Any one who knows me well knows I am not a morning person…not even close. When the alarm goes off…my first thought usually is, “It can’t be morning already?” 😉 I feel groggy, sluggish and slow moving. I’ve learned that the first thing I have to do in the am is take a shower. Without a shower, I don’t feel fully awake until 11:30 am. My best thinking and energy levels are between 7 pm and 1 am. If only the world operated on those hours as well. Ha!
My hubby on the other hand is pretty much the polar opposite. He practically is jumping out of bed a few minutes before his alarm goes off. When we were newly married, my husband would wake up between 5 – 5:30 no matter if it was a weekday or weekend. I used to tell him that Sunday was a day of rest and he should come back to bed and REST.
Instead of trying to change me, he just replied with all the reasons why it was great to start the day early. Perhaps, you have heard some of these too.
“The early bird gets the worm.” American Proverb (Not sure who started this one) ?
“Early to bed, Early to rise; makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” ~ Benjamin Franklin (Todd’s favorite)
“The world belongs to those who get up early” – Jules Renard
“Work like there is someone working 24 hours a day to take it away from you.” – Mark Cuban
It took a few years but these quotes and others soon seeped deeply into my core. My hubby was right. He was able to go bed each night feeling satisfied in the amount of work he accomplished while I felt like I had to stay up late to finish my task for that day.
Staying on track:
Even as a stay at home, I realized I needed structure to my day, my kids needed a predictable schedule and I needed to plan our days at home instead of being reactionary to the events of the day.
The biggest asset that has helped me accomplish this is the program, Trello. Don’t worry I have no affiliate relationship here but if you love to make lists or want an easier way to track your day then check Trello.com out. I plan my week, my day and even save links that I want to go look at later. I LOVE it. It saves me from keeping track of extra paper which usually ends up as Emma’s next colored masterpiece. I also like it because if I don’t finish something on my to do list I just shuffle it over for the next day. You can also tag people on a certain task so it’s a visual reminder for me or my husband to remember to do something without all the verbal nagging.
Do you see why I love it so much? Anything that helps our marriage stay healthier is a GOOD thing. 🙂
Here’s a snap shot of my Trello board for today and tomorrow. Simple to use. It’s safe to say that my Trello board keeps my mind from being overloaded and prevents me from forgetting important tasks. It’s pure genius. Oh yeah, and it’s FREE to use.
Todd still gets up earlier than I do but not by much. I’m proud to share that since this last year that I have consistently wake up between 6 and 6:30 am. I like to think that our children have slowed him down a bit while they have taught me to seize the day while it’s early, quiet and new. 😉
My best energy still hits at about 8 pm but I’ve learned to train my mind and my body to start transitioning for rest. It’s hard for a night owl to not take advantage of a quiet house by plowing through a task list. But knowing the early morning will come, I’ve made a rule to unplug from screen time at 9 pm so that my mind can start unwinding and be ready for sleep at 10 pm.
So believe me when I say that waking up to breakfast done is a FABULOUS start to my day. Whether you are gluten-free or not you can enjoy this hearty buckwheat breakfast that cooks for you.
What is Buckwheat?
And don’t let the name fool you either. Buckwheat contrary to it’s name is gluten-free. In fact, buckwheat is not even related to wheat but has ties to rhubarb, knotweed and sorrel. The name buck or “beech” comes from the fact that the seeds of the buckwheat plant seeds resemble the appearance of the seeds of the beechnut tree. And because the buckwheat is chalked full of complex carbs similar to wheat it was named, wheat at the end. Okay, so there’s your little history lesson on the name.
But about the benefits of buckwheat? Glad you asked.
There are tons of benefits to eating buckwheat and it can be easily considered a Super Food. Here are just a few examples of why you should start eating buckwheat in your diet.
Like quinoa, buckwheat is a grain that holds a higher protein level. Which means you can feel better about eating this carb knowing that it’s not just empty starchy calories. In fact, because buckwheat has a more proportionate starch content it’s a great source of energy.
In 2003, a study in Spain concluded that buckwheat was considered a prebiotic. A prebiotic is a food that stimulates healthy bacteria in our digestive systems. Good bacteria lowers gut inflammation and strengthens your immunity. Healthy bacteria is super important especially for those of us that have food allergies. We need to keep inflammation at bay so that we don’t have stomach issues to foods that we aren’t allergic too but are considered high inflammatory foods like nuts.
Unlike most grains, buckwheat seeds are a rich source of soluble and insoluble dietary fiber. Fiber is beneficial in preventing constipation, binding toxins and then excreting these toxins from the body. End result is less toxins, better bowls, and ultimately a healthier you.
Buckwheat has more B2 & B3 vitamins than other grains.
Buckwheat contains high concentration minerals like copper, magnesium, and manganese.
Some studies even claim that buckwheat can help lower blood pressure, help stabilize diabetes because of it’s low glycemic index and because it’s considered nonallergenic, buckwheat hulls are a great alternative for pillow stuffing…who knew?
Now that you know you should be adding buckwheat to your diet, you can start your day early or late with this great breakfast recipe.
Here’s how to make your own Gluten-free Vegan Overnight Buckwheat Porridge.
Buckwheat Overnight Porridge (Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free)
1 cup buckwheat groats
3 cups water
1 cup coconut milk
2 cups frozen assorted berries
1 frozen banana
2 cups unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 tsp. vanilla
Prepare this dish the night before. Add all the ingredients to your crock pot and stir. Set crock pot to low and allow porridge to cook for 7-8 hours.
Before serving, stir porridge a few more times to make sure that all the flavors are well mixed.
Top with extra fruit, butter, milk or nuts and eat warm.
I would love to hear from you. Have you ever tried buckwheat? If so, what’s your favorite buckwheat dish?