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5 Tips for Cooking with Rheumatoid Arthritis

May 22, 2014


The Easter holidays are a time for all to gather at home and in the kitchen, but for those suffering with arthritis, cooking can be difficult and painful. However, there are ways to make life easier in the kitchen for arthritis sufferers.

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a condition in which the body's immune system attacks the lining of the joints. In contrast, osteoarthritis is pain caused when cartilage between the joins wears down over time.

However, Rheumatoid Arthritis symptoms can be mistaken for other conditions, and because each sufferer experiences Rheumatoid Arthritis differently, many people with the condition can go some time before they are diagnosed with the disease.

When diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis eating healthily is especially important for Rheumatoid Arthritis sufferers. So making cooking easier, there are some tips for Rheumatoid Arthritis sufferers, which can help you should you have mobility problems.

Have a food processor and a good knife


Chopping and slicing vegetables can be difficult and painful. Anyone who's dealing with inflammation, repetitive motion can be very challenging. A good food processor and a high-quality knife make these tasks easier,   as a blunt knife requires more effort to use, which may also result in accidents.

Prevent cutting board from sliding

Holding foods in place while cutting them can also be demanding. Placing a damp paper towel under the cutting board can keep it in place, and prevent sliding.


Use kitchen mats

Standing on a hard surface for hours can cause back pain, so to try and avoid this place numerous cushioned mats in his kitchen. As these mats will help absorb some of the shock, redistribute your weight, and lessen the pressure and stress on your feet, legs and back. Nobody wants a bad back.



Make the kitchen accessible and easier to work in

People should think about the cooking ingredients they use most frequently, and put these in places that are easy to reach. For example, don't store things you often use under the counter, because you'll be bending over a lot. People who are thinking about getting a new fridge should look for one that has a side-by-side freezer and fridge, or a freezer below the fridge. Chances are that you're accessing your freezer much less frequently, so it makes no sense that most freezers are at eye level, forcing you to have to lean down to see what's in the fridge.


Divide up heavy loads

You might buy your food in large amounts, such as a large container of rice or flour. So it's not a good idea to lift such a large container all the time. Dividing the contents of heavy containers into smaller containers makes them easier to use and lift.


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