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Waiting to Eat Breakfast After Taking Your Thyroid Meds: Here’s What You Can Do!

Waiting to Eat Breakfast After Taking Your Thyroid Meds: Here’s What You Can Do!
"She needed to find something to do to take her mind off her hunger as she made her way through her mornings."

If you are getting bored and hungry in the morning while waiting to take your medications, know that you are not alone. Join a support group or forum to see how others deal with similar situations.

Melanie was diagnosed with hypothyroidism when she was in her 40’s. Her symptoms were relatively mild, but she was prescribed levothyroxine to help her with the management of her disease. Melanie’s doctor told her that she should take her pill as soon as she woke up in the morning and then she would have to wait an hour before eating. He explained to her that certain foods will interfere with her body’s absorption of the medication.

Although Melanie was happy to have found a medication that would help her handle her condition, this was one of the few inconveniences she would have to deal with facing her ‘new life’, adjusting to living with hypothyroidism. Melanie liked to eat soon after she got up and found that not being able to eat for a whole hour after waking made her cranky. She needed to find something to do to take her mind off her hunger as she made her way through her mornings.

Although Melanie was happy to have found medication that would help her handle her condition, this was one of the few inconveniences she would have to deal with facing her ‘new life’, adjusting to living with hypothyroidism.

She needed an on-the-go breakfast that she could eat at work, but she found granola and cereal bars and pieces of fruit to be fortifying, along with her mug of coffee.

Melanie decided that she would keep her medication by her bed along with a glass of water so she could take it as soon as she got up. Then she made her way through her usual morning routine and left for work a few minutes earlier than usual. By the time she got there, it was over an hour since she had taken her medication. She could eat breakfast at work! Of course, she had to make slight alterations. For instance, she needed an on-the-go breakfast that she could eat at work, but she found granola and cereal bars and pieces of fruit to be fortifying, along with her mug of coffee.

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Melanie’s friend Iris, who was also afflicted with hypothyroidism, had similar problems with taking her medication. Iris worked later in the day and didn’t have to be up particularly early. Her children were grown, so she couldn’t busy herself with getting them out the door and often found herself bored in the mornings as her stomach growled. However, Iris soon rearranged her day, getting her chores done early. Before she knew it, it was breakfast time! AND, she no longer had chores to deal with when she got home after work.

Early morning is a great time to check in with social media, catch up on the latest news, shop or check your emails

If you are facing the same problem Melanie and Iris did when having to take your thyroid medications in the morning, here are some other suggestions for keeping yourself occupied until breakfast time:

Read: An intriguing book will easily take your mind off your hunger
Browse the Computer: Early morning is a great time to check in with social media, catch up on the latest news, shop or check your emails. Forums.
Exercise/Meditate: This is a great way to not only keep your mind off your hunger but reduce stress and boost your endorphins

If you are getting bored and hungry in the morning while waiting to take your medications, know that you are not alone. Register HERE on Thyroid Central for Free and join a support group or forum to see how others deal with similar situations. And then let us know, what works best for you?

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