I (Ayarpi Reganyan) started the journey of establishing BodyBar Protein because I saw the need for a new line of protein bars with simple and clean ingredients.
I am an Autoimmune Warrior who takes pride in resetting the bar. My story goes back many years, I have a purpose and a goal for creating these protein bars which are Gluten-Free and Certified by the Paleo Foundation.
My journey to developing BodyBar Protein: In 2007, I was diagnosed with an autoimmune condition, which caused me to be in and out of the hospital, undergo many tests, and invasive procedures. I was bounced from one doctor to the next, only to hear that the reason for the inflammatory bowel disease (a.k.a. Ulcerative Colitis) was unknown. Shortly after being on steroids, I gained 30 pounds, had depression, could not leave the house, and enjoy life with my one-year-old toddler.
I decided to take matters into my own hands and began doing a lot of research. I understood that the unhealthy diet I had was contributing to my sickness. The food I was putting into my body was adding to my misery. I began to modify my diet drastically by removing processed foods, gluten, sugars, and artificial additives. With these changes in my diet, I did not require frequent trips to the hospital and was able to come off prescription steroids. People live busy, hectic lives and may not always have time for a wholesome meal, so they consume whatever is available and quick. However, “quick food” is not always nutritious.
If I had a nickel for every time I heard, “Oh I don’t eat protein bars, they have too many fillers and sugars, it’s like I am eating a candy bar,” I would be rich, and I wouldn’t have to work endless hours preaching to people about how protein bars can be beneficial. That being said, I totally understand why protein bars have a bad rap.