Cook away your arthritis

by Nathan Wei, MD, FACP, FACR

Nathan Wei is a nationally known board-certified rheumatologist and author of the Second Opinion Arthritis Treatment Kit. It's available exclusively at this website... not available in stores.

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Here are some helpful tips from the Arthritis Foundation for preparing your meals...

If you boil food, consider using a frying basket inside the pot to help you lift the food out and drain the water. Or consider using a ladle with a build up handle to scoop the food out instead. Make sure you build up the ladle handle if you have arthritis in your hands.

There are many jar openers available that are either electric or work using friction. These may be fastened underneath the cabinet to allow easy access.

Try using some of the new lightweight types of cookware instead of cast iron.

Appliances that work with levers or by pushing buttons will make life easier. Knobs that you need to twist place a lot of stress on the hands.

Store canned goods with the labels facing forward. Line similar cans up behind one another so you can tell what’s in the back part of the shelf.

Store the most commonly used items between waist and eye level. That way you won't have to reach up which can be difficult if you have shoulder problems or have to bend over which can strain your back.

Plan your meals. If you can cook large batches and freeze them for the days ahead, it will help save you time and labor. Slow cookers allow you to do this very easily.

Quick and easy is better. Look for recipe books that will allow you to prepare meals in minutes.

Serve food in the containers they were cooked in. Consider storing them in the refrigerator in the same containers as well. The only problem is microwaving tomato-based products in plastic cookware can stain them... so be forewarned.

Use disposable dishes (paper) if possible. Use wet wash clothes or suction cups to stabilize mixing bowls on the counter.

Store pots and pans efficiently. It’s hard to reach underneath and pull out pots and pans. It’s much easier to hang them on hooks within easy reach.

Use sharp knives. These require less stress and strain on the hands.

Put your sugar and flour inside containers instead of leaving them in large bags that need to be lifted.

Use a coat hanger or other utensil to pull oven racks out to check a meal.

Use a hose attachment on your kitchen faucet so you can fill pots of water on the counter.

Use a mini food processor for chopping. Many appliances now have push buttons instead of knobs.

Simple things like having a potluck dinner or buffet instead of a sit down meal can be energy and joint saving.

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