Unprocessed Living

A Healthy Living Recipe Box

About September 17, 2012

Disclaimer: this is in no way, shape, or form meant to be a professional blog!



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Welcome to Unprocessed Living, formerly known as Paleo Recipe Share, a blog that began in September 2012 to keep track of newly attempted recipes in this strange new “lifestyle” called Paleo. This was (and is) simply a place to share recipes with commentary, noting which recipes were successful in a household of two consisting of a thirty-something mom (formerly) addicted to CrossFit and a then 7-year-old who would eat just about anything as a toddler but who had become much more picky in her elementary school years. Fast forward three years and we’re now part of a blended family and household of six! It’s been a challenge to maintain unprocessed living through lots of change and transition in our lives, but we’re doing the best we can.

In short, this is my recipe box, easily sharable with my family and friends.

My story…

My experimentation with Paleo was relatively successful from the start back in 2012, prompted mainly by my participation in the LuRong Paleo challenge along with many other CrossFit friends from September through November 2012. I became a quick convert — within a couple of weeks, my energy levels had soared, I was sleeping better than I ever had, I was no longer getting that “afternoon slump” and I found that, for the first time in my life, I didn’t get “the shakes” when hungry; in other words, my glucose levels had seemingly stabilized and I no longer got low blood sugar when I hadn’t eaten. On top of that, I was more satiated than ever and rarely hungry. I still had some cravings, especially since the challenge was particularly strict, but for the most part, it was an incredibly successful experience.

Plus, in the course of the 9 week challenge, I lost 5 pounds and 5 inches and made several performance PRs (Personal Records) at the box (CrossFit). Over the holidays, I stuck pretty well with my new lifestyle…I’d say somewhere between 70/30 and 80/20…but with the new year, it was time to get back on track. So, I started a new unofficial challenge with a group at my box, this time for 6 weeks. It went reasonably well for 4 weeks, until Snowpocalypse 2013 hit…and then I attempted LuRong again in 2013…but…life happened from there.

I had my ups and downs in the next couple of years, and haven’t had nearly the success I had while on my first Paleo Challenge, but I always seem to find my way to the world of Paleo(ish) and clean eating. I became intrigued by the book The Science of Skinny in 2013 and I HIGHLY recommend it. While not “paleo” it has many similar leanings and is all about unprocessed and organic eating. Look beyond the word “skinny” in the title…. it really means “optimal health” as the author explains in the intro.

Since discovering The Science of Skinny, I’ve been working to combine the science of optimal health with a paleo(ish) lifestyle. Once again, I started off strong when I began incorporating changes and recipes from the book, but life has a way of intervening, and maintenance is a constant struggle. Still, it’s amazing how making small, incremental changes builds up over time.

Following a bit of a backslide in my nutrition and fitness in 2014 due to a variety of reasons including some significant life changes that led to a 15-20 lb weight gain, I jumped into The Whole Life Challenge in 2015. That prompted me to update the blog a bit. This is no longer a blog/recipe box all about paleo, but about healthy, mainly (but not necessarily 100%) organic, UNPROCESSED living.

There are definitely lots of very tasty paleo, organic, and “clean eating” recipes out there, though I tend to modify them to suit a simple taste palate. I try to give credit where credit is due on these recipes, and for the post part take absolutely no credit for coming up with them myself, but the recipes posted here have been modified as I have tried and liked them. The more I experiment, the more the newer recipes really are mine…and I welcome you to make them yours.




4 Responses to “About”

  1. Lisa Ten Eyck Says:

    This is great lady!! XOXO!!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Crista Says:

    Thanks Lisa…happy first day of the challenge! 😉


  3. So, my personal blog duties aside, I am following you because i do eat healthfully in my downtime. Keep the recipes coming!


  4. Justine knudson Says:

    I am quite excited to try some of your recipes!

    Liked by 1 person

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