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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Unless otherwise noted, all recipes on this blog are free of gluten, peanuts, soy, corn, tomatoes, potatoes, shellfish, cane sugar, oranges, and yeast. Most recipes are also free of egg, dairy, and tree nuts (if used, reliable substitutions will be provided for these when possible). Check out my recipe index for a full list of recipes by category. 

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I'm still here, really. 

sack o' squash

I haven't really been present on the blog lately. Life has been a mass of curveballs and uncertainty, and while it's all been for the best, it hasn't really allowed by the time to leisurely keep up on my blogging. In the last 3 months I've moved between three homes (more on that here), slept on a number of friend's couches, traveled to New York to visit my Lyme-literate MD, weaned myself off most of my Lyme antibiotics, hosted two food swaps, led two cooking demos, and performed in an outdoor Halloween puppet extravaganza for thousands of people over two weekends. All while anxiously awaiting the birth of my best friends' baby and trying to finish an awesomely tacky holiday-themed crochet baby sweater. And finishing the Harry Potter books. And making lots of pies. Oh yeah, and working a full-time 8-5 job. 


Hot damn. I need a nap.  


Thankfully, my life seems to be settling down a bit, perfectly in tune with the impending season of hibernation. I just moved in to a wonderful home on Tuesday, where I will be living with three great roommates in my favorite neighborhood of Minneapolis. I am so grateful to be able to finally settle in to a place I could call my own, somewhere safe and comfortable. My crazy schedule and lack of stability has kept me from the kitchen, and I've hardly been cooking. I have mostly subsisted off eggs, salads, smoothies, and squash. I picked up that gorgeous sack of squash pictured above from a farmer at the St. Paul Farmer's Market about a month ago for a mere $15, and it has been my salvation. 


I'm looking forward to unpacking in my new home, settling in to a new stable rhythm, and having time to focus on my healing process and on working on a new recipe project that I'm excited about. I'm thrilled to say that despite all the craziness that I"ve made for myself the last few months, I've been able to stay remarkably healthy and energetic. Although I feel pretty terrible at the moment - lots of body pain and lots of pressure in my head - I'm doing pretty darn well. It seems that I've reached a new level of success with my treatment for Lyme and all those other nasty little co-infections. My journey isn't over, but it sure has become a much more enjoyable trip. 


Life is good. I am lucky. Thanks for being here with me.

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Reader Comments (4)

Hi Kim,

Glad to hear you're well...so busy! Life gets like that sometimes...and you just have to roll with it (which is easier said than done). It's difficult {when you have a disease} to keep your body well during physical and mental stress (oh boy I can relate to this sister). But I like your attitude. Congratulations on weaning yourself off the medication - this is such a huge success!!!

Your Halloween weekends sounded awesome!

I'm looking forward to more recipes. I'm working on some parsnip muffins for this month's SOS kitchen challenge (so freaken' good & allergy free). :-)

Be Well,

November 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmber

Wow, Kim. I just got up from a nap and after reading your first paragraph, I may need to lie back down. No, I can't. I have tons to do and need to get busy.

I just discovered your blog the other day when I was looking for dairy-free and gluten-free recipes. You have a great blog! I am amazed and inspired by what all you are experiencing and what you accomplish.

I'm glad you found a real home of your own and I wish you well. Now, I'm going to take some of this inspiration that I just picked up here and tackle a few things on my list.

I hope you have a lovely weekend!

November 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDiane

Hey there dear girlie girl , so glad you finally found a great new place to call your own, especially before the cold really settles in ,from what I can tell sure sounds like you have made awesome strides in so many areas , thats fantastic , so happy for you .I have have missed you though . Really sure is great news about you being able to have weaned yourself from your meds . Also sounds like you have had a great time this Summer and Fall ....I would have so loved to have been able to see the puppet show :) and been able to have been part of your food swaps ....and you're right you really did get blessed with some awesome squash...and knowing you I know there is no one that could have put them to better use than you either , that I knowfor sure ...anyway I still have trouble with my PC locking up when I try to log in to your site so I am glad I can get to you this way . I just wanted to take a second to wish you a very bountiful and very blessed Thanksgiving & all the best to you in your new nest ! May God bless you above and beyond all that you could hope for and an extra special thought of love and blessing to your friend and their new arrival hope it will be soon. Have a great holiday ~Big hugs . XOXO

November 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKathy

Congrats on the great news regarding your health and also your new place!! So happy for you! Happy Thanksgiving!!!

November 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCherie
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