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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. These days, I'm in a new phase of life, and this website is no longer updated.

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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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New Cookbook: The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook


Thanks to the amazing generosity of Ali and Tom of Whole Life Nutrition , I am now the proud owner of their The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook.  They just published the second edition, and I received my copy from Ali in the mail today.  I am thrilled!  Everything is gluten free, and most recipes are also dairy free and egg free.  Normally I have to do a complete and total makeover on at least half the ingredients in each recipe in a cookbook - not this one!   With the exception of a handful of recipes that call for yeast, tofu/tempeh, or use one of my many many allergens as a base ingredient, nearly every recipe is fair game (a very rare thing).  Just a few small tweaks and substitutions here and there, and I'll be good to go. What a blessing!


Actually, reading through the recipes, I felt like I was reading through my own kitchen - so many recipes in the cookbook are similar to things I already make at home, have been tweaking and perfecting, or have been aspiring to try.  Great minds think alike, I guess!  I can't wait to try out these recipes, I'm getting hungry just thinking about it.  Like usual, I immediately found the dessert and bread sections to see what delightful options were in store for me....

Jackpot!  I found Decadent Chocolate Bundt Cake, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies with variations, Coconut Cashew Cookies,  Carrot Raisin Buckwheat Muffins, Peachy Millet Flour Muffins, Lemon Teascake, and Quinoa Zucchini Bread, among many other tasty looking tarts and puddings and breads.  Oh, and the rest of the cookbook is chock full of amazing vegetable, legume, whole grain, and seafood and meat recipes.  Minty Green Smoothie, Split Pea Soup with Fresh  Vegetables and Herbs, Lentil and Rice Salad with Lemon and Olives, Cuban Black Bean and Yam Stew, Chicken Nuggets, Thai  Chicken Curry, the list goes on and on...

In addition to all those tasty recipes, they have tons of information about pantry items, how to transition to eating a whole foods diet, cooking techniques, the basics of legume and grain preparation, plans for a 28-day elimination and detox diet, and suggestions for feeding your baby a whole foods diet.  Awesome!

I'm hoping to start trying out some of these recipes this week, and expect a full review in the near future. Don't want to wait for my review?  Just go ahead and order the book - I think you'll be happy you did.  For anyone interested in a whole foods diet, it is a great resource and full of awesome information and inspiration.  All recipes are free gluten and most major allergens, and while cane sugar is used in some desserts, suggestions are given on how to substitute for other sweeteners.  Most recipes are vegan.  And since all the ingredients rely on whole foods, swapping out one thing for another looks like it will be very easy to do.  If you've ever visited the Whole Life Nutrition blog and tried their recipes,  you'll know you'll be in for something good.  And after all, Christmas and Hannukah are coming up; what better gift is there than the gift of health and nutrition?  You can order it through their website or through Amazon .

Hmn, so what to make first?  Some soup, some muffins, and maybe a batch of cookies this weekend.  I can't let go of the thought of chewy cookies...they are absolutely haunting my mind.

Stay tuned for my review, and in the meantime, happy cooking!


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Reader Comments (3)

Just yet another reason to move to the Northwest! Thanks for the recommendation, I just sent the book to my sister that is on a gluten, dairy, and egg free diet :)

I missed seeing you last weekend when Amy was in town. I can't wait until our next visit!

December 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterApril

Great, I hope your sister likes the book! It has so much great stuff in it, I'm sure she'll love it. It sounds like you all had a great time, I wish I could have been there with you! Hopefully we'll see each other sooner than later, and until then, the internet will have to suffice!

December 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKim

Thanks so much for the info on the book. We're always looking for whole food recipes.

I so enjoy your blog. =)

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