The 8SAFE Program is an elimination diet program where you remove specific foods from your diet for a period of time and then systematically reintroduce them to observe your body’s reaction to them.
Modern medicine regards elimination diets as the ‘gold standard’ for uncovering food sensitivities and I wholeheartedly agree. I’ve personally explored both elimination programs and blood tests to uncover my sensitivities — and I can say that a program is worth all the effort — no doubt about it.
My name is Kelly and I'm no stranger to food sensitivities. I was diagnosed with hypoglycemia at age 13 and have been avoiding sugar ever since. More recently I've discovered that I'm sensitive to gluten, dairy, soy, egg, beef, arugula and pineapple as well. I've been navigating the challenges of avoiding my food triggers — and I've also experienced the incredible joy and healing that has come from working through those challenges.
I was dealing with chronic issues that were attributed to Lyme's Disease, adrenal fatigue, leaky gut, hypoglycemia, 'new mom' syndrome, and simply getting older — but everything changed once my belly was finally happy.
Symptoms that had plagued me for years disappeared simply by changing the foods I was eating.
Which is why I'm so passionate about helping others uncover their own food sensitivities. I've combined my education, first hand experience, and standard methods to create the 8SAFE Program. It simplifies the process of an elimination program and supports you every step of the way.
The 8SAFE Program is an online course that will help you discover sensitivities to gluten and the eight most common food allergens: wheat, milk, soy, egg, peanut, tree nuts, fish & shellfish. I'll teach you how to avoid these ingredients before challenging them one-by-one and observing how your body reacts to them. You'll get an overview of the whole process, which I’ll then break down into manageable steps.
The program is a series of videos that you'll watch at your convenience and includes resources, shopping lists, loads of recipes and tons of practical advice and tips — all of which you can access anywhere you have a web connection.
And no worries — there are no portion sizes or calorie restrictions in the program. You also have the freedom to eat in whatever style suits you (vegetarian, paleo, omnivore, etc). Substitutions are provided for those who are vegan as well as those who have known allergies to any of the foods being tested, so you can tailor the program to fit your specific needs. The only goal is to avoid certain ingredients so you can evaluate your relationship to them.
Want the week-by-week breakdown of the 8SAFE Program?
MODULE 1 is a review the entire program. I'll go over the foods to include and foods to avoid; how to read labels to see if a product is 8SAFE; and I'll share cooking tips to make life in the kitchen a little easier.
This week is all about preparing for the weeks ahead — and get ready to start 'eating 8SAFE' the following week.
MODULE 2 you'll begin eating only 8SAFE foods (you'll be totally prepared, no worries).
I'll share my best tips about cooking for the whole family (to make everybody happy) and how to navigate dining out while sticking to the program.
MODULE 3 you'll be eating 8SAFE as your body continues to detox from previous exposure to gluten and the top eight food allergens.
MODULE 4 you'll continue to eat 8SAFE before you begin testing foods next week. Think of it as a 'rest' week where you can get comfortable with how your body feels while eating 8SAFE.
MODULE 5 is when you start testing for reactions to the foods you've been avoiding.
I'll teach you how to properly test a food for sensitivities and how to avoid common pitfalls. I also review the individual foods to be tested: egg, milk, and soy (as well as substitutions).
In MODULE 6 you'll get a quick review of the testing process before proceeding to test peanuts and tree nuts. Again, I'll go over each food individually and provide alternatives & substitutions.
In MODULE 7 you'll be moving on to test fish and shellfish. You'll learn more about sensitivities to these ingredients and explore substitutions (for those who are vegan or have known allergies to these ingredients).
In MODULE 8 you'll finish up by testing for sensitivities to gluten and wheat.
Again, I'll go over each of these ingredients individually and walk you through testing so can you feel confident in your results.
And finally, in MODULE 9 you'll learn how to apply your new-found knowledge and confidently test any food or ingredient moving forward after the program.
The 8SAFE Program could prove to be the greatest experiment of your life.
Understanding how your unique body communicates and responds to sensitivities isn't something you can learn from a textbook or blood test. You need to challenge your trigger foods and observe your response. And our bodies are constantly changing. Foods that have never bothered you before may suddenly become an issue — and foods that you're sensitive to right now may become safe to eat again.
The 8SAFE Program will help you master the skills to recognize any food sensitivity — whether it's temporary or permanent.
And even though my program focuses on gluten and the eight major food allergens, you'll walk away with the confidence and skills to test any food on your own once the program is finished. You'll also have continued access to the videos and resources for the lifetime of the course. So if at any point you need a refresher (or would like to do the program again) you can rest assured knowing it's available to you at any time.
The 8SAFE Program will empower you.
After completing the program, you'll be more connected to your body, be able to trust your own instincts, and you'll really understand the relationship between what you eat and how you feel. You'll be able to confidently make choices that will support your unique body and help you feel your best every single day — and kick those nasty symptoms to the curb.