My dear readers, I really appreciate all the messages to tell me the ways that the information on this site has helped you. Whether you successfully got (and stayed!) pregnant or were able to connect some far away medical dots, you learned how MTHFR mutations affect so many parts of our bodies and minds. I hope many more of you have benefited from the information. I’m so happy that I decided to share the details of my journey with you all.

raw superfood ingredients

I haven’t written in awhile for a few reasons. First, I got very busy with life raising a toddler. This site requires a lot of time and maintenance even when I’m not writing new posts, and as those of you with small children know, time just slips away during parenthood. I also felt like I didn’t have too much new information to add. We are still accepting guest posts from others who would like to share with this growing group of readers.

When I started this site I was committed to raising awareness and making positive change for others and our environments. Which leads me to a third reason that I’ve been quiet. In 2015 I launched a specialty food company, which has been growing steadily. When I changed my diet I found that whole foods were in abundance, but suitable snack foods were very difficult to find. There were very few options to grab “on the go” and the energy bars out there were either full of junk, not filling or didn’t taste that great.

So I’m excited today to introduce you to my creation, B.O.S.S. Bars™. These raw superfood bars are filled with ingredients that are not only delicious, but also beneficial. They contain no gluten, no dairy, no soy, no synthetic vitamins, no unhealthy sweeteners, no protein powders, no preservatives, no artificial flavors or colors…nothing but eight simple whole superfood ingredients per bar. Our many repeat customers tell us that they are delicious, filling and hunger satisfying (the bars are low glycemic, containing only Paleo approved sweeteners and the natural sugars from our unsweetened fruits). B.O.S.S. Bars are certified gluten-free (by the strictest standard, Celiac Support Association, which is <5ppm), and certified Paleo by The Paleo Foundation.

Each one has been formulated not only for flavor but also because of the benefits of the complementary ingredients. They are unique and are forging a whole new category of food bars. I use them mainly when I am on the go, especially for breakfast or lunch, and when I just need to recharge.

Our first five bars are:

MOVE® – Containing aronia berries, which have been studied for post-workout inflammation, Macadamia nuts (good ratio of Omega-3 to Omega-6 fatty acids) and hemp seeds (also anti-inflammatory), this is excellent for post-workout or just a good everyday energy bar.

THINK® – With all the traditional brain-boosting superfoods, this has become my go-to breakfast bar.

think brain superfood ingredients

SMILE® – Full of tryptophan containing ingredients (tryptophan converts to serotonin), this bar also has delicious raw cacao powder. Just do a quick search on raw cacao to learn about the goodness.

DAZZLE™ – This is the first ever bar with noni fruit powder, and also the first bar designed for hair, skin and nails. Known as the “queen of the health plants,” noni has 17 of the 20 amino acids. Brazil nuts also provide selenium in this one.

RESTORE® – Maqui berries are Patagonian superberries with tons of benefits. RESTORE has ingredients known to help with detox and immune support like Brazil nuts, raw honey, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds.

restore sour cherry superfood maqui berry

Our bars have fully compostable wrappers so you can feel good about the environment too. As I remain committed to causes that work to remove harmful substances from our world, we have pledged to donate 1% of profits to organizations involved in these endeavors. I promise to keep you posted on the good work we do with this company. There is much more information about our standards and commitments on our website.

If you’d like to try these yummy bars we have a special offer for MTHFR Living readers:

Try any 3 bars and get the 4th one FREE + free priority shipping through May 31st. Just use code B3G1F17 at BOSSFoodCo.com

I’d love your feedback on my concept! It’s been a very long road building this company and we are still in the early stages. I’m always grateful for everyone’s support here – thank you always.

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Did you know that Testicular Cancer is the leading cause of cancer for men ages 15-34? It is also one of the most beatable cancers – if caught early the survival rate is 99%. A simple self exam can save time, money, unnecessary treatment and ultimately save a life. This month we are joining the Testicular Cancer Foundation and Tommy John to help raise awareness about this disease. Please share this infographic with the young men in your life.

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When we purchased our house one of the first things we did was install a custom whole house water filtration system, with reverse osmosis (RO) in the kitchen to filter our drinking water. Because we drink so much water, I am always very concerned about its source. When we first moved to our city, we noticed that the water smelled heavily of chlorine. I also learned that regular tap water can have all sorts of nasties in it, from lead to pharmaceutical drugs. We alternate between drinking and cooking with the RO water, and drinking bottled water.

testassured water test kit

When the company TestAssured reached out to us with news of their easy, at-home water testing kits, I thought it would be a great idea to test our RO water as well as the bottled water we consume. I was curious to see how good a job our water filtration system was doing and to verify the safety of our bottled water. Their Complete Water Test Analysis Test Kits appeared to be simple to use and also comprehensive, with 10 different tests included.

testassured water test kit 10 tests

Because its results take two days to obtain, I began with the bacteria test. This test required me to obtain a water specimen in a vial containing a testing powder. After shaking vigorously I was instructed to leave it in a warm place for two days.

bacteria water test collection

testassured water bacteria test

Next I tested for lead and pesticides. This test comes with a pipette, which I used to take a small sample of water from each source. Next I was instructed to place two test strips into the water and wait 10 minutes before reading the results.

water test kit for lead and bacteria

water pesticide test result

Finally, I opened the last packet, which contained a number of different tests. These were all very easy and straightforward tests to perform, each involving a dipstick and color coded results.

test water for chlorine

 

In the end, the results for both of our sources of drinking water were exactly the same. The test kits come with a handy guide to the (EPA) maximum contaminant levels, so that you can compare your results to the federal water limits. These were the results for our water:

Bacteria: Negative

Lead: Negative

Pesticide: Negative

Hardness: 40 ppm

pH: 6

Hardness: 0

Iron: 0

Chlorine: 0 – .5ppm

Copper: 1.3 ppm

Nitrate: 0

Nitrite: 0

water testing for iron and copper

Aside from the pH, which was slightly more acidic than the federal guidelines, our water looks pretty good. Overall I found these test kits to be easy to use and fun, definitely a project you can conduct with younger family members with a curiosity about ecology (under supervision). I had a little difficulty differentiating between the colors as some of them are very close along the spectrum, however, I think this also had to do with the room where I was working in. I recommend reading the results in natural daylight or a room with very good lighting.

Would you like to test your household’s water supply? Leave a comment below that explains what kind of water you drink and how you go about purifying it (or if you don’t, why not). We will choose three winners at random to receive a free test kit from TestAssured. You must post your response in the comments below by Monday, November 28th by 7pm EST to be entered in the drawing. Open to residents of the United States only.

Disclosure: We received two free test kits from TestAssured in order to conduct a review for this post.

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