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3/11/13 1:09 P

Building off what DRAGONCHILDE & RENATARUNS said:

[1] Think outside the breakfast box ... huevos rancheros or similar without cheese in the morning. Cut the dairy out and use a lower-calcium non-dairy 'milk' in the morning.


[2] Put the calcium in later in the day, not necessarily with dairy, but with leafy greens (calorie for calorie *very* high in calcium: see, e.g. collard greens), small fish that still have some bones, etc.

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3/11/13 12:52 P

Going on the assumption you're taking Synthroid, if you take your pill an hour before you eat, it should be well-absorbed before breakfast. If you eat breakfast first and *then* take your pill, then the absorption of your medication can be affected by calcium (and other things).

From the website:

Take Synthroid on an empty stomach. It's best to take it 30 to 60 minutes before eating breakfast. Some people find it helpful to take Synthroid first thing in the morning.

Take Synthroid alone. Do not take Synthroid within 4 hours of ingesting medications, supplements, or foods that may interact with Synthroid. Antacids, iron, and calcium supplements, dietary fiber, soy, and even walnuts can affect your body's absorption of Synthroid. Talk to your doctor to learn more.

Incidentally, dairy isn't the only culprit to interfere with medication uptake. Many leafy greens (kale, spinach, beet greens) are high in calcium. Not to mention the "goiterogenic" foods (soy, cruciferous vegetables).

So your best bet really is to take it either well before breakfast (30-60 min), or well after dinner (at least 4 hours).

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3/11/13 12:39 P

Portable, easy morning options:

raw green beans
green smoothie
mini quiche muffin
tuna/salmon packet
grapefruit wedges (warning: grapefruit interacts with some medications)

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3/11/13 11:38 A

One thought: Replace any milk you would normally have at that meal with a plant-based "milk" that doesn't have added calcium.

Another: Salad for breakfast -- add an egg or two or some leftover chicken or some nuts to a green salad and it makes a really nice morning meal, at least for me.

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3/11/13 11:25 A

We love having a tortilla wrap with black beans and salsa, (usually cheese) and then avocado.

really good and filling.

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3/11/13 11:23 A

Think outside the breakfast box. You're used to thinking in breakfast foods, and there's no reason to! If you can eat it for lunch or dinner, you can eat it for breakfast. :) I'm fond of turkey sausage for my breakfast, but you can expand and eat just about anything you like!

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3/11/13 11:06 A

This is kind of a tricky one for me, because my breakfast almost always has dairy products in it. My thyroid medication advises that it not be taken within a few hours of high calcium foods or supplements. I know there are a few things I could do, like just some fruit or a smoothie of some kind (made with non-fortified stuffs), oatmeal, or a veggie omelette sans cheese (no cheese=no thanks. I've tried it many times, many ways.). I can't really think of much else, and a Google search turns up little information.

Some people have suggested taking the medicine before bed, but it seems to make me a bit "squirrelly." So if I do that, I don't sleep very well.

Is there anything I can do besides fruit or oatmeal?

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