart from the obvious colours, the best way to work out what affects your child is to pick something you think may be affecting them & take it out of their diet for 4 days (takes 4 days to get out of your system) & see if it makes a difference. Introduce it again & see if the behaviour returns. A lot of the time allergy tests aren’t that accurate & are very expensive. Working things out yourself is often the best way to go – maybe find a naturopath or someone else to help you out a little if you need guidance, or lots of googling. It isn’t easy to work out & there are no easy answers, but taking one day at a time & learning as you go often works best.


  • Cut out gluten


  • Eliminate all preservatives and sugar. Also wheat where possible.


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