• you have just spent $17 on leeks for the week - Annie
  • your son starts eating out of the garbage bin at school so he can get his colour and preservative fix - Anna
  • you are caught swapping your homemade FS birthday cake for the highly coloured piece he has just been given - Leeanne
  • your shopping from last month is in the bin and you’re looking at blank shelves - Magrat
  • every time you leave the house you are carrying an esky - Alex
  • your child sneaks a grape when you are shopping because he misses them - Larissa
  • mum doesn't put the water back in the fridge is cause for a complete emotional breakdown for your 5yo (and we are only day 1) - Jessica
  • I was thrilled to find leeks for 50c each at the farm-gate place I go to - Sarah
  • you start buying the 5kg bag of bicarbonate soda... Denise
  • your child begs you for broccoli in the supermarket - Kathryn
  • every time you say no to something your 4yo says "oh yeah because it has dangerous chemicals and persevvvvvvEties in it"...... Paige
  • your child tells you he wants his old life back - before the diet - Michelle
  • you want to laugh/cry when your hubby brings home Nuttella when you had Nuttelex on the shopping list - Amanda.
  • the letter to Santa includes strawberries & mangoes! - Samantha
  • you have to get glasses for reading food labels - Sarah
  • you suddenly know what citric acid is and start using it in heaps of recipes cause lemons are off the menu - Selena
  • your husband starts crying and says "I just want a curry" - Lareina
  • you spend your whole day cooking and washing up! - Claire
  • your pantry is filled with home made pear jam! - Katherine
  • your 4 year old starts smelling food with 'nasty chemicals' just to get his fix - Aprille
  • you shop twice a week just so you have stuff to eat because nothing in a packet except rice cakes is any good. Also, when $15 for 4 chokos you don't even like but feel you should eat so that you're not just eating potatoes and celery for vegetables seems like a good way to spend your money - Jane
  • and when you know how to use those chokos and the aforementioned citric acid to make gluten/soy/dairy/egg/nut-free FS "lemon" slice and think it's quite a good idea and very tasty - Jane again.
  • you have the only kid that throws a wally cause they can't have a banana, or gets that excited that they fall over themselves when they can finally have one on challenge week - Matthew
  • you feel so rebellious when you notice you missed peeling a bit of skin on the pear and you eat it anyway - Chanel
  • decaffeinated coffee made with rice milk becomes appealing - Siobhan
  • you burst into tears after a cop pulls you over to ask for your registration papers..and we are on day 8 and are in struggle town - Kristy
  • you consider moving countries as it is so hard to buy the things you need in west africa...oh - and when 1 leek has been known to cost $12 - Karen.
  • you go out to an all-expenses-paid work dinner and order steamed rice and water - Tabitha
  • you're eating rice for the third time that day - Jo
  • planning meals for a holiday takes a week in itself! - Belinda
  • your son tells you "you need to apologise for saying NO to foods all the time" - Ali
  • my 4 yr old brings home red jelly he made at daycare and asks "has it got colours, flavours and preservatives in it?" - Annie
  • you're at the gym and the lyrics to the song say, 'All I wanna do is be with you tonight', and you're thinking, 'All I want to do is be alone tonight and cook' instead - Cassandra
  • you have CHICKEN with Rice for dinner three nights a week and to mix it up on other nights you have............... RICE with chicken! - Nikita
  • your three year old explains why he hit another child whilst on a challenge..... "Chocolate made me do it" - Alison
  • you smell carob powder and like it! (just a few months ago it smelt like vomit...) - Simonne
  • you know you're failing the salicylate challenge when your 7 year old sobs hysterically because the sentence got changed in 'Chinese whispers' (like it's supposed to)!!!!!! - Jessica
  • there is nothing on the menu that you can eat and it takes three goes for the waiter to read back your order correctly but the kitchen stuffs it up anyway - Jodi
  • every single meal and snack you eat involves rice - rice, rice syrup, rice oil, rice crumbs, rice puffs, rice cakes, rice flour, rice milk, .... (Have I missed any?!)  - Jane
  • people look at you like you have 3 heads when you try to explain it - Siobhan
  • it takes 5 minutes to do your weekly shop because you only ever buy the same 10 things and you know exactly where to find them! - Sally
  • ur toddler eats grass u freak out about possible sals. But when he eats sand ur fine with that - Lola
  • I couldn't ‘like’ every post here without getting repetitive motion injury :-) Too funny everyone. Your courage reminds me that I need to do this for myself and encourages me - Aya
  • you are SOOOOOOO over pears. .... Natalie
  • your child refuses to eat the things you have spent so much time hunting and gathering!!!!!  - Karen
  • you have breakfast out and have to bring your own bread, oil, nuttelex and rice milk. You're so excited about eating out even though you get charged $15 for the eggs and shot of decaf  - Linda
  • your weekly grocery shop costs $700 until you complete amines challenge and you don't need to buy less-than-48-hour-old organic meat that costs more than a kilo of gold! 5 months in and surviving!! - Moraig
  • everything in your trolley is white and green - Elisa
  • you look at a granny smith apple or a strawberry like they're dark chocolate. Oh how I miss all 3 - Karen
  • ppl look at you like you're a freak when you try to explain Amines and Sals and a lot of what all you lovely ppl have written above - Trina
  • you're missing juice so much that bottled water actually starts to taste interesting - Chanel
  • having extra garlic bread after dinner has the same currency as ice-cream does in other homes - Aimee
  • ur 7 year old son says "thank you so much mummy for letting me have carrot sticks, that's so nice of you!" Cause he's missed them.. 5 months in.. Susan
  • you're day 5 into Sals and your almost 7yr old collapses in tears because she can't find her "favourite" purse. .. She sobs "It's been stolen!", you suggest looking in other bags as you know she likes to put bags in bags. ..."NO! I've already looked in all of them and it's gone! " but when you go to where she is, you see the handle of said favourite bag sticking out of another bag which is right next to her. Claire
  • you drive across town in a quest for the right variety of potatoes - Veronica
  • you get so cross at your child’s kindy because they promote the bringing of 'healthy' dry biscuits (pizza shapes etc) and discourage any homemade cakes/muffins etc because they contain sugar! Ahhhhhh - Tori
  • you're about to start the very last challenge and you know it has to be the one to kick off Armageddon because you haven't reacted to any of the others - Karen
  • ooooo just thought of a good one! when your Christmas advent calendar is filled with: milkybars, milko chews, milk bottle lollies and activities for you all to do as a family and your kids ask everyday when December will hurry up! lol - Tori
  • you look in the fridge and the cheese looks like it's been nibbled at (my son is also dairyfree) - Sondrene
  • your veggie patch has 6 different varieties of beans and an entire bed of spring onions and chives and nothing else - Stephanie
  • your husband keeps thinking of excuses to visit his mother at dinnertime....... Karen
  • your heart sinks every time you look in the school bag to find there's another cake day, pancake day, pizza day in school or a birthday party invite - Lynn
  • your dietician says you have disordered eating and tells you that even the anorexics she sees every day in her clinic allow themselves to eat more food than you - Catherine
  • anything packaged on a supermarket shelf looks "evil" - Tammie
  • you stop getting invited to people's places because your too 'hard' to cater for! - Toni
  • your son goes away for the weekend and you pack enough food to feed him for a month just to make sure he doesn't run out. You also provide the leeks for their dinner because you don't want them to have to spend the fortune it has cost you to buy them - Larissa
  • you find chocolate show bags on the top shelf of your pantry (that must have been there for several months and were given to them for free) because you promised them they could have one now and save the rest for later then hoped you had hidden them well enough so they would forget about them! - Tori
  • you look at other people's trolleys and think "Yuk!" - Howard
  • and you have to stop yourself from pointing out all the nasties that they are feeding their children without knowing it - Karen
  • I look at other people's trolleys with all the fruit and dairy products and think "yum, I wish I could eat those"! - Jane
  • you wake up on Sunday morning and think "I shouldn't have said yes to those crisps with all the additives in that I ate last night while I was watching the x-factor - Catherine
  • you're also a dietitian and explain to people that white sugar, white bread and seed oils are NOT the enemy - Viv


(thanks to everyone on the Sue Dengate facebook page!)

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