My name is Rebecca Baron and I am on a mission to prove that healthy living can be fun and delicious. After many health struggles, I have come to believe in a holistic approach to health and life. I believe spiritual health is just as important as physical health for our overall well-being and quality of life.
I like to focus on things that make me happy and strive to keep an optimistic attitude. I am, however, realistic and don’t particularly like to sugar coat reality. Life isn’t perfect, I am not perfect, and I don’t want to portray that image. I want to share how to make healthy living a priority in our crazy, stressful, and sometimes difficult lives.
I also want to emphasize that when we make healthy living a priority, we find more happiness, energy, optimism, and balance. I am on this journey with all of you, and hopefully, we can learn together and help each other along the way.
A little bit about me…
Why I Started
I'm so glad you're here! I started sharing my health experiences on a blog in 2008 and soon found that many people were interested in getting my recipes when they saw how eating healthy had been instrumental in transforming my health from being 60 pounds overweight with rheumatoid arthritis, food allergies and being unable to conceive to being a healthy weight, able to eat most things, free from RA and pregnant after 11 ½ years of trying!
I started My Natural Family in 2012 to share healthy recipes with you and have been privileged to have millions of readers over the years read my blog. If you want to learn a little more about me buy my ebook on Amazon, check out my essential oil blog or St. George, UT vacation rental.
My goal is to have recipes that not only taste good but are healthy and easy and you would make even if you weren't trying to eat healthily.
Take a look around or search and find some new recipes today!
A Little More About Me
A few things I love (in no particular order):
- Plants and flowers (my house and yard are full of them)
- To play the flute and piccolo
- My four children and my husband
- My Italian family history
- Being outside
- Going to plays with my children
- Details and numbers (I was an accountant for like 10 years)
- My big, extended family
- I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints or in other words, I am a Mormon. My faith is a huge part of my life and of who I am. If you would like to learn more about my church please visit ComeUntoChrist.org.
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I totally stumbled on your blog today and loved looking over all your wonderful recipes. I just perused your "about me" and am tickled to find out we belong to the same church (I'm a convert of 5 years). We even have many of the same interests. I'm a retired electrical engineer who just moved out to the country and am "attempting" to reenact "green acres" in my life. (By that I mean city slicker moves to the country.) Hoping to grow my own food and (if I get enough courage) - even get a few chickens. My goal is to try all your main dish recipes in 2021! Thank you for sharing your gifts with us all <3
Thank you for your recipes. I am enjoying reading your blog and other's comments. I could not lose weight and my homeopathic chiropractor suggested the Gundry diet (we did not buy Gundry's supplements, just followed his food pyramid. My husband and I lost a lot of weight! I was 165, now around 120, but still have viseral fat and need to get rid of that. Some helps that we have learned over the last year are: eat organic foods as much as possible because our foods are sprayed with weed killers, also buy non-GMO food. It may say non-GMO but it does not mean it is organic. (Farmers buy non-GMO seeds and still spray their fields for weeds and insects.) :-/
Check out Dr. Pompa online and he teaches with videos the Keto diet plus gives a lot of other good information. My husband and I both are recovering from head traumas. Recently found out about the Mind-Eye Institute in Northbrook, IL where one is rehabilitated through special glasses. I will be getting my new glasses tomorrow! My husband has his 3-hour exam tomorrow! So awesome! I wanted to share this with you all because finding the right help has not been easy. The Mind-Eye Institute also helps people with autism and developmental learning problems. New discoveries! God is good! 🙂
It's good to hear from you. It sounds like you are taking charge of your health and figuring out all sorts of things. I've had good luck with Dr. Pompa's 5-day block fast and we've even done some eye-light-brain training stuff. There is all sorts of good stuff out there, isn't there?
Yes, there is! Wish it wasn’t so difficult to find the right help.
Y'all rock! I just wanted to say how dumb I feel for not knowing y'all were a family until JUST NOW! DUH! Oh well! Better late than never! Love your clean eating recipes! And your story!!!
Most people never figure it out! Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I love your blog too!
Our townhouse is under major remodeling. We still have 3-4 months to go until it is finished. We currently have a kitchen with only a refrigerator. Any ideas on how we maintain a healthy Paleo lifestyle when we have no way to prep or cook meals?
I know this is a strange request. Any words of encouragement would be appreciated!
Not so strange. We added on to our house 3 years ago for 4 months. It was an experience I try to block out. At least we had a "kitchen" in our garage in the freezing winter where we could see our breath most of the day, but we had an oven, fridge and a folding table. It still wasn't fun, especially washing the pots in the tub. Everyone said things like just think how it will all be worth it and think how it will soon be a distant memory. Didn't help much. Is there any way you could use an Instant Pot? I could half my meals in that lately anyway and that would give you tons of Paleo options and all you need is an outlet. I would plug my crock pot in and put it on the floor, since I didn't have an Instant Pot back then. Maybe a toaster oven. Those would keep you from eating out so much. I mean, it doesn't take much prep to throw a roast in a crock pot and maybe you have a friend or family you could go to once a week and pre-cut a bunch of veggies to go with the roast and such?
Thanks for all of your information. You have a beautiful family and I enjoy your blog. I was just going to ask about hair loss when I noticed this post. My 17 year old daughter has been struggling with hair loss, weight gain and joint pain as well as some other symptoms. We recently (last week)saw a doctor who ordered a lot of tests and an ultrasound of what he thinks is a very large thyroid. He also felt a mass. I love my essential oil products but was wondering if you know of any that can help with thyroid issues. Your thoughts?
On another note, I am also a FH junkie and am researching like crazy in the Abruzzo region of Italy where my father is from. The commune is called Filetto. You?
My family is from the Gaeta, Lazio area. It’s south of Rome on the coast. I would love to go there someday.
Thanks for the information. I ask God to BLESS you all.
Just wanted to say your chili recipe is fabulous 😉 Thank you I added onion to it Family loved it
Thanks so much. You're so sweet!
Hi, I found your site while looking for paleo recipes. You have a lovely family. I have a question but I am unsure if you can answer it. I’m hoping that if you can’t, you will have a resource that will know. I was diagnosed with MS in 1989 and was able to live a fairly normal life until about 7 years ago when I was forced into retirement. I did really well for about a year after that until Hashimoto's disease put about 35 pounds on me before I could even get any doctors to look into it. Of course, with the added weight my blood pressure became high and I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I had to stop exercising because of unbearable hip pain on both sides. Anyway, this year has been horrible. My life became my bed except for when I got out to go to doctors appointments. I’m now taking 11 pills a day and I knew that I could be better but with absolutely no energy, pain and many other symptoms I could not figure out how. I started researching paleo and AIP paleo. I cleaned out my cabinets and started a paleo life style a month ago. I am doing much better. I now have 3-4 good days a week and my energy is constantly improving, and I have lost 18 lbs. Like I said it has only been a month but I am wondering if I should remain on paleo for a while or because of my autoimmune illnesses should I go AIP? I know this is crazy after going paleo, but AIP sounds impossible. Anyone’s input will be appreciated.
Somehow I missed this comment, which makes me feel bad, but you really should look in to something like this - https://www.mynaturalfamily.com/natural-health/journey-autoimmune-protocol/ while you keep eating Paleo.
I have osteoarthritis in my back and hip, hashimotos, and osteopaenia 4 years ago I got to the point that I was in constant pain. I had to make dinner in in multiple steps taking breaks because the pain was to much.
I could only stand or sit for so long.
I cried because I was in my mid-thirties and thought that I was useless and would never be helpful to my family again-I had two small children.
My doctor had put me on NSAIDs but when I went to the chemist/drugstore? the lady there was shocked and said they would destroy my stomach and she did not recommend me taking them at my age-so I never did.
To cut a long story short PLEASE TRY AIP! Yes it is not convenient. But it is a lot easier than not being able to live your life. This worked so incredibly well for me, it took time (months probably) and this may sound totally crazy and incredible but 4 years later I can now do everything I did prior to the back issues (even run!)
I would have thought this kind of thing hogwash, but it is amazing what you will try when you are desperate.......
P.S Acne, dandruff, keratosis pilaris, Hashi's flaky skin cleared up also as well as weightloss.
What is AIP?
Auto Immune Protocol. Tons of info out there about itand- It Works! I have
Im an RN and fully believe we can heal our bodies with the right foods. That and draling with stress in a healthy way can resolve many health issues.
Happened upon your site looking for Paleo soup recipes. I'm a school teacher and want to use the crock pot more for my everyday lunches. Thank you for the recipes. I'm been studying gut health because of Plexus and I'm trilled to combine their products with these recipes. Good combo! Thanks.
I'm considering opening a site with all kinds of recipe I can lay my hands on. May I use your recipes, after giving proper courtesy to you and your site?
You may use the image and a link, not the actual recipe.
Okay. Thank you. 🙂
I enjoyed getting to know more about you and your lovely family xo
You're welcome! Thanks for your nice comment.
Rebecca did you used to work at Orem Community Hospital?
No I didn't. Sorry.
Loved your family story. We are LDS too (2 years as of this month). We also struggled with fertility and have a "blended" family. We always get the "looks" we call it. I became gluten intolerant after a really bad infection with C. difficile. It's a pain since none of my kids like the gluten free food.
You need to check out Danielle Walker. She's on tour right now , her 3 cookbooks are amazing! Gluten,bean,and legume free. Your kids will like everything!
Love your story. Beautiful family! Thank you for your blog! I am just beginning to learn about natural healing and holistic living and essential oils. I have many problems but my weight is probably the worst one at this time, so your weight loss story is inspiring to me. I look forward to learning more about all of this through your blog. I am especially interested in learning more about the NAET. Addressing the CAUSE sounds like the right thing to do.
NAET sensitivity treatments helped save me as well! I stumbled upon your site through a blog and noticed your mentioning of NAET sensitivity. I can totally agree with you about the amazing changes that it does for your health! Since being treated on almost everything I was allergic to, My medication dropped from 20 prescriptions to 3 that I may take every now and then, when I have an asthma flare up due to a cold or change of season. Since having a child, I have been changing my eating habits to organic whole foods, and I feel amazing. It was so nice to read your blog and learn about your family! I literally just signed up last night as a wellness advocate. But I have a long way to go about learning more about aromatherapy. As everything goes, educating oneself is a never ending process, but that is a good thing 😉 change is good, especially for the betterment of your family and values!
You have a lovely family... I'm trying to take charge of my families health so I'll certainly be back for some of your recipes. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks for reading! I love all my readers and wish you the best health.
hi, I was looking up PCOS on pinterst
and found your story. thanks for sharing with us. I love your family and all that you have integrated for us to know more about PCOS because my OB/GYN never tell you what you can do. I will need to start taking notes and start at a healthier lifestyle. thanks again
Just wanted to tell you I stumbled upon your blog searching for dairy free ice cream recipes. And the moment I saw your family photo, I knew you were LDS. You really can tell in so many people. 😉 Me and my family are, too, and live in Utah. We have 4 boys. I was diagnosed with MS just over 2 years ago. (It runs in my family.) I'm gluten free and refined sugar free, don't eat almost all processed foods and eat little dairy. Nice to have your blog to look at for lots of great info!
Nice to meet you! It sounds like we have fairly similar stories. I hope you come back soon.
Lisa @ The Wellness Wife
Your story is amazing. It shows what happens to the body when consuming the "traditional" American diet. Keep up the great work. You have a beautiful family.
Thank you so much, I appreciate your comment
Just wanted to say that your family is beautiful! 🙂
You're so sweet. Sometimes I notice people looking at our family trying to figure it all out and I forget that we're not a "normal" family, whatever that is. I'm just so grateful to have a family and 4 children after so many years of none. It's so easy to forget all that when it's super-crazy around here all the time.
I love your whole story. It is a story of Love, Family and Giving...You are very special to do all you do and still do , with your health problems. I know about RA, my cousin has it and I have joint issues, but have not gone to a Specialist. I do not like medicine, I believe in Holistic Way, and I take Zyflammend, it helps me a lot. It is Ironic that it is made in the southern part of Vermont, where I live. I also take Krill oil.
The picture of you with T, you have the new mommy glow!!!! I love it! I look forward to all you write:)
Thanks for the nice comments. It's always good to hear from you!
I'm hoping for the chance to sit down and go through your blog some more as I think I can probably learn a lot from you! I suffer from fibromyalgia and have struggled with lots of health issues and I'm trying to find answers instead of just accepting what the doctors have to say and trying to life with all this junk.
Hi.. found your site whilst looking for gluten free cinnamon buns.. Im in Australia and wondered if you help me find someone.. maybe this isn't theplace to ask, but have tried on well known sites to find a Mormon( American ) lady I met in 1971 when I was travelling to USA to be an exchange student for the year.. I h ope to reconnect with her.. been a few years hey, but have often wondered about her and her life.. any ideas where else to look for her?? imagine she would be about late 70's now??
Sorry. I really don't know. There are like 14 million Mormons all across the world so you would need to start somewhere more specific, like maybe where she used to live.
Beautiful family. <3
I "stumbled" across your blog as I was searching information on essential oils. I must say that God definitely had this entire "stumbling" planned out. You are absolutely precious and love your accomplishments you have achieved in your life and especially your family. I have truly enjoyed reading about you. I am not Mormon but Jesus is my savior for sure. So when the day comes and we go "Home" be sure to find me. I have looked at your essential oils chart and found it helpful and look forward to all the information you have provided. I suffer daily with horrible body pain from Fibromyalgia and started out searching for relief other than my pain medicine my doc gives me. Don't like feeling like I'm at someone else's mercy to help with my pain. That's when essential oils popped upand thought I would check it out. Thank you for all the great information. I look forward to learning all I can from you.
Thanks for stopping by! It's posts like these that keep me going.
You're just all around awesome!!!! Love your Lentil Burger recipes too! God bless you!
Wow! Thanks for the sweet comment.
Beautiful story and what a wonderful family, Rebecca! I'm in search on natural healing remedies for inflammation in my lower back that comes and goes, I know that picking my three little ones contributes to it, and of course posture! I am eager to learn from your articles, thank you!
So good to have you find us. I have all sorts of solutions on here and more in my head I need to get on here (ha ha). So keep following me to get updates.
You look marvelous! Please, may I have your 1-800 no. I've read most of your website and posts and now I'm ready to order a sample and place an order on time before the Frankincense promo runs out. I have a few personal questions about my order though:-D
I don't have an 800 no. It's just me working from home mostly and I don't want to give out my personal number but please feel free to contact me here: https://www.mynaturalfamily.com/contact/
You look fabulous! What a great job taking control of your life and health. Thank you for sharing your story and your recipes.
You're welcome! I just have about 5-10 more pounds I would love to lose but I'm focusing on being healthy and getting rid of the belly by fixing a few lingering health issues and supposedly exercising (that's my biggest problem right now).
We are so similar it is weird. Although I live in Ohio, and we are originally from Kansas, I went to school in Utah, lived there for years with my husband and have two sisters living in Sandy. We have 4 children, 3 adopted! I have had weight issues for years along with fertility issues. I was diagnosed with RA a few years back. And the list goes on and on....I will be keeping a close eye on your blog but I understand that family comes first!
So good to hear from you. Hopefully I have some ideas that will help you since we're so similar!
Kudos to you, I also suffer from many issues and am now living gluten, dairy free and it feels great although i still have pain. I hope someday the pain will be gone for everyone 🙂
I keep finding links to your posts, and thought I'd check out who was making them. Thanks for all the sharing!
I have question to ask you about thinning/hair grow. I had been trying to find good shampoo/conditioner for my thinning/hair grow and couldn't find one. Any suggestion? and which oils do you recommend? And also about Loyalty Reward Programs - for Preferred Member. I need to know how does that works with LRP for Preferred Member.
Thanks for feedback
I have a big problem with losing hair myself. For me, it's a side effect of Candiasis from what I can figure out. The thing that's helped it the most is Biotin: http://www.amazon.com/THORNE-RESEARCH-Biotin-8-Health-Beauty/dp/B000FGXNUS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1383150315&sr=8-1&keywords=biotin+8 I do have some Ovation Hair products but they were REALLY expensive and it did work pretty good but I decided I just can't afford it so I'm not going to buy any more. I also recently started taking Iodine because I've had thyroid issues off and on and hair loss is definitely tied to that. I can't tell if that's working yet but my mom said it takes about six months after taking the iodine to really be able to tell if it's working for skin and hair. She said her nails have never been so good but she didn't have a hair problem before. The type of iodine is really important. This is the kind I take: http://www.amazon.com/Standard-Process-Prolamine-Iodine-90ct/dp/B00158J0AW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1383150597&sr=8-1&keywords=promaline+iodine
I can't remember for sure how LRP works for Preferred members. I think they can do it just like normal. They just can't put anyone under them and they don't get as much of a discount on the products. You would have to ask for sure.
Kate @ MGR
Biotin never worked for me, and I'm about to start essential oils for it. I need to get my hands on some good Lavender, Rosemary, and Peppermint, as Ive researched....
I'm so glad I found this blog. I had symptoms of bad IBS for years, and then took some blood tests that showed I was sensitive to non-factory farmed MEAT, soy and malt (malted barley flour is in EVERYTHING. So I'm switching over to lots of produce, lean, non-factory farmed wheat, fruits and such but really needed help with recipe ideas. The nest is empty but I work a full time job and also have written 4 books which I promote (highlight of all of that was when Mrs. Jon Schmidt of the Piano Guys, wrote me a letter telling how much she liked my Christian fiction book, the one the publisher said "don't write!" after my earlier books went #1. Thank you for the blessing of your guidance. LB Johnson (Mrs. Ezekiel Johnson).
What a sweet comment! Thanks for taking the time to write. It's comments like this that keep me going when it's hard to keep it all up.