about us

~ ~ 2019 ~ ~

We are Michelle & Makenna ~ a mother/daughter duo who, after Makenna was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis shortly after high school in 2013, took her health into our own hands. We chose this path after months of medical procedures and prescription meds that were NOT helping. In the end, we were successful using real food and lotsa love with a passion to make sure the healing process was enjoyable and tasty. On January 1, 2014 we began this journey for Makenna. Our blog & IG were born in early 2015 so we could share our recipes and passion for what we’ve learned and continue to learn along the way. Here we are several years into the journey, and we’re overwhelmed with the sense of community we’ve felt. We love the genuine friendships we’ve found, hearing all the “warm fuzzy” food stories from followers that are enjoying our recipes and our overall family vibe. We couldn’t ever have imagined her feeling so horrible would lead us to where we are now. We are honored to be here and to be involved in your journey as well.

From Makenna: If there’s one thing I didn’t anticipate years ago, it’s how in tune I’ve become with my body and what it does and does not need. It’s so empowering to understand why I feel the way I do from day to day, or even month to month. To know what my body needs and to be able to know that the solution is to do something or to eat something has given me, not only physical strength, but a mental strength to know that I can truly help myself. I can hardly imagine now how I lived before when I just didn’t feel good and I didn’t know why, but also didn’t even think to make changes due to how I was feeling. Knowledge truly is power over so many things in my life, and I’m so thankful for everything I have learned and everything I will continue to learn!

From Michelle: What started out as a healing journey for Makenna with me being her “eating buddy” to help make it easier for her, has turned into a family affair. From myself with some adrenal fatigue/hormonal issues that hit me in late 2014…my hubby that joined us to “feel better” after living with UC himself since his mid twenties…to family members that don’t have a medical reason to join us but know they feel better eating real food…and even some friends that need someone to chat with about finding their way through a health crisis. It’s a torch I’m glad we were able to pick up from my Mom when she passed away suddenly in 2012. She was a champion for health and I feel like we’re making her proud. 💜

~ ~ 2014 ~ ~

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The truth of it is, our lives have been full of healing miracles involving real food and real things that were put on this earth to keep us healthy and happy along our mortal journey. Join us as we continue to pursue the path our sweet angel momma and grandmomma put us on so many years ago. She’s there in the black and white picture to the left. Her name: DeVona is all anyone needed to hear and know about her. She had a health radio show for nearly 25 years. Always on the cutting edge! She’ll be tagging along in spirit, as she was abruptly taken from her earthly journey, on nearly the last second of 2012 on December 31st. Fireworks blasting as she made her entrance to Heaven. It was only fitting, as her presence was that significant here on earth and could only be heralded the same upon her exit. She’ll be guiding Makenna and I, reaching out to us from her Heavenly home, as she does so very often. We’re all about our family, our faith, healing foods and finding happiness in each day that we’re blessed with.  ~Michelle

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If you’re interested in knowing why our journey took us down the Paleo road back in 2014 – it’s a beginning like so many that take their health into their own hands! Makenna being the motivating reason. Click on the “makenna’s story” tab up top or click here to read all about it!

19 Comments

  1. Hi – We love your work and would love to send you some samples from Chosen Foods. Please email me if you’re interested!

  2. Hi,

    What does ‘t’ stand for in the following recipie? https://backporchpaleo.com/recipes-2/main-dish/grilled-cassava-flour-pizza-crust/

  3. hello, do you know if an egg replacer like flax egg would work for the mini churro donuts? thanks so much!

    • Good Morning Jill! We have tried the egg/flax replacement in our pie crust recipe and it worked very well, but haven’t tried it in the mini donut recipe…so can’t say for sure that it would work, but would be worth a try! Thanks for reaching out and asking 🙂

  4. Hi! My question is about your Apple persimmon pie. If I bake it a day ahead, will it still be good? And do I store it in the fridge and reheat it in the oven? Thanks!

    • Hello Aprille! Yes…by all means make that pie the day before…so nice to have one less menu item to worry about for the big day!!! We actually prefer it better the next day! We do store ours in the fridge and then reheat! Thanks for reaching out and enjoy!! ~Michelle

  5. Hello! I attempted to make your yeast free super soft pretzels
    https://backporchpaleo.com/recipes-2/on-the-side/yeast-free-paleo-pretzels/

    I had to make pretzel bites because I couldn’t get the dough to roll out all it. It was just fall apart when I tried to roll it out into a log. I added more coconut milk but was nervous to make the dough too wet. Any ideas or suggestions? The bites turned out super yummy though!

    • Hello Suzy! Thanks for asking about this recipe and so sorry it gave you some trouble! I’ve found that when I’m rolling out the long strands for the pretzels it helps to apply some slight pressure evenly back and forth a bit as the strand gets longer. I’ve found this helps to hold them together…hopefully that makes sense. I really must get a video made showing how I do this – hope you try them again and I’m so glad the bites turned out tasty regardless 🙂

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  8. I just wanted to thank you both for sharing your journey! I can relate somewhat, as I battled Candida in 2005 after my mother passed away of cancer. I too stumbled upon the Paleo lifestyle but didn’t become truly dedicated to it until around 2009 when my son became ill and diagnosed with severe food allergies. As a mom, I can totally relate to you, Michelle! I took to the kitchen to find ways to feed my son without depriving him of the social aspects and fond “food memories”. I basically became a scientist! Concocting grain free/refine sugar free birthday cakes and holiday cookies, scouring the internet for substitutions so my son could still participate in life as a happy child! Fast forward to today…I’m now battling an autoimmune disease, but armed with the knowledge to at least manage it. I know I wouldn’t have been able to do so without having been so dedicated to my son’s health (which in turn made me healthier) back then. I’m now understanding other missing puzzle pieces…such as high oxalates (which I was consuming regularly on a Paleo diet…i.e. almond flour, spinach, sweet potatoes, etc) and because of the autoimmune disease, I’m also learning more about MCAS which I have developed. I’m constantly still having to tweak others recipes, but I’m eternally grateful to bloggers such as yourself who have taken the negatives and created positives and have taken the time to share! I look forward to following your blog and I pray for continued health for you both and your family!

    • Awww, this makes us so happy! It is a journey that is ongoing isn’t it! Also great for progress and learning – and there’s something about a mom making things happen for their child. So much power behind this in need and love. Thanks so much for being here and for taking the time to leave such a kind message. ~Michelle 😊

  9. Thank you for your recipes and your story! I’m wondering if flax eggs or chia eggs can replace eggs in the cassava brownie recipe.

    • Hi there Janice – sorry for the delay in getting back to you on your question. While those egg subs have not been tested on the brownie recipe I’m guessing it could work well. You may try just a half batch first and bake in a loaf pan. That way you can see if you like the results & then you’re not risking as many ingredients. Hope you enjoy them! ~Michelle

  10. Sheyanne Shanks

    Hello!
    I am brand new to the AIP life changing plan. I was looking for a cobbler recipe for our Sunday BBQ and I found your site. I just made the peach cobbler with a few twists. I love cinnamon so I added it. I also love oats on my traditional recipe, so I thought why not add sliced tiger nuts. When I was looking for the tiger nuts I spotted my homemade roasted coconut. A big WHY NOT! I sprinkled some tiger nuts into the fruit and then sprinkled both on top. The coconut toasted up even more and added the crunch that I enjoy. Yum. I am enjoying this amazing treat as I type. Thank you!

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