Digestives, Apples, + One pot meals

Digestives, Apples, + One pot meals

We nursed an old apple tree back to life.

When we moved to 507 N. Hwy 33 in Tetonia, ID we had a withered gnarly severely old dehydrated apple tree. We watered it for a few years before it sprouted leaves again. Then, a few years later it grew an apple. This year we harvested a few brimming bags. She is back!image02

Anyone with an apple tree knows it provides an insane amount of fruit. Apple is high in pectin – which is a soothing bulk laxative. In Autumn, if you’re clueless of seasonal eating and not paying attention to Nature, your colon gets dried out. So do your sinuses – but we’ll get to that later. If your colon dries out – your feces gets hard. You lose flow. You back up. And because your sh*t isn’t moving down and out with the right timing it put overload on your lymph system.

Once your lymph system is overloaded it can’t filter out all the bacteria and viruses so you get sick. You blame the viruses and the bacteria – but really it was your own fault.

You see – timing is everything. Apples are here at the time of year you need them most. And not just one or two apples – but literally bushels of apples appear at the right time. 

Cooked Apples on an Empty Stomach or for Dessertapples


If you want to experience an even more laxative effect from your apples – stew them before you eat them. Slice them – add to a little boiling water. Sprinkle with cinnamon and raisins. If you’re super dry add a little butter, ghee or coconut oil. Cover and simmer for a few minutes. Kill the heat. Allow to rest for a few. And enjoy.  


Indy picking our apples

One Pot Meals


Soups +  Kitchari

In fall the cornucopia of root vegetables and hearty greens abounds. If we grow our food we relate to the squirrels – so much to put up by winter. A natural impulse this time of year is to chop a bunch of roots and hearty greens (tough kale or cabbage), put it in a pot of boiling water and let it simmer. To add more flavor we heat some oil and stir fry some spices to add to the mix. If we’re fancy we make a stock out of the excess of everything and use that instead of water. Or we might soak and cook some beans for a little oomph.

No matter how simple or fancy we get – the concept, the craving is the same. One pot meals are the name of the game. The massive fiber in the veggie based soups and stews grounds, nourishes and lubricates.

When you make a one pot meal you end up with a pot of food. You end up with excess, with largess. Your know you’re in the SPirit of Autumn when your desire to  share, not hoard, seeps out of your pores. You invite someone in for your soup. You eat it 2-3 times a day. Nourishing yourself has never been so easy.

Make one pot meals a habit this time of year.  You’ll feel better. You’ll lose excess weight. You’ll have more energy. You’ll have more time. You’ll have more joy. And you’ll have more ease. What else do you want, sista?

Cate Stillman
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