In the last several months, I’ve made a pretty significant change to my daily schedule, namely getting up before sunrise instead of sleeping until 10 a.m. I’ve never been a morning person (ask my poor sister who had to share a room with me during elementary school), and since I’ve been self-employed since 2005, I have had the luxury of sleeping as late as I want, which is often into the double digits.
To be perfectly honest, this has made me feel like a total and complete slacker for a pretty long time. Which is not to say that I don’t really enjoy sleeping late and going to bed late. But it’s kind of been ruined in recent years by this nagging feeling that I need to get up earlier, for whatever reason—productivity, healthy biorhythms, being perceived as an actual adult, etc. I have done everything from making early-morning exercise dates with friends to using a brain-wave app to help me get sleepy earlier and feel awake in the morning.
Nothing has worked long term. Except my husband, Mike, getting a job that requires him to be at work at 7 a.m. This, I believe, is simply another of the cruelties of office work I have sacrificed a regular paycheck, cheap health care, and stock options to avoid—but it must be stated that I am waaay more productive when I get up at 6:30 a.m. than 10.
One of the best things about getting up earlier is seeing the sunrise. I live 10 minutes from Death Valley Stadium, home of the Clemson Tigers whose colors are orange and purple, and it’s not hard to see why.
The other great thing is that there’s more time for breakfast. I don’t feel rushed to microwave whatever leftovers are available in the fridge and get to work. And since in a perfect world we’d all have the experience of brunch every day, having time to make a French press, some bacon, and, oh, I don’t know, maybe some Gluten-Free Applesauce Biscuits is a pleasure that at least partially makes up for losing three more hours of sleep.
Also don’t miss my adaptation of this recipe for gluten-free optional Sweet Potato Biscuits!
Gluten-Free Applesauce Biscuits
- 1/2 cup arrowroot flour Bob’s Red Mill is a good brand
- 1 1/2 cups gluten-free flour again, Bob’s Red Mill all purpose works great
- 1 tsp salt
- 3 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 cup applesauce
- 1/2 cup yogurt
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- Mix all these things together, then roll out and cut into biscuits, or form by hand. Bake at 425 for 15 minutes.