Best times for meals and medications

By Vickielbg Latest Reply 2017-09-25 21:19:44 -0500
Started 2017-09-01 19:45:54 -0500

Are there any advantages to keeping on a strict schedule as to taking medicines and eating meals at the same time each day? I would love advice on how to stick to the schedule if so. Are there any problems associated with not keeping in a certain time frame? Any information or suggestions would be very helpful. Thank you.

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Chris Clement
Chris Clement 2017-09-25 21:19:44 -0500 Report

I believe it varies by individual. There's probably something to be said of routine, especially if you add to your scenario eating the same foods everyday. I'd imagine one could nail down meds and foods quite accurately in that way. But, for me, I couldn't handle that long-term. I'd burn out. Plus, Every day of my week is quite different from the rest, so my eating and medicating can vary each day. The most valuable tool I've found is nailing down carb counting and insulin to car ratio.

suecsdy 2017-09-06 17:10:40 -0500 Report

I think eating is a personal choice. Many days I don't eat my first real meal until afternoon, sometimes as late a 2. Dinner is usually around 6 or 7. As for meds. I divide them into morning and night. its just easier for me to remember to take them that way. Morning is thyroid meds followed by various other meds, Test BG and BP. Bedtime is Test BG and BP, Take the meds and bedtime snack. I would always forget to take them in the middle of the day.

Pegsy 2017-09-06 15:22:22 -0500 Report

I keep to a routine because it is my nature and that works for me. Some people here use fasting to help control their glucose and it works well for them so I don't think the routine of meal times is all that important unless you are on medication that is require to be taken with food. I don't fast long term as many here do but I am experimenting with short term fasts which is helping to make my body more insulin sensitive. I eat breakfast and take 500 mg Metformin with that. Some days I eat lunch and some days I don't. I eat dinner anywhere from 12 to 14 hours later, depending on what time I had breakfast and whether or not I had lunch and take I another 500 mg of Metformin with dinner. Because I have had issues with Dawn Phenomenon, I eat a small amount of crunchy peanut butter just before bed and that seems to give me lower fasting numbers in the morning. I am going to stop the bedtime peanut butter for a little while just to see if that really is what's doing it or if it's because I have lower stress now and am sleeping better.

Timing of medication is important and if yours needs to be taken with food, as mine does, you will want to time your meals to whatever works best with the medication you are on, if any.

NewSong53 2017-09-06 09:29:03 -0500 Report

Well, I am retired now so I eat when I'm hungry. When I worked, I was pretty much tied to a desk with barely enough time for bathroom breaks, much less snack or "destress" breaks. I often worked late and had a long commute, so I would be ravenous when I got home and overate, going to bed a couple of hours later. I ate a lot of fast food back then.

Now that I'm retired I'm not stressed all the time and only want a light breakfast. I make oatmeal with walnuts & cinnamon and put it in small cup-sized containers in my fridge, so it's always ready and I can just heat it up. I also have cottage cheese and tomatoes on hand, so sometimes have that for breakfast. Lunch is my largest meal of the day, and I usually eat around 11:30 a.m. and have a snack around 1:30 (probably too soon) and then dinner usually around 4:30 pm. Then I'm done for the day and have no more appetite. I don't need an evening snack because my BG never drops too low at night. I've found that always having an early dinner helps me control my numbers and I don't overeat at night because I'm not very hungry after all that eating. On the days when I have a doctor's appointment and don't get home until 2:30 or so (no car so I commute by bus and train) I am ravenous and overeat and my BG gets higher, or I succumb to junk food in the vending machine at the train station or running into a shop for a quick sandwich between trains. I carry so much stuff, that I don't want to add to the weight in my bag, but I guess I'm going to have to start packing a bag or grapes or something to much at the train stop.

If I were working now, I'd pack snacks that don't need refrigeration like a bag of salted nuts, grapes, cheese sticks, or something. And I'd brownbag it by keeping things on hand for a healthy lunch that can be made ahead of time. I had a wide-mouth thermos that would keep food hot for 12 hours and pack homemade chili, soup or chilled chicken salad or something like that. The thing is to make it tasty and add variety. Too many carbs crammed together within a short time isn't good. And eating within 3 hours before badtime isn't either (unless your blood glucose drops too low). I hope this helps. Some meds, like metformin, are usually taken with a meal but you can just eat something light if you're not hungry yet.

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