Hi, I'm Kim

Hi, I’m Kim Christensen, M.Om., Dipl.OM, L.Ac. I’m a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and owner of Constellation Acupuncture & Healing Arts in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Back before going to school and becoming a healthcare practitioner, Affairs of Living was my creative outlet while healing from chronic health issues. There's big changes coming to the site - it will soon be the home of my new health coaching practice! Stay tuned. 

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Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day, lovely readers!  I wish I had treat recipes to share with you, but unfortunately, most of my sweet treat endeavors this week didn't work out so well.  I did bake some amazing Carob Sunbutter Sandwich Cookies for a party at work, they were stellar.  But my fudge and truffle project?  Not good.  After a week of eating lots of coconut oil, nut butter, and carob-filled confections, I kind of want to puke.  And I wasn't totally thrilled enough with any of what I created to share it with you.  All I was left with was a queasy stomach, a tight waistband, and empty jars of expensive ingredients.  And this cute photo of the latest project , a rich tahini-carob truffle dusted with ground gojis. And the leftovers of these projects that I don't even want to eat because I feel so grossed out by too many sweets.  Ugh. 

This was a realization, however, that I've grown a little too overzealous and need to get a life outside of my kitchen again!  The cold of winter has made me a bit of a hermit.  Combined with my general nature to obsessively work on passion projects, this means I found myself making various kinds of truffles or fudge late at night most nights this week instead of sleeping.  Sampling taste after taste of rich treat late at night is not good for the digestive system.  My propensity to binge eat is only aggravated by this behavior.  This is not good. Not good!

So, I'm putting myself on a blogging time out.  I need to take some time to do other things that are important for my healing process with Lyme, as well as take time for other important for my general life (like doing my taxes, for example).  I also need to make some serious tracks on this cookbook I'm working on. Recipes, recipes, my oh my! Thankfully, they are vegetable based, no heavy ingredients involved.  I never get sick of vegetables, and they rarely make me feel queasy.  YES!

So, I'll be away for awhile on a little blogging holiday, but I'll be back soon, better than ever.  



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Reader Comments (3)

I've had the same "over zealous" experience in the kitchen too many times to mention. . . usually with sweets as well. Funny how those goji truffles can look so good even if they didn't meet your expectations! Of course your readers will miss you on your break, but you are smart to take one when you need it and focus on your health. Wishing you lots of productive and rejuvenating time away, and look forward to your return!

February 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRicki

Hi Kim, Best of luck with the blogging break! I found myself being forced into one this week when I realized that taxes, FAFSA, applying to schools, and following up on insurance claims should probably all take precedent over typing out my grocery receipts. But I definitely know what you mean about throwing yourself into passion projects. It's so hard to say no when I hear the blog calling my name. I'm hoping to get into a blogging routine so that I can type up posts on the weekend and then get on with life through the week. We'll see if I can do it. All that to say, I think you're making a great choice and I admire you being able to do that. And it will give me time to catch up on all those great recipes of yours that I've been wanting to try out! :)

February 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKim

Well what a special treat to see the sweet little truffle treats you made especially for this special day , I am sure they were excellent , just know that you will be missed while you are taking a much needed break , most important that you take the best care of yourself that you possibly can , I am looking forward to your recipes .You are in my prayers and I am sending you as much positive energy as I possibly can . Happy Valentines Day to you and thanks once again for the great photos and for all the wonder information that you share :)

February 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKathy
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