At the back of the food section in "Fed up" it has the story about the family who went to the Kimberleys with failsafe, and I read that and thought wow, how dedicated and marvellous etc. After doing this for 5-6 weeks now, I reckon the easiest way would have been to pack up the family and head for the Kimberleys with NO birthday parties, kid's clubs, school, end of term things, playing at someone else's house, grandparents, church suppers, well-meaning people bearing treats, etc. My friend and I are going to make big signs saying "NIL BY MOUTH" and string them around the children's necks!! (Only joking - but it is totally devastating to have your vital research wrecked by a nice person.) - reader, NSW