DEALING WITH ARTHRITIS IN THE KITCHEN  – GO GET A GRIP…

I have been talking about food for Arthritis a lot … today I will talk about the actual Arthritic Kitchen environment.

We need to invest our time in making our kitchen arthritis friendly as certain tools can make tackling kitchen chores less daunting. Pressure and strain can exacerbate the discomfort associated with arthritis. To avoid such painful encounters, we Arthritic Warriors may want our kitchen to be appealing, but it’s important that it’s functional and arthritis friendly too.

Working in the kitchen can be cumbersome if you have arthritis, adding stress to already burdened joints during flare ups.

The use of well-designed kitchen gadgets and tools can make many kitchen tasks easier and reduce the strain, especially for people like us with limited range of motion or problems with manual dexterity.

Kitchen gadgets and tools that are lightweight, easy to grip and hold, with non-slip handles or undersides are great additions to our kitchen.

I always look for ergonomically designed utensils. These utensils feel more natural to grasp and are easy to hold and use

We need to look into the cooking, eating, cleaning, cutting, opening and dining with utensils designed specifically for our needs.

I have seen some electric kitchen items are extremely helpful as they can power us through difficult cooking tasks.

No one wants to concede, especially those recipes they grew up with. Food is comfort👍 . The smell of a curry or a roast, or something that has been simmering all day in our houses during our good pain free days with the right spices … we want that to be continued …Hence we need to ensure we have a user friendly arthritic kitchen environment.

One thing I am confident of is that we don’t know how to make medication, but we can make food. Hence, I have always striven to make my home and kitchen a comfortable foodie zone, as I do not allow arthritis to slow me down and keep me from the things I love like cooking!

RA Positive Hub Kitchen tips:🍳

  • Arrange cupboards and cabinets so that the items are easier to reach
  • Heights of the cabinets should be well noted
  • Use wheel bound drawers as they are easy to slide in and out
  • Use joint protection techniques whist lifting heavy utensils
  • Use adjusted movement patterns whilst working with kitchen equipment’s
  • Design the work space in the kitchen for free accessibility
  • Selection of handy assistive devices that should help in making life easier
  • Equip it with seating arrangements during breaks.
  • Use small size utensils and gadgets
  • Hang the pots and pans you use most often from wall hooks or from a rack that hangs down from the ceiling . This way, you won’t have to bend to reach them.
  • Work station layout in sync with other kitchen equipment’s
  • Taps and drawers and cupboard handles should be arthritic user friendly.
  • Standing on a good rubber mat can lessen pressure and strain on feet and knees.

There are lots of adaptive kitchen tools available, which can ease your pain and get you back to enjoying preparing and eating homemade meals. The important thing is to enjoy it, cooking should be something you take pleasure from and not something you push yourself to do if you’re not feeling well. It’s meant to be enjoyable not frustrating. The most important thing is you’re getting something out of it. It’s improving your day without arthritis ruining it. A clean and safe household and kitchen can play an important role in speedier recovery as well.

Cheers on our road to wellness!

 

 

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